Datsik’s Ninja Nation Tour Stops By Philly’s Electric Factory

Concert Review, EDM

Troy Beetles, also known by the stage name Datsik, released his first song back in 2009. Since then, the Canadian producer has been dominating the dubstep community and has performed at renowned music festivals such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, and Electric Daisy Carnival.

This past December, Datsik released his third EP titled Sensei, which was set to coincide with a 2017 North American Tour that included a stop in Philadelphia. The new EP Sensei relates to Datsik’s journey as an artist.

In the years leading up the EP, Datsik had to wait patiently for his real breakthrough, but now having achieving success with various projects and with the release of Sensei, he is establishing himself as a teacher sharing his experiences with the up and coming dubstep producers.

After the first night in Detroit, the Ninja Nation Tour stopped in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory. The show’s openers consisted of a popular group of dubstep artists, Virtual Riot, Apashe, and Crizzly. When the show kicked off around 8:30 pm, Virtual Riot took the stage and played various songs off his Chemistry EP.

After his set ended, Belgian artist Apashe, a special guest at the show, started his set in front of an already amped crowd. The final opener, Crizzly followed up promptly after Apashe. Throughout his set, he would yell out to the crowd, “Where are all my ‘headbangers’ at?”. This prompted the crowd that flooded all the way from the stage to entrance of the Electric Factory, to thrash their heads up and down to every beat played.

Finally, after all of the openers had played, Datsik took the stage. Dressed in all black ninja attire that included a rice farmer hat covered in colorful LED lights, the Canadian producer stood ominously in front of a stage that resembled a glowing Japanese dojo.

The suspense ended as soon as Datsik begun playing his first song, but by the end of it, the mixture of sound and human movement almost caused an earthquake inside the venue. Performing well into the next morning, Datsik certainly delivered a show that Philly fans will cherish throughout 2017.

Check out our full photo gallery of this epic gig below.


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