Troy Beetles was born on the 9th of June, 1988, in Canada. His stage name derives from his old Xbox Live gamertag. He began producing dubstep after seeing Excision perform at Shambhala electronic music festival in 2008. Soon afterward, the two began collaborating and released several tracks together in 2009 and 2010.
In 2009, Datsik had several number one releases on Beatport. He has remixed and collaborated with artists including The Crystal Method, Noisia, Wu-Tang Clan, and Diplo, and has performed with Steve Aoki, Rusko, Bassnectar, Skream, DJ Craze, Benny Benassi and Nero, among others.
Datsik cites a wide range of musical inspirations, including Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Method Man. He has described his sound as "dark and robotic", while trying to remain "funky and gangster" and "dirty.
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