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Constant input keeps EDM's Datsik pumping

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Datsik has been caught in a vortex for a few years now.

And he likes it.

The electronic music artist from British Columbia (real name Troy Beetles; Datsik is his X-Box handle) has been using a stage presentation he calls The Vortex for his past few shows -- including this year's Ninja Nation Tour -- and he says the production continues to be refined to surprise both his audience and Datsik himself.

"This is the third rendition of it, and we've put a whole new lighting package on it and really livened it out and suped it up and stuff," says Datsik, 26, who's run his own Firepower Records label since 2012. "We`ve made it look even cooler and given the kids something to look at this time.

"The thing I think that`s interesting with The Vortex is that it's constantly changing. Every time I see videos or pictures of it, it's always different content. So that makes it interesting to me, who's doing 100 shows a year with it, and keeps the kids excited, too."

And occasionally, Datsik acknowledges, it gets even more interesting than he expects.

"I`m usually going pretty crazy up there with the controllers and trying to string together these mixes and everything," he explains, "but occasionally I'll stop and look to my right or to my left and sell all these crazy videos and, like, the outline of a wormhole or whatever's on the screen. Or I'll turn around and look behind me at this big piece of lycra that shows all the images.

"Sometimes it throws me. It will definitely trip me out."

The Vortex does not, however, distract Datsik from his music, and there's plenty of that at hand. During November he released his "Down 4 My Ninjas" EP featuring collaborations with rapper KRS-One, Three Six Mafia's DJ Paul and others. He also has "another couple of really big rap collaborations coming soon" that he can't talk about, nor can he detail a "really big" remix he's also been tapped to produce. And Datsik plans to launch another entity this spring with an EP and a sound that fuses Deep House with some "futurey, Garagey kind of stuff."

"I`m constantly writing music, and I play a lot of unreleased music in my (live) set as well, so that makes it exciting, too," he says. "There's never a lack of new (music) I'm working on, and I'm always super excited have it come out."

Datsik Ninja Nation Tour with Lookas, Trolley Snatcha and Barely Alive

Saturday, Feb. 14. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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