Datsik's 'must see' Ninja Nation Tour plays Houston on Feb. 17

Datsik's 'must see' Ninja Nation Tour plays Houston on Feb. 17

Datsik is not one of. He is the hottest EDM DJ in the music genre. The mind trick master returns to Houston to perform this Friday, Feb. 17 for the eye-polling, soul-thumping Ninja Nation 2017 Tour at Stereo Live.

In support of his new EP Sensei, which is some of his best work to date and released on his Firepower Records, the must-see show will feature a new high-tech production stage called The Shogun — something Datsik fans and those who love technology must experience in person.  



Tickets are $25 for this 18 and older show and can be purchased online at stereohouston.com. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The shinobi ninjas reigned terror during the Sengoku period in Japan during the 15th century armed with the likes of the katana, shuriken, bowstaff, caltrops, fukiya and happō. Datsik, who has a love for the hidden warriors, began his run to bass music power in 2009 with the release of Nuke ‘Em.

It seems that you and I both profess a love for ninjas. I’ve read many books and added a bowstaff weapon to my collection. How deep is your love of the ninja?

Well, I don’t have a bowstaff, but I have read a few books like ‘Seven Chakras’ and I have a straight edge full-tang katana called ‘Black.’ I also have a pair of nunchucks and throwing stars as well. On top of that, I have been buying ninja articles of clothing. I just bought a really sick pair of gauntlets and I’ve been looking at these tabi boots, so my ninja arsenal is slowly improving.

Has the interest of ninjas always been there?

Yeah. I’ve always been down with ninjas, even as a little kid. What’s funny is, I played a lot of the Mortal Kombat video game growing up. I don’t think I actually ever fully grew up and now that I am in a position that I can live out kind of the things I’ve always wanted to do as a kid, I decided that it’s finally time to fully become a Mortal Kombat character. That’s sort of how it translated into what I am doing now with my new stage on this tour. 

Tell me more about this come-to-life character.

I have this new mask/helmet with an outfit. It’s almost like a cross between Raiden (God of Thunder, character on Mortal Kombat) and one of the ninjas, like Sub Zero. It’s all connected and has power that runs through it. The entire thing lights up and it’s controlled by someone at the front of house. It’s really cool.

I’ve seen video of The Shogun stage. It’s stunning.

Everything is basically connected. A signal is sent to my helmet and the stage. The helmet works in tandem with the LED lights.

Did you have a team that helped you come up with this?

It’s all my vision. I literally drew it on a napkin. I thought, the stage is cool, but it’s not really enough. What is the missing element? I drew a stick figure, which represented me, and I began doodling and I added a little Raiden hat to my stick figure. I was like, ‘Wait a minute. I need to become part of the stage.’ That is how I am going to be different from everyone else’s sh*t.

I’ve been listening to your newest release Sensei andI can literally hear the Karate undertones. What was your thought process in writing and recording this?

I was sitting at four or five tracks. I knew it needed a few more heavy hitters and right before deadline, I banged out a few more tracks and ‘Sensei’ was the last one written. It ended up creating the theme for the whole EP.

How do you decide on what track needs vocals?

It depends. If the drop has a lot going on, usually all it really needs is a simple vocal before the drop just to get it a bit more hyped up. For example, let’s take the track ‘Nasty’ off the new EP — the drop speaks for itself. It’s a bit more upfront and in your face. There’s a lot going on so it doesn’t necessarily need a vocal sample. But another track that is more simple and stripped down is called ‘Wreckless.’ That one I did has the rapper AD on it. The track has more space on it for him to do his thing. That’s usually the determining factor — how simple or how busy the track already is.

I go to Las Vegas several times a year. On the Vegas Strip, gone are the magicians and familiar acts. DJs have taken over Vegas entertainment and are headlining and selling out venues of all sizes. What are your thoughts about that?

I think its pretty rad. DJs are the modern rock stars of the EDM world, but honestly I think DJs are way over paid in Vegas. I know what some guys are making and it’s absolutely outrageous. The problem is, when DJs go play Vegas, they usually don’t play their regular stuff. It’s watered down. At that point, you are sacrificing a piece of your integrity in order to make money. That’s why I don’t play in Vegas very often and when I do, it’s like a hard ticket room opposed to playing at a bottle service club. I don’t want to change what I am known for. You have to play the most mainstream sh*t.

Twitter: @datsik

Website: datsik.com

Stereo Live is located at 6400 Richmond Ave in Houston. For more information, call (832) 251-9600.

Chad Cooper is the Entertainment Editor. Contact: cooper [at] theexaminer [dot] com