Words By: Jessica Corso
For over a decade, Eric Prydz has created a genuine legacy, becoming nothing short of a legend within the electronic dance music community.
Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, the now London based DJ and super-producer can be described as somewhat of a household name to old and new-school EDM listeners worldwide.
To further add to his blossoming success, DJ Magazine announced Prydz’s placement at #46 within their annual Top 100 DJ Poll in October 2011. The 2004 hit single “Call on Me,” which insinuated an old-school 80’s vibe, initiated Prydz into the scene. Subsequently, he seemed to follow a similar pattern by remixing songs by influential retro bands such as Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, and The Eurythmics. Another unique quality of Prydz is his release of various collaborations and singles under several different aliases, each one pertaining to a particular electronic style. His side projects fall under names such as Cirez D, Sheridan, Moo, AxEr, A&P Project, The Dukes of Sluca, Groove System, Hardform, and most commonly Pryda. Since 2005, the diverse producer had been working on a showcase artist album which was said to be released in late 2007, but it failed due to complications with the label Ministry of Sound.
Prydz dedicated several more years of effort and ambitious work which led to the May 2012 release of a three-disc album titled ‘Eric Prydz Presents Pryda’ under Virgin Records.
The masterpiece compilation features an entire set of unreleased Pryda tracks, some of which had been previously leaked as unfinished songs such as “Shadows” and “Allien.” The other two discs feature many classic hits from the Pryda collection which are brilliantly mixed and sequenced together, as well as several never-before-heard re-edits from the artist himself. The essence of Pryda encompasses trance-like beats with the touch of a progressive house vibe, then mixed with simple and melodic vocals, making many of the tracks catchy and irresistible. This album is an extremely significant milestone in Prydz’s career and seems to serve as somewhat of a memoir for his Pryda releases. Highly regarded for his flexible and dynamic ability to adhere to several different styles while still maintaining a signature sound, the producer surely has what it takes to last in this ever-changing electronic music industry.