How Eric Prydz successfully manages four separate monikers and his wildly innovative EPIC and HOLO tours is truly a wonder. Only a week after the release of hisElements EP under his Pryda banner, the Swedish electronic mastermind has announced the project is next in his queue: an impending Cirez D EP.
Commonly pinned as Prydz’s darker, cerebral alias, the project’s instantly recognizable Mouseville graphic cropped up in a recent post from Prydz on social media, captioned with no room for speculation, setting fans into a frenzy. Speculation surrounding the new release already points to unidentified new sonics weaved into Prydz Ultra 2018 performance, though an official track list has yet to surface. Release details are sparse at this time, though considering momentum is still high from the recent delivery of Elements, new Cirez D is imminent.
After sharing the news that a four-track Pryda EP was imminent, Eric Prydz delivered a 17-minute Pryda mini mix at the end of the 580th episode of Tiësto‘s Club Life radio show, seizing the opportunity to offer fans a preview of what the then untitled EP would sound like.
Titled Elements, the new EP is Pryda’s first release of 2018. Meticulously constructed, the four tracks that makeup the production—“Elements,” “Obsessive Progressive,” “The HoaX,” and “Project L.O.V.E.”—are at once stimulating and indulgently dark in intonation, in true Pryda fashion.
Despite Eric Prydz having just buckled down in the studio for a forthcoming Pryda EP, somehow the producer’s still found time to explore his darker alias, Cirez D.
His latest cut is a brooding extension of an anonymous producer from Belgium named BETON, whose track “Directions” was signed to Tiga’s Turbo Recordings.“Everywhere I played it, people asked what it was,” Tiga said about the original. “Recently, after having posted a clip of it online, an old friend by the name of Eric Prydz aka Cirez D asked me what it was and if he could have it.”
Prydz has embued a high-octane edit on “Directions” that manages to amplify BETON’s choice production with its deeply tumultuous Prydz-fashion.
“We toyed with the idea of keeping it as a top-secret weapon for personal use, but decided to share it with the world instead.”
Known for his cutting-edge visual spectacles, Eric Prydz recently uploaded another glimpse into his new live show HOLO to his social media accounts. The progressive house auteur previously announced the new show concept in January, which will pioneer the use of holographic technology in the live music experience.
Building off Prydz’s visually stunning EPIC 5.0 display, the short clip shows a massive DNA helix in rotation as it seamlessly floats above the ground — altogether messing with our conception of 3-dimensional spaces. Still, there are big plans on the horizon for an EPIC 6.0 reboot set to premiere sometime next year.
Prydz plans to bring his live HOLO set-up to three UK stops this summer: June 2nd at Braehead Arena (Glasgow), June 30th at the Belsonic Festival (Belfast), and August 30th at the Creamfields Festival (Daresbury).
Insomniac added over 25 new artists and 14 events to the fifth annual EDC week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the festival’s 22nd annual installment.
In doing so, the festival welcomes 14 signature party experiences during the week of May 16–23, including the hardstyle focused Basscon Pool Party and two dubstep-fueled Bassrush parties, along with a variety of diverse headliners throughout the week. New programming includes a vast array of parties across the cities hottest nightclubs, including Elephante, Porter Robinson, NGHTMRE, Gryffin, Hot Since 82, Illenium, Yellow Claw, and many more.
Full programming details, more information, and tickets are available here.
Living up to its promise to “expect the unexpected” in 2018, UMF capped off a lofty Miami Music Week with a number of attention-grabbing acts from dance music’s top tastemakers, including David Guetta, Kaskade, Eric Prydz, and Above & Beyond, along with an illustrious cast of newcomers in REZZ, Jauz, and Virtual Self. The most exalted act of the weekend came in the form of a highly anticipated reunion from Swedish House Mafia, who filled the surprise guest slot to close out the festival. Marshmello made his main stage debut and premiered his newest collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, The Chainsmokers put the naysayers to bed with their high-energy performance, which included four unreleased tracks and a flaming drum solo, and Sir Carl Cox delivered a high-powered spectacle in his Resistance Megastructure.
Other notable moments came care of DJ Snake, who brought out Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer to debut their new collaboration, “Let’s Get Ill;” Axwell Λ Ingrosso, who opened their set with a captivating new track ID; Tiësto, who invited out his new fiancé, model Annika Backes, to the stage; and Steve Aoki, who assembled Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo, and Play-N-Skillz for a live performance of their recent release, “Azukita.”
For those who can’t count themselves lucky enough to have witnessed the live weekend spectacle, DA has compiled a comprehensive list of streams from UMF 2018 to relive the festival’s most magical moments.
Ultra Music Festival has unveiled their phase one lineup ahead of the festivals European edition. The bill touts EDM heavy weights The Chainsmokers and Marshmello as two of the festival’s three headliners, with Eric Prydz occupying the third closing slot.
Other names atop the lineup include Ultra mainstays Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Axwell / Ingrosso, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Galantis, Hardwell and Steve Angello. In addition, techno stalwarts Carl Cox and Marco Carola will return to headline the festival’s new Resistance stage, which features some of techno’s most storied DJs.
The festival returns to the Poljud stadium in Split, Croatia on July 6-8.
When it comes to a record of the most widely supported producers of today, 1001Tracklists offers a look through a retrospective lens, releasing its list of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” a little over a week into 2018.
The “world’s leading DJ tracklist database,” 1001Tracklists accounts for mixes, radio shows, and club and festival sets alike, maintaining a quantitative musical log that tracks the frequency with which a given producer’s works appear across tracklists. 1001Tracklists’ meticulous strategy to measuring producer prominence across mixes, radio shows, and sets results in a precisely ordered list sees Skrillex at the very peak of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” list, coming in at first place with a “Total Unique DJ Support” of 1,463. 1001 Tracklists’ “Total Unique DJ Support” represents the total number of times that a release crafted by the producer surfaced.
Don Diablo trailed Skrillex with a support of 1,198, followed by Axwell with 1,007, Diplo with 1,002, and Hardwell, rounding out the top five with 997. The broad list sees BROHUG, Tiesto, EDX, Eric Prydz, and more place within the top 20. The complete list of the most heavily supported producers of the previous year can be viewed here.
2017 was an epic year for the genre shapeshifter Eric Prydz. Capping off the year with three headlining performances at the storied Output club in Brooklyn, Prydz has continued to push the boundaries of progressive house and infiltrate the electronic music mainstream deeper than ever before. Known to experiment with alter aliases — Cirez D, Pryda — Prydz announced the coming of his debut EP as the mysterious Tonja Holma alias back in November.
Beginning the new year in stride, Prydz has released the 24th episode of his EPIC Radio show via Beats 1. “As this year is coming to an end, I have been reflecting a lot over all the cool stuff that I’ve been doing this year. All the experiences I’ve had,” he says. The episode features a plethora of tracks, all honing in on the progressive sonic landscape Prydz has helped popularize.