“Offstage” with DESTRUCTO
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Disco Donnie Presents’ interview series “Offstage” returns with the exciting announcement of a fresh feature artist. Music industry legend Gary Richards, also known by his moniker Destructo, talks about his careers as a DJ/producer, music executive and promoter. The CEO of HARD Events sheds light on the process of producing major music festivals, in addition to providing both his bird’s eye and first person view on being a great DJ.
“Elements that make a good festival – I think the sight’s number one always, the people and the music, organization. As far as a good DJ set, I mean I think you just have to be able to read the crowd and know how to take them on a trip, you know take them on a journey – keep it fresh and interesting. I always try to be different and unique and never play the same set twice ever.”
The music executive/DJ/producer/promoter touches on the importance of responsibility. He addresses the temptations, like partying and drinking, that can cloud one’s judgement when working in music. Destructo also confesses his initial desire to want to party 24/7, but learned that in order to succeed as a music professional, that kind of lifestyle will make it impossible.
“In the beginning I was like ‘yeah I’m going to DJ let’s party.’ But being a traveling DJ and really doing it seriously, like, it’s almost impossible to party all the time. You’ll die. You can’t do it. I have so many DJ gigs now that if I party all the time I’ll just be a raging alcoholic, because you know you’ve got to get on that plane and go. You know, you can’t just pass out.”
“Offstage“ is a new Disco Donnie Presents video series that chats with iconic DJs behind-the-scenes at festivals about their backgrounds, rise to stardom, and life on the road. The series is meant to inspire the next generation of aspiring artists, highlighting patterns and ideas that have brought their favorite acts to the pinnacles of success within their respective genres. Each new episode will be posted weekly on DDP’s YouTube channel & Facebook.
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ABOUT Disco Donnie Presents:
Disco Donnie Presents, a LiveStyle Company, is an award-winning and recognized leader in electronic dance music event production, founded by veteran promoter James “Disco” Donnie Estopinal. Since the company’s inception in 1994, DDP has generated over 5,000 live events, arena shows and outdoor festivals in over 100 markets around the world, including the US, Mexico, Canada and Latin America. DDP, both on its own and through partnership, develops innovative and strategic business opportunities in live entertainment. Disco Donnie Presents was acquired by LiveStyle, Inc. in 2012.
ABOUT LIVESTYLE, INC.:
SFX Entertainment was rebranded as LiveStyle, Inc. on Dec. 7, 2016. LiveStyle, positioned to be the world’s largest electronic music event producer, boasts a wide variety of leading live electronic music properties and related lifestyle assets. LiveStyle will produce and promote single and multiday electronic music festivals across North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. North American key operating entities including MADE Events, React Presents, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, and MMG, along with festivals and brands such as Electric Zoo, Spring Awakening, Mysteryland, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Sensation, Corona Sunsets, and Life in Color. In Europe, the company boasts key operating entities such as Monumental, B2S, ID&T, i-Motion, and Q-Dance, and festivals and brands including Q-Dance, Decibel, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Awakenings, Back-To-School, Air, Qlimax, Sensation and more. LiveStyle also owns PlusNetwork in Brazil which produced the enormously successful Tomorrowland Brasil and produces tours by internationally acclaimed DJs and artists. Further, LiveStyle has a 40% participation in Rock in Rio, held biannually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with spinoffs in Lisbon, Portugal, and Las Vegas. Also owned by LiveStyle, and reporting to the company’s board, while operating independently, are Paylogic and Beatport.
LiveStyle’s leadership includes President and CEO Randy Phillips; executive vice president and chief financial officer Charles Ciongoli; senior vice president finance, Alan Walter; and Jason Barr who will serve as the company’s senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. LiveStyle’s board includes Phillips, Ciongoli, and representatives from the company’s various equity owners including Chairman of the Board Andrew Axelrod of Axar Capital Management, Douglas Forsyth of Allianz Global Investors and Nils Larsen, former President and CEO of Tribune Broadcasting.
For more information on LiveStyle, please visit www.livestyle.com.