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Destructo Takes Holy Ship to Church with his Sunrise Sermon

The CEO of HARD Presents, Gary Richards, has enjoyed a long, fulfilling career in the music industry and is showing no signs of slowing down. Many know that on top of organizing events like HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, Holy Ship! and more, Richards doubles as the producer/DJ, Destructo, known for his groovy style of g-house.

What few people do know is that Richards has had a background in music for nearly as long as dance music has existed in the States. Richards threw the very first Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles years before Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella, approached him about using the name for his flagship event. It's now one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world. In Richards' early days as a DJ, he was known for throwing underground raves and spinning for hours on end into the early morning. A set dubbed the “Sunrise Sermon” remains one of his most iconic performances. At both renditions of HARD’s Holy Ship! festival, Richards dusted off his Sunrise Sermon, brining it back with a gusto. 

At the second sailing of Holy Ship!, Destructo took over the decks for an early morning set from 5am-8am. Effortlessly moving between classics like Frankie Knuckles’ “The Whistle Song” and contemporary hits like Oliver $’s “Doin’ Ya Thang,” Destructo took those who were still awake to church, giving a glimpse at what it’s like to be at the top of your game.

Listen to the entire 3-hour set above, and peep an awesome video of the sermon, courtesy of Glenjamn.

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