For the first time in its history, Eric Prydz’s EPIC will be touching down on American soil, starting with a two night performance at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom. An artistic and highly stylized experience, EPIC 2.0 is set to break new ground and redefine the expectation of a “DJ-in-concert” experience. In sharp contrast to many of his peers touring performances, Prydz and his team will be performing 100% live this time around, piecing together the music and the visuals on the fly. It’s no secret that Prydz’s legacy comes from his own deep love for the music, a sort of art for arts sake approach during a time when clarity of vision has been replaced with over-the-top pyrotechnics and flamboyant showmanship. “For us, as a team, and me, as an artist, when you do these big live shows, most of them are pre-planned. The scale of the production, the pre-planning and pre-programming to make everything work together — it’s too static and boring. With EPIC 2.0 my team and I decided we didn’t want to do that, we didn’t want to be boring, so we are doing it live. It’s not just me playing whatever tracks I want, it’s live across the board, the visuals are live, the music is live, it’s just like we are all jamming.”
We wanted to create another way of expressing ourselves other than writing about our favorite tunes so we decided to feature Spotify playlists comprised of our personal picks. Get to know us a little better by exploring our eclectic taste in dance music. (more…)Posted by
Trailing a successful Pryda Friends tour that spanned the Western coastline of the US, both Fehrplay and Jeremy Olander will be returning stateside this fall, making appearances in Boston, Toronto, and New York. The duo is slated to join Eric Prydz on four of the tour dates, who will be showcasing his remarkably well-received EPIC concept. The tour will kick off on September 27 in Boston, with more November tour dates TBA soon.
For a preview of what’s to come, check out the Pryda Friends EPIC radio takeover here.
Eric Prydz and the EPIC 2.0 tour roll into the Big Apple on October 18th and 19th, bringing the Pryda Friends music-first progressive house mentality to New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. With Saturday’s show already sold out, Dancing Astronaut and Pacha NYC have teamed up to give our dedicated readers a chance to experience EPIC 2.0 from the floor on Friday, October 18th. For those unwilling to leave seeing the legendary Eric Prydz up to chance, tickets for Friday’s show are still available.
You’ve heard the arguments, seen the disgruntled tweets – perhaps even pondered the Beatport chart in your own time. Whichever way you look at it, few genre handles have been as widely discussed and challenged as that of progressive house. Be it the historic workings of such British pioneers as John Digweed and Sasha or such vocal genre advocates as Eric Prydz, its reign upon the modern dance floor has often been misunderstood, but never truly shaken in spite of the commercial overhaul.
A melodically refined concoction of upfront euphoria and strong melodic composure, the sound has often been referenced as a bastard child of both trance and underground techno, but has continued to sail on the merits of providing an aural canvas as powerful as it is provocative. Perhaps one of the most subtle and artistic sub-handles to evolve from days of more uplifting focus, its pioneers have continued to adapt a “less-is-more” mantra that firmly separates it from the pounding kicks and two-tone synths now dominating the digital market. The waters may have muddied where the coinage of this genre is concerned, but a select handful of artists have remained true to its overarching values, offering enough encouragement to the fact that despite the abundance of commercial electro house being falsely attributed to it, progressive house still has its share of well-versed disciples. Dancing Astronaut digs deep to showcase the artists keeping this often-misconstrued genre alive for 2013. (more…)Posted by
Eric Prydz’s EPIC Radio series has come to be a seminal feature of the Pryda brand. Although new episodes surface only once in a blue moon, each new edition proves well worth the wait. While EPIC Radio 008 brought us a special Cirez D appearance, the newest episode in the series sees Jeremy Olander and Fehrplay of Pryda Friends take the helm for a two hour showcase. Alternating with each track, Jeremy and Jonas offer a truly back-to-back experience, channeling their refined tastes in deep house, techno, and progressive house. Packed with tantalizing unreleased originals and remixes, Episode 009 continues the EPIC Radio tradition of premiering exclusive material.
Jeremy and Fehrplay also announced that they will be adding more North American tour dates to their Pryda Friends tour. If you missed it, check out our recent double interview with Jeremy Olander and Fehrplay prior to the tour’s inception.
As promised, the first dates for Eric Prydz‘s foray into North American EPIC tour territory have been announced. Prydz will first be landing for two nights at Hammerstein ballroom in New York, followed by dates in Los Angeles and Chicago in the following weeks. There are lots of opportunities for shows all over the country in between those dates, so if you’re not seeing your city on the list quite yet, keep your eyes on DA for more from the Pryda PR machine.
OCT 18th & 19th – Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC
NOV 9th – Hollywood Palladium, LA
NOV 29th – Aragon Ballroom, CHICAGO
Eric Prydz’s fabled EPIC shows have already captivated thousands of fans in Europe, but now it’s time to turn the attention to North America. The EPIC concept, or Eric Prydz in Concert, will be rebranded as EPIC 2.0 and refurbished with colossal production, including state-of-the-art 3-D mapping and holograms. The brand new teaser showcases some truly stunning visual animation, as well as an unidentified Prydz track with mysterious, warping arpeggios. North American dates for the EPIC 2.0 tour will be announced soon.Posted by
Few have held the corner for progressive house as consistently as Pryda Friends breakout Jeremy Olander. This month, the man behind the infectious “Let Me Feel” is back with a steadfast remix for Swedish band Kent set to test the waters of his studio get-up to a considerable extent. As emphasized by his re-imagining of Golden Girl’s “Kinetic” earlier this year, Jeremy is not squeamish where his choice of remix duties is concerned. Premiered by Prydz himself during his Essential Mix duties, young Olander leaps behind the wheel of “Petroleum” to rally a hypnotic and melodic new spoil ahead of his impending North American tour alongside Fehrplay. The vocals may play-out in his native tongue, but the impact is just as on-point, pointing to further leaps and bounds in the name of Pryda Friends to the reclamation of a genre misunderstood by the masses. (more…)Posted by
Live from Privilege, Ibiza, Eric Prydz took to the BBC Radio 1 airwaves for an encore Essential Mix to follow his critically acclaimed mix from earlier this year. The 80-minute live set may not have ran as long as his previous two-hour outing, but it certainly came with the onslaught of unidentified tunes to match its caliber. What could be recognized within the mix, however, stood out as landmarks for the Pryda empire and included tracks such as “On Off,” borrowed from his Cirez D persona, and an “Every Day” interlude nostalgic of January’s Essential Mix.Posted by