Ultra 2013: Avicii Does Country Music and Eric Prydz Proclaims "Love You" UMF!
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We knew we were in for something special after speaking with Swedish progressive house DJ-producer Eric Prydz about Ultra Music Festival 2013.
Shit, just having the aerophobic house master on this side of the pond is enough an occasion to plant your ass at UMF's main stage at 7:50 p.m. sharp on a Friday night.
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But which of Prydz's many personas would he unleash for Ultra?
We heard his hit-making Eric Prydz stuff as he remixed several big-room smashes. He also played tracks from his only commercial album as Pryda, closing with "2Night" and the catchy sing along jam "Allein."
"Because my taste in music is so broad, having aliases like this is the perfect setup for me," the DJ-prodcuer recently told us. And the crowd definitely didn't mind a little variation, easily adapting from hit-heavy house to progressive bass.
Via facebook.com/EricPrydzOfficial Eric Prydz bro-ing down with Depeche Mode.
The Swedish-born 36-year-old came in to a primed crowd that had just enjoyed an entertaining pop-heavy hour-long set by Martin Solveig. To keep the vibe going, Prydz opened with his remix of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." (Fun fact: Ultra Music Festival was actually named after the band's 1997 album Ultra.) He stretched the "reach out and touch faith" sample for a good 15 minutes before going progressive underground with "Satelite" by Mark Broom and "Late Starter" by Ben Businovski.
"I was disappointed he didn't play his biggest hits," said concertgoer Justin Cohen, who has been attending house heaven for one weekend a year for the past seven years. "But he still really hyped up the crowd."