The lord of hard hitting house himself, Destructo, is set to take to our wonderful Australian land again with HARD Festival. We thought it would be caught up with him upon the release of his HUGE new tune, Winning reuniting with hip hop artist Problem.
Mpire: It’s hard to talk about Destructo the artist, without talking about Gary Richards the man and your accomplishments with the Hard brand… Do you find it difficult to separate the two in your work or do you prefer to embrace both sides in everything?
Mpire: Your new track, ‘Winning’, is another successful collaboration of hip hop and electronic, further solidifying your place as a pioneer of this merger both in your music and events. What is it that drives this direction for you? Is it just something of a no-brainer match in your mind?
Mpire: The ‘HARD’ brand is returning to Australia soon, except you’re doing a festival this time round. Is HARD looking to grow its presence in Aus?
Destructo: I am just a fan like everyone else. I have been doing this for so long and it finally caught on. I do not take anything for granted and really appreciate how big electronic music has gotten. I always remind myself how no one cared about this music for so long. I really appreciate the acceptance now and always stay grounded about my success.
Mpire: With your heavy A&R background, how much of your process is influenced by that mindset vs pure unadulterated creativity?
Mpire: Have you currently got anything big in the works that is pending release?