With a birth name like Troy Beetles, a career in music would seem to be a given. But the Canadian artist/producer/label honcho has no interest in letting it be or going on a magical mystery tour with Sgt. Pepper down Abbey Road. Under the name Datsik, the Los Angeles-based DJ prefers to assemble avantist Dubstep soundtracks to serve as a massive sonic backdrop for some of Hip Hop’s most notable spitters, including Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul K.O.M. (“Get Smashed”) and the incomparable KRS-One (“No Requests”).
Take Datsik’s accompaniment to Mayor Apeshit’s manic flow on “Katana.” The DJ’s wildly evocative, chaotic/melodic/robotic music bed throbs along like ’70s Electronic auteurs Flying Lizards on ecstasy and Red Bull, banging on every tool in the garden shed while Apeshit ponders the age-old musical question, “Where’s my motherfuckin’ ninjas?”
In 2008, at the tender age of 20, Datsik began his production career (his professional moniker comes from his Xbox Live gamertag), which led to a friendship/collaboration with fellow DJ/producer Excision. The following year, he scored 10 No. 1 releases on Beatport. After three years of tracks and remixes, Datsik dropped his debut album Vitamin D in 2012 on Dim Mak Records; the album’s second single, “Evilution,” was co-produced by Infected Mushroom and featured a vocal cameo by Korn’s Jonathan Davis.
Datsik’s sophomore full length, Let It Burn, was released in 2013 on his own Firepower label, which he founded early in 2012. To date, he has nearly 40 DJs/producers/artists on his roster. Datsik has remixed the likes of Wu-Tang Clan (an avowed influence), Crystal Method, Diplo, Lil Wayne and Coldplay and been featured on albums by deadmaus5, Korn and Linkin Park, among dozens of others.
As wild as Datsik sounds coming out of your home system, square it and turn it up to a Spinal Tappish 11 when he hits the stage.
DATISIK plays at Bogart's Thursday, Jan. 12. Find tickets/more info here .