My LA to Z: Destructo

Electronic music producer and founder of cutting-edge EDM event company HARD, Destructo (né Gary Richards) is the man behind HARD. Here he fills us in on his favorite clubs, diners, and surf spots.

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Dan Tana’s

Back in high school, my dad, who worked in the music industry, and I would go to Dan Tana’s because all the industry people went there. I still go there every Sunday. I like to go to places where I feel comfortable. It’s got a cool scene and the food’s really good. You have to get the mozzarella marinara, a big glop of fried cheese.

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Pulse Recording Studio

I prefer to work with analog rather than software, so I tend to produce techno here. It’s a great spot, with tons of people working all the time. It’s got five to seven rooms, with a really cool atmosphere.   

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Viper Room

I don’t think too many people still think about the Viper Room, but it’s got a unique history. I remember seeing Stone Temple Pilots there. It’s a good place to get a drink. I’ve done a couple DJ events there, too. I really like the vibe, and it’s close to my pad, which is also nice.    

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Nicholas Canyon Beach

I started surfing after graduating from high school in the early ‘90s. I was friends with these guys who lived out in Malibu. They showed me this spot, and I loved it because the waves run to the left. I’m better at boarding on my left side than on my right.   

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The 3 Clubs

All the actual nightclubs in L.A. revolve around bottle service and people asking, “Is Paris Hilton going to be there?” I don’t really want to go anywhere where she’s going to be. When I go to the 3 Clubs, I don’t hear dance music. They put on lounge or rock, something different. It’s a dark and proper club.

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Beverly Hills Hotel

The Fountain Coffee Room’s diner counter is a bit hidden from the rest of Beverly Hills. It’s a cool little Sunday spot. I usually come with the wife and kids. I get corned beef hash and then we hit the hotel pool. 

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Photographs courtesy (in order):, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

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