NEW YORK, NEW YORK—Underground DJ and Producer, Eric Prydz, conquered New York City this past weekend with back to back performances as a cult following of fans poured into Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October, 19. Executing an ominous performance of exuding lights, Prydz revived the refreshing sounds of underground electronic music, abandoning “mainstreamed” commercialism at the door, and placing music at the forefront of the stage where it ultimately should be.
Upon entering Hammerstein Ballroom opening acts performed in utter darkness setting the stage for a murky, dungeonesque ambiance. The absence of light forced fans to appreciate the music unaccompanied by any pyrotechnics, effects, or smoke eruptions from the stage, which have now become predictable staples of any norm EDM show.
Accustomed to the bleak darkness, Eric Prydz’s initial introduction startled the crowd as streams of light began radiating towards the audience, stimulating senses with computerized graphics and heightening the suspense for Prydz to emerge. The invigorated fans cheered as Prydz surfaced to the drop of an electrifying beat followed by beams of colorful light that flashed from obscurity. Acutely executed, the contrast from preliminary darkness to intensifying vibrance was so distinct, making it seem all the more magnanimous.
Prydz refreshingly strayed away the from the ordinary by remaining unnoticed the majority of his performance, never once conversing or declaring his thoughts to the crowd, ultimately leaving only the music to do the talking for the night.
In a world where commercialism plagues the music, artists, and industry they are in, Eric Prydz has maintained an obstructed distance from its blight. Keeping all spotlights shined away from him and solely onto his music, he has preserved the essence of electronic music and underground sound. Never letting the bells and whistles of mainstream EDM sway from his roots, he has remained grounded toward music and for that he should be respected and revered. In a time where many artists have been lured into creating bouncy and catchy top-40 tracks, thankfully we have Eric Prydz to keep it real, keep it dark, and keep it dirty.
Utilizing ground-breaking new techniques, Eric Prydz’s ‘EPIC’ show sits neatly at the meeting point between cutting edge music and technology. Being the first dance event in the world to feature live, 3D holograms, every show features a unique 30 meter installation that extends from the stage out into the crowd (with a build time of 3 days). It also sees one of the first uses of holograms in a live music show environment, in addition to 3D animation, rotational mapping and film that is mapped onto the sets moving and static structures. All video content for the show is designed specifically for the intricate projection surfaces; the result is a multi-faceted visual show and vehicle for Prydz’s music. EPIC exclusively features Prydz’s own material (under his various guises including Pryda and Cirez D) and will be the trigger for all the show’s visual elements.
In response to his tour, Eric Prydz stated, “I wanted a new show that expressed my music in a visual context. I want to push the boundaries of a live electronic music show with technology that hasn’t been used before and to give my fans an experience that they will never forget.”