Eric Sheridan Prydz ( born 19 July 1976), also known by his stage names Pryda and Cirez D, is a Swedish DJ and producer based in Los Angeles, California.
Prydz was perhaps best known for his 2004 hit single “Call on Me”, at that time, which sampled the Steve Winwood hit “Valerie”. It topped the UK singles charts for five weeks and was also number one on the German Top 100 for six consecutive weeks. Although this track made him immensely popular, Eric has stopped playing it in his shows in an attempt to distance himself from the track. In some respects he has succeeded, and with his newer songs, Eric has gained recognition from both underground and mainstream fans. In 2006, he released a remixed version of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2”, entitled “Proper Education”, with a video.
On 21 May 2012, Prydz released his debut artist album as a 3 disc 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.
The Ministry of Sound club in London hosted the launch of the ‘Eric Prydz Presents Pryda’ album on 14 April 2012, where Eric played some of the tracks from the album.
Inserting the CD in a computer and visiting Eric Prydz’ Facebook page provides access to a download of ‘Tijuana’, a track previously known as ‘Space Miami ID’ in .WAV format.
His 2013 essential mix was named Essential Mix of the Year by Pete Tong.
Eric Prydz’ “Pryda Snare” (contained in his song Miami To Atlanta) 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, many consider it to be one of the most sampled sounds in the electronic dance music world, especially in the Beatport Top 100, which is notably used by producers such as Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and W&W.
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. On 4 May 2015, Prydz announced PR(10)DA, a collection of unreleased tracks from January 2004 to December 2014. It will be released over three EPs, leading up to an album to be released in October 2015.
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. Prydz performed his EPIC 3.0 show on 27 September 2014, playing a large range of new and unreleased material.The show incorporated a 20m, 4K hologram, and 32 lasers.
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.
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