Datsik - Interview
Troy Beetles, better known as Datsik, has been creating a name for himself in the EDM scene the last few years, putting out releases with artists like Excision. The Canadian dubstep DJ just finished up the Dead Meat tour with Steve Aoki, is getting ready to release his debut full-length album this April and is gearing up to head out to Coachella in April and the Identity Festival this summer. Troy took some time to talk with me before one of his shows, where we discussed his love for hip-hop, how he got into the dubstep scene, his new record label and more.
Pop-Break: When and how did you first get involved with music overall, not just dubstep?
Datsik: I’ve been an audiophile since I was really young. My father was like super, super into high-end audio equipment and he was buying and selling really expensive high-end audio. So when I was really young, I think I was like 6 or 7 years old, he basically put a big surround sound system in my room and basically told me if I could set it up I could keep it. So, obviously it was a bunch of trial and error. I figured it out when I was young, and I mean, since then I’ve always really kind of been super stoked on audio and just music in general. That’s kind of how I first got into it. And then like a few years later, I got into hip-hop and stuff through my older brothers, you know. They basically gave me all their CDs so that I could play it really loud in my room. So it ended up being like a lot of Wu-Tang and just like old school west coast shit. It was funny ‘cause my mom obviously was like, you know, kind of hesitant because it’s pretty graphic shit, you know? It’s just pretty funny, I don’t know, that’s kind of how I first got into all this.