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Eric Prydz is serious about energy conservation, but that isn't why he'd love to see airplanes abolished. The Swedish techno DJ/producer is deathly afraid of flying — it's a wonder he's making a stateside trip to begin with. Thus it makes sense that he'll be killing two birds with one stone in Miami, spinning at Cameo Saturday night and then heading over to get Space's terrace soaring during the 4:00 a.m. Sunday shift.
Back to the Al Gore angle, though. Prydz's 2006 single "Proper Education" keyed off a sample of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." The tune's video captures a bunch of delinquent-looking teenagers gathering for what looks like a B&E spree in a residential area. As the kids bike, skateboard, and run into blocks of flats, they break into rooms. But instead of wreaking havoc, they engage in energy-saving activities, such as placing bricks in toilet cisterns and fridges, and replacing regular light bulbs with fluorescent ones.
That's in contrast to his sex-dripping stuff. Prydz is best known for his 2004 hit single "Call on Me," which interpolated Steve Winwood's hit "Valerie." "Call on Me" topped the UK singles charts for five weeks and stuck at number one on the German Top 100 for six straight weeks.
Prydz is now the owner of three record labels. Pryda Friends is more of a traditional third-party enterprise, whereas Pryda and Mouseville exist solely for Prydz's own works. All three labels have been wildly successful, considering their underground ethos; they employ scarcely any promotion and in fact make a small outward effort to discourage nosy press.