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MOOMBAHTON MADNESS. INTERVIEW: DAVE NADA

Moombahton. You love it, you may just not know it yet.

Imagine your favorite Dutch House tracks chopped & screwed to 108 bpm.

Throw in some Latin influence and a splash of crunk and you have Moombahton.

Before our interview with its brainchild, an appetizer from the Moombahton EP.

1)Moombahton-Dave Nada ***FUEGO***

2)Riverside (Moombahton Edit)-Dave Nada ***FUEGO***

B10: So Dave, one thing that has become customary at the beginning of our interviews, please describe your sound in a run-on sentence with lots of made-up adjectives.

DN: weird reggaeton techno shit at mid-tempo that has lots of bass and perverted chopped and screwed vocals that make people from all over the world grind on each other and get preggarz and think wow this shit is really fun and sometimes it makes me wanna stage dive and fight and fuck and fight and fuck and makes me hungry for mofongo and plantains.

B10: When listening to Nadastrom tracks such as your Dub of Laidback Luke’s “Hey”, your Latin influences are immediately apparent. Where do you draw your influences/inspiration from when you produce?

DN: I’m like a sponge, so I get fuel from all kinds of music and personal experiences. My background is Ecuadorian and I grew up in a huge family so everyone was into their own things, meanwhile my parents raised us on cumbia, huayno, salsa, merengue, and bachata. I was a punk rock kid growing up but my brothers were into hip hop, dc go-go, house and techno, club, bass music etc. My house was bumpin’ like shit. it was only a matter of time before I started incorporating latin influences in my production.

3) Moombah (Afrojack Remix)-Chuckie & Silvio Ecomo

B10: Let’s talk about Moombahton. By now, our readers are aware of how exactly the phenomenon got started, namely, you bringing the tempo of Afrojack’s remix of Chuckie & Silvio Ecomo’s “Moombah” [see above] down to 108 BPM. Since then, you have been dubbed the Godfather of Moombahton, and have been at the forefront of the Moombahton movement, through your Tumblr, and other mediums, such as Soundcloud. How personally important to you is the perpetuation of this movement? Did you ever imagine it would get this big?

DN: It’s crazy to see how moombahton went from a couple of dj tools/edits to a legitimate genre. All within a year. To me, moombahton got legit when Munchi started making original moombahton stuff. It made producers step their game up and it raised the bar. Including myself. I never thought moombahton would turn into something like this. It means a lot to people too, and not just producers and DJs, but music fans in general. I get feedback from people everyday telling me how much they love moombahton and how inspires them on the day to day. It makes people feel good. Shit, it makes me feel good. And that’s not because I spawned it, but because there’s a special vibe behind this developed sound and it moves you. I’m a huge fan, go figure haha.

B10: Was there ever a point during the fledgling stages of the Genre’s development when you were like, “Wow, I may have created a monster.” And if so, what was that turning point?

DN: For me it was when really good original moombahton records started being made from producers all over the world. That’s when I was like “whoa this shit is real.”

B10: Another question that I must ask, but have you spoken to either Chuckie or Afrojack about this phenomenon that was unexpectedly born from their record, and if so, what did they have to say about it?

DN: Nah I haven’t spoken to either of them. Silvio Ecomo is a fan though!

B10: Tell us a bit about your working relationship with Dillon Francis. Recently, the two of you took over Radio 1 for a Moombahton set. Are you working on any productions together? How important is it to have another creative mind in LA to throw ideas off of in the fledgling stages of this new genre?

4)Esta Noche-Munchi ***FUEGO***

DN: Cats like Dillon Francis and Munchi [see above], who were both featured on Toddla’s show, are homies of mine. they’re both also super talented producers who love moombahton and are pushing the sound in an exciting and creative direction. It’s always fun to collaborate with fresh minds. Ultimately though for me, it’s about my homie/dj/production partner Matt Nordstrom of Nadastrom. He’s the truth and right now moombahton is a reflection of our sound and where we’ve been throughout our musical careers. It”s so crucial to have another creative mind to vibe off and we’ve been focused since 2007.

Laidback Luke Dropping Moombahton at Pacha NYC


B10: Surely, one of the biggest contributing factors when perpetuating a new movement of music, is getting it played in the clubs. World-renowned DJs such as Laidback Luke have caught on and given support to the Moombahton movement, but for many amateurs, the thought of leaving the comfort zone of 126-132 BPM is rather daunting. Any clever tips for the DJs out there as to how to trans seamlessly from up-tempo house to Moombahton and back without disrupting the flow of the party?

DN: I believe there are a good amount of transitional records/tools that DJs can refer to these days. I’ve posted a couple on my moombahton blog, and there’s definitely free mp3s you can grab off of moombahton.com too.

B10: Lets get technical for a second. What programs are you using to make these filthy beats. Favorite Plug-ins?

DN: Between me and my partner Matt, we like to use Ableton Live, Reason, and Logic Pro. Dope plug-ins include Destroy FX Buffer Override, Audio Damage Rough Rider,  and Vacuum Sound ADT. They’re all free plug-ins by the way.

B10: Any words of advice for new DJs or up-and-coming producers?

DN: Go out and get inspired. Hit the clubs and listen to other DJs. And listen to records, but really listen to them. If you’re a new DJ, then get familiar with the tunes you wanna play so when you drop them in the club you’ll have a better feel of how they work and you’ll kill it. Be a sponge and don’t ever limit yourself musically. Make whatever kind of music you want to make, whether if it’s dubstep, moombahton, hip-hop, techno, or house. Don’t ever be intimidated. And most importantly don’t forget to have fun with it. You’d think that was a given, but a lot of people forget. Including myself sometimes ha.

B10: What’s your favorite record to play right now at your gigs?

DN: Right now it’s Alex Clare – “Too Close” (Nadastrom Remix) [see below]. I love Alex’s voice and I love the fact that we have an excuse to play his music in the club now. So many moments in that record and I’m really proud of how it came out.

5) Too Close (Nadastrom Remix)-Alex Clare ***FUEGO***

B10: Let’s talk about Nadastrom. With Moombahton surely consuming your life, have you and Matt put the project on hold for now? How do you manage your solo career with that of the DJ’ing tandem that launched your career, and can we expect more from Nadastrom in the near future?

DN: Nadastrom is still the prime focus. We’ve actually been in the studio since the fall preparing tons of new releases, remixes, podcasts, and tours. We have about a dozen new remixes, moombahton and non-moombahton, plus 4 new dance singles on Dubsided  dropping this winter/spring. We’re also doing a North American tour and Creamfields Festival in Australia. I know it may seem like I’ve been running solo hard lately, but that’s because we’ve been game planning!

B10: While we’re on the topic, for our readers who aren’t familiar with Nadastrom, what is the one Nadastrom Original Mix or Remix that, looking back, you have been most proud of?

DN: The funny thing is is that I’m super proud of the entire Nadastrom catalog. There isn’t one track we’ve made that I’m not happy with! I know that doesn’t really answer your question, but it’s the honest truth. However, my favorite Nadastrom records at the moment are our newest material: our “Theo” single and our Alex Clare “Too Close” remix.

B10: Name one Moombahton producer besides yourself that we should keep our eye on in 2011

DN: You should definitely keep an eye out for JWLS from Miami. He also does GTA with his partner Matt. JWLS is 20 years old and a monster.

B10: The Blogosphere. Its relationship with the producer seems to have evolved into a two-headed beast. In one regard, it presents the artist with an incredible medium to build hype, accrue new fans, and push out their productions. In the other regard, it is also the leading source of illegal file sharing. What are your thoughts on the give and take that this relationship presents to the artist?

DN: I still believe in buying music. It’s what helps keep independent labels going and supports artists. I also understand it’s a sharing generation these days. I’m not mad at giving away music for free either. It can be good exposure for a lot of talented people and can open a lot of doors. For me it’s finding a balance between the two.

B10: Two of your favorite producers come into the studio to make a track together…Who are they and what is the record called?

DN: DJ Negro from Argentina and Munchi from Rotterdam. The record is called “Sonido 40oz”

B10: What can we look forward to from Dave Nada in 2011?

DN: Tons and tons of new records, both moombahton and non moombahton. Im also doing the Blow Your Head Vol. 2: Moombahton compilation for Mad Decent. Should be a big one!

B10: Got any questions for us?

DN: Nope

B10: Wanna give anybody a shout-out?

DN: Big up U Street Music Hall and my mama!!!

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