6 things we learned talking to Eric Prydz

Later this month, Eric Prydz will make an Australian return we weren’t sure would ever come. Despite a decades-long career, Prydz’s first trip to Australia came a little under three years ago with Future Music Festival, after a fear of flying kept him from making the long haul our way.

But with the flying situation better than it’s ever been, the Swede was persuaded by Electric Gardens to come back our way for a headline slot – including making it over to Perth for the first time ever. In the lead up to the festival tour, we got Eric on the phone to touch base. Here’s what we learnt.

#1 He’s not taking chances with Perth

West coast fans can rest assured that Prydz will definitely be making it to the Perth show. “To Perth I’m travelling by bus,” he assured ITM, meaning there’s no potential for missed flights.

“It’s just the way that I’m used to travelling now. When I’m in America, we do most of the touring in North America by bus. So we’re going to do the same in Australia. It’s going to be nice to see Australia, the whole of it.”

#2 He is not having a bar of this shoey bullshit

We asked Eric if he’d consider partaking in Australia’s new national pastime – the shoey – and he wasn’t exactly receptive to the idea. “I enjoy my beer out of a glass or in the bottle, not out of a shoe,” a very confused Prydz answered.

“I think if you want to drink your beer out of a shoe, that’s kind of fine, but I have a problem seeing myself doing that. You Aussies drink out of a shoe, and I’ll stick to my glass.”

#3 Deadmau5 isn’t actually a douchebag, despite popular opinion

Prydz and Deadmau5 go way back, so Eric knows dance music’s perennial shit-stirrer better than most. His assessment? “People just don’t get him.”

“I’ve known Joel for a very long time and I just respect him. I really like his music. He has a very unique and distinct sound, and the way he writes melodies. He’s very original, which I really like, and I assume he kind of feels the same way about me, and we kind of just work together. He’s a funny guy, as well. A lot of people don’t realise because he’s coming across as a bit of a douchebag, I guess, but he’s actually a really good guy. People just don’t get him.”

And as for whether they’d ever work on a track together? “Who knows? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know. I don’t like to force stuff like that. If it happens, then great.”

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 #4 He doesn’t need a studio to make music

Prydz spends a lot of his time on a tour bus – which is good, because it’s turns out that’s where he does his best work.

“I do most of my writing when I am touring. When I’m on the road, I write a lot of new material, and when I’m back home, I tend to always sit down and kind of mix everything properly and go through it in a proper studio environment instead of just having the headphones and the laptop and all that,” he says.

“It happens that I write new music in the studio as well, but the way I have it set up now is more for mixing. Ninety-five percent of all my music is made on a tour bus.”

#5 He fanboys Daft Punk as much as the rest of us

When Eric Prydz launched EPIC 4.0, he declared it “the best looking, by far, dance music live show ever. Ever ever ever ever.”

So is there any other live dance show that holds a candle to what he does? Just one, as it turns out: “I remember the first time I saw the Daft Punk pyramid. I was really blown away by that, not essentially as much by the technology they were using, but it was just a very, very clever of working with what they had for that show. I think back then that was pretty amazing, I have to say. Very inspiring.”

#6 He’s still got love for the club

Even though Eric is a festival fixture these days, he’ll always have love for small rooms. “I love playing club shows,” he says. “To a certain point, that’s where I can really do my thing because I don’t only make kind of banging, electronic music. I like to make much more laid back stuff and deep stuff.”

“So I just feel that my spectrum can really be as big as it should be in a club environment when I have total control, and I can play for four or five hours, maybe even longer, and I can just tell a story with my music.”

Electric Gardens 2017

Thursday January 26 – Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne GA: $110.00
Saturday January 28 – Centennial Park, Sydney GA: $120.00
Sunday January 29 – Riverstage, Brisbane GA: $99
February 4 – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth GA: $85