Eric Prydz, Cirez D, Pryda, the man, the myth, the legend finally on the 9th of March graced us, San Francisco with his presence at the famous Warfield Theater venue.
As electronic music continues to grow in popularity Eric Prydz has been a artist that has been around for many years yet in a new era of increased criticism of pre-recorded sets, ghost producers and artists that might change genre and style purely to fit what’s popular, Eric Prydz has remained a true mainstay in his steadfastness to hold true to what he believes house and progressive should sound like and is a shining example of one of the hardest working producers and DJ’s you will ever find. With an absolutely massive BBC Radio 1 Essential mix debuting just a few months prior , this night at the Warfield couldn’t have come any sooner.
Opening for Eric Prydz on this tour was Pryda Friends label mate Fehrplay. Fehrplay has been making a name for himself recently with records like “I Can’t Stop It,” “Incognito” and “Night Ride” all of which he played in an excellent opening set, filling the the floor and getting us ready for what would be a monster of an opener for the man Eric Prydz himself. In brilliant flashes of LED walls and strobes , “Welcome to Our House” indeed made us all feel at home as the man we had waited years to see here was finally on the decks. Prydz’ BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix indeed was an excellent indicator of much of what he would go on to play during the course of the night as records like “Glimma” “Power Drive” and “Every Day” kept us going bonkers in between flawless mixing of vocal and non-vocal house and progressive. Once Prydz had you along for the ride, you were mesmerized. During the course of the night it was almost as if he played literally everything a fan would have asked for. His remix of Depeche Mode “Touch Faith,” “This Night,” even the famous “Pjanoo” which seemed to have the house jumping up and down.
Before we all knew it, it was almost as if someone had pressed fast forward on the night and Prydz was already on his last few tracks. Time flew by not simply because of daylight savings but yes, it really lived up to the hype and was just that good. Closing with Juan Deminicis’ “Eternal Journey” and finally “Allien” the night sadly had to come to a end. With the lights back on and the music off Prydz humbly stuck around quite awhile to shake hands and take pictures with fans many of whom had waited years to see him play. With his once joked about “fear of flying” we can only once again wait in anticipation for this man to come back. One hopes it only will be sooner this time!
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