Eric Sheridan Prydz (/ˈprɪdz/; born July 19, 1976), additionally known by his stage names Pryda /ˈpr.də/[2] and Cirez D,/ˈs.rɛz.d/ is a Swedish DJ and producer based in Los Angeles.

Personal life

Aside from producing music, Prydz additionally runs the record labels Pryda, Pryda Friends and Mouseville, which release most of his own music.[3] On Pryda, he releases music as Pryda. On Mouseville Records, started in 2002, he releases techno tracks as Cirez D.[4] Prydz has a fear of flying, which means he mainly tours on a bus.[5]

Career

Prydz is perhaps best known for his 2004 hit single "Call on Me", which samples the Steve Winwood hit "Valerie".[6] It topped the UK singles charts for five weeks[7] and was additionally number one on the German Top 100 for six consecutive weeks.[8] Although this track made him immensely popular, Eric has stopped playing it in his shows in an attempt to distance himself from the track.[9] In a few respects he has succeeded, and with his newer songs, Eric has gained recognition from both underground and mainstream fans.[10] In 2006, he released a remixed version of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", titled "Proper Education[2]", with a video.[2] He was additionally the only artist ever to be given the go ahead to sample Pink Floyd.[13]

Together with Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, Prydz formed a group of DJs that informally referred to themselves as the Swedish House Mafia.[2] When the group with the same name officially formed in late 2008, Prydz decided not to join his friends.[2] He has collaborated with Axwell under the name Axer[2] and with Angello as A&P Project.[2][2]

In 2009, Prydz released "Miami to Atlanta," which is when the Pryda snare was first used. The Pryda snare 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, a large number of consider it to be one of the most sampled sounds in the electronic dance music world, which is notably used by producers like Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and W&W.[2]

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 a few fans might have heard as works in progress (including Shadows, Agag, Mighty Love, Allein and the intro edit of Pjanoo). Discs 2 and 3 bring together a large number of of the classic tracks from the Pryda catalogue, sequenced and mixed by the man himself, including a few of his special re-edits.[2]

The Ministry of Sound club in London hosted the launch of the 'Eric Prydz Presents Pryda' album on 14 April 2012, where Eric played a few of the tracks from the album.[3][3] Inserting the CD in a computer and visiting Eric Prydz's Facebook page provides access to a download of 'Tijuana', a track previously known as 'Space Miami ID' in .WAV format.[3]

His 2013 Essential Mix was named Essential Mix of the Year by Pete Tong.[3]

2014 was the tenth 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.[3] On 4 May 2015, Prydz announced PR(10)DA, a collection of unreleased tracks from January 2004 to December 2014. PR(10)DA was released over three EPs, leading up to an album release in February 2016.

On 19 May 2014, Prydz announced via social media the third instalment 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 throughout the Fall.[3] Prydz performed his EPIC 3.0 show on 27 September 2014, playing a large range of new and unreleased material.[3] The show incorporated a 20m, 4K hologram, and 32 lasers.[3][3]

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.[3]

On 5 February 2016, Prydz released his debut album Opus.[4]

Discography

Albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
AUS
[4]
BEL
(FL)

[33]
SWI
[34]
UK
[35]
US
[36]
Eric Prydz Presents Pryda
  • Released: May 18, 2012
  • Labels: Virgin Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8440
Opus
  • Released: February 5, 2016[4]
  • Labels: Virgin Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
56194823164

Singles

TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
SWE
[38]
AUT
[39]
BEL (FL)
[33]
BEL (WA)
[40]
FRA
[41]
GER
[42]
IRE
[43]
NL
[44]
SWI
[34]
UK
[35]
US
Dance

[45]
"Call on Me"200411413111102129Non-album singles
"Woz Not Woz"
(with Steve Angello)
200550638455
"Proper Education"
(vs. Pink Floyd)
2006720212104941221
"Pjanoo"2008622814213473312Eric Prydz Presents Pryda
"Niton (The Reason)"201168668245Non-album single
"Every Day"20125579613Opus
"Liberate"20141007128
"Tether"[6]
(vs. CHVRCHΞS)
201583107Non-album single
"Generate"Opus
"Opus"[6]362
"—" denotes single that didn't chart or wasn't released.

Other charted songs

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
Dance

[45]
"Genesis"2007Eric Prydz Presents Pryda
"Allein"201212
"SW4"

Other releases

as Eric Prydz
2001
  • By Your Side / Mr. Jingles
  • Bass-Ism / Groove Yard (with Marcus Stork)
2002
  • Mr. Jingles (2002 Re-еdit) / Chasing It / On the Strip (EP1)
  • Tha Disco
  • Tha Get Down / Tonight / Deeper Still (EP2)
2003
2004
  • Slammin' / Inner Space
2011
  • 2Night
2012
  • Every Day
  • We Are Mirage (with EOTS)
  • Mighty Love (Instrumental Mix) (with Andreas Postl)
2014
  • Liberate
2015
2016
as Pryda
2004
  • Human Behaviour / Lesson One
  • Spooks / Do It
2005
  • Nile / Sucker DJ
  • Aftermath / The Gift
2006
  • Remember / Frankfurt
2007
  • RYMD / Armed
  • Ironman / Madderferrys
  • Muranyi / Balaton
  • Europa / Odyssey
2008
  • Pjanoo / F12
  • Evouh / Wakanpi / Rakfunk
2009
  • Animal / Miami To Atlanta / Loaded
  • Melo / Lift / Reeperbahn
  • Waves / Alfon
2010
  • RYMD 2010 / Inspiration
  • EMOS / Viro
  • M.S.B.O.Y. / The End
  • Niton / Vega
  • Illusions / Glimma
2011
  • Mirage / Juletider / With Me
2012
  • Bergen / Recomondos[6]
2013
  • Power Drive[6]
  • Layers
  • Rotonda
  • Lycka / F.A.T.[6]
2014
  • Mija / Origins / Backdraft / AXIS[6]
2015
  • Rebel XX / Run / Loving You / Neuron[6] [Pryda 10 Vol I]
  • Welcome to My House / Annexet / Clapham / Snaz / Rush / TID[6] [Pryda 10 Vol II]
  • One Day / SOL / Bussen / Border Control / Bytatag / INOX / Crossings / Seadweller / The Truth / Arpe / Frost / Night Breed[6] [Pryda 10 Vol III]
as Cirez D
2003
  • Diamond Girl / It's Over / W-Dizco
2004
  • Control Freak / Hoodpecker
  • Deep Inside
2005
  • Knockout / Lost Love
  • Re-Match / B-Boy
  • Teaser / Lollipop
2006
  • Punch Drunk / Copyrat
  • Mouseville Theme
2007
  • Horizons / Tigerstyle
2008
  • Läget?
  • Stockholm Marathon / The Journey
2009
  • The Tunnel / Raptor
  • On Off / Fast Forward
2010
  • Glow
  • Bauerpost / Glow (In the Dark Dub)
  • The Tumble / EXIT
2011
  • Full Stop
  • Tomorrow / Sirtos Madness (with Acki Kokotos)
  • Mokba
2013
  • Thunderstuck / Drums in the Deep
2014
  • Accents / Revolution[7] (free download)
  • Ruby
2015
  • Voided / On Top Baby / Chaos / Deep Inside (Remix) / Rise[7] (Cirez D Vol D)
2016
  • In the Reds / Century of the Mouse [7]
as Sheridan
2002
  • Sunlight Dancing
  • Wants vs. Needs
2004
  • High on You
2006
  • Fatz Theme / Flycker
as Moo
2002
  • Seashells
2003
  • Jonico (Mediterranean Mix) (with Luciano Ingrosso)
  • Sunset at Keywest
as AxEr
2006
as A&P Project
2003
as The Dukes of Sluca
2002
  • Don't Stop / Steam Machine / Always Searching (with Andreas Postl)
2003
  • Mighty Love (vs. Apollo) (with Andreas Postl)
as Groove System
2001
  • Vacuum Cleaner / Chord Funk (with Marcus Stork)
as Hardform
2003
  • Dirty Souls / Fear Tha Pimps / Back to the Groove (with Marcus Stork)
as ToNjA Holma
2007
  • Loco (unreleased)
  • Gemo (unreleased)
2012
  • Bern (unreleased)
2013
  • Spanish Delight (unreleased)
2015
  • Trippleton (unreleased)
as Fiol Lasse
2009

Remixes

2002
  • Outfunk – Echo Vibes (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Star Alliance – PVC (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Par-T-One – I'm So Crazy (Eric Prydz Remix)
2003
  • Harry's Afro Hut – C'mon Lady (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Outfunk – Lost in Music (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Steve Angello – Voices (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Snap! vs. Motivo – The Power (Of Bhangra) (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • M Factor – Come Together (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • The Attic – Destiny (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Futureshock – Pride's Paranoia (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Oliver Lieb & Shakeman Presents: Smoked – Metropolis (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Miracles (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Aloud – Sex & Sun (Eric Prydz Remix)
2004
  • Duran Duran – (Reach Up For The) Sunrise (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • The Shapeshifters – Lola's Theme (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Mutiny vs. Lorraine Cato – Holding On (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Alter Ego – Rocker (Eric Prydz Remix)
2005
2006
  • Double 99 – R.I.P. Groove (Cirez D Remix)
  • Switch – A Bit Patchy (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Paolo Mojo – 1983 (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Duran Duran – Nice (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Inner City – Good Life (Eric Prydz Summer 2006 Edit)
2007
  • Sven Väth – The Beauty and the Beast (Eric Prydz Re-edit)
2008
  • Jim Rivers & Paolo Mojo – Ron Hardy Said (Eric Prydz Remix)
  • Christian Smith & John Selway – Total Departure (Cirez D Remix)
2009
2010
2011
2012
2014
  • deadmau5The Veldt (feat. Chris James) (deadmau5 vs. Eric Prydz Edit)
  • Sailor & I vs. Âme – Turn Around (Eric Prydz Private Remix) (unreleased)
2015
  • Adventure – Rio (Eric Prydz Remix) (unofficial)