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Gary Richards on starting over, keeping it fresh, and changing the game, premieres ‘No Retreat’ with Loge21 [Interview]

Electronic music consumers over the last two decades would be hard-pressed to pinpoint an individual who’s impacted the dance music event space harder than Gary Richards. Since the 1990s, Richards (also known musically as Destructo) has taken his talents miles above their subterranean roots, largely helping shape the Southern Californian rave scene, relentlessly seeking new […]

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FriendShip to set sail again in 2020

After embarking on a memorable maiden voyage in late 2018, FriendShip is set to sail the seas again in early 2020. In a New Year’s Eve Instagram post, the festival shared the exciting news that FriendShip would be returning January 6-10, 2020. The Instagram post noted that “everyone on the Maiden Voyage will have first dibs” […]

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Destructo and Yo Gotti throw an off-the-wall house party in new ‘Loaded’ video

Approximately one year after the track’s release, Destructo aka, Gary Richards, has released an official video for “Loaded” featuring Memphis rapper, Yo Gotti. Crowned for tracks like 2016’s “Down In the DM” and 2017’s “Rake It Up” (illustriously remixed by Diplo and Party Favor), Gotti stood as the ideal candidate for another G-house-meets-hip-hop hybrid. The pair seemed to […]

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FRIENDSHIP Cruise unveils supremely heavy roster for its maiden voyage

Don’t call it a comeback; having moved on from his HARD brainchild in pursuit of the greener pastures of LiveStyle, Destructo has been fully immersed in building up his All My Friends brand from scratch. It’s safe to say he’s been doing a mighty fine job, unveiling a diversely-curated All My Friends festival to debut […]

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Destructo will bring brand new music festival to LA called All My Friends

Gary Richards (aka Destructo) has been grinding his way through the music industry since the early 1990s, curating festivals such as Hard Summer, Holy Ship! and more recently, Friendship, a new music cruise experience. Now, as president of the major event producer LiveStyle, he’s bringing a whole new music festival to Los Angeles called All My […]

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Gary Richards’ FRIENDSHIP cruise is already sold out, because of course

When electronic music maven Gary Richards announced his newest event, FRIENDSHIP, would be setting sail from Miami all the way to Coco Bay in the Bahamas, the wave of excitement in the dance community was high. As Dancing Astronaut first reported, the man also-known-as Destructo’s new venture would be backed by his own, and newly minted, AMFAMFAMF […]

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Destructo announces maiden voyage of new four day cruise event, FRIENDSHIP

Gary Richards has cemented his legacy as a pioneer of modern large scale event production and promotion. He’s built a 30-year career from charting dance music and underground hip-hop’s open waters, and now he’s headed back to the high seas with the launch of his newest event, FRIENDSHIP. Dancing Astronaut first reported the news in […]

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Breaking: Gary Richards to launch new cruise party, ‘Friend Ship’

During a DJ performance as Destructo producer Gary Richards announced to a packed crowd at Output in Brooklyn, NY that he has begun setting plans into motion for a new cruise ship festival. According to those in attendance, Richards indicated the vessel would be hailed as “Friend Ship.”No other details were revealed as to when the ship would set officially […]

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What is Destructo up to? Cryptic roll out for new event AMF begins

AMF is about to be the next big event on this year’s spring/summer festival circuit. While quite a few likely haven’t heard of AMF yet, that’s definitely bound to change with Gary Richards calling the shots behind the emerging new event brand… and he’s bringing along all his friends. Recently the former HARD events head honcho […]

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HARD Summer moves forward despite Gary Richards departure

When Gary Richards (aka Destructo), father of HARD Events, announced his plans to leave parent company Live Nation after 2017’s HARD Summer, ambiguity surfaced over the future of the festival, which was then celebrating its 10th anniversary. To make matters worse, HARD had been receiving hefty backlash over the controversial 2017 installment of its HARD Summer trailer, which for years has been a staple […]

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Destructo announced his Let’s Be Friends tour through North America in early 2018

LA-based producer and industry leader Destructo has announced his “Let’s Be Friends” tour to kick off 2018. Gary Richards, also the man behind the world renowned annual dance music festival HARD Summer in LA, will be hitting major spots all over North America, starting at Output in Brooklyn, NY and concluding his 16-stop tour in […]

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Explore Destructo’s personal record crate with this new ‘OG Underground’ playlist

Before Destructo became the king of west coast dance events and G-house’s popular champion, Gary Richards resumé already boasted the legwork that galvanized the 1990’s rave scene, creating and operating his own label, as well as a co-sign from Rick Rubin to lead Def American’s early electronic A&R channel. Richards is effectively a living time capsule of […]

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LiveStyle website update indicates potential return of TomorrowWorld

The newly-named North American President of SFX’s rebrand, LiveStyle, Gary Richards will manage a number of LiveStyle events hosted in the region, including New York’s Electric Zoo festival and Sun City Music Festival.That list of events just may be growing, thanks to a timely update on LiveStyle’s official website. While unsubstantial as far as details […]

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Gary Richards to serve as the President of LiveStyle’s U.S. operations

No “HARD” feelings, but Gary Richards has moved on.New beginnings pic.twitter.com/nE7DuhuYFT— Destructo (@DestructoHARD) September 2, 2017The news that Richards and Live Nation had called it quits surfaced about a month ago, when Richards and the promotional entity formally ended their operating agreement. Despite Richards’ accreditation as the founder of the HARD Events brand, HARD remains a […]

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Gary Richards’ new career move is running Electric ZOO

Early August brought along one of the biggest news bombs of 2017: the official departure of Gary Richards, lovingly known by his stage name Destructo, from HARD Events. Stirring the pot even more was his lack of involvement or presence at his crown jewel event of Holy Ship.Richards seemed quite collected and content about the […]

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Pasquale Rotella discusses Gary Richards leaving HARD, big changes on the horizon for EDC brand

In an Instagram Live address to his fans on August 6th, Electric Daisy Carnival‘s owner and poster boy, Pasquale Rotella, discussed myriad issues concerning the dance music industry, his company Insomniac, and it’s relationship to HARD Events, and big changes on the horizon for EDC structuring and mission. Here are a few keys highlights from the address.EDC New […]

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Gary Richards rumored to be pushed out of HARD Events, Holy Ship’s future uncertain

After spending more than a decade building his revered nightlife brand HARD Events, it is rumored that Gary Richards is being pushed out of it’s crown jewel event Holy Ship!News is surfacing today from multiple sources close to HARD and parent/partner companies Live Nation and LiveStyle that due to an enduring feud Richards will not be booked […]

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VOLAC release new single and announce No Love tour

Fresh off the announcement of their first ever American tour, Russian house duo VOLAC have just dropped a heavy new tune. Teased in BIJOU’s EDC Las Vegas set, the track has now been released on past collaborator Destructo’s label, HITS HARD.VOLAC truly bring the heat in this song, fading a hip hop vocal in and out before an […]

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Destructo releases ‘All Nite’ remixes from Getter, Motez and more

Industry mainstay and G-House legend Destructo has been known to bring out the best talent for his many events, including EDC, Hard Summer, Holy Ship!, and more. This EP is no different, featuring five remixes of “All Nite,” a track from his recent Renegade project.The blend of house and hip hop in Destructo’s original track, which features Bay […]

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