On June 11th, the bass wubs were in the air as Datsik came to DC to play Mega DC. He headlined the show with Crizzly, Lookas, MitiS, JSTJR along with local support from The Banditz and Rawle Night Long. The night before Datsik played Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago as well as playing the same festival as Ephwurd on Sunday. The DC crowd is extremely thankful for the night he gave us although it meant additional traveling.
This Canadian producer has been working with artist such as Excision since the early 2000s. Datsik has always advertised as bring in old west coast hip hop style into his music as well as some headbangers. He has played multiple festivals as well as going on several tours. Spring Loaded Tour came to Baltimore in April and was Datsik’s most recent visit to the DC area. He has played for previous Megas as well as playing at Moonrise Festival in Baltimore. Several fans awaited the night where this bass god would once return to an area that dearly loves him.
I arrived early to the venue, around 930pm, and Datsik went on at 130am. The crowd slowly grew throughout the night and was packed when it came for Datsik’s set time. As soon as he hit the stage, everyone got their groove on which, for me, included a lot of headbanging. Standing back, I watched how his set got everyone dancing in unison and purely enjoying themselves. He took old classics, some of his new music, and remixed some popular of the most popular songs today. Along with the music, the lasers and visuals on the screens were impeccable. They added a new dynamic to the show which allowed everyone to emerge themselves in the music even more. Every time I see Datsik, his mixing style of combining all of these different sounds into and usually some sort of visual show always leaves me wanting more.
After the show, I caught up with some attendees and asked a few questions. Here are their responses:
Have you seen Datsik before, and if so how many times? Elaborate on your experience.
Avery B.: 4 times, first time was at echo, listen to for a year before seeing him, lived up to every expectation
Parker R.: 2 times before tonight, he was my first EDM event/ concert at Echostage for a Mega DC in 2013, also caught him at Rams Head Baltimore a few months ago
Sara B.: It is my 8th time seeing him, he’s my favorite artist.
Nick H.: Datsik headlined the first show I ever went to.
Tom B.: First time seeing Datsik was at his ninja nation tour last year then not too long after seeing him at EDC NY, he became one of my favorite DJs to see. I have seen him a total of 5 times now.
What’s your favorite thing about seeing Datsik?
Avery B.: Each time I see him, the sets get better and better. Always makes me fall more in love with his music.
Parker R.: Datsik has a great sound you can feel the wobbles and rhythms and its paired incredibly well with visuals
Sara B.: My favorite thing about seeing Datsik is that he can play just about any genre in his set and it’s still flawless. Not to mention he’ll throw in his old jams in it and it makes happy every time and his sets are never the same.
Nick H.: The absolute filth that comes with his sets.
Tom B.: His style is perfect. It’s deep, dark, funky, just like how he describes the roots of his music generated from old school west coast hip hop.
What was your favorite part of his set tonight?
Avery B.: The laser show was insane as well as the visuals on the screen. They went perfect with the music and just made the show so much better.
Parker R.: Tonight’s set had some great throwbacks. Datsik dropped a few of my favorite songs including Scum, Yes, Katana, and Robo Kitty
Sara B.: My two favorite parts of his set tonight was that I finally got to witness him drop Nuke Em, which is the song that got me here today, without it being mashed up with Head Crush, he ended dropping that afterwards. The other part was that he double dropped Get Back and Party In The Sewer, my mind was BLOWN.
Nick H.: There was way too much I loved about his set, it was all filthy and golden.
Tom B.: The set was all around great. He played a little bit of everything from old to new, I think his mixing was perfect.
What kind of things would you want to se from Datsik over the course of the summer and the next year?
Avery B.: New music is always a must. I would like to see a fall tour, or just an every season tour.
Parker R.: I would love to see Datsik at an outdoor venue near Baltimore. New music is always good and maybe some collabs with artists we wouldn’t necessarily expect.
Sara B.: I would want to see Datsik, because absolutely refuses to drop it, I would cry if he dropped Firepower.
Nick H.: I would love to hear Datsik and Downlink’s song Against The Machines, that was one of the first Dubstep songs I’ve heard. I would lose my mind if I heard it live.
Tom B.: I am really just waiting for another tour to kick off over the summer of at least be on the Safe in sound tour if that’s going to happen again. Also another EP would be nice, but some new collabs with Midnight T and Spag Heddy would be ideal.
Any additional comments on Datsik’s performance tonight or in general?
Avery B.: I just love how he always out does himself, hands down one of my favorite artist to this day and will continue to be. Totally stole the show tonight too.
Parker R.: Datsik had a great show tonight he kept the energy high and everyone was loving his set. Datsik is one of the best bass artists out there.
Sara B.: Datsik is life, nuff said.
Thank you to Datsik and his team for allowing me to cover the show this past weekend!