HARD founder Gary Richards, aka Destructo, is back in the news following his well-publicized spat with Insomniac Events CEO Pasquale Rotella. This time, he’s taking shots at the entire EDM scene.
In an interview with Spin, Richards explains his problem with the current dance music scene.
“I consider myself a music person in the music business, and I just felt with this whole EDM thing, it’s getting beyond ridiculous. People who have half a song think they’re f*cking Led Zeppelin… To me, EDM is pop sh*t. For me, electronic music is Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk. It’s important for people to know that there is quality electronic music that is not part of that hype bullsh*t other people are a part of.”
Richards then takes some not-so-subtle jabs at his competitors. HARD vs. EDC Round 4 anyone?
“Who wants to go to a festival and see all the same sh*t?… I’ve been to other festivals where they try to do what I do, and they don’t know how to program it the right way. Everyone just goes to see Calvin [Harris], and you’re over in the cool room playing to 12 people, like, ‘Why the f*ck did I just fly ten hours to be here?’… Music is why HARD, and everything I do, is successful–because I base it around music, not bullsh*t.”
You can check out the full interview, which covers HARD festivals, Richards’ family life, and more, here.