Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom, who DJ and produce music together under the name Nadastrom, have been involved in the dance music scene for over a decade, but it’s only in the past few years that they’ve blown up. The key to their success was the creation of moombahton, a happy accident that occured when Nada showed up to DJ a cousin’s basement party with a bunch of Dutch house records and found a crowd of teenagers who wanted to hear reggaeton–his idea to play Dutch house at reggaeton speeds launched an entire genre. With the help of Diplo the sound was soon filling arenas.
On their upcoming self-titled record (out Feb. 24 onFriends of Friends), the pair have moved past moombahton’s trademark squealing boom and exploring subtler sounds and showing off a heavy house music influence as well as some unexpectedly potent pop instincts. “We’ve been working on it for a couple years now,” Nada says, “and basically pulling from all of our inspirations, like influences in the past, and our background, as well as the stuff that’s been going on the past couple years, not just music-wise but just in life. I mean it’s kinda why we self-titled it, because it’s more or less a reflection of all of our influences that’s been going on. Including moombahton of course—actually, some of the tracks on the album were early experimentations in moombahton, which is why the tempo is at what it’s at for some of the tracks.”