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Ninja Nation Tour | Only a limited number of $25 tickets are available!

OPENING ACT(s): Crizzly , Virtual Riot , Apashe

Sat 1/14

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30
Electric Factory
— $25 ADV - $40 DOS | All Ages
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Biography

Since launching the Datsik brand, Troy Beetles continues to evolve as a solo artist all the while pushing his beloved bass music world to new lengths, both on a personal artistry level and as a genre as a whole. From video game-loving fanboy-his moniker derives from his old Xbox Live gamertag-to chart-topping producer, internationally touring artist, and owner and founder of the enterprising Firepower Records, Datsik is poised to make bass music the sound of the future with his recent Down 4 My Ninjas EP (Nov. 2014 / Firepower Records) and upcoming release Smoke Bomb ft. Snoop Dogg (Nov. 2015 / Ultra Records). Beetles launched Datsik in 2007, when the burgeoning producer began dabbling with original hip-hop and dubstep productions in his Canadian hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia. In 2008, he met and began to work with Canadian dubstep legend Excision, who later released their collaborations on his Rottun Recordings. In the years to come, the duo-both as a cohesive unit and individual artists-are credited for taking the Canadian bass music scene from its local roots to worldwide acclaim and for pioneering and shaping the bass-heavy North American dubstep sound. It was in 2009, however, that the Datsik brand took its initial steps into global dominance with his first official release, the Nuke 'Em EP. It set the new precedence of the future of dubstep and bass music. Immediately following that was the Boom EP featuring Excision and renowned producer Flux Pavilion as collaborators. In that same year, Datsik claimed 10 Beatport #1 releases, an impressive feat for any artist, not to mention one in such an early stage in his career. From that point on, there was no turning back for Beetles. Datsik was now a legitimate entity, a bubbling artist to watch, and a force to be reckoned. With each original single, bass-intense remix and multiple EPs on various celebrated indies, Datsik shot up to the upper echelons of the growing international bass circles. While these numerous releases helped define Datsik's core, his scope of remix and original production work reaches much farther and much wider. Having released on every other cutting-edge independent electronic music label, including OWSLA and Mad Decent, he's also landed massive remixes that span various genres and solidify Datsik as a master of his craft, including remix work for dance music icons and rising electronic stars Skrillex, Diplo, Kaskade, Zedd, The Crystal Method, Pretty Lights, and Noisia, as well as two collaborations with the one and only Bassnectar and two more with Diplo on his Express Yourself EP. He has also remixed artists from the mainstream pop world and hip-hop spheres such as Coldplay, Lil Wayne, MGMT, Linkin Park, Wu-Tang Clan, one of the biggest influences on his sound, and, most recently, Lana Del Rey, with his SoundCloud-obliterating "Ultraviolence" remix.

Videos

  • Crizzly

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    Anytime he hits the stage, Crizzly has no choice but to go hard. Channeling hyperactive energy and uncontainable swagger, the San Antonio DJ and producer ignites crowds with an intoxicating, infectious, and inimitable blend of dubstep and hip-hop, which he affectionately terms, "Crunkstep". However, there's a lot more to the 21-year-old artist. Music became a part of Chris Lee "Crizzly" Marshall's life at a very young age. As he recalls, he discovered it as a child-insisting on making his kindergarten class listen to the Space Jam soundtrack during naptime-but he didn't formally embrace it until high school. Picking up a set of turntables, he scored his first gigs at birthday parties. At 19-years-old, production began to inspire him, and he started remixing rap songs from YouTube with a distinctive flare. He released his own takes on Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in Da Paint" and "Snap Back Swag" from AJ Hernz, and suddenly he set the blogosphere ablaze. Numerous web sites began reposting these cuts, and Crizzly developed a fervent following. However, some guerilla tactics helped garner even more high profile attention for the fledgling DJ. After playing 2011's Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, he took 20 USB drives with his music and distributed them to some of the festivals top names. "I made it a mission to pass them out to my favorite producers," he remembers with a smile. "I was nervous, but I gave it to Diplo. He listened, and now he plays 'Hard in Da Paint' in his set."

  • Virtual Riot

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    Like Skrillex and Girl Talk before him, German DJ and producer Valentin Brunn prefers the quick and chaotic edit when he issues his EDM recordings as Virtual Riot. Born and raised in Marl, Germany, Brunn debuted the project in 2011 with the From Space EP on Phantom Hertz Recordings. That same label was home for that year's Phantom EP, then the Quantum imprint issued the SuperHuman EP in 2012. Sectionz Records released his 2013, debut album There Goes Your Money while that year's Sugar Rush EP landed on Audiophile Live. In 2014, his We Are Not Alone EP launched his relationship with Discipline Recordings, the label that issued both the Nightmare and Machinery EPs in 2015, along with the Chemistry EP in 2016.

  • Apashe

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    Apashe is a music producer originally from Brussels who moved to Montreal to study electroacoustics at Concordia University. After two years of studies, he got hired by Sonart to work as a fulltime sound designer. Apashe has been making music since 2005. With his gritty bassline signature, he is exploring all kinds of sounds influenced by hip-hop, neurofunk and electro.

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