Identity Festival's Eric Prydz on Collaborating with Pop Stars: "It's Not Really Where I Come From or What I Set Out to Do"

See also "Identity Festival 2012's Five Most Exciting Artists."

Before even being given the go-ahead to speak with Eric Prydz, the London-based Swedish DJ-producer, we are told that any questions about his fear of flying are "off the table." This is somewhat disappointing, considering his phobia is well known. It is perhaps what's kept him from delivering a live performance in North America since 2007.

That's why when Identity Festival announced Prydz as this year's headliner, it made for really big news, followed by plenty of skepticism. Would he get on a plane and make the journey from London to the States? Or would he cancel? After all, he's described the ordeal of flying to DJ Mag as "akin to being put in a coffin and buried alive."

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