“In Gary We Thrust” read a sign, held by a scantly clad girl dressed as a nun, over the heads of the devoted fans gathered at the DESTRUCTO’s powerful show at The Monarch Theatre in Phoenix on Saturday, January 30. Los Angeles based music executive, concert promoter, DJ and HARD Events and Day of the Dead founder, Gary Richards, a.k.a. DESTRUCTO (his infamous alter ego) displayed his debonair style and cool demeanor during his late night production.
Inside the barren walls of the Monarch Theatre, transformed a cavalcade of transcending sounds and a sense of elation, which uplifted the concertgoers to a higher spiritual plane. In full pageantry, the tireless clubbers danced into the wee hours of the morning. These fans have apparently worshipped DESTRUCTO and his music for a long time since it was quite evident of their familiarity with each electronic production. The euphoric crowd was sent into an uninhibited frenzy with the song that will make you want to move every inch of your body “Higher”, the deep house tune “Techno”, the aggressively energetic hit “Technology”, the current hit that will make you want to dance “ShipFam” (which Richards produced with BOT and is fondly named after the Holy Ship! guests) and the perpetually classic groove “Bodyback”, as well as many others that were heard during his set.
DESTRUCTO had recently closed out a memorable set during the annual four day/three night EDM festival Holy Ship! in early January, where he was among other well known DJ’s and producers. However, tonight he was the superlative headlining act of the evening supported by DJ’s Justin Martin and Rezz, who gave worthy performances of their own. Justin even became part of the act for a moment, and in keeping with the spirit of the Holy Ship! theme, was seen coddling a graffiti baby doll covered with painted on religious symbols.
What can anyone say about DESTRUCTO except that he’s one of the quintessential icons in the electronic music industry today? He not only has an ear for electronic musical talent, but he’s also an expert at producing the sounds that passionately unite the whole world. He is a force to be reckoned with and has continually served as a visionary pioneer in the EDM world. Despite his amazing expertise and super DJ status, Gary Richards possesses the gift of humility as he humbly shared his stage with Justin Martin, the woman posing as a nun, a couple of avid photographers and even a few ardent fans.
On his current Ship2Ship tour, DESTRUCTO has been offering up one superlative show after another igniting the young partygoers lucky enough to behold this electronic dance music producer extraordinaire in action. Richards has been touring the U.S. since the beginning of 2016 and, after making a stop in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico in March, will continue to cross the pond with a culminating show in the U.K. in August 2016. Go to DESTRUCTO’s Facebook page and Twitter page to witness this superlative electronic master at work and check out his musical journeys across the globe.