Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz: “I stopped playing ‘Pjanoo’… The crowd hated it!”

After launching Pryda 15 Vol III, Eric Prydz recently sat down with Zane Lowe on Apple Music Beats 1, ahead of his first episode of EPIC Radio since 2017. Discussing a range of topics throughout the interview, Pryda (aka Eric Prydz) told the former BBC Radio 1 presenter that his career path almost took a very different route, when he decided to give up on ‘Pjanoo‘, arguably his biggest hit to date.

The iconic Ibiza anthem, which was launched in 2008, fell “flat’ according to Prydz when he played it for the first time at a show in the United Kingdom. Choosing to give up on the track, the Swedish maestro almost shelved in completely, until an entirely different crowd reaction two years later saw the production take off virally, with internet users picking up footage of the track via YouTube. Speaking to Zane, Eric explained:

“I made a track called Pjanoo, I listened to it and thought ‘this is gonna tear the place apart’! I played the track up north in the UK, and it just went flat. People didn’t get it. And I forgot about the track for 2 and a half years. But then I played this Christmas show in Sweden, and I found the old CD so I thought ‘You know what, I’m gonna try this again!’ so I put it on and it goes absolutely mental. Someone in the crowd is filming it and put it on YouTube and BOOM!”

The HOLO founder also mentioned that he has a huge range of unfinished music, but that some of it is “crap”. When Zane asked: “What does a crap Eric Prydz song sound like?“, Eric responded in typically satirical fashion, adding: “Call On Me. I don’t see it as my song,” in reference to the 2004 hit which he infamously refuses to play out in his live sets.

(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews.

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