Datsik (musician)

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Datsik
Birth name Troy Beetles
Also known as Datsik, DatsiK!
Born (1988-06-09) June 9, 1988 (age 26)
Genres Dubstep, Drumstep, Drum & Bass, Electro House, Moombahcore, Trap
Occupations Music producer, DJ
Years active 2007-present
Labels Firepower Records, Rottun Recordings, EX7, Smog Recordings, Dim Mak Records, Last Gang Records, Mad Decent
Associated acts Excision, Downlink, 12th Planet, Infected Mushroom, Diplo, Korn, Kill the Noise, Feed Me
Website www.firepowerrecords.com

Troy Beetles, better known by his stage name Datsik, is a Canadian music producer and DJ. His first release was in the spring of 2009; he has since played at venues all over the world, including festivals such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Stereosonic, Boonstock, Shambhala Music Festival, Electric Zoo and Identity.

Troy Beetles was born on the 8th of June, 1988, in Canada. His stage name derives from his old Xbox Live gamertag.[1] He began producing bass music after dabbling with Hiphop and ended up becoming good friends with Excision in 2008. From there the duo worked on many collaborations; some would say they were responsible for pioneering the North American Dubstep scene.[2] The two began collaborating a lot and released several tracks together in 2009 and 2010 on Excisions Rottun Recordings.

In 2009, Datsik had ten number one releases on Beatport.[3] He has remixed and collaborated with artists including The Crystal Method, Noisia, Wu-Tang Clan, and Diplo, and has performed with Steve Aoki, Rusko, Bassnectar, Skream, DJ Craze, Benny Benassi and Nero, among others.[4]

Datsik cites a wide range of musical inspirations, including Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Method Man. He has described his sound as "dark and robotic", while trying to remain "funky and gangster" and "dirty."[2]

He released his debut album Vitamin D through Dim Mak Records and Last Gang Records on April 10, 2012. The album features 12 songs as well as appearances from Downlink, Z-Trip, Infected Mushroom, Jonathan Davis, Messinian and Snak the Ripper.

In January 2012, Beetles founded his own record label, Firepower Records. It got its name from his 2011 hit record of the same. He has already signed a wide variety of dubstep producers and bass musicians. Datsik released the Cold Blooded EP and his Let It Burn LP through this label.


Biography[edit]

Beetles was born on the 9th of June, 1988, in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. His stage name derives from his old Xbox Live gamertag.[5] He began producing dubstep after seeing Excision perform at Shambhala electronic music festival in 2008.[2] Soon afterward, the two began collaborating and released several tracks together in 2009 and 2010.

In 2009, Datsik had several number one releases on Beatport.[6] He has remixed and collaborated with artists including The Crystal Method, Noisia, Wu-Tang Clan, and Diplo, and has performed with Steve Aoki, Rusko, Bassnectar, Skream, DJ Craze, Benny Benassi and Nero, among others.[7]

Beetles cites a wide range of musical inspirations, including Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Method Man. He has described his sound as "dark and robotic", while trying to remain "funky and gangster" and "dirty."[2]

He released his debut album Vitamin D through Dim Mak Records and Last Gang Records on April 10, 2012. The album features 12 songs as well as appearances from Downlink, Z-Trip, Infected Mushroom, Jonathan Davis, Messinian and Snak the Ripper.

In January 2012, Datsik founded his own record label, Firepower Records. It got its name from his 2011 hit record of the same. He has already signed a wide variety of dubstep producers and bass musicians. Datsik released the Cold Blooded EP and his Let It Burn LP through this label.

List of artists who have released through Firepower Records:

  • Twofold
  • Getter
  • Delta Heavy
  • xKore
  • Terravita
  • AFK
  • The Frim
  • Bare Noize
  • Barron
  • Rekoil
  • JPhelpz
  • Sub Antix
  • DKS
  • Fox Stevenson
  • Hizzleguy
  • Fei-Fei
  • Antiserum
  • Mayhem
  • Bear Grillz
  • Konec
  • MineSweepa
  • Protohype
  • Rise At Night
  • Synchronice
  • Tim Ismag
  • Trampa
  • Trolley Snatcha
  • Twine
  • Infuze
  • Barely Alive
  • Carvar & Clock
  • Dark Elixir
  • D-Jahsta
  • Diamond Pistols
  • Disonata
  • Melamin
  • Must Die!
  • Spol
  • Truth

Discography[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Gizmo" / "Gecko" - Basshead Records - November 11, 2009
  • "Swagga" / "Invaders" - Excision & Datsik - EX7 - September 28, 2009
  • "Boom (SkisM Remix)" / "Swagga (Downlink Remix)" - Excision & Datsik - Rottun Records - April 19, 2010
  • "Retreat (Excision Remix)" / "No Escape (Datsik Remix)" - Datsik / Excision - Rottun Records - June 28, 2010
  • "3 Fist Style" - Basshead Records - July 20, 2010
  • "Brock Out" / "Mechano" - Datsik & FuntCase / Datsik - EX7 - July 29, 2010
  • "Firepower" / "Domino" (incl. Levela Remix) - Rottun Records - April 21, 2011
  • "King Kong" - Bare & Datsik - Subhuman - May 11, 2011
    • The King Kong Experiment - May 8, 2012
  • "Hydraulic" / "Overdose" - Rottun Records - June 13, 2011
  • "Pick Your Poison" (featuring Kay) - Diplo & Datsik - Mad Decent - August 2, 2011
    • Pick Your Poison Remixes - December 20, 2011
  • "Fully Blown" (featuring Snak the Ripper) - Dim Mak Records / Last Gang Records - January 31, 2012
  • "Lightspeed" - Kill the Noise & Datsik - OWSLA - February 28, 2012
    • Lightspeed Remixes - September 13, 2012
  • "Evilution" (featuring Jonathan Davis) - Datsik & Infected Mushroom - Dim Mak Records / Last Gang Records - March 13, 2012
  • "Vindicate" - Datsik & Excision - Firepower Records - January 8, 2013
  • "Release Me" - Firepower Records - May 21, 2013 (Remixes)
  • "Light the Fuse" - Dim Mak Records / Last Gang Records - July 30, 2013
  • "Hold It Down" (featuring Georgia Murray) - Firepower Records - April 15, 2014 (Remixes)
  • "Wickedest Wobble" (featuring Bryx) - Firepower Records - August 22, 2014

Remixes[edit]

  • Wu-Tang Clan — "Biochemical Equation (Datsik & Excision Remix)" (iHipHop, 2009)
  • Ctrl Z vs. Freestylers featuring Navigator — "Ruffneck '09 (Excision & Datsik Remix)" (Never Say Die, 2009)
  • Ivory — "Hand Grenade (Excision & Datsik Dubstep Remix)" (Rat Records, 2009)
  • Apex — "Nowhere to Run (Datsik & Excision Remix)" (Lifted Music, 2010)
  • The Crystal Method featuring LMFAO — "Sine Language (Datsik Remix)" (Black Hole Recordings, 2010)
  • Don Diablo featuring Dragonette — "Animale (Datsik Remix)" (Ego Music, 2010)
  • Diplo featuring Lil Jon — "U Don't Like Me (Datsik Remix)" (Mad Decent, 2010)
  • Noisia — "Alpha Centauri (Excision & Datsik Remix)" (Division Recordings, 2010)
  • Kelly Dean & Steady featuring Kemst — "Teflon (Excision & Datsik Remix)" (Scion Audio/Visual, 2010)
  • Coldplay — "Fix You (Datsik Remix)" (2010)
  • MGMT — "Kids (Datsik Remix)" (2010)
  • Bassnectar — "Boombox (Datsik Remix)" (2011)
  • Steve Aoki & Sidney Samson — "Wake Up Call (Datsik Remix)" (Dim Mak Records, 2011)
  • Foreign Beggars featuring Black Sun Empire — "Solace One (Datsik Remix)" (Never Say Die, 2012)
  • Zedd — "Stars Come Out (Datsik Remix)" (Dim Mak Records, 2012)
  • Kaskade & Skrillex — "Lick It (Datsik Remix)" (Ultra Records, 2012)
  • DJ Fresh featuring Dizzee Rascal — "The Power (Datsik Remix)" (Ministry of Sound, 2012)
  • Dada Life — "Kick Out The Epic Motherf***er (Datsik Remix)" (July 2, 2012)
  • Lil Wayne — "A Milli (Excision & Datsik Remix)"
  • Colin Munroe featuring K Flay - "Your Eyes (Datsik Remix)"
  • Linkin Park — "Until It Breaks (Datsik Remix)"
  • Example — "Perfect Replacement (Datsik Remix)"
  • Pretty Lights featuring Talib Kwali — "Around the Block (Datsik Remix)"
  • Doctor P & Adam F featuring Method Man - "The Pit (Datsik Remix)"
  • Nobuo Uematsu — "Jenova Project (Datsik Remix)" (2009)
  • Excision & Far Too Loud — "Destroid 8 Annihilate (Datsik Remix)" (Destroid Music, 2014)
  • Lana Del Rey — "Ultraviolence (Datsik Remix)" (2014)

Appears On[edit]

  • An-Ten-Nae Presents: Acid Crunk Vol. 2 (Muti Music, October 26, 2009)
  • Downlink — Ignition EP (Rottun Recordings, November 18, 2009)
  • Elite Force — Revamped (U&A Recordings, March 8, 2010)
  • Skins (2011)
  • Chaosphere — Eradicate EP (Rottun Recordings, May 16, 2011)
  • No Strings Attached EP (Circus Records, August 15, 2011)
  • deadmau5Meowingtons Hax Tour Trax (Mau5trap Records, August 25, 2011)
  • ExcisionX Rated (Mau5trap Records, September 12, 2011)
  • Subvert — Crazy EP (Rottun Recordings, October 3, 2011)
  • KornThe Path of Totality (Roadrunner Records, December 6, 2011)
  • DiploExpress Yourself EP (Mad Decent, June 12, 2012)
  • Truth — Evil In The Woods EP (SMOG, November 20, 2012)
  • GetterI Want More LP (Firepower Records, February 5, 2013)
  • Protohype — Speak No Evil EP (Firepower Records, October 22, 2013)
  • Linkin ParkRecharged (Warner Bros. Records, October 29, 2013)
  • BAR9 — Brave New World EP (Never Say Die Records, December 02, 2013)
  • DKS — Deep End EP (Firepower Records, December 03, 2013)
  • GetterThriller EP (Firepower Records, December 17, 2013)
  • Terravita — Rituals (Firepower Records, April 01, 2014)
  • Barely Alive — Internet Streets EP (Disciple Recordings & Firepower Records, May 26, 2014)
  • Bear Grillz — Bear Grillz & Friends EP (Firepower Records, August 05, 2014)
  • Protohype — Encore (Firepower Records, August 19, 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Datsik Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vicky B (2010-08-22). "Excision and Datsik Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  3. ^ CA (2010-08-02). "Jack | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  4. ^ "dj Craze + Jack + 12th Planet @ Crown Nightclub Rio Casino Las Vegas 12-17-2010". RaveLinks. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Datsik Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ CA (2010-08-02). "Datsik | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  7. ^ "dj Craze + Datsik + 12th Planet @ Crown Nightclub Rio Casino Las Vegas 12-17-2010". RaveLinks. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 

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