Nadastrom Bringing L.A. Vibe to NYC Trouble & Bass Party
Matt Nordstrom and Dave Nada spent most of their careers entrenched in the fertile electronic music scene in their native Washington, D.C.
But the duo recently relocated to Los Angeles to be closer to their longtime collaborator Switch and, well, just about everything else an artist might need.
“We were looking for a bit of a change,” explains Nordstrom. “And there’s so many good things going on out here, so you kind of get your pick.”
“It’s a great place to be if you’re an artist,” adds Nada. “There’s so much going on and you just have the accessibility of working with other artists. Plus there are some good parties too.”
The duo, who play Friday’s Trouble & Bass sixth anniversary party at SRB in Gowanus, Brooklyn, have immersed themselves in Hollywood’s less-glitzy, more music-oriented underground. One of their favorite options is Voodoo, a regular party held at a discreet downtown L.A. loft that has brought in heavies like Carl Craig and Layo & Bushwacka, not to mention Nadastrom themselves.
They also rave about The Do-Over, a Sunday party at Cabana Bar (“It’s such an L.A. vibe, says Nada), the Hard parties, and the Low End Theory weeklies at The Airliner.
“There’s a good range of parties,” says Nordstrom.
The duo, who are widely credited with creating moombahton — a hypnotic fusion of house and reggaeton — recently launched their own label, Diabluma Sound, and are working on a full-length they hope to have out early next year.
It’s a concept album the duo came up with that aspires to be a “soundtrack to a night out” — from getting ready to hitting a massive club to the after-hour chill spot, Nada explains.
“The music will match the course of a night,” he says. “We want to capture a whole night’s vibe.”
The pair played Electric Zoo and are excited to return to New York for the Trouble & Bass bash.
“Trouble & Bass is just such a great New York institution,” Nordstrom says. “Them doing an anniversary party in their hometown is going to bring everyone out. It’s going to be a fun mess.”
Nada adds: “The whole Trouble & Bass crew have been our buddies since the beginning. Seeing how far they’ve come in six years, is amazing. They’re just running it. They have such a great sound.”
“We’re ready to go in there swinging,” Nada says.