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If there was a “hall of fame” for EDM and house music, Gary Richards—aka, Destructo—would be in it. He is a 25-year veteran of the genre, and is one of the founders of the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), arguably the biggest electronic music dance festival in the world. He was handpicked by legendary record producer and founder of Def Jam/Def American Recordings, Rick Rubin, to head the company’s Electronic music division, where Richards would develop such acts as Lords of Acid and God Lives Underwater. He went on to form his own record labels (Nitrus Records and 1500 Records), and in 2007 launched HARD Events, a concert brand which puts on popular EDM festivals.
Once the 2 Live Crew told the Florida judiciary to go fuck itself back in 1989, the Sunshine State has introduced a syndicate of notable hip-hop artists that have broke through to the mainstream. With beginnings in Dade County’s bass scene and incubated from countless nights inside local strip clubs, the “Dirty South” sound was devised and devoured. While the genre quickly spread to other cities with their indigenous variations (New Orleans, Houston and of course, Atlanta) the rowdy, bass-heavy, hyper-sexual sound—and it’s artists—were mainly calling the 305 home base.
Australia’s raucous, rockin’ quartet Airbourne hits hard with their newest tune, “Breakin’ Outta Hell,” available via StripJointsMusic.com.
ED Publications' exclusive interview with Airbourne's Ryan O'Keefe!
What do you think of when you hear someone mention “Australia”? “Down Under,” sure, that’s likely the first answer. If we’re being completely stereotypical, then Outback Steakhouse and “shrimp on the baahbie” would come next (though we’ll guess that this Americanized version of Australian food is not quite authentic). The Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef are other fairly obvious selections.
by Kristofer Kay
Between all the layers that make up modern hip-hop, few are as self-explanatory as country-rap. Sometimes referred to as hick-hop or rural rap, its ingredients are simple: Southern, blue-collar culture distilled through rap lyrics and beats. Through mixtapes and local followings, there are more country-rap acts than you might realize (anyone remember Bubba Sparxxx?). But of those looking to emerge from the backwater and into the mainstream now, the safe money bet is on Big Smo.