1. HARD founder Gary Richards Joins Randy Phillips at LiveStyle

    September 05, 2017 5:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 It’s official: HARD founder Gary Richards has joined LiveStyle, where he takes duties as president of the EDM promoter’s North America activities.  Richards, who DJs under the moniker Destructo, founded HARD Events in 2007 and has spent the past dec ...

  2. Claude VonStroke Reacts to Gary Richards' Live Nation Departure

    Claude VonStroke Reacts to Gary Richards' Live Nation Departure

    August 03, 2017 6:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "With me and Dirtybird, specifically, we always try to create our own fan base and live independently of the system. One of our goals is to get as much information as we can about our fans so that we can just talk to them directly," music ...

  3. HARD Founder Gary Richards to Leave Live Nation and Holy Ship Cruise

    August 02, 2017 6:46 PM EDT 0 0 2 HARD founder Gary Richards has confirmed that his relationship with Live Nation has ended, and that he will no longer attend or curate HARD parties, including Holy Ship!, after this weekend's 10th Anniversary HARD Summer festival. "I am le ...

  4. HARD's Day of the Dead Festival Will Not Happen in 2016

    September 19, 2016 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 3 There will be no Day of the Dead festival in Los Angeles or anywhere else this year. HARD founder Gary Richards, aka Destructo, has decided to forgo the Halloween festival in the brand's hometown. HARD Announces Australian Tour With Zeds Dead, ...

  5. Holy Ship 2016 Highlights: Kaskade, 12th Planet & SNAILS, Mr. Carmack & More

    January 11, 2016 12:40 PM EST 0 0 0 HARD's Holy Ship cruise party entered its fifth year in the fashion its dedicated Shipfam fans have come to expect, featuring strong curation, diverse lineups and plenty of surprises (including guests iLoveMakonnen and  Ty Dolla $ign ). Holy Sh ...

  6. 11 Crazy 'Shipfam' Costumes We Saw on Holy Ship 2016

    January 07, 2016 3:26 PM EST 0 0 0 For its dedicated "Shipfam" fanbase, HARD Events' Holy Ship represents more than just three days of debauchery and dance music on the high seas -- it's an exercise in community and self-expression. Ship to Ship: HARD CEO Gary Ric ...

  7. Electric Daisy Conflict: Inside the Bitter Legal Battle Between the EDM Biz's Biggest Rivals

    May 01, 2015 10:00 AM EDT The twin titans of EDM -- Gary Richards and Pasquale Rotella -- have been rivals for years. Now, a legal battle over the Electric Daisy Carnival brings a new low. When dance-music promoter Hard Events revealed the lineup for its annual ­Hard Summer ...

  8. Holy Ship Highlights: Skrillex Joins Surprise Guest Kaskade, Destructo's Sunrise Sermon & More

    March 03, 2015 6:39 PM EST Fans who attended Holy Ship's second sailing (Feb. 18-20) could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu.  While the  January sailing  sported mostly first-time bookings drawn from the U.K. deep house and West Coast bass scenes, February&# ...

  9. Destructo's Holy Ship! Guest Playlist

    January 02, 2015 9:43 PM EST All aboard for dance music's premiere cruise party. Holy Ship! sets sail for its sold-out fourth edition this weekend (Jan. 3-6), bringing approximately 4,000 fans to the Bahamas for three full days of top notch music and bumping beach partie ...

  10. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included ...

  11. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events, the premier EDM festival brand that CEO Rotella, 39, a visionary in the electronic sector, built ...

  12. Live Nation to Purchase 50% Stake in Insomniac Events (Report)

    May 02, 2013 10:03 PM EDT Live Nation is close to finalizing a deal to buy a 50% stake in EDM promoter Insomniac Events, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the deal. This information, including the speculative numbers (whic ...

  13. Gary Richards on HARD's Future, Live Nation + EDM, New Year's Eve Blowout in Detroit

    November 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Gary Richards (A.K.A. Destructo) plays HARD's sold-out Day of the Dead event in full make-up on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Early this month, HARD -- the EDM-centric festival and promotions company that was purchased by Live ...

  14. Backbeat: Deadmau5 Rocks Intimate Party at Sonos Studios With Live Nation, EMI, KCRW Execs

    October 29, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Deadmau5 performs for a private crowd at the Sonos Studios in L.A. (Photo: Danny Mahoney) Last Friday, electronic music fans lined up outside of Hollywood's Sonos Studio for an intimate gig featuring Deadmau5 . Bouncers held tightly to the gu ...

  15. Robert F.X. Sillerman's Empire State of Mind

    August 30, 2012 5:55 PM EDT After conquering both radio and live music, Robert F.X. Sillerman now has $1 billion to spend and his sights set on electronic dance music's explosive live space. Bob Sillerman is laying on a black marble countertop, against a black brocade w ...

  16. Tributes For Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch Pour In: Russell Simmons, Rev Run, Bill Adler, More

    May 04, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter and other sites in tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who passed away earlier today. We've collected a few below. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Fa ...

  17. Gary Richards @ Billboard Touring Conference 2011

    Gary Richards @ Billboard Touring Conference 2011

    November 10, 2011 4:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Gary Richards, President, Hard Events @ Billboard Touring Conference 2011 Videos Gary Richards Brightcove ...

  18. Hard Summer Tour: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Headliner: Crystal Castles Dates: August Support: Rusko , Sinden , Destructo Ticket prices: $25-$35 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.hardfest.com Los Angeles-based DJ/promoter Gary Richards founded the Hard music brand in 2007 and a ...