Rides the dubstep wave

"I'm on this big scissor lift and throughout my set, I raise up over 10 feet," enthused dubstep DJ Datsik backstage about his Coachella set, which headlined the festival's electro-driven Sahara Tent on Friday night. "I have these crazy-looking robotic cryomen decked from head to toe in blue L.E.D. and eight feet tall. They've got blue and green and red lazers and they spray the whole crowd with cryo, super-cold mist stuff."

The Canadian DJ, who released his debut Vitamin D on Dim Mak Records in April, is also branching out as an independent label head while enjoying his vast new fame in the electronic dance music [EDM] world. "It's great being an EDM artist right now. When I was first getting into music, I was so into hip-hop and so just about trying to expand my roosts as a hip-hop artist; I came across dubstep and it felt like the right move at the time," he explained. "Now it's just exploding. All of us dubstep artists are kind of just riding the wave."

Interview by Stacey Anderson, video by Eric Helton

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