Eric Prydz speaks out on fear of flying

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The Australian dance community will be enjoying an amazing range musical talent at our parties and festivals in the opening hours of 2009, but there’s one act who’s inspired more excitement than anyone else – none other than Sweden’s Eric Prydz. It’s no secret why; his fans have simply been forced to endure such a long wait for the elite DJ/producer to make it to our shores, due to his widely reported fear of flying. When ITM chatted with Eric about the NY tour, he opened up and talked frankly about exactly why he’s been kept away from Australia for so long.

“It’s been a massive problem for me,” he told ITM. “But I didn’t want to wake up, lying on my bed as an 80-year old man, and be looking back on my life and know that I had the opportunity to travel the world and see all of these amazing places; but I didn’t, because I didn’t want to face my fears. So I decided that I needed to deal with this.”

Eric claims it took him a while to reach the point where he felt comfortable committing to such a high-profile tour at the other side of the world. “I really hate flying, and up until maybe two years ago I wasn’t flying at all. So it’s been kind of a work in progress for me, and obviously Australia is so far away. It means being on a plane for 24 hours, and that would have been impossible for me before.”

While it’s kept him away from Australia for an excruciatingly long time, he confirms that it’s full-speed ahead for his massive NY Australian tour which will see him play at the Summadayze events in Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth as well as Shore Thing and Field Day in Sydney. “They have these new planes now, the Airbus A380 and it’s the biggest plane in the world. It’s two floors, you can actually get your own suite so you won’t even notice that you’re flying. I hope,” he laughs.

Stay tuned to ITM this week for our full-length audio interview with Eric Prydz! And check out our Festival Guide for more info on all the shows he’ll be playing around the country.

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Matthew de Groot

Matthew de Groot said on the 22nd Dec, 2008

Perhaps you would like a tissue.

Matthew de Groot

Matthew de Groot said on the 22nd Dec, 2008

Better take some extra tissues in your handbag for the long flight.

Matthew de Groot

Matthew de Groot said on the 22nd Dec, 2008

Or for the long wait in the airport lounge, waiting for your mum to pick you up, after you chickened out of the flight.

Scamology

Scamology said on the 22nd Dec, 2008

hahahaah. what a bitch

Scamology

Scamology said on the 22nd Dec, 2008

Speaking out like it was some traumatic childhood issue.

thursday

thursday said on the 22nd Dec, 2008

normal people either harden up or smash themselves with valium - pick one Prydz and run with it

natenatenate

natenatenate said on the 22nd Dec, 2008

ughh it's actually pretty common. aerophobia is a mixture of claustrophobia (small spaces) and acrophobia (fear of heights), even sometimes created because of one of these two. to him it's like "i fucking hate spiders" good on him for trying to overpowe

matzta73

matzta73 said on the 22nd Dec, 2008

Get in line and take a number, everyone seems to have major issues from child abuse to fear of flying...

bussyboy

bussyboy said on the 23rd Dec, 2008

1st class suite on the A380? Sweet!

AdamI

AdamI said on the 23rd Dec, 2008

THANK GOD HE DECIDED TO MAN UP!

latin_deluxe

latin_deluxe said on the 23rd Dec, 2008

everyone calm down.... I'm sure he'll be fine in 1st

DamoK

DamoK said on the 23rd Dec, 2008

Future: Hey Eric, we'd really love for you to come down to Australia and play our NYD party. Prydz: Sorry guys, I'm scared of flying. Future: Oh that's too bad, we were willing to pay you $XXX,XXX.XX Prydz: You know what? All of a sudden I don't feel so s

Marshy

Marshy said on the 23rd Dec, 2008

Nice teaser Angy ;-)

cheechvda

cheechvda said on the 23rd Dec, 2008

wat a skirt,,, why is ther so much hype on itm for this guy who makes the most commercial cheesy music i have ever heard