Destructo at Avalon Hollywood on Dec. 1, 2018. (Source: Facebook)
To round off the year, Destructo has now released two remixes of “F#cking Sh#t Up”: his own house rework and a bouncy flip from TroyBoi.
Left to right: DJ Nu-Mark, Destructo, and Cut Chemist on the “MikiDz Show” at DJcity in Los Angeles on July 23, 2018.
In three weeks, Destructo‘s inaugural All My Friends festival will take place in downtown Los Angeles. The two-day event will feature a diverse lineup of artists from across the hip-hop, R&B, and dance worlds.
Included in the lineup are legendary DJs and Jurassic 5 members, Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark. To showcase the festival’s eclectic bill, both joined Destructo on Monday for a unique episode of DJcity’s MikiDz Show live stream.
Chemist kicked off the night with an eye-popping set of turntablism, making full use of his equipment. He was followed by Destructo, who dropped a signature set of g-house, including many of his own tracks. Closing out the night was Nu-Mark, who put down an all-45 set, which included impressive juggles and other tricks. It was only the second time that a DJ performed an all-vinyl set on the show (the first was DJ Neil Armstrong).
Watch the full show below. You can also listen to or download the audio via iTunes.
From Left to right: Destructo, DJ Dainjazone, DJ Nu-Mark, MikiWAR, Cut Chemist
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A 20-plus-year veteran, Destructo is best-known for founding HARD Events, which operates popular dance music festivals such as HARD Summer, HARD Halloween, and Holy Ship!
In 2017, he left HARD and joined the event production company LiveStyle where he launched a new festival, All My Friends. His appearance on the MikiDz Show will come just weeks before the inaugural All My Friends festival on August 18 and 19.
As a producer, Destructo has made a name for himself as one of the leaders of g-house, a genre that blends hip-hop and house music. He’s collaborated with veteran rappers like E-40, Busta Rhymes, and Yo Gotti, along with newer rappers such as Ty Dolla $ign, YG, and Freddie Gibbs.
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Destructo and Too $hort. (Photo source: Facebook)
HARD Fest founder, DJ, and producer Destructo stopped by Power 106 on Tuesday to announce the lineup for this year’s HARD Summer festival. The Los Angeles native, who worked at the station in the ’90s, discussed a variety of topics relating to DJ culture and the convergence of hip-hop and dance music.
The interview began with host J Cruz asking Destructo who his favorite DJs are.
“One of my heroes as a DJ was DJ AM,” Destructo answered. “I think he was one of the first superstar DJs, so I always give him props and respect for crossing over. He was that first guy to break through in Vegas. He blended stuff like rock and rap. He’s a DJ’s DJ, a real DJ.”
Destructo recalled his most memorable moment with AM, his performance at the first HARD Haunted Mansion in 2008.
“[AM] had the [Daft Punk] helmet and everything and he went on [stage] and started playing every Daft Punk song,” Destructo recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh my god. Daft Punk is gonna get really mad at me.’ It kinda looked like we were like punking the audience. But then about 40 minutes in he took the helmet off and hit the Speak & Spell [that said] DJ AM.”
Cruz followed up by asking Destructo if he thinks DJs get enough respect these days.
“Oh yeah, 100%. I think they might be respected a little too much,” Destructo said with a laugh. “We got it so good. Be happy. Don’t take it for granted because I’d been around for 20 years when nobody liked DJs and nobody gave a f#ck about it, and now everybody’s into it. And I think a lot of DJs; they take that for granted.”
Speaking about HARD Fest, Destructo explained how it’s different from other festivals.
“It’s like I’m bringing [Los Angeles] to the rest of the world because I think my perspective on music is completely different than anyone else’s in electronic music,” Destructo said. “And it’s from growing up here [and] listening to this station.”
“I blend all kinds of weird things together that no one would think [of]. The first HARD [festival] we did [featured] Justice. 2 Live Crew played. Steve Aoki played the second one. I had N.E.R.D. We had Pharrell. And this was in 2008, and now everyone’s like, ‘Put electronic and rap together,’ and [I’m] like, ‘Where have you guys been?'”
In a larger sense, Destructo believes hip-hop and electronic music are one in the same.
“Rap music to me is electronic music,” Destructo said. “It’s made with the same computers and machines, it’s just got different flavor.”
Even the meaning behind the name of his new EP, Renegade, fits in line with his open-format philosophy.
“I feel like the people that like my music, the people who come to my shows, they’re renegades because they’re open to something new and trying something different,” Destructo said.
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HARD Events founder Destructo has released a video for his new g-house track “4 Real” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and ILoveMakonnen. The song was produced by “Captain D” himself, along with Australians Wax Motif and Styalz Fuego.
Destructo explained how the track came about in the video description:
“The second night of HARD Summer, Ty told me he wanted to go back in the studio. He could only do it the next day, So, I went down to his house with Waxy and he just started singing, ‘I’m for real’ ‘I’m for real’ over this beat we had written. I had already spoken to Makonnen about the track, so Ty shouted him out. Makonnen then returned the favor. After we got all the vocals back we were like dam we need to make this track the best it can be. We went back in and re-worked the entire thing. Wax brought in his homie Stylaz Fuego to make it even tighter and 6 months later bang here we go. G-House 2.0. Hope it was worth the wait if you dig it play it up in the club.”
Watch the visuals above and download “4 Real” on DJcity.
Related: Destructo Releases ‘Dare You 2 Move’ Video ft. Problem
Fresh off the heels of performing at the HARD Day of the Day festival, DJ/producer Destructo has dropped a video for his latest g-house anthem, “Dare You 2 Move,” featuring Los Angeles rapper Problem. The track appears on Destructo’s forthcoming West Coast EP which includes the YG-assisted “Party Up.”
Download: Destructo ft. Problem – Dare You 2 Move
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