Fear of flying has not hindered his career

Fear of flying has not hindered his career
The best way to check out the music of DJ Eric Prydz is to catch him live, as he does not release albums frequently.

SINGAPORE - For any DJ who wants to get his music heard and reach a wider audience, touring is essential.

But it is an awfully difficult task for Swedish DJ Eric Prydz, a musicmaker who is known for having an intense fear of flying.

So flying thousands of miles to spin at Zouk Singapore on Friday night for his first show in Asia is a big deal.

Prydz, 37, tells Life! over the telephone from Australia, where he is currently touring: "Obviously, the worst thing I can think of is flying... I've no idea how I got it, just always had it. There are other ways of getting around, and I'm really happy to be able to do things the way that I do now, so it's better than nothing.

"But every now and then, I have to do it, otherwise I wouldn't be able to be here right now."

The underground techno and house DJ, who is married with two children, has been known to take 21/2 days to travel across Europe by boat and train to get to rave haven Ibiza in Spain.

He is probably best remembered for his 2004 hit single Call On Me, a club anthem which sampled Steve Winwood's soul-pop song Valerie, that topped the UK singles charts for weeks.

He followed that hit by becoming one of the few music producers to get clearance to sample iconic rock band Pink Floyd in his tunes.

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