After arriving by train from L.A., Prydz spent most of the day of the show at the venue prepping new edits of classic Pryda tracks and putting the finishing touches on new, unreleased tracks. "For me to go back and play a track I made five or six years ago in its original form, that's a bit boring," he says. "I always do EPIC edits of my tracks, and that's what I did this time around, too."
Prydz watches Immersive's Martin Harvey working on the server. “With EPIC 2.0 my team and I decided we didn’t want to be boring, we will do all the shows live,” Prydz said. “It’s not just me playing whatever tracks I want, it’s live across the board, the visuals are live, the music is live, it’s just like we are all jamming.”
A last-minute bit of food after a day of show prep before Saturday’s EPIC show kicks off.
Prydz gets ready to leave for the shows.
The morning after the night before. One EPIC down, one to go, Prydz says he adheres to a "strict cucumber and cigarette regimen" between shows.
Prydz and his manager, Michael Sershall, discuss the EPIC show before they head out.
"Showtime" Prydz leaves his hotel for the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Prydz picks up a novelty phone at his hotel. "I didn’t think anyone would answer!" he says as an operator catches him by surprise.
"Aren't we high rollers?" Prydz jokes as he stops into a grocery store for water while walking to the venue.
"Everyone knows I don't like to fly. Maybe this should be my new method of transport." Prydz heads across Manhattan from the venue to his hotel.
Entering the Hammerstein Ballroom for the second sold-out EPIC show.
Prydz DJing in front of the EPIC visuals. Over 120 minutes of custom animation was created for the EPIC 2.0 shows.
Eric and Liam Tomaszewski, EPIC lead animator and VJ, discuss the night's show. "He’s a genius," says Prydz. "I'm so lucky to have him involved. He really understands my music and helps bring it to life visually."
Prydz takes the decks at EPIC.
Prydz DJing on the EPIC stage.
The Black Dice image assumes a hologram form above Eric as he plays. "We created this image to go with my Vegas residency, Black Dice. It's all about bringing a darker Pryda sound to Vegas. I love the image, and it was great to incorporate it into the EPIC shows."
"There were a lot of people out there!" Prydz says after his second sold-out night at Hammerstein.
EPIC 2.0 in full swing.
"Hit me with those laser beams": Prydz's famous Green Velvet re-edit explodes at EPIC.
View from the balcony overlooking EPIC.
An EPIC laser moment.
"Thank you, New York. You have been amazing!"
Prydz poses with Jeremy Olander and Fehrplay of his Pryda Friends label. The three DJ'd an impromptu back-to-back set at night one of EPIC, and the duo will open all of Prydz's EPIC 2.0 dates. "It was amazing”,"said Olander. "Biggest crowd I have ever played to, for sure."
"I can't wait for the next EPIC shows," added Fehrplay.
Straight offstage and outside: Prydz heads to the after party.
"Got to run!" Prydz heads into the car to rush him to his after-party set at Marquee.
The EPIC after party.
A quick power bite to refuel between EPIC and Marquee shows. Prydz played two hours at EPIC and a two more at Marquee.
Prydz in full swing at Marquee.
A packed Marquee crowd.