Eric Prydz
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Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz at Glastonbury 2009.jpg
Prydz at Glastonbury in 2009
Background information
Eric Sheridan Prydz
AxEr, A&P Project, Cirez D, Dukes of Sluca, Groove System, Hardform, Pryda, Moo, Sheridan, Tonja Holma, Fiol Lasse
Born (1976-07-19) July 19, 1976 (age 41)
Origin Täby, Sweden
Genres House, techno, progressive house,[1]tech house
Musician, Record Producer, DJ
Instruments Turntables
Labels Pryda Recordings, Mouseville, Pryda Friends, Virgin/EMI, Astralwerks, Ministry Of Sound

Eric Sheridan Prydz (; born July 19, 1976), also known by his aliases Pryda [2] and Cirez D, is a Swedish DJ, record producer and musician residing in Los Angeles, California.


2004-08: "Call on Me" and Swedish House Mafia

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[8]", with a video.[9]

In 2008, Prydz released the critically acclaimed single "Pjanoo" which topped the UK Dance Chart.[10]

Together with Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, Prydz formed a group of DJs that informally referred to themselves as the Swedish House Mafia.[11] When the group with the same name officially formed in late 2008, Prydz decided not to join his friends.[12] He has collaborated with Axwell under the name Axer[13] and with Angello as A&P Project.[14][15]

2009-13: Eric Prydz Presents Pryda

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.[16]

On 21 May 2012, Prydz released his debut artist album, Eric Prydz Presents Pryda, as a 3 disc box set through Virgin Records. 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 mixed by the man himself, including some of his special re-edits.[17]

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.[18][19] 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.[20]

His 2013 Essential Mix was named Essential Mix of the Year by Pete Tong.[21]

2014-Present: PR(10)DA EPs and Opus

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.[22] 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.[23] Prydz performed his EPIC 3.0 show on 27 September 2014, playing a large range of new and unreleased material.[24] The show incorporated a 20m, 4K hologram, and 32 lasers.[25][26]

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.[27]

On 5 February 2016, Prydz released his debut studio album Opus.[28] In October 2015, Kieran Hebden released a remix of the title track under his pseudonym, Four Tet.[29]

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.[30]

Personal life

Aside from producing music, Prydz also runs the record labels Pryda, Pryda Friends and Mouseville, which release most of his own music.[31] On Pryda, he releases music as Pryda. On Mouseville Records, started in 2002, he releases techno tracks as Cirez D.[32] Prydz has a fear of flying, which means he mainly tours on a bus.[33]


Studio albums


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  13. ^ "Axer". Discogs. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ TheSunbreathe (2010-04-15), Steve Angello & Eric Prydz press. A&P Project feat. Zemya Hamilton - Sunrize (Original Mix), retrieved  
  15. ^ "A&P Project feat. Zemya Hamilton - Sunrise". Discogs. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "The Pryda Snare; History and Recreating it". Splice blog. 2014-09-23. Retrieved . 
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  19. ^ "Pryda Album Launch at Ministry Of Sound". Resident Advisor. Retrieved . 
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  21. ^ "Eric Prydz - Essential Mix (2013) (Essential Mix of the Year)". 
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  23. ^ "Eric Prydz announces Epic 3.0 Show, Madison Square Garden Performance". Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "Hear Eric Prydz's scorching three-hour set from EPIC 3.0". Archived from the original on October 1, 2014. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "Hit me with those 32 lasers.." Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Eric Prydz Is Bringing the World's Largest Hologram to MSG Tonight". Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  27. ^ "Eric Prydz drops the first DJ set on Apple's Beats 1 radio". Mixmag. Retrieved . 
  28. ^ Rishty, David (1 December 2015). "Eric Prydz Reveals 'OPUS' Release Date & Phase 1 of EPIC 4.0 Tour Dates". Retrieved 2016. 
  29. ^ "Four Tet remix Eric Prydz's 'Opus' - listen | NME.COM". NME.COM. Retrieved . 
  30. ^ "Eric Prydz's New Documentary Reveals the Magic Behind 'Epic 4.0' Tour". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  31. ^ "About Eric Prydz". Viacom International Incorporated. Retrieved 2016. 
  32. ^ "RA: Mouseville - Record Label". Resident Advisor. Retrieved . 
  33. ^ Mason, Kerry (2012-09-29). "Can EDM Maestro Eric Prydz Become a U.S. Star?". Billboard. Retrieved . 

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