Troy Beetles (born June 8, 1988) better known by his stage name Datsik, is a Canadian DJ. His first release was in the spring of 2009. He had since played at venues all over the world, including festivals such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Stereosonic, Boonstock, Shambhala Music Festival, and Electric Zoo.
|Birth name||Troy Beetles|
|Born||June 8, 1988|
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
In March 2015, Datsik partnered with Electronic Music lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Lupus Foundation of America, which works to cure and improve the lives of all that are affected by Lupus.
In March 2018, Beetles was accused of sexual assault spanning multiple years, resulting in public backlash and cancellation of all Datsik appearances at upcoming shows and festivals. He officially stepped down from his label Firepower Records. On March 15, 2018, he was dropped by Deckstar and Circle Talent Agency following the accusations.
Beetles was born on June 8, 1988, in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. His stage name derives from his old Xbox Live gamertag. He began producing dubstep after seeing Excision perform at Shambhala electronic music festival in 2008. Soon afterward, the two began collaborating and released several tracks together in 2009 and 2010 on Excision's Rottun Recordings.
In 2009, Datsik had several number one releases on Beatport. He has remixed and collaborated with artists including The Crystal Method, Noisia, Wu-Tang Clan, and Diplo, and has performed with Steve Aoki, Rusko, Bassnectar, Skream, DJ Craze, Benny Benassi and Nero, among others.
Beetles cites a wide range of musical inspirations, including Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Method Man. He has described his sound as "dark and robotic", while trying to remain "funky and gangster" and "dirty".
He released his debut album Vitamin D through Dim Mak Records and Last Gang Records on April 10, 2012. The album features 12 songs as well as appearances from Downlink, Z-Trip, Infected Mushroom, Jonathan Davis, Messinian and Snak the Ripper.
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In January 2012, Datsik founded his own record label, Firepower Records. It is named for his 2011 record of the same. He has already signed a wide variety of dubstep producers and bass musicians. Datsik released the Cold Blooded EP and his Let It Burn LP through this label.
In March 2018, Datsik cancelled his remaining tour performances and stepped down from Firepower Records amid numerous allegations of sexual assault, which he denied. The label made a public statement handing over all operations and creative direction to co-owner and label manager Sharra Grace. The label stated that it does not tolerate sexual assault under any circumstances.
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