On any four corners of the globe, Eric Prydz is an artist that needs no introduction. The sheer mutter of his name instantly triggers an underlying response inside any dance music fan, reminiscent of the euphoria felt in his music. Reigning at the top of his game, Eric is like a fine aged Whiskey, as time goes on he keeps getting better and better. So it was no surprise that his performance during Ultra Music Festival 2018 echoed vibes of legendary level as the Swede dominated Ultra’s ‘A State Of Trance’ stage late Sunday evening in Miami.
In celebration of the 20 years of Ultra, Eric Prydz went beyond the music, taking the Miami crowd on a journey they would not forget. Welcomed with opened arms to the stage and greeted by the roars of Pryda fans who travelled around the world to share this special one hour moment with the Swedish sensation, Prydz delivered a hair-raising intro dropping an ID from his signature Cirez D sound. Demonstrating his seemingly effortless transition work, Prydz slid straight into another unreleased ID, this time a track that’s packing the punch with powerful bass kicks and an attitude similar to his ‘Rebel XX’.
The Beethoven of electronic dance music, Eric Prydz sits in a league of his own while he manages the diverse portfolio of production capabilities under Prydz, Pryda, and Cirez D alias’. Flaunting each style, Eric Prydz turned up the heat mid-set with two Pryda productions. The emotive vibes of ‘Liam‘ clutched the Miami crowd only to pave the way for a signature Pryda production unleashing his track ‘Elements‘. What followed next quenched the thirst of dance music fans and the ‘A State of Trance’ stage entirely as Prydz dropped the ferocious ‘Don’t You Want Me (David Spoon Remix)‘ from talents Thomas Gold & Francesco Diaz & Young Rebels.
It has become almost synonymous with any Eric Prydz performance that the Swedish taste-maker indulges the crowd with one of his most recognised tracks. After dropping a further two more new IDs, both harnessing emotion and packed full of elegant synth work, Eric dropped a final Pryda production rich with fluttery beats called ‘Wakanpi‘. This meant that the time had come for Prydz to close out his set, and with the absence of ‘Opus‘ which fans have come to adore and love, Prydz ended on the melodic masterpiece and timeless classic ‘Pjanoo‘.
If we can take anything away from this magnificent performance it is that we cannot wait for the release of all these IDs and we love Eric Prydz even more. Relive the Swedish star’s performance from Ultra Music Festival Miami below. Find whats known of the tracklist here.