Nadastrom, a DJ duo best known for pioneering the sound of moombahton, while earning international acclaim, have never tread too far from their DC roots, or ever let their success go to their heads.
Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom are Nadastrom
Nadastrom, a DJ duo best known for pioneering the swerving moobahton space, are artists unafraid of the unknown. Their brave and fun experimentations have brought them international acclaim. Their ease of manner, just so down to earth, have brought them an unconditional love from the DMV as well as their second home in LA.
Jesse Tittsworth (U Street Music Hall, T&A Records) ha suggested to the two that they may hit it off based on their music tastes around ten years ago – and he was right. They quickly went on to host a weekly Wednesday bar night in Adams Morgan, where Nadastrom was initially conceived and explored in 2007. Together they got lost in the warbling stretchy fabric of J Dilla and the clunky beating of Solid Groove Records.. but the true plight of any DJ with a voice remains in the battle with the hesitant bar or club owner, living without vision or taste, complacent with the safety net of the Top 40 sound and crowd, and it was in a similar scene that Nadastrom walked away from their first party after only a few short months.
EF13 Jupiter and Back by Nadastrom
Nadastrom – Chivas (Ambient Mix)
Nadastrom – Rockers Intro
Moodymann – Meanwhile Back At Home
DJ Harvey – Blue Love
Tilt – Arkade Funk (Harry Hotter Edit)
Obas Nenor ft. Soma – Hotel Room
Nadastrom – Make Up Your Mind
Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman – Selector’s Theme
Daniel. T – Laced
Mr. Scruff – We Are Coming (Max Graef Remix)
Klangkarussel – Sun Don’t Shine (Nadastrom Dub)
The Black Madonna – Who Do You Need
Nadastrom – Jupiter
Khun Narin – Sut Sanaen 2
Nadastrom has moved universes away from this sort of hapless finger wagging, and the music theyre best known for have pioneered an entirely new sound and genre, or really a medium (something that would have been impossible to do under the previous circumstances). Moombahton fuses reggaeton and house music together and pitch bend the styles down to a chugging 108 BPM. The magnetic rhythms are rinsed with bachata and dancehall but using updated sounds and have sparked the way for other producers to play and lend their own twist on the genre.
Pioneers of a New Sound
This installment of Extended Family is curated by a pair who has been comfortable in their chemistry for over a decade, and there are undeniable benefits to their collaboration. Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom have combined their powers to create a lane entirely of their own. There are few artists who can claim inventing entire genres, and so Nadastrom is a very special part of Washington DCs history.
While Dave seems enthusiastic about the budding music scenes in LA and DC (he considers himself a big fan of DC record labels like Future Times, 1432 R, and Sol Power – as well as LA staples such as Dam Funk, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Delroy Edwards, and the Innovative Leisure imprint), Matt mentions his interest in disco, psychedelic rock, and jazz. The delightful possibility of these permutations can surely help a listener expect more than just Moombahton from these selectors.
The pair joined forces in 2007 and have built an astounding resume. Not only did their debut Pussy EP become an instant bestseller, topping international charts and reaching the number one download spot on Beatport, they’ve produced and mixed tracks for artists including M.I.A, Kid Cudi, Benny Benassi, Christina Aguilera, Waka Flocka Flame, the Death Set, and Alex Clare. Their first full length Nadastrom LP was received with wide and wild curiosity.
Nadastrom has performed at the biggest festivals in dance music, including Australia’s Creamfields festival with Deadmau5, the Disco Biscuits’ Camp Bisco festival, Movement Detroit, Electronic Daisy Carnival with Dubfire and Ritchie Hawtin, Ultra Music Festival with Sven Vath and Boys Noize, Fusion Fest in Germany, the Red Bull Culture Clash in Miami, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival with Salva and Pete Tong, the Mad Decent Block Party with Major Lazer, numerous HARDFEST runs with Dirty Bird’s Claude Von Stroke and Justin Martin, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, L-Vis 1990, Kingdom, Skream, Duke Dumont, Flying Lotus and Odd Future, continuous world tours with Skrillex and his legendary Mothership Tour, and international tour runs with Aloe Blacc and Benji B via Los Angele’s The Do-Over. They’ve played alongside Diplo, A-Trak, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki and Skrillex. The resume needs no gilding.
Not to be removed from the curation and architecture of the events themselves, Moombahton Massive parties with partner DJ Sabo. The events have become a movement of its own, with Nadastrom serving as the genre’s leading ambassadors and teaming up with other influential artists such as Dillon Francis, Munchi, Buraka Som Sistema, Toddla T, Schlachthofbronx, Toy Selectah and Mixpak.
As a longtime resident of Spin Magazine’s “Best Party in America”, Taxlo, Dave Nada perfected his in-demand dance floor sensibility, combining elements of dance, hip hop, and punk rock. Not long after that he was touring the world with well-respected DJs like DMC champ DJ Craze, DJ Ayres, and Tittsworth. Originally from Maryland, this first generation Ecuadorian-American was raised alongside five brothers to the sounds of cumbia, folk, salsa, merengue, and reggaeton.
As a teen, he gravitated toward Washington’s legendary hardcore punk scene, playing in bands while learning to DJ on college radio. A move to Baltimore landed Nada in the second surge of Baltimore club music, where he DJed alongside club icons K-Swift, Rod Lee and DJ Technics, while producing acclaimed club tracks of his own.
Matt Nordstrom grew up in Virginia on the other side of the Washington beltway where skateboarding provided a contact point with punk, metal and hip-hop. In the late ‘90s, he swapped the skateboard for turntables and switched his college major from psychology to audio engineering. Soon, Nordstrom was the resident engineer for esteemed D.C. house heroes Deep Dish and piloting recording sessions with the likes of Stevie Nicks and P. Diddy, even scoring a Grammy nomination along the way. Matt Nordstrom has been producing, remixing, and engineering for the world’s top electronic artists for nearly a decade. His work appears on a long list of labels including Global Underground, Ultra, Saved Records, Renaissance, EMI, and Minus. In 2008 Grammy Award nominee Switch (M.I.A., Santogold, Basement Jaxx, Diddy, Lily Allen) invited the duo to join his renowned label Dubsided.