Eric Prydz seems to be able to take a small cup from the fountain of ideas he has and hydrate the world with it. In an interview with Zane Lowe for Flaunt, the progressive house DJ shares a good amount of insight into his thoughts and how it all comes to fruition, one such inspiring fact being that Opus was a 30 minute session in an attempt to make a finale for EDC Las Vegas.
Described by Zane as “Understated, yet euphoric,” he goes on to talk about his relationship with Swedish House Mafia and how his input may not have been the best for the group, as he would have detracted from their visions of making anthemic tracks for the main stage and bigger airwaves. This along with his thoughts tracks with vocals and the statement that he actually liked the ‘Call On Me‘ video make for an interesting exchange. Read a part of that interview below:
Zane Lowe: How much of that was a reaction to the fact that you had such a colossal hit record so early on in your career with the song “Call On Me,” which I’m sorry, to this day is a fucking tune. I think a lot of people think of that song as being a red herring. It was a moment where people thought of you in some way, but it wasn’t who you were. How did you feel when it was a smash? What was that time in your life like?
Eric Prydz: I didn’t expect it to be. When it was first getting traction in clubs and stuff, you had people playing it. It was something else. It was seven and a half minutes. It was another type of track, but then it got signed to a big record company and the edit was made and a video.
Z: Did you like the video?
E: I liked the video but it’s not me. I didn’t have anything to say about it. They’re like, “You signed this. We can do what the fuck we want.”
For me, I’m super happy about “Call On Me” the single, and what happened to it, and that it became super successful and all that. I don’t take pride in the track, because Steve Winwood wrote the melodies in it. I added some beats, I changed the arrangement around, and somehow it connected with the audience. I’m happy it happened, but at the time I was on a different musical journey. This was just some side project that I did. It took me a half an hour to make, just a fun thing on the side. I already had my path with my labels and Pryda and the whole progressive house underground stuff and the techno with CirezD that I was doing. Then all of a sudden this happened, and I got a bunch of new Eric Prydz “Call On Me” fans that started turning up to the shows. I would open up with a John Mull record. They’re like, “What?”
Z: It’s a long road back, isn’t it?
Z: Do you still play it out?
E: Never, never. Last time was 2005. I was spit at, thrown glass bottles and stuff, and there’s a video clip of this. Eric Prydz gets booed in Canada in 2007 when I went there for my first tour. They were going crazy because I didn’t play “Call On Me.” It got so bad they had to come and get security to protect me. I didn’t have the track with me.