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When the beat drops at a Nadastrom show, you better have your hands

up. Dave Nada is known to stage dive while his DJ partner Matt

Nordstrom squeezes the duo’s most riotous beats through the speakers.

It’s a reminder Nadastrom aren’t just pushing 21st century dance music

toward the edge – they’re jumping off it.

The D.C.-born, L.A.-based duo of DJ-producers come from different

backgrounds, but share a ravenous appetite for extremes. As the prime

architects of Moombahton – a sound Nada invented on the fly at a

basement party by slowing Dutch house music down to the tempo of

reggaeton – the duo have been praised in the pages of Spin and Rolling

Stone, pumped on the airwaves of BBC Radio 1 and NPR, and revered at

nightclubs and festivals across the planet.

Nada was born in Maryland, a first generation Ecuadorian-American

surrounded by five brothers and the sounds of cumbia, Ecuadorian 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.

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 nod along

the way.

When Nada and Nordstrom came together in 2007, the chemistry was

instant and the music was colossal. The group signed to Switch’s

Dubsided label where their debut debut EP, “Pussy,” immediately topped

the charts on Beatport. Since then, Nadastrom have produced tracks for

a slew of artists, including Kid Sister, and have done remixes for Kid

Cudi, Benny Benassi, Christina Aguilera, Waka Flocka Flame, the Death

Set and Alex Clare.

In 2010, the duo relocated from Washington to Los Angeles and hit the

road, performing at the biggest festivals in dance music, including

Australia’s Creamfields festival with Deadmau5, the Disco Biscuits’

Camp Bisco festival, Bass Island with Bassnectar, the Mad Decent Block

Party with Major Lazer and the HARD Festival in Los Angeles with

Ducksauce, Chromeo, BoysNoize and Odd Future. This fall, Nadastrom

joins Skrillex and 12th Planet for more than 50 nights on the

hotly anticipated Mothership Tour.

Meantime, Moombahton has become a movement of its own, with Nadastrom

serving as the genre’s leading ambassadors. Diplo’s Mad Decent label

dropped the acclaimed compilation “Dave Nada presents Blow Your Head

Vol. 2: Moombahton” in May and Scion released Nadastrom’s

Moombahton EP “El Baile Diabluma” this fall.

“There are never any rules,” says Nada of the duo’s approach. “And

Moombahton helped us realize that even more."