Archive for February, 2009


Posted in MUSIC on February 7, 2009 by Keyvon

If you live in L.A. you need to make your way down to the Avalon in Hollywood tonight for Control Fridays. So far the new weekly dance party has boasted big names like Diplo, Switch, Larry Tee, Rye Rye, Them Jeans, just to name a few. And future artists include The Twelves, Princess Superstar, Fischerspooner, A-Trak, and The Count and Sinden

Last Friday I got to talk to resident DJ Destructo, who may be best known for throwing all the HARD events around LA. The last major HARD event was the monstrous sold-out HARD Haunted Mansion last Halloween. And the next HARDFEST on March 13 looks to rival the Haunted Mansion.

See what Destructo has to say about the Coachella lineup and the future of HARD. I’ve sprinkled a few songs from past Control artists throughout the interview. The songs only work if you read the whole interview though.

Larry Tee ft. Princess Superstar – Licky (Herve Remix)

Rye Rye w/ The Count & Sinden – Hardcore Girls

Where are you from originally?


How did the idea of HARD start? Can you explain the early years?

I HAD BEEN SELLING CDS for 15 years with my record label NITRUS. Nobody buys cd’s so I thought it was time to go back to my roots of djing and producing events and out popped HARD

Who are your biggest DJ influences?

SOME of My favorite djs/influences are the BASEMENT JAXX , 2MANYDJS, BARRY WEAVER and DOC MARTIN

What do you do to prep before a DJ set?

I think of the time slot, crowd, and event type then try and pick the best selection to fit that vibe but it always changes once I get to the event.

How did your DJ style evolve?

I think with every dj over the years you gain experience with the crowd and how to play to the crowd. I try and make it about the overall event more than just my set.

How much of your set is planned and how much of the time are you improving up there?

I would say 50/50

Rye Rye w/ M.I.A. – Tic Toc

What are some of your favorite non-dance artists?


Who did you listen to growing up?

PINK FLOYD, LED ZEP, VAN HALEN, BLACK SABBATH, PARLAMENT FUNKADELIC, GAP BAND, RICK JAMES. Lots of Rock N Roll and Funk . My dad has been in the radio and records biz for 40+ years

You mentioned Crystal Castles playing HARD Halloween again this year. Besides Daft Punk (who you already mentioned) what is your All-Star lineup?


Bingo Players – Get Up (Diplo Remix)

Switch – This is Sick

What do you think about the Coachella Lineup?

I manage Crookers so I’m glad they’re there and there’s a few HARD artists (Crystal Castles, Bloody Beetroots, et. al) but the headliners are kinda sleepy. Not really my thing. If I was throwing Coachella I’d have Van Halen or Lil Wanye. Ya know like wheres Dr. Dre?

Where do you see HARD in 5 or 10 years?

Continuing to grow and evolve and push musical boundaries hopefully getting to other markets outside of LA.

Who are some new artists that you love that everyone should know about?


Much Thanks to Destructo. Make sure you go check out Control Fridays @ The Avalon in Hollywood and HARD 13 on March 13 with DIPLO & many others.


Posted in MUSIC on February 3, 2009 by Keyvon

Paul McCartney – Dance Tonight (2007)
Dir. Michel Gondry

So In case you didn’t know, the official 2009 Coachella lineup was released last week with the headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers, and The Cure. As well as dozens of smaller bands like Golden Bloggen favorites The Crookers, Crystal Castles, and Clipse. There has been some mixed reviews about the line up, but personally I think Coachella is always a great party with tons of great bands. True there are none of those explosive headliners like Rage, Daft Punk, Beastie Boys, Prince, Portishead, Madonna, and on and on.

So is Coachella slipping? I don’t think so, I think they are gonna add another headliner to Saturday to trump the Killers like they did last year. But hey Paul McCartney ain’t nothing to sneeze at. He’s still cool enough to work with people like Michel Gondry, Garreth, and Natalie Portman.

And I will be posting other videos from some of my favorite artists on that Coachella lineup. First up are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with an animated video directed by TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. I saw this video at Resfest 2003. Who has any idea what Resfest is? Anyone?

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Pins (2003)
Dir. Tunde Adebimpe

Here’s the aforementioned Tunde with his band TV on the Radio. Dude is also in Oscar-Nominated film Rachel Getting Married. Dude stays busy.

TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun (2004)
Dir. Elliot Jokelson

Sunday’s headliners are the Kings of Doom, The Cure. I’m actually kind of excited to see the Cure. I didn’t get enough of them on Black radio growing up obviously but a few Cure songs snuck into my childhood none-the-less. Beware Cure fans, your pale skin may not be able to handle that Coachella sun.

The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (1986)
Dir: Tim Pope

Like The Cure, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and TV on the Radio, Franz Ferdinand have played Coachella before. They are one of my favorite new rock acts and this video was the first thing I saw from them back in 04. Great video.

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (2004)
Dir. Jonas Odell

This video even reminds me of Coachella. Watching Theivery Corp in the middle of the desert as the sun sets. Don’t get no better.

Thievery Corporation – Sweet Tides (2008)
Dir. Jolyon Hoff

I have to post the obligatory Hype Williams video and I had to post some more Hip-Hop. Lupe is maybe the biggest Hip-Hop act on the yet again pretty Hip-Hopless Coachella. Did you not see my list Goldenvoice? Where’s Dre and Snoop or Lil Wayne???

Lupe Fiasco – Superstar (2008)
Dir. Hype Williams

Very cool video about B-boy “Nosey” directed by former great Marcos Siega who has moved on to direct some pretty decent full length films.

Crystal Method – Name of the Game (2001)
Dir. Marcos Siega

There was some hype last year about Clipse at Coachella, but this year that dream is a reality. This Hip-Hop duo debuted earlier this decade with a full-length album of Neptunes produced tracks. They have since disappered without another release from a major record label, though they still have tons of love on the Hip-Hop blog circuit.

Clipse – Grindin (2002)
Dir. Bucky Chrome