In an effort to distinguish a sound so distinct from everyone else, Eric Prydz‘ long-term standing as a first-class producer has, in a way, been slept on in the States, until now. For the first time since 2011, Prydz brought fans to another dimension of live performance with the return of his EPIC 2.0 show (Eric Prydz In Concert) on Oct. 18 & 19, along with Pryda friends Fehrplay and Jeremy Olander, at the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom.
Against the fad of just “pressing buttons,” Prydz brought two nights of non-uniform, completely live editing and mixing for a two-part tracklist that could never be replicated, except by the EPIC man himself. The EPIC performance was a show of never-before-heard live edits that teased the mind, considering only one Prydz track was being mixed in while snippets of four different tracks from Prydz, Pryda, and the darkness of Cirez D were simultaneously titillating our eager ears–nostalgic melodies flared while 360 degrees of three-dimensional holograms and visuals beat-matched to every crisp drum, hi-hat, and multiple Layers of sound.
Armin and Tiesto gave us trance, Derick and Kevin gave us techno, and Eric Prydz made us understand progressive house. The presence of each alter-ego shined as rapturous progressive melodies, uplifting electronica, and tantalizing techno productions poured through a next-to-perfect sound system as this one man stood as the centerpiece in a dome of curved LED lights and sound. The show’s intro included a giant hologram of Prydz himself, a process that involved Eric being laser scanned in 3D, among many other unworldly visuals that, at points, created a sense of being on a spaceship.
The backdrops of lighthouses, sunsets, and a stained glass church window uniformly fit the completely distorted edits of fan favorite tracks Pjanoo, Rotonda, Depeche Mode‘s Personal Jesus, and of course Cirez D’s On Off. What was truly a treat for Prydz veterans was hearing The Drill for the first time in a long while, then transitioning into Rush and Powerdrive (EPIC 2.0 Bauerpost Edit) for the ultimate jaw-drop while we reached for laser beams coming from all angles.
The artistic vision, attention to sound and detail, and technical precision put into EPIC 2.0 was unquestioned during Saturday’s performance. The setup allowed fans into the mind of Eric Prydz, with three-tier LED wings that stretched outward and reflective nets outlining the balconies, lighting created the effect of the crowd sitting in Eric’s over-sized studio listening to his original creations how he envisioned them to be heard. EPIC 2.0 will be travelling to Hollywood’s Palladium and Chicago’s Aragon theater next month, so be sure to catch this EPIC show before it sells out.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Rauner.