As the event conglomerate HARD turns 10 years old, and with announcement that its head cheese, Gary Richards — aka DJ Destructo — is set to leave the brand for good, DJ Mag takes a trip down memory lane with a remarkable picture diary from the pages of our US magazine.

A selection of hand-picked images from Richards directly mined from the HARD archives, Richards makes running festivals such as HARD Summer and Haunted Mansion look like a lot of things, but hard isn’t one of them. And that’s the trick and panache of Gary Richards!

Check out some of his favorite moments spanning a decade… 

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“DJ AM was the first to breakthrough for so many of us DJs. Makes me feel good I was able to provide him a forum to channel his inner Daft Punk.”

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“Always nice when the homie Jared Leto stops by HARD Summer. He did the 2012 recap for us; it what an honor.” 

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“Dave (from Chromeo) shredding as he does at HARD, looking fly as always.” 

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“Nice to be recognized by City Councilman Ed Reyes for HARD bringing good to the LA State Historic Park in downtown.” 

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“A-Trak and the legend, one of my personal favorites, Armand Van Helden, bringing the Duck Sauce to HARD.” 

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“The Club Soda boys dressed as Justice for the Haunted Mansion, pretty solid costumes.” 

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“Bassnectar blowing up our dB limits at HARD.” 

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“Skrills and Ellie. Old friends and new at HARD Summer.”  

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“Bob Rifo is on another level musically. He should be making classical stuff. Here he is shredding at HARD as the Bloody Beetroots.” 

A decade of HARD: 10 incredible moments according to Destructo

“Dillon [Francis] and Anton [Zedd], what can I say? I feel like I watched them grow from little baby chicks all the way to the top of the game. These two will always have a special place in my heart both musically and as all around solid human beings.”