2009 Artists


With his keen ear for quality electronic music and his undeniable charisma, Destructo was handpicked by Rick Rubin to be one of his key A&R men at Def American Recordings. During his tenure, Richards signed techno/rock band God Lives Underwater to the newly formed Nitrus Records label and inked an exclusive deal with up and coming British label XL Recordings. In addition he worked with Lords of Acid, Messiah and Digital Orgasm at Def American. In 1997, Richards founded 1500 Records. Distributed through A&M Records 1500 immediately established itself with the release of David Holmes' acclaimed debut album "Let's Get Killed" (later revisited for the Ocean's Eleven Soundtrack franchise), The Dub Pistols, Breakbeat Era, and a Depeche Mode tribute album which went on to sell over 500,000 units worldwide. This album, "For The Masses", features Depeche Mode classics by The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Rammstein, Deftones, Self, God Lives Underwater and more. After the Universal Polygram merger 1500 ceased to exist and Destructo moved on to management with his late brother Steven Richards at No Name Worldwide. He worked with his brother managing and developing top metal bands such as Slipknot, Mudvayne, American Head Charge and Hatebreed. Destructo introduced the loyal Nitrus fans to increasingly aggressive releases with American Head Charge and the best-selling UFC compilation. As creator of the HARD Festivals, including the landmark HARD Haunted Mansion, Destructo continues to promote cutting edge music in LA and beyond. As President of Nitrus Records Destructo is once again raising the bar for electronic music with releases by Wired All Wrong, Uberzone, Whitey, and his latest signing, Kill The Noise. In 2009 Destructo is expanding his audience with bookings across the nation and upcoming remixes and original productions.