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Stream Nadastrom's boundary-breaking new self-titled album

(Jason Barbagelott)

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 on Friends 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.”

One of the most notable things about Nadastrom is its pop edge, and the number of guest vocalists the pair brought in to contribute, including the current kingpin of vocal dance music Jesse Boykins III. “We heard a remix of one of his records, and we were blown away,” Nordstrom says. “And this is when we were kind of making the list, you know, ‘OK, who do we want to get on this?’ and he was definitely at the top of that list.”

While the pair have certainly enjoyed their rising status over the past few years, they’re also aware of its drawbacks, and the need to push back against the cruise-control that successful EDM acts often fall victim to. “I think that’s why we kind of maybe threw caution to the wind a little bit with this record,” Nada says, “It’s a bit of a deviation from what we’re most popular for. We just kind of went with our instincts, and went with what we were really feeling, and I think it kinda shows with the album. You know, we’ve done stuff like that before, we’ve played festival sets and took them in a weird, left-turn direction. Some people rode with it, and some people were like, ‘What the f– are you doing?’ But we’ll still test ourselves as well as the crowd.”

Nadastrom headlining N. American tour: 

2/20 @ Pattern Bar - Los Angeles, CA 

2/22 @ Steam Miami - Miami, FL

2/26 @ Output - Brooklyn, NY

3/4 @ Whiskey Bar - Portland, OR

3/7 @ U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC

3/12 @ Arc Nightclub & Lounge - Boston, MA 

3/14 @ The Loft at Skyware Theatre - Minneapolis, MN

3/20 @ Bar Smith - Phoenix, AZ

3/26 @ Coda - Philadelphia, PA

4/4 @ Evil Olive - Chicago, IL

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