There exists a rare breed of musician, who seems to transcend any notion of a preconceived rule, formula or taboo. These performers, whether by accident or on purpose, surpass all that is expected. A prime example is Swedish DJ/Producer Eric Prydz. The 41-year-old performer was born north of the capital, in a town called Täby, and while the town itself bears no apparent significance, Prydz has certainly gone on to outshine his humble beginnings with homes in Stockholm, Los Angeles, London and party island Ibiza.
In a recent interview with long standing UK based publication DJ Mag, Prydz mentions that his residency in Ibiza merely serves as a base during the summer, which has proved quite inspirational, also adding:
“I can sit by the pool and look out over the Mediterranean. That alone is an inspiration for about five albums”.
He has successfully crossed both geographical and artistic boundaries, including his massive mainstream success thanks to ‘Call on Me’. The 2004 smash hit sampled Steve Winwood’s ‘Valerie’ and was accompanied by a somewhat risque music video, unwittingly opening the flood gates for a slew of Scandinavian stars to enter the global music stage. Artists like Alesso, Avicii, Cazzette, Otto Knows, John Dahlbäck and Swedish House Mafia in some way, shape or form owe a great deal to the breakthrough Eric Prydz provided.
Following the highly innovative EPIC concerts, where Prydz played to an average of 15,000 people, the team behind ‘EPIC’ then had the auspicious opportunity to create a “mini club-version of bits of the EPIC concerts” at Hï Ibiza. Prydz, who had been coming to Ibiza since 2004, held his first ever residency at Hï Ibiza this year. Fans were able to experience every musical side of Eric Prydz, with a 3 and a half hour set, including work under his Pryda and Cirez D pseudonyms. DJ’s including Pig & Dan, Kölsch, Catz ‘N Dogz, and recent signing Cristoph also joined him on the extraordinary journey, supporting him on dates throughout the residency. The Swedish super star continued saying:
“I just really want people to feel like they’re stepping into a different world — the world of Eric Prydz”.