Seven months after sexual assault allegations, Datsik may already be eyeing a comeback

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Earlier this year, it seemed Datsik‘s fate was perpetually sealed after not only his management team nixed him, but his own label dropped his name from their roster amid a damning swirl of sexual assault allegations. Bookings, collaborations, and distribution networks were all cancelled at once — though now the former Firepower lead, real name Troy Beetles, might be trying to mount a comeback.

Die-hard fans of the disgraced star have recently been disseminating screenshots purportedly from Datsik himself, claiming he’s since gotten sober and is currently plotting his return. Within a recently surfaced, alleged Instagram exchange, the Canadian producer reveals that while he’s been hacking away at new material, he has no plans of a definite release date thus far, and fails to mention which label he intends to share the music with.

While Datsik may not be facing legal proceedings at this time, the news begs the question of whether any plans to re-enter the spotlight amid such weighty allegations would be ill-conceived. Or perhaps even futile altogether. It should also be noted Datsik himself has not substantiated the validity of these photos. See the exchanges below.

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Dion Timmer releases his dynamic track ‘Shiawase’ on Monstercat

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Dion Timmer Shiawase

Netherlands-based producer Dion Timmer has accomplished more than most kids his age. By the age of 10 Timmer had discovered dubstep and realized his passion for music. Fast forward about 7 years and now he has collaborated with Snails, Bro Safari, Adventure Club and gone on tour with Excision

If that’s not enough, then hitting play on his latest release on Monstercat, “Shiawase,” should be enough to reinforce the fact that the kid is talented to say the very least. Following his theme of pitched up vocal chops along with his exceptionally technical sound design, he creates a light-hearted and dynamic song that feels as if it was exported directly from a video game.

If that cup of coffee didn’t do it’s job this morning, then Dion Timmer has you covered. 

New reports allege Datsik’s management was aware of sexual abuse claims

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Datsik‘s fall from grace is like watching someone trip down an escalator — the tumbles just keeps coming, the fall doesn’t stop. Recently, reports of rampant sexual misconduct and drug use on tour have more than just sidelined the “Monster” producer, they’ve essentially wiped Troy Beetles off the planet, for now. In the wake of multiple claims being corroborated by women around the country over a time period that spans more than four years, Datsik’s entire spring tour has fallen apart, his label and booking agency have distanced themselves from him, and Beetles moved into a full-on social media backpedal in response. His management team also denounced the star DJ, though now their involvement in the case seems considerably more murky.

The latest news to break from the Canadian producer’s emerging sexual abuse scandal indicates that his team at Deckstar Management was made aware of Datsik’s behavior as early as October, 2017, and it seems that measures were taken to subdue those claims at the time. reports they’ve come into possession of emails from one of Datsik’s accusers detailing her experience with the dubstep producer after a show at Fabric in London in 2013. The woman in question, who’s identity has been protected, details a similar pattern of incoherent inebriation followed by a hazy recollection of unconsensual sex in a hotel room with Datsik thereafter. This particular victim however decided to engage in an email exchange with Deckstar Managment in October, 2017, asking only for a simple apology letter from Beetles as settlement.

The exchange apparently went south when an unnamed public relations firm’s crisis management team reached out to the victim within a day of her contacting Deckstar, reportedly asking her, “what is it that you’re looking for?” in regards to going public with her claims against Beetles. According to the woman’s account, she never received any further communication, let alone any apology. According to the PR firm in question, they were never under contract by Deckstar involving this matter and had no involvement in the response to these allegations.

Whether Deckstar was aware of Datsik’s alleged misconduct last year remains unclear at this time, though one thing is certain — if Datsik’s perennial escalator fall continues, he could wind up dragging down a lot more than just his own career with him.


Datsik cancels tour, steps down from Firepower and social media in wake of sexual assault claims [UPDATED]

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If you thought the #TimesUp movement was confined to the highest circles of Hollywood’s elite, you’re dead wrong. The movement that’s sparked the long-overdue call for a cultural shift in how we approach sexual harassment is gaining traction in schools, workplaces, and on social media by the day — moving toward a state of real accountability for wrongdoing.

Now, Datsik‘s time appears to be up. News recently broke of the Canadian DJ, born Troy Beetles, alleged sexual misconduct on tour. The initial allegation was quickly corroborated by numerous women on social media all over the country, detailing instances over the span of more than four years worth of touring. Less than 24 hours after the accusations surfaced, Datsik has disappeared from the electronic music scene. Here’s the timeline of events that have essentially wiped Datsik off the map indefinitely.

March 14, 2018  —  News breaks

Beetles’ life, as he knew it, rapidly began deteriorating after tweets from user PortersWorlds began to go viral. The tweets alleged a history of sexual misconduct, replete with damning screenshots from the accused, that multiple women began to corroborate with their own personal accounts. Accusations are just that, and, as of publication, Datsik has yet to be charged with any crimes stemming from the allegations.

What’s irrefutable, however, is at this point a pattern of behavior has been identified and corroborated many times over. Claims that female meet and greet guests were given access credentials that say “TULSA” — allegedly so as to spell out “a slut” when viewed in a mirror — began cropping up, and claims of rampant drug use and unwarranted physical advances on multiple tour stops started to mount.

As social media activity picked up, Datsik’s tourmate on his current Ninja Nation tour, Space Jesus announced he was pulling out from the remainder of the tour until his team has the opportunity to investigate the claims made by a growing number of alleged victims. Scrambling to add his own perspective to the burgeoning story, Datsik released a statement via social media, a move that turned out to be considerably more damaging. The statement flatly reads, “there have been recent allegations against me for things I have not done,” adding that “[being out on] tour is a safe and fucking rad zone for us all.”

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March 15, 2018  —  Ninja Nation Tour, Firepower, social media lockdown

Following the Twitter storm that ignited these allegations, and the subsequent loss of one tourmate, Beetles’ team released a second statement that the remainder of the Ninja Nation tour is now canceled, gutting the final 16 dates that were slated for the summer. Shortly after the announcement, Firepower Records, founded by Datsik in 2012, announced it would be parting ways with Beetles in light of the accusations brought against him, transferring creative direction responsibilities to label manager Sharra Grace.


After losing the endorsement of his own imprint, Datsik’s own Twitter account went private — notably, this means previous tweets, a number of which were, to say the least, troublesome, will no longer show up in search engine results.

Circle Talent Agency and Deckstar announced they have severed ties with the artist as well.

“In light of recent allegations that have come forth, we have decided to sever our relationship with Datsik at this time,” Deckstar said in a statement. “Although we lack concrete information to confirm or deny these allegations, the nature and volume of the accusations demand swift and decisive action. We have always held ourselves and clients to the highest standards and believe that at this time it is in the best interest of our company and staff to move on.”

It is worth reiterating that accusations are not charges. It is not the purpose of this post to speculate on innocence or guilt. But silence is complicity, and the music industry may wind up experiencing its own “Weinstein Effect” in the coming months. In the last six months alone, Nelly, Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles, The Gaslamp Killer and many more have been embattled in similar legal situations, and while Beetles deserves the opportunity to speak his side of any story, as of now we can conclusively say Datsik is indefinitely done.

March 15, 2018  — Bais Haus releases statement that Datsik will no longer be apart of Ephwurd.


BREAKING: Datsik accused of multiple sexual assaults, issues statement [UPDATED]

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Early in the afternoon of March 14, Twitter user PortersWorlds reported that he’d received multiple direct messages from underage women who had accused both Firepower Records head Datsik and EDM artist Space Jesus of sexual assault and rape. Though users clarified Datsik was significantly complicit in the actions, Space Jesus, too was implicated in the alleged actions, in at least more than one occasion.

In the moments since the reported incidents, a thread on reddit has begun and Datsik has reportedly began deleting suspicious tweets. One example includes a joke he made referring to rape as “a struggle snuggle”.

Datsik has reportedly been giving women at shows “escort needed” backstage passes labeled “TUL$A,” for years, which some allege is code for “a slut,” or the word spelled backwards.

As of now, Space Jesus has yet to comment on the allegations, though Datsik has officially released a comment on Twitter negating the allegations and condemning the associated behavior.

Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Datsik for a comment but no statements have yet been made. This is a developing story and will include live updates.


[UPDATE 3/14/2018 7:58 PM ET]: Datsik has posted the following Tweet, apparently confirming the nature of “Tulsa passes.”


[UPDATE 3/14/2018 10:07 PM ET]: Space Jesus has released his official statement, committing to cease the rest of his tour until investigations around the allegations have been made, and the case settled. “I was raised by a strong mother who taught me the importance of valuing and respecting women, and I would never knowingly act in a way to compromise a women’s integrity,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, a source who allegedly worked for Datsik messaged Twitter user Ashlee Johnson to tell his side of the “Tul$a” story. The source’s name has been redacted by the Twitter user for their protection:

Another Twitter user stepped forward on behalf of a friend with the following story, which matches many of those popping up about the allegations all over the web:

Datsik evolves with meticulous masterpiece, ‘Master of Shadows’ [Interview + EP Review]

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How does an artist become an icon?

Musicians and managers often overlook this question in their quest for career prosperity. It speaks to art at the intersection of style and substance, more than it does to commercial fame. Datsik certainly understands the power of iconography. Recently dubbed by critics as “ninja warrior,” Troy Beetles has harnessed the visual power of the Asian samurai. Look no further than his Ninja Nation tour, which rolled out last winter and sold out nearly every major US city. 

“It’s tough sometimes to make the shit that you just want to listen to on headphones when you tour so much,” Datik told DA recently in a conversation. “Being out here and seeing what works on a dance floor can sometimes be detrimental to creativity. I guess at the end I’m just trying to find a balance.” The 29-year-old producer further noted that he’s outgrown the phase of his career where he feels the need impress people, and that his inspiration comes from human connection: “Honestly, it’s the people and my friends and being able to share music with people. I’m inspired by the love I am shown from my listeners.” 

“I’ve been into this [ninja] stuff since I was a kid.”

The Canadian producer, now based in Los Angeles, has been at the forefront of heavy, head-banging dubstep from the start of his career. Since the release of his debut EP Nuke ‘Em in 2009, Datsik has been open about how his particular style of bass has been inspired by Bassnectar and Excision


 “Both of them [Lorin and Jeff] are legends, and its been such an honor to not only work with them but to call them friends for life. The grind is so real out here and to have mentors you can share the experience with is invaluable. Very stoked to see the progression of underground music and where its gone.” 

Yet, he remains humble to the fact that he himself has ignited a burgeoning dubstep movement across North America that has landed him on the major festival billings of Ultra, Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, and Shambhala. January 2018 marks the seminal moment that Datsik emerges as a leading tastemaker in bass music, as he releases his tenth studio EP: Master of Shadows

The seven-track project, out on his label Firepower Records, comes as the potentially the biggest milestone of Troy Beetle’s career, reaching No. 1 on the iTunes Dance charts within hours of its release. Along with it, the deadly assassin is taking on January armed with an enormous 60-date Ninja Nation Tour

“The fact it [the EP] debuted at number one made me realize how fortunate I am to have the supporters that I do.”

Master of Shadows is filled with collaborations, which speaks to Datsik’s ascendancy as a real influencer of his genre. Not only does it enlist some of bass music’s most innovative names, from JPhelpzDion TimmerVirtual RiotExcision, and Ganja White Night, the quality of its sound design places Datsik well within the company of the very pioneers who inspired his early musical directionality. 

Whereas his previous albums helped lay the groundwork for dubstep’s biggest expansion since its early emergence in 1990s London, Master of Shadows marks a pronounced stylistic shift in Datsik’s lethal arsenal of bass. On the one hand, the project fully delivers on every sonic element that Datsik has been dialing into over the years. One the other, what he serves up here is something fresh, inimitable, and entirely different. 

“I really try my best to keep a vibe that people like me for. I also really want to explore different avenues, and I feel like every EP is a new venture to figure out how to meld the old with the new.”

Datsik on his Ninja Nation tour stop in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of DMNDR.

Throughout Master of Shadows, Datsik achieves his vision, in part by channeling his passion for creative expression and the pursuit of his dream of making music. “I am happy to be in a position to do what I love for a living and be able to express and share the vibe with everyone at these shows. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing,” he says. Thematically, Beetle’s work pinpoints the nexus between his evolved style and an artistic commitment to where he’s been. 

The EP’s leading track, “Pressure Plates,” paints a cinematic picture, encompassing listeners into a fully immersive experience. The track begins with orchestral layers that, interestingly, call on the electronic stylings of a budding deadmau5 ballad. Datsik is a master of building suspense, as anticipations run high all the way up to the two-minute mark. This is where the payoff happens for those yearning for Datsik’s signature style — the deadly assassin delivers his fatal drop, followed by sparse, syncopated percussive patterns and heavy bass lines. 

There is an intentional construction to Master of Shadows that demonstrates Datsik’s leap from ordinary dubstep producer to bass music icon. Along with the colossal instrumentals he imbues in two of the EP’s tracks with Virtual Riot, including the previously-released “Warriors of the Night,” Datsik has so too proven himself a master of collaboration. In “Freakquency,” listeners are left hanging onto every added sonic element in this carefully constructed track. After a gradual lead in, the senses are quickly bombarded with staccato guitar riffs, jarring synth work, low-frequency subwoofer bass, and masterful breaks. At the song’s close, the silence is — quite literally — deafening. 

Datsik also pays homage to his past style in two unrelenting cuts: one ironically named “You’ve Changed,” and the other titled “Find Me,” which is sure to become an anthem. The latter is a stand out single for its clear influences from Dion Timmer and Excision. While Timmer’s impact is heard immediately at the track’s opening — in his sentient vocals and the unrelenting swells of the electric guitar — Excision’s ruthless touch arrives at the song’s behemoth first drop, oscillating between melodic breaks and frenzied rampage. 

When prompted to tell the story of Master of Shadows in his own words, Beetles states, “I actually wrote this entire EP in three weeks, and my hard drive crashed mid way. It has been the single hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m so happy with how it all came together and worked out.” 

“To anyone listening to the EP, I love and appreciate you, and can’t wait to see you on the Ninja Nation tour.”

There’s no denying Datsik has been developing his highly stylized Asian directive since his 2014 EP, Down 4 My Ninjas. Neither can one deny that this shadowy mercenary aesthetic fits perfectly into the rough and rugged genre of dubstep. 

 Yet, despite the problematics of a Canadian contemporary appropriating feudal Japanese cultural figures for profit, Datsik has been able to capitalize on his Ninja-branded sound stamp to much success. This precise move is because he has seamlessly fused this ninja imagery into the very substance of his sound design. More than that, he infused the ninja image into his very on-stage identity — from his massive Shogun stage production to his LED conicol hat and karate uniform — all at the level of style. Datsik has branded himself a “warrior of the night.” 

Check dates and pricing for Datsik’s Ninja Nation 2018 tour, featuring support from Space Jesus, RIOT TEN, Wooli, Carbin, and Swage. 

Featured photo courtesy of Jame Winterhalter


Ever After Music Festival drops stacked 2018 lineup

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Ever After Music Festival will be returning to Kitchener, Ontario for its fourth installment this June, and yesterday the festival dropped a stacked bass-heavy lineup. Basshead highlights include Excision going b2b with Datsik, Getter, Flux Pavilion, Illenium, and essentially the entire rest of the lineup. Claude VonStroke will be there bringing it in for the techno crowd adding some diversity of the lineup.

The festival will also have a waterpark, rides, and camping. Tickets can be purchased here.



NMF Roundup: Mr. Kristopher offers acid house action, Savoy show off their rock edge, and Killsonik make a comeback

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Awoltalk and Ian Munro link up for the Official Goods Records’ inaugural release of 2018, an aggressive trap number punctuated by pronounced drum elements and low pitched bass lines.

Andrew Rayel puts forth the sequel to Moments (Remixes – EP1), the followup EP an electric offering featuring remixes from Radion6, Whiteout, and more.

Bass experimenter Mr. Kristopher exemplifies the expression ‘the third time’s the charm,’ dropping off the third part of his Brooklyn Trilogy series. Pt. 3 emerges from the sonic depths of Kristopher’s studio, evincing acid house action and haunting techno tones.

John Christian and electronic duo VAVO assert that three isn’t just company, but good company on the drum rhythm driven “How Low,” released on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label.

Savoy assert their rock edge in “Don’t Quit Me Now.”

Trance virtuoso Oliver Smith stuns via “Inside,” a release hailing from Smith’s melodic wheelhouse.

Dubstep duo Killsonik re-commence their electronic comeback on “Never Dream Of Dying,” a number dramatized by eerie string work at the intro, and punching bass thereafter.

UKF Dubstep caters to dub lovers in UKF Dubstep 2017 – Album Mix, an eclectic conglomeration of tracks shaded in dubstep tones.

Deorro’s Panda Funk label sees label veteran GARABATTO deliver a vocally centered statement on “Infected.”

Datsik has released a seven-track EP, Master of Shadows. He teamed up with Virtual Riot, Excision, Ganja White Night and more for the bass-heavy compilation.

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Datsik & Virtual Riot – Warriors of the Night

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Two certifiable bass maestros have combined forces for a grueling, riddim-inspired festival tune.

“Warriors of the Night” amalgamates Datisk‘s heavy set bass lines with Virtual Riot‘s snarling synths in a sonic concoction that is certain to have bass heads across the country leaning and rocking come festival season. The track comes on the heels of Datsik’s collaboration with 1000volts on “Monster” back in August. Recently, Datsik has been trying his hand experimenting with the alter ego known as Ephwurd. Virtual Riot recently turned heads with his satirical outline of ‘EDM News in 2055’ and the VIP release of his track “Everyday”.

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