NYE feat. Eric Prydz (Extended Set) at Echostage - 12.31.19

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Club Glow Presents:

New Year’s Eve 2019

Eric Prydz

Extended Midnight Set

Support From: Cristoph

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE • Washington, DC

Doors: 9 PM | No dress code | Ages 18+
Bottle Service: tables@echostage.com | 202.503.2331

ERIC PRYDZ:

For over ten years, Eric Prydz has been synonymous with immaculately produced and unique sounding electronic music. The Platinum-selling producer is responsible for some of the biggest progressive house tracks of the last decade, not to mention some of the most technically impressive live shows of any touring artist.

As a solo artist, Prydz has headlined some of the world’s most storied venues, from Madison Square Garden to Brixton Academy and Alexandra Palace, earned multiple Grammy nominations, hosted an ongoing radio show for Beats1 and topped charts with his alter-egos Pryda and Cirez D. Despite the headline-grabbing shows and releases, Prydz remains reclusive. It’s his dedication to his craft as a producer and DJ that leaves him in the highly enviable and singular position of appealing to dance music’s underground connoisseurs and main-stage masses alike.

This appeal is most evident in Prydz’s debut album, OPUS. Its title track graced festival main stages and blacked-out warehouses alike, and its spine-tingling, slow-burn beauty made a fan out of Four Tet, who ended up remixing it for himself. A project ten years in the making, the two-disc, 19-track album balances pop and prog house, and euphoria and melancholy, in a career-spanning capsule that, according to Pitchfork, “confirms him as both a master craftsman and a masterful manipulator of emotions.” OPUS was named one of the best dance albums of the year by Rolling Stone, Billboard, SPIN and more.

Prydz began building his craft in Stockholm, Sweden, where he played extended intimate club gigs while constructing his artistic identity. Here, Prydz refined his signature sound, blending together influences as varied as Depeche Mode, Parliament, and Swedish techno legend Cari Lekebusch. It’s little wonder, then, that Prydz has refused to constrain himself to one sound, and indeed is behind two of electronic music’s most celebrated monikers, Pryda and Cirez D.

Pryda is Prydz’s most well-known alias, one whose sound is replicated endlessly in dance music. Listen to the discographies of any current electronic music success and you can hear Pryda’s influence — the ‘Pryda Sound,’ comprised of immaculately layered melodies and harmonies, is now almost a sub-genre unto itself. Pryda’s origins can be traced back to 2004, with the releases of “Aftermath” (2005), “Muranyi” (2007) and “Pjanoo” (2008) solidifying the Pryda name within the new breed of progressive house. The 2012 release of the three-disc album, Eric Prydz Presents Pryda, offers a full retrospective of one of dance music’s most storied discographies.

Cirez D offers a stark contrast to the rich melodies of Pryda, its stripped-back techno dark, raw, and designed for ominous warehouses and long, late-night sets. It’s a deliberate point of focus for Prydz, who relishes playing those environments, and Cirez D, like his other monikers, offers him the freedom to make and release the records that he wants to play, unconstrained by expectations.

Prydz’s productions are only one half of the story. As a DJ, he’s been celebrated as one of the most consistent live performers around. It’s not only his abilities that set him apart, but the vision behind his performances. In 2011, Prydz debuted EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) at London’s Brixton Academy. At its core, EPIC offered a way to visually experience Eric’s music, its pioneering use of holograms and sheer ambition of scale wowing the industry. EPIC’s subsequent iterations have only grown from there: EPIC 2.0 made its way stateside, EPIC 3.0 filled up New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, while the sold-out EPIC 4.0 tour, earned praise from Resident Advisor for his ability to “create a common ground between a techno fan and a candy raver.” In May 2017, Prydz performed EPIC 5.0 in London, his biggest show to date. Selling 15,000 tickets in under 4 hours was a major achievement for the EPIC series. Summer 2017 also saw Prydz host his debut Ibiza residency, filling Hï Ibiza for 10 weeks throughout the season. He also introduced another bespoke production which was designed and installed by his EPIC team, which proved to be a major success, and more importantly groundbreaking for Ibiza.

Residing in Los Angeles, Eric Prydz continues to set himself apart in electronic music through his visceral productions and exhilarating live shows.

CRISTOPH:

From sneaking into his local club to DJ as a teen, to performing a season-wide residency at Ibiza’s newest and most extravagant club, UK producer & DJ Cristoph’s journey to global stardom is a tale of passion and hard-work, underpinned by a supreme talent and energy which has seen the British artist catapult into the eyes — and ears — of dance music’s biggest names.

Inspired by the Chicago house scene whilst growing up in Northern England, Cristoph sought influence from the sounds of acts like Masters At Work and the progressive tones of Sasha & Digweed, as well as his own upbringing. With Cristoph’s brother landing him his first spot in a local Newcastle venue, the DJ’s father was the figure responsible in the purchase of his first pair of decks. Mastering his craft on vinyl, Cristoph soon started to hone his talents in the studio, receiving his first big break via the tutorship of Hot Since 82, aka Daley Padley. “Daley changed the game,” adds Cristoph. “He blended deep house bass-lines with more progressive parts and was the first to really support me.”

Following his widely supported release ‘Alone’ on Knee Deep In Sound, it was a meeting with another of dance music’s A-List names that change the course of Cristoph’s future when Eric Prydz — impressed by the quality of the Geordie’s crisp productions on acclaimed EP ‘8-track’ — watched him perform on numerous occasions and offered the him a spot on his new ‘Pryda Presents’ project. “Eric has always given me self belief and confidence,” Cristoph beams.

Bringing his atmospheric productions to all corners of the globe, Cristoph’s sumptuous tones have seen the DJ play at various festivals and events, including Tomorrowland, Hideout, Parklife, Creamfields, Ultra Miami, & EDC Las Vegas, but it was his residency at Hï Ibiza which shot his unique talent into the public consciousness. Performing weekly across a 3-month residency, Cristoph found himself dropping his massive anthems such as ‘Voice of Silence,’ ‘EPOCH,’ “Alone” and the forthcoming CamelPhat collaboration ‘Breathe’ — with the latter staking a claim as Ibiza’s ‘track of the season’ judging by the rapturous Hï reception.

Having previously released on iconic labels such as Bedrock, Suara, Noir, Last Night On Earth, and Yoshi Toshi, there’s no time for Cristoph to look to the past. A keen Newcastle United supporter, and family man, the future is already packed with ideas for Cristoph, who states the future creation of his own label and event series as all possible ventures on his ever-expanding tick-list. Heading into 2019 and beyond, dance music’s fastest rising talent is just getting started!

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