Founder of HARD Events Gary Richards recently sat down with Spin to speak about his work with the company. In the midst of discussion however, Destructo revealed his true thoughts on EDM.
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.
He later goes after other music festivals, stating:
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.
Click here to read the full interview and hear Richards’s words on California’s drought, the history of HARD Events, and violence during last year’s HARD Summer.