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Datsik likes to shake the plaster loose with sonic firepower


Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013

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Most electronic artists coming to town trying to shake the buildings they're playing in and the crowds they're playing for. And with is own high-powered sound system and Vortex light show, Datsik usually makes sure that's the case -- sometimes to a plaster-loosening fault.

"Oh yeah, that's a totally legit concern," says the 25-year old DJ and producer, born Tory Beetles in British Columbia and known for both is own work, including the new EP "Let It Burn," as well as remixes for Wu-Tang Clan, Coldplay, MGMT, Lil Wayne, Linkin Park and others. "Not everyone rolls their own sound system and brings as much as we do. It's super, super loud and super bass-heavy, an extra 100,000 watts of sound.

"So problems happen once in awhile. We've gotten into trouble. On the last tour we had three Texas dates and every one wound up getting canceled 'cause we were too loud or we were breaking windows i the venues. But this run we've hit Texas three times and everyone had a good time, so it's working out."

Datsik's current tour is also showing off the roster of his Firepower Records label, a burgeoning stable in started in early 2012 with fellow dubstep artists such as Getter, Delta Heavy, The Firm, AFK, Rekoil and more. The troupe is putting together a collective new album while on tour, and Datsik is confident the shows will help establish the company as a potent brand in the electronic world.

"It's a very diverse lineup, really exciting," Datsik says. "I think we definitely have a sound, but at the same time the whole point of owning a label and releasing music is to add some diversity into the game. So we do sign a lot of the real dope, heavy dubstep that people have come to expect, but we're also branching out and signing some more minimal stuff, some more electro, a bit of hip-hop and just have a broader range.

"It's cool and really interesting to be able to have all these young producers send me stuff. Every single artist has their own sound, so it`s cool to be able to be a staple in the scene and be able to distribute music through all my sources."

Datsik, Heroes X Villains and Protohype perform Friday, Nov. 15, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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