Eric Prydz opens up about Grammy nomination, M83 remix, and preparing for the big night
Since making his highly anticipated return to the United States last summer, Eric Prydz is looking at a near-full “How To Take Over America” checklist. In less than a year, Pryda has reunited with the states while helming Identity Festival, sold out New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, launched a Las Vegas residency, delivered what could be the uncontested Essential Mix of the year, and has been announced as a main attraction of Ultra Music Festival. Tonight, his fate as an American dance music superstar will come full circle at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
Prydz has earned a nomination for his remix of M83’s “Midnight City,” which will compete with Axwell, Photek, Skrillex & Nero, and Tommy Trash for the title of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. In a recent interview with Vibe, Eric opens up about his Grammy weekend; touching upon how he will prepare for the ceremony, his thoughts on the nomination, and the details behind his now prestigious remix.
Some of his fellow nominees have received their first ever nomination in 2013. For Prydz, however, the nod is nothing new. “I’ve been nominated for Grammys before, but this is my first time I’m actually in Los Angeles so I can attend.” In 2008, Eric’s remix of “Personal Jesus” was nominated for Best Remixed Recording.
“Personal Jesus” is a remix of the past, now it’s “Midnight City” that has taken the states by storm. Taking on M83’s near-perfect record had not been anything like the standard remix process that Prydz had always abided by.
“Normally, I get asked by bands or artists or record company, ‘Would you like to remix this?’ but with ‘Midnight City’ it was the other way around. I actually made this remix first. I made it for myself because I loved the original track so much.”
Unlike most Pryda bombs, this effort didn’t fit into the tempo of his DJ sets, so the Swede took it in another direction. “The remix got really popular so we sent it to the record company and asked if they wanted to release it officially.” Call it fate, but the track that didn’t quite “fit” into the Pryda agenda is now hours away from competing at the Grammy Awards, and Eric fills us in on how he will be celebrating the occasion this weekend.
Already settled in Los Angeles, Prydz took a tour bus to Las Vegas for a show and instantly returned for the awards. “I’m not going to get much sleep tonight. We have beds so hopefully I will get four or five hours of sleep.” Tired or energized, Eric is enjoying his achievement without his sights set on the prize.
“I don’t care if I win or not.” What he claims will be the fun part is “more the honor of being nominated and I get to go to the awards.” Although exhausted, Prydz remains restless and celebratory; “It’s not a particular moment that I look forward to the most –maybe the after parties.”
Tune into the Grammy Awards tonight to catch Eric Prydz along with dance music’s biggest stars, and for more Grammy coverage check out DA‘s predictions, Avicii and Diplo’s Hollywood weekend, and Al Walser’s moment of truth.