Eric Prydz

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Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz at Glastonbury 2009.jpg
Prydz at Glastonbury in 2009
Background information
Birth nameEric Sheridan Prydz
Also known as
  • AxEr
  • A&P Project
  • Cirez D
  • Dukes of Sluca
  • Groove System
  • Hardform
  • Pryda
  • Moo
  • Sheridan
  • Tonja Holma
  • Fiol Lasse
Born (1976-07-19) 19 July 1976 (age 43)
OriginTäby, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • DJ
Instruments
Years active2001–present
Labels
Websiteericprydz.tv

Eric Sheridan Prydz (/prɪdz/, Swedish pronunciation: [²eːrɪk prʏts]; born 19 July 1976), also known by his aliases Pryda (/ˈprdə/)[2] and Cirez D (/ˈsrɛz/) (among a number of others), is a Swedish DJ, record producer, and musician. He rose to fame with his 2004 hit single "Call on Me", and saw continued chart success with "Proper Education" in 2007, and "Pjanoo" in 2008. In 2016, he released his debut studio album, Opus.

In 2017, he won DJ of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards and was also nominated for Live Act of the Year.

Career[edit]

2004–08: "Call on Me" and Swedish House Mafia[edit]

Prydz is perhaps best known for his 2004 hit single "Call on Me", which samples the Steve Winwood hit "Valerie".[3] It topped the UK singles chart for five weeks[4] and was number one on the German Top 100 for six consecutive weeks.[5] Although this track made him immensely popular, Prydz has stopped playing it in his shows in an attempt to distance himself from it.[6] In some respects he has succeeded, and with his newer songs, Prydz has gained recognition from both underground and mainstream fans.[7] In 2006, he released a remixed version of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", titled "Proper Education",[citation needed] with a video.[8]

In 2008, Prydz released the critically acclaimed single "Pjanoo" which topped the UK Dance Chart.[9]

Together with Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, Prydz formed a group of DJs that informally referred to themselves as the Swedish House Mafia.[10] When the group with the same name officially formed in late 2008, Prydz decided not to join his friends.[11] He has collaborated with Axwell under the name Axer[12] and with Angello as A&P Project.[13]

2009–2013: Eric Prydz Presents Pryda[edit]

In 2009, Prydz released "Miami to Atlanta", where the "Pryda snare" was first used. The Pryda snare is a popular technique in house and trance music consisting of using a compressed and sustained snare sample at the end of a bar. Commonly used to mark progressions in a song structure, it has been widely sampled in the electronic dance music world, notably by producers such as Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and W&W.[14]

On 21 May 2012, Prydz released his debut artist album, Eric Prydz Presents Pryda, as a 3-disc album on Virgin Records (Astralwerks in the USA). Disc 1 is made up of new unreleased Pryda productions, which some fans may have heard as works in progress (including Shadows, Agag, Mighty Love, Allein and the intro edit of Pjanoo). Discs 2 and 3 bring together many of the classic tracks from the Pryda catalogue, sequenced and continuously mixed by the man himself, including some of his special re-edits.[15]

The Ministry of Sound club in London hosted the launch of Eric Prydz Presents Pryda on 14 April 2012, where Prydz played some of the tracks from the album.[16][17] Inserting the CD in a computer and visiting Prydz's Facebook page provides access to a download of 'Tijuana', a track previously known as 'Space Miami ID' in .WAV format.[citation needed]

His 2013 Essential Mix was named Essential Mix of the Year by Pete Tong.[18]

2014–present: PR(10)DA,PR(15)DA EPs and Opus[edit]

Eric Prydz performing at Amnesia in Ibiza, 2012

2014 was the 10th year of Prydz's label Pryda Recordings, and as a result, on 9 January 2014, Prydz announced a special upcoming artist album which was initially due for release later that year.[19] On 4 May 2015, Prydz announced PR(10)DA, a collection of unreleased tracks from January 2004 to December 2014. PR(10)DA was released over three EPs, leading up to an album release in February 2016.

On 19 May 2014, Prydz announced via social media the third installment of his concert, Eric Prydz in Concert, titled EPIC 3.0. Promising the 'world's largest indoor hologram', new music, and new visuals, the show was to be held at Madison Square Garden during the Fall.[20] Prydz performed his EPIC 3.0 show on 27 September 2014, playing a large range of new and unreleased material.[21] The show incorporated a 20m, 4K hologram, and 32 lasers.[22][23]

On 4 July 2015, Prydz was the first DJ with a set featured as a "One Mix" on Beats 1, the worldwide radio station on Apple Music.[24]

On 5 February 2016, Prydz released his debut studio album Opus.[25] In October 2015, Kieran Hebden released a remix of the title track under his pseudonym, Four Tet.[26]

On 28 June 2016, Prydz collaborated with Luke Versalko from Mashable to produce a short documentary that details the making of his Epic 4.0 show.[27] In June of 2016 he also appeared on Insomniacs Night Owl Radio [28]

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Prydz' Pryda alias, On 10 April 2019 Eric announced the release of PR(15)DA, a collection of 15 songs. Volume 1 of the EP containing 6 tracks was released on 20 June 2019. [29]

Personal life[edit]

Aside from producing music, Prydz also runs the record labels Pryda, Pryda Friends, Pryda Presents and Mouseville, which release most of his own music.[30] On Pryda, he releases music as Pryda. On Mouseville Records, started in 2002, he releases techno tracks as Cirez D.[31] Prydz has a fear of flying, which means he mainly tours on a bus.[32] He resides in Los Angeles, California.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bein, Kat. "Eric Prydz Releases New Three-Track Pryda EP". Billboard. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Interviewer pronounces "Pryda"". Youtube.com. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Eric Prydz's 'Call on Me' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Call On Me – Eric Prydz". British Chart Singles. 22 September 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Call On Me by Eric Prydz - Music Charts". acharts.co. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  6. ^ Cragg, Michael (24 February 2016). "Eric Prydz: 'EDM is like a gateway drug … or McDonald's'". the Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Sound & Silence Media News - Eric Prydz to Bring the Beat in Chicago 02/23". www.sound-andsilence.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  8. ^ Embassy One (2 February 2009), Eric Prydz vs. Floyd - Proper Education, retrieved 20 June 2016
  9. ^ "UK Dance Chart: Eric Prydz - Pjanoo". Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Swedish House Mafia - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Eric Prydz: Swedish House, No Mafia". Rolling Stone. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Introducing Unsung Heroes!: AxEr [Axwell & Eric Prydz] - 123 (Original Mix)". Your EDM. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  13. ^ TheSunbreathe (15 April 2010), Steve Angello & Eric Prydz press. A&P Project feat. Zemya Hamilton - Sunrize (Original Mix), retrieved 20 June 2016
  14. ^ "The Pryda Snare; History and Recreating it". Splice blog. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Eric Prydz Presents: Pryda". EmiMusic.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  16. ^ "Eric Prydz's Pryda Album is released May 21, tracklisting revealed". Beat My Day - It's all about the house music!. Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Pryda Album Launch at Ministry Of Sound". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Eric Prydz - Essential Mix (2013) (Essential Mix of the Year)".
  19. ^ "Eric Prydz hints at new Pryda album". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Eric Prydz announces Epic 3.0 Show, Madison Square Garden Performance". dancingastronaut.com. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  21. ^ "Hear Eric Prydz's scorching three-hour set from EPIC 3.0". inthemix.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  22. ^ "Hit me with those 32 lasers..." facebook.com. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Eric Prydz Is Bringing the World's Largest Hologram to MSG Tonight". blogs.villagevoice.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  24. ^ "Eric Prydz drops the first DJ set on Apple's Beats 1 radio". Mixmag. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  25. ^ Rishty, David (1 December 2015). "Eric Prydz Reveals 'OPUS' Release Date & Phase 1 of EPIC 4.0 Tour Dates". Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  26. ^ "Four Tet remix Eric Prydz's 'Opus' - listen | NME.COM". NME.COM. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  27. ^ "Eric Prydz's New Documentary Reveals the Magic Behind 'Epic 4.0' Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  28. ^ "Night Owl Radio Episode 44". Insomniac. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  29. ^ "Eric Prydz releases PRYDA 15 VOL I EP". We Rave You. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  30. ^ "About Eric Prydz". mtv.com. Viacom International Incorporated. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  31. ^ "RA: Mouseville - Record Label". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  32. ^ Mason, Kerry (29 September 2012). "Can EDM Maestro Eric Prydz Become a U.S. Star?". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2016.

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