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October 4, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 04--Troy Beetles never sets out to make an album -- it just happens. "I usually take a bunch of tunes and just put them together on an album," he says during a recent phone interview. "It's never my intention to make a full album. At some point, I just have to package the songs together and put them out there."

Beetles goes by the stage name Datsik and is a dubstep producer and DJ from Kelowna, British Columbia. He's been making music since 2009 and has performed at some of the biggest music festivals in the country such as the Coachella Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo and Identity.

At only 25, Datsik has released a slew of material and his latest album, "Let It Burn," is available for free on his website at firepowerrecords.com.

"I'm trying something different by giving it away for free," he says. "It's sort of a way of me saying thank you to all my fans. They've supported me for so long, it's the least that I can do."

Datsik says he took a pointer from fellow electronic artists Pretty Lights in thinking outside the box for this album's promotion.

"I know that every so often, they give their music away for free," he says. "It's all about getting my music to as many people as I can. This is one way to let people know I'm here and making music."

Datsik started out in hip-hop, then discovered dubstep and was hooked. He says he found a forum of other dubstep artists and the support was really great.

"It's wild to see how this entire scene has evolved," he says. "We've all blown up at the same time and now are touring together on these huge festivals."

Datsik says when it comes to making music, he likes to be in a comfortable environment.

"Honestly, I like to produce music while I'm chilling in my boxers at home," he says. "This is why it's nice to have a set-up at home to record and I just begin to crank out the music."

Firepower Most Wanted Tour

With Datsik, Antiserum, Mayhem Funtcase

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9

WHERE: El Rey Theater, 620 W. Central

HOW MUCH: $15-$25 at holdmyticket.com or 886-1251

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