After More Than Two Decades of Music, Destructo Will Not Slow Down

The dance music pioneer talked with Popdust about his inspirations and co-headlining a show with Shaq.

"I always felt like I could have been a cop or an attorney," said the 48-year-old techno-Trap guru Gary Richards, otherwise known as Destructo.

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"I know that may sound kinda weird, 'cause I want people to party, but I'm pretty thorough." Destructo, the LiveStyle North America President, and one of EDM's most decorated DJs, is an astute perfectionist and says the key to success in the dance world is exactly as demanding as it sounds. "You gotta be relentless and original. We all have the same tools and everybody copies everybody," the DJ said frankly before taking the stage at Electric Zoo. "You gotta create something new that we haven't heard, and then you gotta just pound down every door."

Destructo's meteoric rise doesn't come as a shock considering the DJ's work ethic. He is the godfather of North America's EDM scene, and everyone from Deadmau5 to J.U.S.T.I.C.E. rose to fame in part thanks to Destructo's impact on dance music. "Honestly, my greatest skill is just that I've just been around for a long time," Destructo said. "If I was entering dance music now, I don't know what I'd do. A lot of people make really good electronic music now, so to be great is really tough. I would have probably become a lawyer."

The producer also recently supported DJ Diesel⁠—otherwise known as Shaquille O'Nea⁠l—at Brooklyn Mirage. They also conquered the Hollywood Avalon back in December. Needless to say, Destructo is a huge fan. "Shaq is legit," Destructo said. The duo performed at Brooklyn Mirage after Ezoo. "I saw a video of him DJing way back when he played basketball at LSU. He had the same set up that I had back then, and currently, he's playing some of the gnarliest riddim out there."

Additionally, Destructo recently released "No Retreat" and "Rubberband," and willl return to LA for his annual All My Friends festival in October. "I have a really odd process, 'cause I'm not in the studio all day, every day anymore. I've always got so much stuff goin' on, so that's why I always collab with people. "I can't just sit in a room by myself and come up with a masterpiece, so my collaborators really help me bring that extra level to whatever it is I'm working on."

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