Recently, I facetiously asked my mother who her favorite house musician is, and wasn’t disappointed in her claim that Hugh Laurie is the only cast member who plays an instrument. While the mix-up is completely understandable for a resident of the USA (Network), it is confounding that house isn’t as well-known despite its underpinnings in modern electronic music. It has been around for more than thirty years, but has found greatest success in crossover artists such as Justice and David Guetta. While house music emerged in the Mideast, you could say that it really blossomed across the pond, in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. And color us USA (nation) residents lucky, as Swedish house legend Eric Prydz has overcome his fear of flying to rock the house (sorry) August 9th at Emo’s East.
Despite being active for more than ten years, Prydz only released his first LP, Pryda, in May, to much acclaim. It certainly is long-playing: it is a triple-album of both unreleased and tweaked genre-staples that clocks in at just under three hours, spanning the various sub-genres that house contains. EDM (electronic dance music) is anything but tepid, and Prydz live show holds nothing back; featuring Texas’ own GoGo Gadgettes and opening DJ’s Andrew Parsons, Remmington Steele, and Shwann, I would advise getting your bandeau and glowsticks ready now. And with a chance to win free tickets, you could instead spend your money on some florescent body paint, or virtually anything else!