Public Works Presents:
Nadastrom, Salva & Sinden (plz note Salva had to cancel.) Tix at door
DeeJay Theory (Tormenta Tropical/Faction Sound)
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 9:00 PM (event ends at 3:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
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
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. This fall, Nadastrom
joins 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."
Salva (FoF Music / Frite Nite)
A versatile solo producer, crowd riling DJ, owner of the revered Frite Nite label and key figure in the Friends of Friends collective, Paul Salva knows how to control a room. After dropping one of 2012's biggest tracks, a collaborative remix of Kanye West's "Mercy" that not only reached #1 on Soundcloud, but received spins on Power 106 FM (LA), Power 105 FM (NYC), and Shade45XM, Salva's work promotes complexity through a synthesis of contrasting styles, showcasing dips into house motifs, grooves in smooth boogie funk, and massive roiling bass waves that has garnered support from the likes of Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, BBC's Benji B and Skream & Benga, A-Trak, Low End Theory, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dâm-Funk, Night Slugs, and many others.
A Chicago native who developed his craft in San Francisco and currently resides in Los Angeles, Salva has been invited to perform on the world's biggest stages. A 2011 alum of the Red Bull Music Academy, 2012 has seen Salva perform at Sonar, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Mutek Montreal, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, SXSW, The Do Over LA, Boiler Room, Low End Theory, and many others, while touring alongside Nguzunguzu, Shlohmo, Pearson Sound, and B2Bs with Machinedrum.
Aside from his live performances, Salva hones his production talents as one of the cornerstones of the Friends of Friends label alongside Shlohmo, Mexicans With Guns and Groundislava. His 2011 debut full-length, 'Complex Housing' and 'Yellobone' EP both received critical acclaim (Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, and others), leading him to exclusive mixes for Mary Anne Hobbs, The FADER, and XLR8R, while being asked to remix the likes of Miguel Migs, Glitch Mob, Rainbow Arabia, Om Unit and others.
Sinden (Grizzly / Mad Decent /Domino)
DJ, producer, remixer, label boss… for nearly a decade now Graeme Sinden has stealthily been establishing himself as one of the leaders of UK dance music as we know it.
Growing up in Hockley, rural Essex, the first music that really struck a chord with a teenaged Sinden was rap music, “a potent controversial force, more rebellious than political than anything around at the time,” with Beastie Boys, NWA, 2 Live Crew, and Dr Dre proving to be the soundtrack of his formative years. Trips to record shops in nearby Southend soon fostered an interest in Jungle, which by his own admission took over his life; a huge influence owing to its intrinsic Britishness, attitude and time stretched beats.
He quickly amassed a vast record collection which was showcased at university parties, playing an eclectic mix of old funk and disco 45’s, Latin and Afrobeat, rap, jungle, dancehall, 2step garage, house and techno. “I was inspired by Gilles Peterson’s ‘joining the dots’ attitude to DJing,” he remembers, “where you could move a dancefloor on your own terms, entertain and educate.”
Trips to London soon followed, where, hungry for more, Graeme headed straight for Bar Rhumba’s That’s How It Is night and Metalheadz at the Blue Note and later, East London’s seminal basement club Plastic People. These nights would prove to have a lasting effect on the young DJ, opening his already eclectic tastes up to an exhilarating world of new music.
Making the move to the capital when he was 21, a chance meeting with Dave Taylor – recording as Solid Groove at the time before he took on his better-known Switch sobriquet – would prove more than fruitful. The pair met through Made To Play boss Jesse Rose during a late night flyering session outside Rhumba and hit it off immediately. A collaboration was soon in the works, despite Graeme decidedly lacking in studio time compared to the more experienced Taylor. It was a risk that would soon pay off, however, with the young upstart’s extensive vinyl collection coming in very handy indeed, delivering a wealth of samples and loops they’d soon incorporate into choice cuts like ‘Overbooked’ and ‘Red Hot’.
It was also around this time that Sinden would meet another soon-to-be long term collaborator, Joshua Harvey aka Herve. The pair would go on to release their debut album as The Count and Sinden on Domino Records, featuring a wealth of special guests including the Mystery Jets and a young Katy B. “There was a big collaborative ethos within the group – Jesse Rose, Switch, Herve, Trevor Loveys and myself would frequently as a unit all make music with each other,” Graeme recalls. “That’s when we started that whole wave of new house music with basslines, inspired by the jacking house of Chicago and NY but mixed up with a UK sensibility – basslines from jungle and odd leftfield approaches. It was reactionary to all the really boring house that was around.”
A weekly Kiss FM radio show was soon in the works, providing a platform for the fresh, innovative tunes that Sinden relishes discovering. And then in 2010 he took the leap that many producers hope to do and founded his own label, Grizzly. He said at the time, “I want Grizzly to reflect my style of club music which is all-embracing, fun, disparate and twisted up… ‘grey area’ sounds, music you can’t quite put your finger on, stuff that sits between genres and puzzles you at the same time. Grizzly will bring this sense of unexpectedness, flitting between styles – it’s serious music without taking itself too seriously.”
While this undoubtedly still rings true, two years later a full-to-bursting release schedule, a recent European tour and the same uncompromising attitude have seen the label evolve into a veritable hotbed of new talent, launching the likes of Melé, Brenmar and Distal and seeing early releases from XL’s masked man SBTRKT and an incognito Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx as disco lothario Jon Giovanni.
Sinden himself has helmed four releases on Grizzly – two collaborations with SBTRKT in ‘Midnight Marauder’ and ‘Seekwal’, and this year’s ‘Pull Up Wheel Up’ and ‘Keep It 1000’. This is a label boss who likes to get involved. And he still finds time to remix the likes of Willy Moon, Dr Gonzo, Gucci Mane and Passion Pit. The year 2011 saw him chosen as the official producer of the second Gucci Mane mixtape, ‘Free Gucci 2’, featuring a who’s who of British producers including Hudson Mohawke, Toddla T, Duke Dumont, Mosca and Rustie each offering their own unique take on the biggest Gucci jams.
Always keen to set new challenges for himself, itchy feet and the need for a change of scene prompted a move to Los Angeles in January of last year, which was and continues to be a hugely positive experience for Graeme. “The music scene in LA is at a really interesting crossing point, there are some great parties and some really open minded folk. Dance music is exciting here, plus there is loads of scope for working with new rappers and singers.”
Fast forward to 2013 Sinden was drafted in to executive produce rapper Mykki Blanco’s Betty Rubble EP, has released EP’s on A-Trak’s Fools Gold label & Unknown To The Unknown as well as collaborative releases with Vato Gonzalez and Brenmar, has launched his new collaborative project, The Crystal System, via Pitchfork and is set to release on Boys Noize’s BNR Trax label in October.
With XLR8R recently declaring that Sinden is “primed to make the leap into the mainstream”, the future is looking pretty rosy for the fresh-faced crate digger from Hockley.