Dubstep’s Datsik blasts Spookfest 2012

Courtesy PhotoHappy visitor:  British Columbia’s Datsik enjoys appearing in “wicked” San Francisco

Courtesy PhotoHappy visitor: British Columbia’s Datsik enjoys appearing in “wicked” San Francisco

To some people this Halloween, there’s nothing scarier than the rise of dubstep.

Those folks will tremble at the sight of thousands moving in unison to commands by dubstep impresario Datsik on Friday. He plays the massive Live 105 Subsonic Halloween Spookfest 2012 at the Oracle Arena with Calvin Harris, Benny Benassi, R3hab and Live 105’s Aaron Axelsen.

Barely old enough to drink, yet running his own music label, Datsik detaches from the mothership of his own national “Firepower” mega-tour this week for an explosive, eclectic one-off night of dark, hip-hop-influenced dubstep.

#link_box { width: 150px; height: auto; margin: 0; padding: 0; margin: 10px 20px 10px 0px; padding: 10px; background-color: #fbfade; /* ecru – light yellow */ border: 1px solid #343a25; /* green – for summer arts */ float: left; font-family: arial, sans serif; font-size: 11px; } #link_box img, #link_box a { border 0px; border-style: none; outline: none; } #link_box h1 { margin: 0; padding: 5px; border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; text-transform: none; color: #8A0808; font-family: arial, sans serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; } #link_box h2 { margin: 0; padding: 5px; border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; text-transform: none; color: #000; font-family: arial, sans serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 10px; text-align: center; } #link_box ul { list-style: none; margin: 0; padding: 0; border: none; } #link_box li { margin: 0px padding: 0px; border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; border-bottom-width: 1px; } #link_box li a { display: block; padding: 5px 5px 5px 15px; /* Padding for bullet */ /* border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; border-bottom-width: 1px; */ color: #000; width: 100%; width: auto; /* height: auto; */ /* border: 1px solid blue; */ margin: 0px; font-family: arial, sans serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 14px; text-decoration: none; } #link_box li a: before { /* background-position: top left; */ } #link_box li a:hover { background-color: #ddd; color: #000; }

San Francisco was the first city the rising electronic music producer-performer played outside of his native British Columbia. He says the Bay Area would be the first place he’d move to in the U.S.

“The crowd is so energetic. The hype of playing live in the Bay — it’s such a wicked city,” he says. “So many great artists are from there. It’s incredible. I love it there.”

Born Troy Beetles, 24-year-old Datsik originally wanted to be a video game sound designer. “I was planning on making … alien noises — all weird, different types of stuff for games. Music was always like a total hobby for me.”

Beetles started spreading warped, hip-hop instrumental tracks online around the time dubstep was starting to emerge in North America. At its core, the controversial, bastard genre combines the beat of reggae played at 140 beats per minute, wedded to electronic processing. Although critics deride its grating “wub-wub-WUB-WUB-WUB” bass lines, the heretical genre has attracted legions.

The U.K. swept up Datsik in the dubstep craze, then he started to blow up on this side of the pond.

“I was in the right place at the right time, I guess,” he says.

Beetles first signed to Excision’s Rottun Recordings in 2009, releasing singles and EPs. Remixing the likes of Korn and Linkin Park, he released debut LP “Vitamin D” on Dim Mak in January; the “Firepower” tour is stacked with emerging artists he has signed to his label Firepower Records.

The kid’s career has gone supersonic. But he says, “I’m trying more and more not to take it for granted. It’s been a crazy ride, that’s for sure. I’m super-stoked for Spookfest. Every time I come and play San Francisco, it’s always incredible.”

artsDatsikentertainmentPop Music & JazzVitamin D

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Mayor London Breed, pictured here at a May news conference, will be fined for unethical behavior by The City’s Ethics Commission. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Commission fines Mayor Breed over $22,000 for ethics violations

The San Francisco Ethics Commission will fine Mayor London Breed a reported… Continue reading

Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, which features a comprehensive water-recycling system, on July 30, 2021. Water recycling in office buildings is seen as a promising sustainability effort, as well as a smart hedge against rising costs and future shortages. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Salesforce Tower is part of a nationwide water recycling trend: Here’s how it works

By Patrick Sisson New York Times When Salesforce Tower in San Francisco… Continue reading

Riders enjoyed a trip on a Powell Street cable car when service returned on Monday. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
<ins></ins>
San Francisco’s cable cars return after 16-month absence

San Francisco’s cable cars are back, and they’re free for passengers to… Continue reading

Most Read