Someone call VH1 because Datsik is having the best year ever! The Canadian bassmaestro kicked off 2012 by wrapping up and promoting his debut album Vitamin D which was released in April on Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak. Summer was spent touring the country and jamming in the studio, followed up by the Firepower Tour which kicked off at the beginning of fall and hosts Datsik as the headliner of the show’s super-dubby roster. Joonbug had a chance to catch up with Datsik, born Troy Beetles, last week to hear all about his busy schedule and see what’s in store for 2013.
You closed out Ultra 2012 with a super filthy set that left us all dripping with sweat. What did it feel like to close out the second largest electronic music festival in America? It was awesome! Ultra was great, I had an absolute blast. I’ve done Ultra for two years now and last year was my favorite. It was fun seeing all the other artists there and being able to play with all of them. I’m not sure if you know but I had major technical difficulties in the middle of my set and I was a bit troubled the whole time but I just had to play my set. It’s always fun to play Ultra, going to Miami for the week and relaxing, getting out of the studio just to chill out. And of course there’s the crazy ass parties.
You’re currently in the midst of your nationwide Firepower tour with your crowned jewel stage setup of the Vortex. Tell me about how you guys conceived such an intensely trippy lighting background and what kinds of reactions your fans are having. I get a lot of people tweeting me like “I still don’t know how to comprehend the Vortex.” Some people just get so mesmerized by it, especially anyone doing hallucinogenics in the crowd. It’s something so different. When I’m playing I try to focus on what I’m doing and I can’t really pay attention to it because when I do I just think it’s so trippy and it makes me want to fall over. People have been giving really great reactions because it’s so weird and it’s something that hasn’t really been done before as far as I know.
Your show in Gainesville got shut down within the first twenty minutes and last night your tour manager was arrested for your sound being too loud. What’s up with these interferences, Is the Firepower tour’s booming bass just too dubby for cities to handle? We travel with a great sound system and it’s extremely loud and very bassy. Before we went on last night we had like 15 noise complaints so we had to keep the system really low. When I went on we still kept it fairly low but the cops were already pissed off, they set up men at every corner of the venue and when we moved the sound a tiny bit louder I guess we sent off like 20 different British noise violations. One of the promoters ran up on stage and was like “yo, your tour manager is in jail. We have to shut down the show.” I felt really bad and it sucks but it’s just one of those things that’s bound to happen unfortunately.
You dropped your album Vitamin D on Dim Mak back in April and it’s been really well-received. What’s next on your agenda for the upcoming year? More time in the studio or more time on the road? I’m planning on pushing full-speed ahead with Firepower. We have new releases out from all these kids so we’re putting together a Firepower Tour EP which is basically a collaboration of four different tracks from all of the producers who have been on the tour so far. Following that I’m going to be doing my own EP which will probably four or five tracks, all different tempos, trying to mix it up and do something different. I’m going to be super busy but I’m really excited to stay busy and do this.