STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For 21st Century Media
Canadian born Troy Beetles, better known by his stage name Datsik, released the five track EP “Down 4 My Ninjas” in late November, but a tour originally slated to begin the month before was moved back and didn’t kick off until recently. Coming to The Electric Factory Jan. 31, it will end up being a jaunt that puts on a staggering 50 plus shows through April, the popular dubstep DJ’s longest ever.
“I think we’re doing 54, 56? So yeah, I think it is [the longest],” Datsik said on a call from Los Angeles. “This will be my seventh bus tour; it’s pretty insane but I’m really excited for it. I’m super stoked to play these new tracks.”
Known as one of the top acts in dubstep, a genre within electronic dance music (EDM), Datsik has helped usher along the hottest trend in the music world in recent years. The problem with that, of course, is labels start looking wherever they can to find artists, and at some point start scraping the bottom of the barrel.
“I think wherever there is a mainstream, there’s an underground,” Datsik said in defense of EDM’s growth. “The bigger dubstep gets, or the bigger any genre gets, the more mainstream it will become, and that mainstream will spawn an underground in which new genres and styles will be created. Personally, I think it’s great when genres get really big, I wouldn’t hate on that because it only leads to further progression.”
That progression has surprised many of the so-called experts of the industry who considered EDM nothing more than a flash in the pan genre, one that would go the way boy bands, disco and ska have before it. Datsik thinks the opposite, and see’s it still thriving.
“Everyone thought that dubstep was gonna die, but it clearly hasn’t,” he said. “If I’m a dubstep artist and am able to continue touring and do the biggest tour I’ve ever done? I think that’s a good sign for the genre itself; it’s still just as big, if not bigger than it’s ever been.”
As it gets bigger, the fans expect more out of the acts whether it’s the stage setup, heavier drops and the music getting extreme as possible. But they are also aware when an artist is following his heart, and not changing for the sake of changing.
“Honestly, I just do what I’m passionate about,” Datsik said. “The big stage setup is one thing, but that’s almost just to complement the music. At the end of the day it’s all about the music, and the EDM industry has definitely gotten to this stage where as a big touring act you need a crazy light package and all this other stuff. But as long as I’m pushing myself, people are happy and are sticking with me. It’s cool because I was once boxed into this one genre of dubstep, but these days I’m making everything; I’m making hip-hop, I’m making trap, I’m making drum and bass and I think people have just gotten to a point where they don’t listen to one genre anymore — they just listen to everything.”
IF YOU GO
What: Datsik in concert. Kennedy Jones, Trolley Snatcha and Barely Alive open.
When: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31.
Where: The Electric Factory, 421 North 7th St., located on 7th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden, Philadelphia.
Info.: Call (215) 627-1332 or visit www.electricfactory.info