From: Stockholm, Sweden
DJ style: “Electronic.”
Best known for: “The music and the shows EPIC & HOLO.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Cristoph ‘Voice Of Silence’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Cristoph.”
It's been a typically big year for Swedish DJ/producer Eric Prydz. He just wrapped up his second installment of his ultra-popular residency at Hï Ibiza, which ran throughout the summer with support from local UK lads like Solardo, Cristoph and CamelPhat, alongside a much-anticipated cameo from Deadmau5. No stranger to a marathon set, Prydz says one of his favourite things about the residency is the chance to play longer, with the Pryda man spinning three hours or more on most nights.
“I’m playing three or three-and-a-half hours each time,” he told DJ Mag Ibiza. “I just really want people to feel like they’re stepping into a different world — the world of Eric Prydz!”
But it’s not just the music selection that’s bringing in fans in their droves — it’s the impressive lightshow too. The Swede is well-known for his penchant for lasers and big budget holograms, with his EPIC shows helping catapult him from headline DJ to household name over the last decade. 2018 has seen him launch a whole new performance project titled HOLO, that made stops in both Glasgow and Belfast before a sold-out slot at UK festival Creamfields in late August. Next up, he’s set to close out the year with several b2bs with long-time pal Adam Beyer, with Prydz playing under his well-loved techno alias, Cirez D. They’ve got shows locked in LA and New York for late November, so get yourself Stateside to nab your final Prydz fix before the year is out.
Words: CHARLOTTE LUCY CIJFFERS
Eric Prydz is a man of many monikers. Over the last two decades he's released everything from industrial techno to progressive house under his many aliases that include Pryda and Cirez D, as well as lesser-known names like Tonja Holma and Sheridan.
He’s managed to successfully traverse the delicate line between dance music’s commercial and underground scenes, making No.1 hits like ‘Call On Me’ plus seminal (and still widely-played) club anthems like ‘Pjanoo’, alongside his debut and record-breaking 2016 LP, ‘OPUS’.
2017 has been one of his biggest yet, with festival and club bills worldwide — from Australia to India, USA and Europe — triumphantly topped by the Swedish selector. He put down roots in Ibiza for the very first time this year with a residency at brand-new Ibiza superclub Hi Ibiza — the new club set-up on the former site of legendary nightclub, Space.
He's also still running his three labels — Mouseville, Pryda and new addition Pryda Presents — and continuing to push his ever-evolving, holograph-laden stadium show, EPIC, to new heights. Prydz is also still producing astounding amounts of music — up to five tracks a week, according to a chat we had with him earlier this year — and is a man resolutely committed to his craft.
Eric Prydz has dropped two new tracks under his Cirez D moniker onto his SoundCloud page, three months after his ‘Opus’ album landed in February. You can listen to both new cuts below.
‘In The Reds’ and ‘Century Of The Mouse’ will see full release as a double A-side EP on Mouseville Records on Monday 30th May, and they’re two slices of tension-building techno from the chameleon-like Prydz, aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
Swedish producer Eric Prydz is a chameleon. Whether he's dipping his toes in the underground as Cirez D, or entertaining the main room masses with his Eric Prydz moniker, the Swede has captured the hearts of dance fans worldwide.
It's with his recent show EPIC that he's won the minds of the US market — the touring show featured the globe's biggest hologram, stunning stage production (including an impressive 32 lasers), plus a slew of big room tracks penned by Prydz himself.
Since he took over NYC’s Madison Square Garden with the show last September, the veteran DJ/producer hasn't stopped — next up he'll play LA's Escape festival and EDC in Orlando, before a headline set at Space in Miami.
Unlike other main room DJs, Prydz insists that he never 'plans' his sets (he spilled the beans in an interview with DJ Liquid Todd at EDC Las Vegas earlier this year), preferring to read the vibe of the room on the day.
Aside from his work as Eric Prydz, the Swede's other moniker (and imprint of the same name), Pryda, is still going strong, with his latest release 'PRYDA 10' smashing the Beatport charts with ease. It was so successful that it hit a new milestone for the influential label — 'PRYDA 10' is currently the highest selling release in the imprint's eleven-year history.
Then there's his all-new, exclusive and bi-monthly Beats 1 radio show that aired to acclaim earlier this month, and featured two hours of unreleased productions spanning his Prydz, Pryda, and Cirez D aliases.
New tracks included 'Multo' and a private edit of Adventure’s 'Rio', with fans hypothesising that these might feature on Prydz's upcoming debut LP. The as-yet-unnamed record is tipped to drop sometime before the end of the year, as well as an upcoming Cirez D release 'Vol. D' that's also in the pipeline from the producer.
CHARLOTTE LUCY CIJFFERS
Straight off the back of his Radio One Essential Mix, Pryda associate Jeremy Olander has put out this fantastic progressive house and techno mix for Pioneer's DJsounds series.
After playing the massive Pryda Madison Square Gardens gig at the end of 2014, Jeremy is heading back to the US for a five date tour - the dates of which are listed below the video.