Datsik is the pseudonym of Canadian dubstep producer Troy Beetles. Born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, a chance encounter with fellow Canadian DJ and producer Excision at the Shambhala Electronic Music Festival in 2008 helped change his musical direction. Captivated by the burgeoning U.S. dubstep scene, Beetles went about producing what he described as “robostep,” a mix of hard-hitting drum patterns, growling basslines, and futuristic synth lines. In 2011, Beetles signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records to release his debut album Vitamin D. Collaborating with Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Israeli psy-trance outfit Infected Mushroom, and U.S. turntablist Z-Trip, the album was released in April 2012. ~ Richard Wilson
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