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Everybody is remembered for something. No matter what we do, our actions will ultimately define who we are. Politicians, artists, writers, heroes, and villains all leave legacies behind. So what’s DESTRUCTO’s legacy? One hell of a good time for hundreds of thousands of people.

The Los Angeles-based DJ began building that legacy in 1990 after leaving his very first warehouse party with a tune firmly embedded in his head. The song was 808 State’s “Cubik”, and he craved it so much that he immediately ran to Melrose Avenue record shop, Street Sounds, to buy it. Our hero didn’t leave the store with just a 12-inch of “Cubik” though. DJ Barry Weaver loaded him up with numerous records and he was eager to immerse himself in the revolutionary sounds of early ’90s techno. There was just one problem though. “I got home and I realized that I didn’t have a record player,” laughs DESTRUCTO with a smile. “I was so amped on the music it didn’t matter. I went out and bought a turntable, and I started going back to those warehouse parties every Saturday.” However, simply going to the parties wasn’t enough. DESTRUCTO’s passion was so intense that he needed to throw his own. At that point, “The Sermon” was officially born. Donning a priest outfit, he’d host the 6am weekly party after the warehouses had died down early Sunday morning. He needed a DJ though, so he took on the role, getting people to dance after hardcore partying all night.

Living up to his apropos moniker, he never deviated from his initial goal. After organizing the now legendary “Magical Mickey’s Holy Water Adventure” at Wild Rivers in 1991 and “Raveamerica” on New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1992, he dove into an A&R gig as Rick Rubin’s “Techno Boy” at Def American Recordings. Simultaneously, he released his first track, “Rain Dance” in 1994 complete with Indian chants and a Gumby sample. Furthering his success as a DJ and promoter, he launched multiple L.A. hotspots such as The Downtown Standard at night, while breaking new acts like God Lives Underwater and Basement Jaxx by day.

As the music industry continued to change at the turn of the century, DESTRUCTO returned to his roots launching the very first HARD Festival in 2007. Appearing on subsequent HARD festivals to this day, DESTRUCTO cultivated an incendiary live set that merges heavy metal bombast and propulsive, potent techno. It’s unlike anything out there, and he took it into the studio for a proper debut in 2011. In the past year alone, DESTRUCTO has rocked crowds alongside Rusko, Diplo, The Bloody Beetroots and Fatboy Slim as well as performing at international festivals WEMF and Australia’s Stereosonic. To kick off the New Year, he’ll helm the inaugural and epic HOLY SHIP!, which sets sail from Florida to The Bahamas and back. With a rocket-pack strapped to his back, DESTRUCTO’s mission is to conquer dance floors all across the globe. “I want to make people really dance,” he concludes. “I’m not talking about doing a little shuffle but genuinely rocking. I want them to bang their heads and have the time of their lives.” Ultimately, with his album on the way and massive performances on the horizon, DESTRUCTO is doing exactly that – giving fans the time of their lives – and that’s one hell of a legacy.

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