Still Flying High
Part of the mystery might be the deep respect offered the Swedish DJ/producer by his contemporaries, but also likely is the fact that he is much scarcer on the North American clubbing and festival circuits than your average global DJ. The aura is not intentionally cultivated, however; it’s likely due to Prydz’s debilitating fear of flying—a phobia he readily admits has created huge hurdles for him in his otherwise stellar career.
Though he has not been a fixture on the North American scene, he continues to work though his condition—and, of course, his anthemic music remains in-demand. Prydz’s three-disc artist album released in May of this year, Eric Prydz Presents Pryda (Astralwerks/EMI), contained both new, unreleased Pryda productions as well as classics from the Pryda catalog, including re-edits. His latest single, “Every Day,” is another irresistible progressive-houser, perfect for massive venues.
Many DJs will remember that, beginning in 2004, Prydz has had club hits here and chart-topping singles in the U.K., including: “Call On Me,” which includes a re-recorded sample from Steve Winwood’s “Valerie”; Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd’s “Proper Education,” which samples Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall”; and “Pjanoo,” which was BBC Radio1’s record of the week four times on the “Push The Tempo” show.