Catching Up With Datsik In Hawaii Before His Firepower: Reloaded Tour

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Catching Up With Datsik In Hawaii Before His Firepower: Reloaded Tour

Afternoon EDMers, I hope this past week went well for everyone. I know for a lot of you finals are over and done with; jobs however, still continue but it is officially winter break nonetheless. And so, we here at Magnetic thought we’d celebrate with an interview with the one and only Datsik. I had the honor of a nice little talk with him last week about all manner of things, starting with the vacation he’s currently on. And where is good old Troy Beetles vacationing for the holidays? That would be Hawaii. Yup, right at this moment he’s sunning it up in Hawaii with his family for the holidays and plans to stay until the 26th or 27th; it’s his first vacation in a long while so he’s pretty excited about it. While we were on the topic of relaxing and having some fun, I asked Troy what his favorite video games were, to which he replied “I’ve played it all; my roommate loves them. I’ve been all about Call of Duty, Black Ops lately.” I was curious if they ever played video games on tour, specifically his tour with Steve Aoki, to which replied, “yeah we definitely played games; we had a PS3 on the bus.”

I like stage diving and just having a good time; just show them that you’re having fun and you’re set.

I know that everyone has their own way of starting a set and ultimately connecting with a crowd; Troy had said that the key for him when performing was to get the audience’s attention, so I wanted to know what his favorite way of doing that was: “With me it’s always been about the music, and my job is my music. I like stage diving and just having a good time; just show them that you’re having fun and you’re set." That’s all that really matters. Like many accomplished DJs, Troy has traveled to so many places and has come across so many different kinds of people that I really wanted to know if there was a pretty important difference, (if there even was one) that he had noticed between audiences in the US, Europe and the UK “Oh yeah, I mean for instance Trap—trap goes off in the South while other places don’t get it. The UK ragers want to hear something different; everyone wants to hear something different.”

Now that Trap is emerging; I think it’s reintroducing the minimal element to the music. It is more stripped back, and it’s evolving; it’s going back to its original form.

So imagine that you suddenly begin to rake in a pretty good amount of money from a job you’ve landed. That’s all well and nice, but imagine if that money was coming in from not just a job you landed, but from a hobby you’ve had for most of your life. That is an accomplishment few can say they’ve come to, so I asked Troy what it was like when he first realized that he was making enough money to support himself, and through his hobby, too. “It wasn’t an exact moment of realization, it just came and started happening. All of a sudden I was making this money and I was like—what? It’s been a gradual climb upward and it’s been overwhelming and crazy to see how far everything has come since I started.” Because of all of the latest situations involving Al Walser and the many people arguing that EDM has become much too mainstream, I wanted to know what Troy thought of the entire scene as a whole, and if he agreed. “I’m happy with the way things are going right now. You know now that Trap is emerging; I think it’s reintroducing the minimal element to the music. It is more stripped back, and it’s evolving; it’s going back to its original form.”

…one of them came up to me and asked me to play something that ‘his bitch could shake her ass to.’ But I just kept playing what I was playing because that was my music. So the same guy came back and just unplugged the cables and told me to ‘get the fuck out.’ 

Something funny I’d heard about jumped into my mind when we were talking: I’d heard at one of Troy’s shows he just up and decided to drop a track by none other than Enya during one of his sets a while back. I definitely wanted to hear the story behind that particular song choice. “Haha oh yeah, that was totally me trolling. You know the song was just kinda there; it just seemed like the right thing to do at the time so I kinda had to do it.” So, it was nearing the end of our time talking and I really wanted to ask about something that happened during Troy’s first time touring. It was a story involving his being hired to play at a gig owned by a biker gang. “Yeah it was my first gig out of town and all of my friends were there. I got there and just started doing my thing you know, but the guys that owned the place didn’t like what I was playing, and one of them came up to me and asked me to play something that ‘his bitch could shake her ass to.’ But I just kept playing what I was playing because that was my music. So the same guy came back and just unplugged the cables and told me to ‘get the fuck out.’ So I did; it was so shitty and I was so upset and hurt; I felt like if this was the beginning of the tour then what was gunna happen? So I went outside by myself and my friends came after me. Then all of a sudden people from inside the place came out too until everyone was just outside with me and my friend started blasting music from his car. It was the best thing to have happened on my first gig.”

If you haven’t already found out, Datsik is starting off on his Firepower: Reloaded tour in January, hitting the places he didn’t get to on his first Firepower tour. I wanted to know what he was looking forward to most from this second leg of the tour. “I’m just really stoked to be back on the road with friends; all the shows should be sick. I’m really just stoked to hang with my friends and all of the other artists on board. It’s going to be fun.”

Firepower Reloaded Tour Dates:

*Wed 1/9 in Ottawa, ON at Ritual w/ Brillz & Barron
*Thu 1/10 in London, ON at London Music Hall w/ Brillz & Barron
Fri 1/11 in Toronto, ON at The Guvernment w/ Brillz & Barron
Sat 1/12 in New York, NY at Best Buy Theater w/ Griz & Barron
Sun 1/13 in Washington, D.C. at 9:30 Club w/ Griz & Barron
Tue 1/15 in Syracuse, NY at Westcott Theater w/ Griz & Rekoil
Wed 1/16 in Providence, RI at Fete w/ Griz & Rekoil
Thu 1/17 in Boston, MA at The Royale w/ Griz & Rekoil
Fri 1/18 in Asbury Park, NJ at Asbury Convention Hall w/ Griz & Rekoil
Sat 1/19 in Pittsburgh, PA at Rex Theater w/ Griz & Rekoil
**Wed 1/23 in Tuscaloosa, AL at The Jupiter w/ Barron & Rekoil
**Thu 1/24 in Athens, GA at Georgia Theater w/ Barron & Rekoil
**Fri 1/25 in Atlanta, GA at Quad w/ Barron & Rekoil
**Sat 1/26 in Nashville, TN at Marathon Music Works w/ Paper Diamond & Savoy
*Denotes “Vortex” production cannot be used due to venue constraints

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