Dave Nada

Dave Nada, born in Maryland to Ecuadorian parents, grew up surrounded by the sounds of folkloric music, cumbia, salsa, merengue, reggaeton and his four brothers. As a teen, he gravitated toward the legendary hardcore punk scene in Washington D.C. He played in bands while learning to DJ on college radio as well.

A move to Baltimore in the mid 2000s landed Nada in the second surge of Baltimore club music where he DJed alongside icons like K-Swift, Rod Lee and DJ Technics. During this period, he began producing acclaimed club tracks of his own.

In 2009, he created moombahton, the fusion genre of house music and reggaeton. By slowing down Afrojack’s remix of Silvio Ecomo and Chuckie’s song “Moombah” from 128 BPM to 108 BPM, Nada created what was later to become a sensation. Since then, the genre has helped launch careers of major artists such as Dillon Francis and Munchi. Moombahton has also inspired #1 pop mega hits such as Drake’s “One Dance,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On.”’

The Moombahton Massive party he created alongside Matt Nordstrom (Nadastrom) and Sabo (Sol Selectas) at U Street Music Hall in DC has become an international institution of its own in effect making him moombahton’s leading ambassador.

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