15 years of Pryda: Eric Prydz shares expansive second edition of Pryda 15 EP series

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Eric Prydz‘s ornate sonic catalog has long rested on the pinnacle of the progressive house hierarchy. A master of iconoclastic live visuals and multifaceted aural approaches, Prydz has developed a number of aliases over the years, through which he can categorize his kaleidoscope of varying sound designs: namely Eric Prydz, Cirez D, and Pryda.

Pryda has stood for years, 15, in fact, as a vessel through which Prydz has funneled his more club-centric dance-scapes. The Pryda project has endured as something of a litmus test for Prydz fans, the midway point between the more accessible Eric Prydz cuts, and the exceedingly shadowy and tech-fueled Cirez D tracks. To mark the anniversary, he’s begun rolling out a three-part EP series, chock-full of anthemic progressive offerings, both brand new songs and longtime IDs from his performances, the latter of which die-hard fans have no doubt been hungrily tracking.

The eight-part second arm of the series is as forceful as it is mellifluous, from the swirling keys on “The Drive” to the vapory crests of “The Riddle.” Rousing builds run abound; and the result offers nothing short of dancefloor transcendence. Prydz has yet to share an official release date for the third and final installment.

Eric Prydz’s ‘Opus’ gets a masterful orchestral rework at Tomorrowland [Watch]

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Eric Prydz brought his most technologically advanced live production to date with him to Tomorrowland this year, debuting the Holosphere concept during the festival’s first weekend. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Swedish electronic deity was also honored at Tomorrowland with a technologically stripped performance of one of the most recognizable tracks in his sprawling catalog, “Opus.”

Tomorrowland’s orchestra performed their re-envisioning of Prydz’ 2016 masterwork, highlighting the versatility of the song’s indisputable impact. Considering Prydz had to scrap the Holosphere performance for the festival’s second weekend, this special orchestral homage certainly makes up for a portion of those disappointing technical issues. See the Tomorrowland orchestra perform “Opus” below.

Eric Prydz unveils EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE at Tomorrowland Weekend 1 [Watch]

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Eric Prydz unveils EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE at Tomorrowland Weekend 1 [Watch]Eric Prydz 2016

This past weekend July 19-21, Eric Prydz took over Tomorrowland‘s Freedom Stage for one of the most anticipated performances of the year — EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE. The visionary and renowned Swedish producer has masterminded his EPIC shows since 2011, with the intent on merging boundary-pushing technology with music in order to execute a mind-blowing live show. When Prydz shared the impending debut of his latest innovation EPIC 6.0, he claimed it was his most technologically advanced production to date. Racking in over two years of development, EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE officially debuted at Tomorrowland Weekend 1 on Friday night.

The latest iteration of the HOLO production employs a multi-story sphere, millions of LEDs, and dozens of panels to create its breathtaking holographic visuals. The entirety of EPIC 6.0 production is done live, with Prydz reading the crowd through cameras and the tech team following suit to coordinate with his mixing. Equipped with transformative intergalactic space themes and fitting track selections from his exhaustive archive of Eric Prydz, Pryda and Cirez D aliases, Prydz once again reigns in his title as the king of audiovisual storytelling.

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See how Eric Prydz’s most ambitious live rig was made, EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE

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Eric Prydz is embarking on his most technologically innovative stage setup yet, EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) 6.0: HOLOSPHERE, set to debut at Tomorrowland on July 20. The premise of EPIC is the DJ superstar’s brainchild where technology and music coincide as one, and in this iteration, he’ll be performing in a two story LED transparent sphere.

The news of the technological undertaking was shared earlier this year, and a snippet of the masterpiece was teased on social media last month.

Prydz has been performing EPIC shows since 2011 with the goal of blowing people away through the marriage of technology and music, and the Swedish DJ’s production team has been relatively successful using lasers, larger-than-life LED screens, and enormous holograms. EPIC 6.0 will take the concept to new heights, as the Holosphere engineers have been working on the spectacle for the last two years. The project is 8 meters wide, and the production is so large, the festival had to redesign its grounds to accommodate the tech art.

While EPIC 5.0 centered around a 44-meter-wide holographic projection that hovered over the crowd, this new iteration is a multi-story sphere intertwined with more than 2.4 million LEDs that will transform into various creative objects throughout the performance. Prydz’s longtime collaborator, Mark Calvert from the tech entity Realtime Environment Systems (RES), told The Verge,“All these [EPIC] shows have been amazing, but at the end of the day they were two-dimensional projections,” he said, explaining the move away from hologram and towards an LED structure that provides more depth without distortion.

The Holosphere is made up of 72 handmade panels designed by Light Initiative founder Bryn Williams. Each panel has LEDs on both side, varying in shape, and are puzzled onto a metal skeleton. The five-tone design has to be split in two to accommodate for the maximum weight allowed on the stage, the top half is bolted to the ceiling, while the bottom half is supported by the stage.

While the physical nature of the sphere is literally massive, visual animations and effects will grasp festival goers attention with intergalactic space themes and a reported giant eyeball. The show designers mind altering animations were made using an amalgamation of Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya, and Adobe After Effects. They used a yoga ball for testing the spherical layout, which had the designers thinking differently since they’ve been used to designing for flat surfaces.

The sphere isn’t the only thing on stage. On both sides of the gargantuan sphere, there will be two equally large video screens. Lighting designer Ross Chapple has also equipped the stage with more than 500 fixtures that include 150 laser diodes, lamp beams, and LED bars that are on motors to move around the Holosphere. There is also a lighting rig above the centerpiece that will assist with an exploding effect for epic moments.

With all of this put in place, another crazy aspect is the entire production will be done live. Typically, bigger spectacles are synced and time-coded, but of course, Prydz has to go above and beyond. The “Call On Me” producer will have cameras of the crowd to dictate what he wants to play next. Liam Tomaszewski and Ross Chapple will take control in front of house with extensive knowledge of every Prydz song, minus the order in which he’ll play the songs.

The live entertainer continues to hit new highs with his show, placing the showcase on a pedestal of live performance. After two years of building this live spectacle, the team has two hours to execute its full potential at the biggest stage on the planet.

H/T: Dani Deahl for The Verge

Eric Prydz drops first of three ‘Pryda 15’ EPs

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Of all of Eric Prydz‘ assorted aliases, Pryda is perhaps the most notable. While fans relish the hard-hitting techno of Cirez D and the minimal funk of Tonja Holma, the lush chords and dynamic nature of a Pryda track are what brings the crowd to their knees every time, praying at the church of Pyrdz.

This is a project the Swedish-born house maven started 15 years ago, and he is paying homage to that impressive anniversary with three new EP’s, the first of which having just been released. Pryda 15: Volume 1 features six tracks that are available for purchase for the first time, but have been heard in Prydz’s live shows for years.

Fans of Prydz know that IDs are his speciality. His discography is extensive, but he is notorious for keeping the best cuts reserved for his live sets only. It’s what keeps his ever-loyal fanbase coming back to see him 30 times or more. Now, many of those fans will rejoice in having access to these six tracks, some of which he’s been playing out for years.

According to the Prydz Subreddit which has an in-depth catalogue of his ID’s, some of the tracks found on this EP have been in his vault going back almost a decade. “New Eras” was originally referred to as “EPIC Radio 006 ID” after being played on Prydz’ radio show in 2012. “Warrior” was first played live in 2010, nine years ago. With two more EP’s coming out in this series Prydz might see fit to release a weapon he’s had for the project’s entire 15-year history.

Each of the electronic compositions included on this EP is its own progressive journey. Some are more uplifting and energetic like “Illumination,” and others are dark and brooding like “Linked.” The guiding principle behind them all, however, is that the listener ends in a different place than where they started.

King of visuals Eric Prydz primed to outdo himself with ‘EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE’ [Watch]

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Eric Prydz‘ creativity knows no bounds. He imagines it, and sometime later, a team of technical geniuses make the most breathtaking interactive visual displays into reality. Now, with the impending debut of his “most technically advanced” live production to date, Prydz is set to outdo himself with EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE.

The new live setup will be unveiled at Tomorrowland which takes runs from July 19 – 21. The Elements producer teased his jaw-dropping new 3D visuals online, just a month ahead of the show’s official debut. Get a sneak peek below.

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Watch Cirez D’s two-hour Coachella set, live from the festival’s Yuma stage

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Watch Cirez D’s two-hour Coachella set, live from the festival’s Yuma stageEric Prydz Cochella

Eric Prydz took his Cirez D alias to Coachella this year for both weekends, serenading techno fanatics and listeners alike at the YUMA stage. The Swedish producer who rose to fame in 2004 with his hit single, “Call on Me,” has distanced himself from the mainstream, forging his own path through the wired forest of stage production with holograms and his new forward thinking live concept, VOID.

Prydz’ Cirez D alias takes Prydz’ talents underground, to cater to his–and fans’–techno cravings. He also plays almost exclusively his own music, which is an accomplishment in itself, given the two-hour length of his recent public performance at Coachella’s second weekend. The only song not by Cirez D is Thomas Schumacher‘s “Golden Hour.”

Photo Credit: Loren Wohl

Eric Prydz re-enters remix ring with hypnotic rework of CamelPhat and Cristoph’s ‘Breathe’

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Eric Prydz is back in action. The multi-alias entity has remained a particularly active agent in electronic circles, where he’s released a wealth of new material under his three flanking aliases, TONJA HOLMA, Cirez D, and Pryda. Each of Prydz’s three additional sonic identities have enjoyed further musical development of late. Cirez D dropped a new EP by the name of Dare U in 2018, the same year that Prydz would release another EP, Elements, as Pryda. Prior, Prydz conceived TONJA HOLMA in 2017 via the debut of an EP that bore the same name as Prydz’s then newly minted alias.

While TONJA HOLMA, Cirez D, and Pryda spiked highs in terms of activity over the past two years, Eric Prydz has seldom debuted new music under his own name in this same timeframe. Now, Prydz’s period of silence comes to a close with the debut of an official remix of CamelPhat and Cristoph‘s entrancing Jem Cooke feature, “Breathe.” Staticky atmospheric tones comprise the opening seconds of Prydz’s take. Cooke’s vocal echoes with the same eerie potency evident on the original, to create a tantalizing effect. The melodic progressive tech house layers that Prydz adds in his remix comprise Prydz’s most intensive revisionary work, in the constructional context of the hypnotic original.

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Mad Cool adds Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and more to already expansive 2019 lineup

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Mad Cool adds Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and more to already expansive 2019 lineupMad Cool Festival Main Stage

Mad Cool’s lineup arrives as an exemplification of its name. Madrid’s multifarious music festival, Mad Cool is genre amorphous from its headliners to its flanking acts. Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and Prophets Of Rage appear as the newest headliners to top the bill, which already touts Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure. Festival organizers have added several more artists to the festival’s expansive collection of talent, including Marina–formerly of Marina & The Diamonds–Let’s Eat Grandma, SG Lewis, Black Honey, Haiku Hands, and more.

A veritable sonic sampler, Mad Cool merges many genres, including, of course, the electronic. The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Charlotte De Witte, Eric Prydz, Years & Years, and Bonobo represent just some of Mad Cool’s dance selections. Mad Cool will host its musically explorative 2019 iteration from July 11-13. Tickets to the festival are currently available for purchase, here.

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Eric Prydz, Anti Up, Dog Blood top Electric Zoo: Evolved lineup

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Electric Zoo is back for it’s 11th edition this year, returning in 2019 as Electric Zoo: Evolved with a stellar initial lineup announcement packed with top-tier talent. Made Event’s annual NYC affair finds Destructo outdoing himself on curatorial duties, programming a lineup led by Eric Prydz, Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo‘s Anti Up project, Skrillex and Boyz Noize together as Dog Blood, Excision, Diplo, ZEDD, Kaskade, and more.

The two-day festival returns to its home venue at Randall’s Island on Labor Day Weekend, running August 30 and September 1. Destructo’s AMF brand will host a stage, along with NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations imprint, Seven Lions‘ Ophelia, and Brownies & Lemonade. The initial lineup announcement also includes SHAQ sharing the decks with Borgore, 1788-L, Whethan, Alison Wonderland, Oliver Heldens, GTA, and more.

See the full Electric Zoo: Evolved lineup below. Purchase tickets here.

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