He's a Swede (with a pretty thick accent). But he's currently stationed in London. And he's not a big fan of flying. So, you've likely not seen Eric Prydz live here in the States. That's one of the things that makes the ID Festival so special – you're getting the opportunity to see Prydz spin his house, electro house, prog house, tech house and techno. Do you know what else makes that such a special occurrence? Those genres were pretty much birthed here in the Motor City. So, in a way, the Swedish Brit will be travelling via plane (again, something he does not enjoy) to bring his brand of Detroit EDM to an audience who will undoubtedly appreciate it. Before his trip overseas, we were able to get him to answer a few questions about his place in the electronic realm and what it means to play in such a historically rich EDM town.
Tell me about your upcoming performance in metro Detroit. How does it feel to perform in the birthplace of EDM?
I'm really exited to come back to Detroit again! There is so much music history and talent in your town and I've been very inspired by your music over the years.
What would you be doing with your life if you weren't creating music?
Hm, the creative process is something I need in my life to work as a person, so I guess if not music, then something else creative.
There's been several things written about you having a fear of flying. Is this true, and how do you deal with it?
Yeah, flying ain't at the top of my "favorite things to do" list. I do, however, have to face it sometimes, and then it's just about getting my shit together for a few hours.
Do you prefer large, festival performances or smaller, club performances?
I like them both equal. Festivals are great, as you can play all the big room records, and seeing 50,000 to 200,000 people going nuts to your music is an amazing thing. Playing clubs is a more intimate experience and you can take your time building a vibe with less obvious records and take people on a journey.
What do you prefer to make – original tracks or remixes? Why?
Making remixes is always fun, as you can put your own touch to someone else's music. When I take on a remix, I normally try to take the track in a totally different direction and change the mood completely. I do spend most of my studio time making my own music, and if I have to choose one of the two, then that's what I like doing the most.
Tell me what your creative process looks like. Are you someone who bangs out a whole track in one sitting, or do you chip away at it until it's exactly where you want it to be?
It's different every time actually. Sometimes I can be stuck with a track for months or even years! Other tracks are done in under one hour. I normally play around with synths and samples until I find a groove or melody that I like, and then take it further from there. Sometimes I come up with melodies in my head, doing something completely different. Normally I then drop everything and get my gear started to get that idea down before I forget it.
What's next for you as an artist?
I'm currently on a two-month North American tour that ends the last week in August. Then I'm off to Europe again for a whole month in Ibiza, Spain for my Amnesia residency every Tuesday. I'm currently working on brand new Eric Prydz music that will be released after the summer. | RDW
ID Festival • 7/20, 2 p.m. • Elektricity Festival Grounds • 10 Water St., Pontiac • idfestival.com • All Ages • $40-$60 (VIP Also Available)