Dance Assassins Dance
The Digital Assassins Tour—with 20 stops in 51 days across 15 U.S. states as well as Canada—is just the beginning of a packed year for one of the stars of dubstep. And not long after his bus tour ends, Datsik will be heading back on the road to make the rounds at festivals such as Global Dub and Spring Awakening.
When I spoke with Datsik just before the tour kicked off, he was finishing up packing and excited to be heading back out on the road. “This is the only job where you can go to another country and run into one of your friends and hang out,” said Datsik when asked what he liked most about being on tour. The idea of spending almost two months on a bus driving across the country didn’t seem to faze the producer, who sounded more relaxed than anything.
So as I walked into Datsik’s show in Syracuse last week, I had no idea what to expect. On one hand, I figured it would be a solid couple hours of loud, bass-heavy dancing, but at the same time I couldn’t help but wonder if the show would be as laidback as Datsik himself. Fun fact: it was the former.
The Syracuse show marked the halfway point for the Digital Assassins Tour, and Datsik had come right from playing a show in Buffalo, NY the night before. But the back-to-back shows didn’t stop the producer from owning the stage the moment he stepped behind the decks. As he stood inside his vortex, dropping hits like “Droid” and “Vindicate,” the crowd went wild, dancing as if it was the last show they’d ever see. For the seasoned 25-year-old performer, the grueling pace of being on the road didn’t seem like it was catching up with him, and I doubt it ever will.