Music Park: DESTRUCTO @ 9:30 Club — 2/3/16

DESTRUCTO tweaks the knobs at NORAD Dance Bar in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 13, 2013. (Photo by messycupcakes)

Gary Richards was born in DC, and so when the globe-hopping DJ appeared at the 9:30 Club last Wednesday, he turned up with some gents who have known him since he was born.

Clearly exhilarated to be playing a show to a DC crowd, Gary, better known as DESTRUCTO, didn’t waste a lot of time introducing his entourage. Rather, he got down to work spinning some R&B and house tracks.

Among those tracks was his new release, “4 Real,” featuring collaborators Ty Dolla $ign and ILoveMakonnen. As you can tell from this smooth ditty punctuated by minimal instrumentation, DESTRUCTO knows how to produce G-House.

Watch DESTRUCTO’s official music video for “4 Real” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and ILOVEMAKONNEN) on YouTube:


Said DESTRUCTO on Soundcloud: “The second night of HARD Summer 2015, 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.”

HARD Summer 2015, of course, is part of the HARD Events DJ concert series DESTRUCTO founded.

You can pick up “4 Real” and other tracks by DESTRUCTO over on his Soundcloud page:

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

In addition, DESTRUCTO spun other crowd-pleasers like “Where Ya At” by The Future and Drake and “Choices (Yup)” by E-40 to a very full room of kids who danced hard throughout the late-night set. DESTRUCTO couldn’t resist inviting a kid dressed in a monkey costume up to the stage to dance a bit, which led to more people dancing on the stage.

It was clear the crowd didn’t get enough of DESTRUCTO’s style of house, so we’ll likely see him back soon.

Don’t Miss: DESTRUCTO @ 9:30 Club, 2/3/16

Gary Richards aka DESTRUCTO (Photo courtesy MSO PR)

Dark grooves with sprinkles of crystalline keyboards? The new single “Bodyback” from LA-based DJ and producer DESTRUCTO delivers with danceworthy gusto.

Have a listen to the track, released last November via Night Bass, on Soundcloud:

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Although based in Los Angeles, Gary Richards, aka DESTRUCTO, originally hails from DC! And the EDM innovator founded HARD Events, a concert series recently bought by Live Nation. More recently, DESTRUCTO is getting back to doing what he loves best: spinning exciting house music for discerning listeners.

And so DESTRUCTO returns with his Ship2Ship Tour, which he launches next week in Austin, Texas. He brings the tour to DC to perform in a late show at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Co-headlining with Justin Martin, he fits the tour nicely in between twin appearances at the 2016 Holy Ship! electronic dance cruises — the first of which wrapped up yesterday and the second of which launches in February.

Hey, while we are talking about Holy Ship!, one of DESTRUCTO’s entire live DJ sets is also available from one of the 2015 cruises at Soundcloud. Have a listen:

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Opening for DESTRUCTO and Justin Martin is ingenuous young DJ REZZ (born Isabelle Rezazedeh) from Niagara Falls, Canada. Tickets are available online.

DESTRUCTO and Justin Martin
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Doors @9pm
All ages