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Datsik keeps 'em dancing from inside the vortex

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Canadian electronic artist Datsik has been all over the place recently -- remixing Linkin Park and Coldplay, appearing on Korn's last album, releasing his own well-received album, "Vitamin D," in April.

But these days the 24-year-old DJ and producer is spending his time in a vortex. Literally.

The conical stage prop Datsik's the main visual foil on the Firepower R3cords [cq] Tour, which features "all the visuals spiralling inwards towards me. It's really trippy. It looks like I'm floating in the middle of this concoction. It's really unlike anything I've ever done before. I basically wanted to make the trippiest possible thing I could, and this is the idea that came to mind."

Datsik (real name Troy Beetles) says the arresting effect comes with a downside, however.

"Honestly, I have to focus on what I"m doing or I'll probably fall over," he explains. "I'm in the middle of all these visuals that are swirling inwards, pulsing. I look above me, to my left, to my right -- everywhere around me, there's visuals.

"It's really weird but really cool at the same time. But I've got to make sure I'm focused on what I'm doing, otherwise a) I'll fall over or b) have a seizure."

Off the stage Datsik is focusing on getting his Firepower label going, while he's "maybe 25 or 30 percent" into his follow-up to "Vitamin D," though he says that in lieu of a standard album he may "try to do a really cool release have some remixes be part of it. I haven't made up my mind on it yet."

Datsik headlines the Firepower R3cords Tour Friday, Oct. 5, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Door open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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