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No School Like the Old Skool: Destructo

The HARD boss man shares his 1992 mixtape... and some priceless photos.
December 2, 2013, 7:30pm

Baby Destructo with Michael Jackson and crew in the late 1970s

Get out your notepads…DJ DB has been a fixture in dance music through every renaissance it has has experienced. His archive of DJ mixes and flyers from the 90s rave era are a time capsule of electronic music's first worldwide explosion, in NO SCHOOL LIKE THE OLD SKOOL he shares some of these treasures. Hear new shit he likes here, or connect with him here.

Few of the kids at HARD Fest would consider Destructo "old school." A lot them may not even know that he's the CEO of the HARD empire—the company that brought you Holy Ship in Miami, Day of the Dead in LA, and countless other electronic music festivals from New York to Australia and back. But the fact that he played at my club nearly 22 years ago makes him a proper OG.

This 1992 NASA flyer is one of my faves. I still remember us doing it with Mike Szabo at 2AM at Kinkos:

Another NASA flyer from '92:

Destructo, aka Gary Richards, began DJing and producing undergrounds parties when he was 18 in the early 90s in Los Angeles. His first party was called "Magical Mickey's Holy Water Adventure," but his most notable one was the infamous "RaveAmerica" at Knotts Berry Farm on New Year's Eve in 1993.

Gary was picked by Rick Rubin himself for an A&R position in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching his noteworthy career with acts like Lords of Acid, Messiah, Basement Jaxx, and Dub Pistols. He also founded 1500 Records and Nitrus Records. After delving into the world of metal with a stint at No Name Management, he returned to his dance roots in 2007 by creating HARD.

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Here's a flyer from his first warehouse party in 1991.

Destructo's self-titled mixed tape from 1992 is a good example of what he was playing in those early days of electronic music in LA. The A-side was the "medium" side, and this half, the B-side, is the "hard" side, with classic hardcore tracks like "Digeridoo" by Aphex Twin, "Acid Drill" by Edwards & Armani, and "Poing" by Rotterdam Termination Source.

Baby Destructo with Michael Jackson and crew in the late 1970s


Get out your notepads...DJ DB has been a fixture in dance music through every renaissance it has has experienced. His archive of DJ mixes and flyers from the 90s rave era are a time capsule of electronic music's first worldwide explosion, in NO SCHOOL LIKE THE OLD SKOOL he shares some of these treasures. Hear new shit he likes here, or connect with him here.

Few of the kids at HARD Fest would consider Destructo "old school." A lot them may not even know that he's the CEO of the HARD empire—the company that brought you Holy Ship in Miami, Day of the Dead in LA, and countless other electronic music festivals from New York to Australia and back. But the fact that he played at my club nearly 22 years ago makes him a proper OG.

This 1992 NASA flyer is one of my faves. I still remember us doing it with Mike Szabo at 2AM at Kinkos:

Another NASA flyer from '92:

Destructo, aka Gary Richards, began DJing and producing undergrounds parties when he was 18 in the early 90s in Los Angeles. His first party was called "Magical Mickey's Holy Water Adventure," but his most notable one was the infamous "RaveAmerica" at Knotts Berry Farm on New Year's Eve in 1993.

Gary was picked by Rick Rubin himself for an A&R position in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching his noteworthy career with acts like Lords of Acid, Messiah, Basement Jaxx, and Dub Pistols. He also founded 1500 Records and Nitrus Records. After delving into the world of metal with a stint at No Name Management, he returned to his dance roots in 2007 by creating HARD.

Here's a flyer from his first warehouse party in 1991.

Destructo's self-titled mixed tape from 1992 is a good example of what he was playing in those early days of electronic music in LA. The A-side was the "medium" side, and this half, the B-side, is the "hard" side, with classic hardcore tracks like "Digeridoo" by Aphex Twin, "Acid Drill" by Edwards & Armani, and "Poing" by Rotterdam Termination Source.
 

I couldn't find any good photos of young Gary, so I reached out, and holy shit did he deliver.

Check out baby Destructo with MJ:
 

This is (from left) Tim Palmer, Richard Russel, Rick Rubin and Gary:
 

Gary with what appear to be his granny's best glasses and maybe her hat too:

You can connect with Gary here:

Facebook

Official Website

I couldn't find any good photos of young Gary, so I reached out, and holy shit did he deliver.

Check out baby Destructo with MJ:

This is (from left) Tim Palmer, Richard Russel, Rick Rubin and Gary:

You can connect with Gary here:

Facebook

Official Website