Since 2012, Datsik’s Firepower imprint has broken the mold for bass music, and is home to genre-bending acts like Terravita, Rekoil, Trampa, Getter and its newest signing, the legendary Trolley Snatcha. The fact that Datsik himself—aka Troy Beetles—has a non-stop touring schedule that sees him dropping his unique brand of filth all over the world hasn’t stopped him from putting another full-length in the works.
Always striving to keep his style cutting edge, the LA-based artist chats with Bassrush about his label, his affinity for ninjas, and his excitement for his appearance at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve’s Bassrush Experience.
What are some of the current happenings in the world of Datsik?
I got a crazy new bus tour in January so I’ve been trying to hit the rest of the world before I come back. I was in Europe for a while, and then back [in the US] and a couple of days later flew down to Australia and New Zealand. I’m back now [in L.A.] and have had a bit of time off, so what I’m currently doing is trying to finish up my next EP. I’m doing kind of like a merger between dubstep and trap—like a hip-hop crossover EP. I have some pretty cool MCs over the tracks in the EP and that’s kind of where I’m at right now.
When is the new EP launching?
Were planning on launching it late November, so I’m basically just trying to finish it all up right now. That’s what I was doing before I left the house—got a little crazy listening to the same track over and over and over. Hopefully it will get a good response and go from there. I’m super excited about that.
What’s the buzz behind Trolley Snatcha’s Archetype EP? What should fans expect?
I think they are really going to enjoy his EP because it’s sort of a throwback to the 2008-2009 era of dubstep and bass music. For a lot of people, that time was the golden age of dubstep. It’s cool because I’ve known him since I first started. I’ve always been a huge fan of his music and he’s always been a huge inspiration for me when it comes to writing different styles. I feel like he was responsible for writing a lot of the different formulas in dubstep. It’s really cool to be able to bring him out for a debut on Firepower. Everyone’s really stoked about it but I’m probably the most stoked out of anyone.
Tell us about the Datsik Ninja Squad?
I love ninjas and I love my fans so I think it’s cool to call them all ninjas cause ninjas are cool as fuck. We set up these mini tasks for all of my ninjas, whether it be going around the city to sticker shit, do weird guerilla marketing things, or show me their best ninja kicks or whatever. [Laughs]
We created a platform for people who have skill to get recognized and win prizes. It’s really cool. We’re just trying this out and the reaction has been totally overwhelming. If someone sends in a really cool video, we send them prizes. We created this point system where all the cool stuff they do gets pulled into this one point system and the people with the highest points get free swag from Firepower and Datsik. It’s a cool little thing were trying out and people have totally been digging it.
What is your vision for Firepower Records in 2015?
We got this crazy big tour launching right at the beginning of the year that’s going to be three to four months long. I’m bringing out my favorite Firepower acts and a ton of exciting talent. We try to do something new and fresh with every single release while still keeping that throwback feel for the core heads that love dubstep and grimey bass. It’s gonna be an interesting year, but I think we’re gonna end up discovering a lot of new talent and try to bring up some more superstars in the making.
Can you give us any insight into your upcoming set for the crowd at the Bassrush Experience at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve?
The way I see DJ sets these days, its almost kind of how I treat food throughout the day. If dubstep was bacon, even though I love bacon, I’m not going to eat it every meal throughout the day. For example, I’ll have bacon in the morning and a sandwich at lunch, the sandwich being drum & bass. I’ll have soup later in the evening—the soup can be moombahton—and basically just try to have a well-rounded diet and play all different types of music. Bass music has gotten to a point where you can pretty much just play whatever the fuck you want. As long as it’s got really cool bass lines and as long as it’s all energetic and hyphy, I think you can’t really go wrong.
Check out “Insanity” from Trolley Snatcha’s “Archetype” EP on Firepower Records and download the EP here.
By Amanda Ross