Datsik is the pseudonym of Canadian dubstep producer Troy Beetles. Born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, Beetles first dabbled with bedroom hip-hop production, writing tracks that would never see the light of day.
A chance encounter with fellow Canadian DJ and producer Excision at the Shambhala Electronic Music Festival in 2008 helped change his musical direction. Captivated by the burgeoning U.S. dubstep scene, Beetles went about producing what he described as "robostep," a mix of hard-hitting drum patterns, growling basslines, and futuristic synth lines.
Also in 2012, Beetles started his own label, Firepower Records, which released tracks by emerging electronic artists such as Terravita and Rise at Night. The label released Datsik's Cold Blooded EP in early 2013. His second full-length, Let It Burn, appeared later in the year. Following the success of these releases, Beetles concentrated more on his label and his busy touring schedule than releasing new material of his own. His only 2015 release was "The Blastaz," a single produced with Barely Alive. Datsik's Darkstar EP, featuring guest appearances from Trinidad James and Travis Barker, arrived in 2016. The ninja-obsessed artist issued the Sensei EP at the end of the year. ~ Richard Wilson, Rovi