Datsik at the Ogden Theatre, 8/30/12 (photos and review) - Reverb

Datsik at the Ogden Theatre, 8/30/12 (photos and review)

Step aside, Skrillex — Datsik will take it from here.

Some would say Datsik, the Canadian producer Troy Beetles behind his stage (and XBox Live) handle, has been the leader in the dubstep genre for some time. He showed a sweaty and packed Ogden Theatre Thursday night that he’s taken the brostep baton from Skrillex, surpassing the L.A. native in both style and substance. And he may be poised to eclipse Skrillex in popularity.

And that’s not just bar talk.

Above a floor thick with Axe body spray, PBR, guys throbbing in unison under hundreds of backwards baseball caps and ladies in little more than bras and Daisy Dukes, Datsik was aware of his advantage on Thursday. He gave the Denver audience credit for helping give it to him. In fact, the “Firepower” tour started here “for a reason,” he proclaimed, “because every time we’ve played here in Denver, it’s been some amazing shit.”

His advanced genre of dubstep — a style he’s dubbed “robostep” — bent the room for over an hour, which included three additional songs that he promised were just for this audience.

From the beginning punch of “Swagga” through hits like “Firepower” and new remixes — including “Spaghetti,” a new collaboration with Doctor P — bass punished the adoring, gesticulating crowd. Upstairs, the pounding was so powerful that it was literally hard to breathe. He wielded the sonic blast from the center of a setup that mimicked a speaker cone on which a projector displayed continuous psychedelic graphics.

The aroma and humidity of the entire theater by the end of the night became a kind of barometer for Datsik’s acceptance. You could tell that the audience had become swept up about the same time the Axe aroma was overpowered by just sweat, and the strong scent of Colorado’s favorite medicinal substance.

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Billy Thieme is a Denver-based writer, an old-school punk and a huge follower of Denver’s vibrant local music scene. Follow Billy’s explorations at DenverThread.com, and his giglist at Gigbot.

Nathan Iverson is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb.

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