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Poll 2023: Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz

From: Stockholm, Sweden

DJ style: “Progressive / techno.”

Best Known for: “Pryda, Mouseville and HOLO.”

This last year was Eric Prydz’s busiest year of touring to date, which is quite something for an artist whose career spans over two decades already. After overcoming a fear of flying, the Swedish DJ — initially known for ’00s dancefloor hits like ‘Pjanoo’ and ‘Call On Me’ — completed tours in Thailand, Japan, Bali, South America and the US. He told DJ Mag: “I have been blessed this year to travel the world, going to places that I have never been to before. I have had a fantastic year with loads of new experiences.”

Whilst touring the globe, Prydz also held down a weekly residency at Hï Ibiza, HOLO, throughout the summer together with Newcastle’s Cristoph. Regular guests included Adam Beyer and Patrick Topping alongside everyone from Heidi and Eats Everything through to Sally C, DJ Boring and Ewan McVicar. He also took the same residency to Tomorrowland, curating a stage with himself, Joris Voorn and Cristoph. Touring has taken up much of Prydz’s time this year, though he still managed to squeeze in a remix of Anyma and Chris Avantgarde’s ‘Consciousness’ on Afterlife Recordings, alongside extending his Pryda alias and label with a new EP titled ‘The Return/Of Me’. 

Hero of 2023: “Michael Bibi.”

Fave tune of 2023: “I have loved the stuff Kevin de Vries has been putting out.”

Best DJ set you’ve seen in 2023: “Must have been one of Cristoph’s sets before me at our Hï Ibiza residency this summer.”  

What was the most exciting tech development of 2023? “I feel that the music plug-ins made today are getting insanely good. With AI they are just on a different level compared to a few years ago. Especially Waves, Izotope and Universal Audio.”

Rising star DJ/producer of 2023: “I love the trio of Skrillex, Fred again.. and Four Tet, they are such a fun and exciting combination musically.”

What gives you hope for 2024? “Not much to be honest. We are living in weird times.”