I once said that Eric Prydz is the greatest living electronic music producer. I stand by that. After seeing him across the world this year, from Ultra to Tomorrowland and now to Boston, I affirm that Eric Prydz is firmly in the league of live performers—joined by the likes of deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Sven Vath, Gesaffelstein, Daft Punk, and Kaskade—that blend a performance style so uniquely with their production style. Between festival performances and EPIC, or Eric Prydz in Concert, I have seen one of the most dedicated followings in all of electronic music. It’s hard to disagree if you’ve ever seen HOLO in person. Or if you’ve been hit with those laser beams.
The night started off strong with an opening set from Kristin Rose, a talented New York and Philadelphia-based DJ. Kristin played a killer progressive house set, blending house and techno with deeper elements to create a pleasantly groovy vibe. I was excited to hear from Kristin that Prydz is also her favorite producer, and she’s no stranger to his live performance; Kristin closed for Eric in Philadelphia this summer.
Now it’s midnight. Eric takes the stage. There’s a familiarity to his opening ID; I’d liken it to a Pryda fan exploring a new place that somehow feels like home. Even though Eric is notorious for playing unnamed tracks—and I say notorious in the fondest way possible—his style is so unique that there’s a comfort to listening to him, regardless of how well known the track is. The music always finds a way to bring me back to my Pryda origins. Appropriately, Origins was the next track to come, and then several other IDs before one of the most energy culminating moments of the night: Juletider. The crowd’s subtly explosive energy reverberated throughout the room in waves. Like a sunburst permeating the clouds, a breakdancer paved his way in the middle of the crowd, rumbling his way through The Tumble. In a similar but inverse way, Cirez D shone through the set at all the right times, adding a darker and deeper element to the night.
What came next was the true culminating moment of the night: the transition between Eric’s private remix of Every Day and Generate. The buildup from a Cirez D-dominated second half of the set led perfectly into a euphoric release as Generate concluded the night. I’ve never seen a happier crowd. As bittersweet as it is to finish an Eric Prydz set, there’s comfort in his reassurance:
"All of the love we generate...
The only thing that carries me on.
There's nothing we need that it can't create."
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