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Settling in Destructo’s Beverly Hills office at Live Nation’s West Coast headquarters reveals one obvious factor.

The man is extremely busy.

When HipHopDX gets some time with Mr. Gary Richards, he’s working on the currently unannounced Hard Festival line-up, coordinating upcoming DJ gigs and in-between press meetings for his recently released EP Renegade.

“Me as a DJ or producer of the festival, I just book artists that I like or make tunes that I like,” Destructo said. “To me, the blend of rap and electronic is just perfect. It’s perfect party music. Everything I do is for people to have a good time and have fun.”

The six-track project features collaborations with everyone from Pusha T and Problem to iLoveMakonnen. Speaking with Destructo, he said this about his reasoning behind the EP.

“I feel that most people that do music are cookie cutter and they copy,” he said. “My whole attitude with making music or throwing festivals is to be different and mix and match things that you wouldn’t know goes together. Put sounds together. The people who follow me, listen to my music or come to my shows are renegades to because they want something different. Back in the day, if you liked rapped, you stay over there. If you like rock, you stay over there. If you like techno, you stay over there. Now kids like everything. They’re renegades. They like what they like.”

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Renegade’s lead single is “All Nite” featuring Bay Area legends Too $hort and E-40. Speaking with Destructo, he mentioned being musically intimidated by the collaboration.

“I was like scared going to E-40’s house,” said Destructo. “Not scared like physically but musically. I hoped it digged the music and, it’s E-40. It’s not some dude that just raps. I was in his house. I had the E-40 and Earl Stevens wine. We had the Sluricane and all. Being there and watching him in the vocal booth. He looked at me like if I was feeling it or not. His voice is like an instrument in the way he does his line.”

As Destructo promotes Renegade, he’s already working on a follow-up and hopes to again blend legends and newcomers.

“I’ve got like six or seven new beats that are mixed and ready to go,” he said. “One person that I’m trying to send something to now is B-Real. I got this one that’s pretty trippy and stoner vibe that I’m trying to get to him. I sent one to D.R.A.M. but he’s only doing his own shit and not features. … All the artists I’ve worked with, Renegade is stuff I’ve been playing.”

Listen to Renegade and view Destructo’s tour dates below.

Fri 4/21 Las Vegas, NV World Market Center Pavilions
Fri 4/28 Reno, NV Cargo Concert Hall
Fri 5/5 San Francisco, CA Temple
Fri 5/5 Las Vegas, NV Drai’s Beach Club
Sat 5/6 San Diego, CA SPIN
Thu 5/11 Miami Beach, FL LIV
Fri 5/12 Toronto, Ontario Maison Mercer
Sat 5/13 Vancouver, BC Celebrities
Fri 5/19 Portland, OR 45 East
Sat 5/20 Seattle, WA Q Nightclub
Sat 5/27 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival
Fri 6/2 Darlington, ML Dreamscape Festival
Sat 6/3 Denver, CO Beta Nightclub
Sun 6/4 Kitchener, ON Ever After Festival
Fri 6/9 Boston, MA TBA
Sat 6/10 Austin, TX Kingdom