Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Brendan Lukas6
NYC Redemption: Eric Prydz’s Legendary Performances on 11/21 & 11/24
CALLL ON MEEE! CALL ON ME! Sorry just had to get that out of my system. After the infamous shutdown of his first show ever in New York City this past July at Beekman Beer Garden, everyone was disappointed. Not with Eric Prydz, just the fact that we would have to wait even longer for him to bless NYC with a legendary set. Prydz realized this and decided to grace NYC not once, but two times last week. He also did something unthinkable, and downright awesome for a person to do. Prydz set one solid ticket price so it would cover the cost of the show, but it would result in him playing for free. Talk about redeeming yourself. Roseland Ballroom was sold out for two nights last week, both Thanksgiving Eve 11/21 and Saturday 11/24, and both nights were really something special.
Thanksgiving Eve, one of the biggest party and well, drinking nights all year. Fehrplay, one of the lucky few on Eric Pyrdz’ Pryda and Friends label, opened with a dynamic set. His display of the simple white text “FEHRPLAY” behind solid-colored LED lights created a nice, mellow mood around his progressive house beats. Then it was time for the master.
In the past few months, Prydz released a lot of his old and new tracks. They all showcase his eclectic talent for production. Wednesday’s show proved to be a welcomed surprise to all of the excited fans dancing and bobbing along throughout the three hour set. Prydz waited until the encore to play his hits “Every Day” and “Mirage.” This stunned most of the fans waiting to hear more of the popular Pryda anthems. The show was full of magnificent lasers and truly unique beats. Prydz opened his performance’s journey with a darkened set of chords full of anticipation. The rest of his set was composed of unreleased Prydz tracks, released Prydz tracks, and his version of other DJ’s songs. He played a tweaked version of “Show Me Love” with a great build of beats under it. His set was a mix of minimal and house songs that had an airy trance feel. “Pjanoo,” “Allien,” and “Leja” were all played throughout the night. The one distinct absence was “Call On Me.” CALLL ON MEEE! CALL ON ME! Sorry, I won’t do it again, I promise.
Saturday night was a whole ‘nother experience. Tyler Sherritt, hot off the club scene in NYC, joined the act. He got the crowd going with groovy house beats and a great climax moment amid flashing bright white lights right before Fehrplay took the stage. Round 2 for Fehrplay, playing an equally funky set as Wednesday night with tracks not yet released like “Nightride.” Prydz was summoned onto the stage as his epic intro segment showed the progression of his alter egos “Cirez D” and “Pryda” into “Eric Prydz” (his real name). An overwhelming bass line and melodic synths slowly kept building and then..”If every day goes like this, how do we survive?!” Prydz switched it up from Wednesday night and opened with “Every Day” right off the bat. A sign that his set was going to be entirely different. From then on, I could barely ID his set, which is admittedly embarrassing for me, but also was a real treat. You could hear hints of “Pjanoo” and “Allein” throughout his set like on Wednesday, but it was always a surprise. Prydz was composing a beautiful piece of music, almost like a symphony orchestra. It was unlike any other DJ set I have ever heard. After such legendary performances, hopefully New York City will be calling on Prydz again soon.
About the Author
Brendan Lukas A.K.A. DJ Bluto, Manhattanite, Digital Marketing major at Baruch College, Head DJ for WBMB 87.9 'The Biz,' Student Ambassador Team Captain at Sony Electronics, street teamer, writer, photographer, but most importantly lover of all things music. Lives for the nightlife and the beats. The Bluto takeover is coming soon. Follow @DJ_Bluto to stay in the know!