U Street Music Hall presents
Moombahton Massive Day at 9:30 Club
Nadastrom x Sabo, Gent & Jawns, Kingman Fire (Pickster One & Melo), Heartbreak, Jay Fay, DJ Ayres, Cousin Culo, Maxxin Crew (Cousin Culo x DJ Reck x Phi Unit), Thomas Blondet, Dee Jay Theory, Jon Kwest
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Moombahton Massive Day at 9:30 Club
Nadastrom x Sabo
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. Last fall, Nadastrom joined 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.
"Nobody has that groove like Sabo does – he’s the funkiest dude on the planet. He just has a natural funk that DJs and producers strive for their entire careers," Dave Nada, moombahton originator.
Mention the name Sabo to anyone familiar with the tropical end of EDM and the response will be unanimous: deep, unquestioning respect, tinged with a healthy measure of awe. For the past 15 years, the globetrotting DJ and producer, now based in Los Angeles after moving from his native New York, has set the benchmark for his peers, thanks to his unmistakable signature style: ‘Funky music to make you feel
good’, as he describes it - an irresistible, resonant, Balearic fusion that draws upon house, tropical bass, latin, Brazilian, afrobeat, disco, reggae, cumbia, dub, Miami bass, hip hop, funk and soul. In a glowsticks era when the word ‘uplifting’ has lost much of its meaning, Sabo’s productions, many released via his own Sol*Selectas label, are every bit uplifting as they are finely crafted and timeless. It’s led him to performing alongside the likes of Sting, Erykah Badu, Chromeo, Brazilian Girls, and Aloe Blacc, while publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin, Mixmag and The Fader, through to tastemaker sites like XLR8R, Generation Bass and Highsnobiety have all queued up to acknowledge his talents.
It has also led him to become a pivotal part of the fast-growing moombahton scene, with the sound’s creator, Dave Nada, openly crediting Sabo’s experiments with traditional latin cumbia and modern beats for Bersa Discos as a key influence on his Dutch house-reggaeton derived sound. Not only was he a major factor in its inception, Sabo remains one of the biggest influences on its ascent. He’s responsible behind many of the genre’s key tracks, he’s a driving force behind the already legendary Moombahton Massive parties at Washington DC’s U Street Music Hall and LA’s Vibrate monthly, and as the compiler of the seminal Moombahton Massive EPs, has set the tone for a legion of producers.
Sabo’s achievements don’t even stop there: in 2006 he was named in URB’s Next 100, while he has since become a staple on the New York gallery circuit, performing at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Natural History Museum. High-profile clients such as Puma, Gucci, The Huffington Post and Bloomingdales have also sought Sabo’s brand of high-end beats, while influential record labels such as Diplo’s Mad Decent and MAN Recordings out of Berlin have commissioned him to remix their artists. He’s also had great success as a recording artist for a number of other respected labels, including his own, Sol*Selectas, Nickodemus’ Wonderwheel Recordings, nu-cumbia label Bersa Discos and on Irma Records with partner Zeb. In that time he’s remixed and collaborated with such artists as Dennis Ferrer, Gregor
Salto, Nadastrom, Amadou & Miriam, Balkan Beat Box and Nickodemus.
As a DJ his career has included residencies at Turntables on the Hudson, Cielo, Submercer, and Bembe, a two-year stint hosting a monthly Global Beats radio show on New York’s 91.5 FM, and a long-term spell managing NYC’s legendary record store, Turntable Lab. Add all this up and you begin to see why Sabo is held in awe by everyone who’s heard him in action.
Gent & Jawns
After developing respectable solo careers as DJs and producers, long-time friends Billy the Gent and Long Jawns officially banded together as Gent & Jawns becoming an unstoppable force in the world of club music. The release of their now classic Moombahton anthem "Vibrate" catapulted them to the top of everyone's list of producers to work with and landed them remixes for Datsik, Bare, and Muffler, as well as collaborations with Nadastrom, Torro Torro and JWLS.
In early 2012 they worked with mega-producer Diplo on his Express Yourself EP, which topped the iTunes charts as the number one electronic album. They followed up with an absolutely stunning remix of the title track "Express Yourself," which saw repeated plays by many of the top DJs in the world. Shortly after, they released "Holler," their first official EP on Mad Decent's Jeffrees label. Jeffrees went on to earn the iTunes Label of the Year honors. The duo ended the year proper when they released "TURNUP", a party-inducing track that's being called the biggest trap song of 2012. In two weeks the track saw 80,000 plays and held position as the top electronic song on SoundCloud.
While known for their world-class production, Gent & Jawns' secret weapon is their ability to perform live. Long Jawns is a legend in his hometown of Richmond, VA, where he is widely known for throwing the biggest and best parties the city has seen in years. Billy The Gent began DJing with support from his friend Dave Nada (Nadastrom, creator of Moombahton) in Washington, DC and quickly became a staple at the famous U-Street Music Hall. Together, Gent & Jawns have gone on to share the stage with top notch acts like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, Caspa, Craze, Die Antwoord, and more.
Gent & Jawns
After developing respectable solo careers as DJs and producers, long-time friends Billy the Gent and Long Jawns officially banded together as Gent & Jawns becoming an unstoppable force in the world of club music. The release of their now classic Moombahton anthem “Vibrate” catapulted them to the top of everyone’s list of producers to work with and landed them remixes for Datsik, Bare, and Muffler, as well as collaborations with Nadastrom, Torro Torro and JWLS.
In early 2012 they worked with mega-producer Diplo on his Express Yourself EP, which topped the iTunes charts as the number one electronic album. They followed up with an absolutely stunning remix of the title track “Express Yourself,” which saw repeated plays by many of the top DJs in the world. Shortly after, they released “Holler,” their first official EP on Mad Decent’s Jeffrees label. Jeffrees went on to earn the iTunes Label of the Year honors. The duo ended the year proper when they released “TURNUP”, a party-inducing track that’s being called the biggest trap song of 2012. In two weeks the track saw 80,000 plays and held position as the top electronic song on SoundCloud.
While known for their world-class production, Gent & Jawns’ secret weapon is their ability to perform live. Long Jawns is a legend in his hometown of Richmond, VA, where he is widely known for throwing the biggest and best parties the city has seen in years. Billy The Gent began DJing with support from his friend Dave Nada (Nadastrom, creator of Moombahton) in Washington, DC and quickly became a staple at the famous U-Street Music Hall. Together, Gent & Jawns have gone on to share the stage with top notch acts like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, Caspa, Craze, Die Antwoord, and more.
Kingman Fire (Pickster One & Melo)
EDM Producer...No Boundaries, Just music.. Official Releases & Remixes for Skrillex, OWSLA, Atlantic, Sony, Ultra, Smog, Mad Decent, & many many more.
Globally known, Brooklyn-born DAVID HEARTBREAK remains accredited as an innovative leader in electronic dance music (EDM). He began his musical journey in hip-hop but his eclectic evolution of sound translates from his love of traveling and his interest in different cultures. Currently he has performed in over 40 countries. His Inspiration comes from listening to different genres of music from all around the globe. Some of his direct influences include world-renowned producers such as Timbaland, Afrojack, Skrillex, Dada Life, and Burial.
Unparalleled in his dedication to the EDM movement, Heartbreak has captured the attention of both established and aspiring artists, such as Skrillex, Laidback Luke, Sidney Sampson, Bassnectar, and many more. He has a wide range of fans who he lovingly labels as his "EDM family". Consistently giving back, Heartbreak has released 22 free incredibly well received EPs, including a 3-part compilation Moombahsoul series featuring original signature tracks and top international EDM pioneers.
Though only a teenager with the prospect of extraordinary success to come, the future is now for St. Louis, Missouri's Jay Fay. Rarely can someone under the age of 21 say that they've spent half of their life in music, and even rarer than that, have shared stages with the likes of Drake, Steve Aoki, Rusko, Mount Kimbie, Big K.R.I.T, Wale, and Big Sean. A humble creator, Jay Fay's expansive imagination propels his whimsical takes on the sonic universe. He represents the sound of the present and in many circles is considered THE rising face of the future. A drummer since the age of nine, the producer/DJ has experience as a mash-up wizard and an interest in bass heavy underground styles of the moment including indie hip-hop, dancehall and African kuduro makes him a prime candidate for moombahtonista stardom. Approval has been fast and furious from fellow rising global superstars, Dillon Francis, BBC Radio 1 presenter Toddla T and moombahton inventor Dave Nada amongst a growing list of those in full support.
Originally from Mississippi, DJ Ayres or Ayres Haxton Jr. as his parents know him, is famous for being the founding father of The Rub, the Brooklyn monthly party that swiftly gained a reputation for being “The Best Party in NYC” (New York Press) back in 2002 and to this day remains one of the staples of NYC nightlife. Combining everything from 80’s pop and disco to house, reggae and hip-hop, The Rub provides “something for everyone, no matter what you’re into,” (resident Cosmo Baker) and in the process helped launch DJ Ayres into worldwide consciousness as one of the best mixtape-making, party dj’s around.
Growing up on a diet of Delta Blues, Miami Bass, alternative rock and hip-hop, Dj Ayres paid dues in the upstate New York town of Poughkeepsie (along with the likes of Mark Ronson and Darshan Jesrani of Metro Area), where he divided his time between scratching in dorm rooms, hosting radio shows, djing at local bars, promoting shows and fulfilling his insatiable appetite for indie hip-hop singles and
mixtapes – a pedigree that has now seen Ayres go on to dj in over 60 cities across the globe with the likes of Ghostface Killah, Public Enemy, The Chemical Brothers, Snoop Dogg, DJ AM, Z-Trip, Diplo, Santogold, Spank Rock, LCD Soundsystem, Justice and countless more.
Further cementing his status as a key player in American club culture is the fact that Ayres has released over 20 remixes, both on his own T&A label (with partner Tittsworth) plus Money Studies, GAMM, ESL, Scion A/V and more. Ayres produced and released more than 40 mix CDs in the last five years, prompting The New York Times to hail him as "one of New York's best mixtape DJs." He cohosts two online radio
shows with The Rub, and continues to play at fundraisers for Barak Obama, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Families of 911, Tsunami & Katrina survivors and more.
Dee Jay Theory
"Our main rep for the tropical bass club sound" - SF Bay Guardian
Repping Faction Sound Crew and leading online Caribbean lifestyle magazine LargeUp.com, Deejay Theory continues to push the DJ / producer role forward in his homebase of San Francisco, CA and throughout the world. Creating music all his life and now a key player in the explosive tropical bass movement, Theory has a natural strength for flipping a broad range of material, putting his signature touch on everything from Busy Signal to Alex Clare to Santana. Think dancehall meets dance music, bass meets soul, turntablism meets club, tropical disco meets the pool, and we’re literally just getting warm.
Years of dedication and passion brought Theory to where he is today, and the love and labor shows. Support has been massive with an independent schedule of US and international bookings and some of the top DJ’s, producers and tastemakers in the industry sharing Theory's work on global airwaves, stages and blogs. Day in and day out, from the studio to the club, you know you’re getting strictly quality from this dude every time. And although you never really know what to expect, the product, skills and devotion remain the same...and the people are ready for more.
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