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Collaboration featured on the brand new installment of StripJointsMusic

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. 

destructo 2It was in the mid ‘90s that Richard adopted the “Destructo” moniker that he uses today. He is quoted as saying that the Destructo name derives from "My goal to play the hardest and most gnarly techno out there. I'd blow up the sound system and the mixer at clubs if I could. I wasn't only into Kraftwerk and Daft Punk; I loved Metallica and Black Sabbath as well. So when I performed, it was aggressive and had to be banging.”

Over the past two decades, Destructo has boasted successful collaborations with a wide variety of acts ranging from Warren G to Depeche Mode to White Zombie. Destructo’s latest project is a collaboration with Problem titled “Winning,” which is featured on the newest installment of StripJoints (, available for free download to adult nightclub DJs. ED Publications’ Club Bulletin had the chance to get some insight from Destructo on “Winning” and what it was like to collaborate with the famed West-Coast rapper. 

ED PUB: What was it like to collaborate with Problem on the track "Winning"? What provided the inspiration for the music and the lyrics?

DESTRUCTO: I provided the music and he provided the lyrics. He was like, “I got a big one for you.”  Problem came through super strong: "Haters I don’t hear, I am to busy winning" really is a solid hook.

ED PUB: The song "Winning" is being promoted to thousands of adult nightclub DJs across the country, through our magazine (ED Publications’ Club Bulletin) and through If a DJ hasn't heard this song yet, why should they check it or add it to their regular rotation?

DESTRUCTO: Because it is different the way it switches back and forth from rap to house and back. It will make you move!

ED PUB: You’ve collaborated with, and have done remixes for, a varied group of rappers and other artists. Do you have a "dream" collaboration? And what has been your favorite collaboration or remix that you've done?

DESTRUCTO: There are too many to name, but Dr. Dre is my hero. As far as my favorite collab, they all have been solid from YG and Ty Dolla to Pusha T and Snoop. I think my favorite remix is Warren G “Regulate.”

ED PUB: Some adult club DJs have embraced house and EDM music, while others are simply not fans of the genre and don't feel it's the right style of music for their customer base (many of which may be men ages 35-55). In your opinion, what are some preconceived notions or stereotypes about house music and/or EDM that you could dispel?

DESTRUCTO: There are two kinds of music—the good shit and that other shit. Either you feel it or not. I think my music has the funk and hopefully it feels right for these clubs

ED PUB: Where do you see house music headed in the next five years? Will it remain as popular as it's been, will it morph into something else?

DESTRUCTO: Dance music is here to stay for life. It is always morphing into different things and that is good.

ED PUB: As a record producer, concert promoter and musician, you see the music industry from several different angles. Ten years ago, many musicians were lamenting the fact that the internet has destroyed the music business, and thus ruined musicians' careers. As we near the beginning of 2017, do you see the internet (including illegal music downloading and streaming services like Spotify) as something that helps the music industry, hurts it, or both? 

DESTRUCTO: It helps 100%. We are able to get our music to millions of people without the gate keepers holding us back. The future is bright for music and live events.

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