Dave Nada

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Dave Nada
Background information
Birth nameDavid Villegas
OriginWashington D.C.
  • Moombahton
  • Dance/Electronic
  • DJ
  • Producer
  • Mad Decent
  • Fania Records
  • Downtown Records
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CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Maryland

David Villegas, better known professionally as Dave Nada, is an Ecuadorian-American[1] DJ and producer credited with creating the fusion-genre moombahton.[2][3][4] He is a member of the production and DJ duo Nadastrom[4][5] and co-founder of Hermanito Label along with Jesse Tittsworth.[6][4]


Originally from College Park, Maryland,[7] Nada began his music career in DC-area hardcore bands including De Nada, Super Chinchilla Rescue Mission, Medic, and Bison.[8] He started as a radio DJ while going to college at the University of Maryland for 88.1 WMUC which led to his interest in production and being a DJ.[1] In the early 2000s, Nada met Jesse Tittsworth through a mutual friend and was invited to spin at his party, Crunk, in Washington D.C.[7] He went on to host TaxLo in Baltimore.[9] In 2007 Tittsworth introduced Nada to Matt Nordstrom[10] with whom he formed the DJ and production duo Nadastrom which was the forefront of his career for a decade.[4] Nada's sets and productions notably include electro, house, Baltimore club, moombahton, punk, hip-hop, and Latin and folkloric elements and influences.[9][3][7]

Nada and Nadastrom have collaborated with and remixed for Diplo,[2][11] Skrillex,[2] Dillon Francis, Celia Cruz,[12] Kanye West,[11] Kid Cudi,[11] Nina Sky,[11] Steve Aoki,[11] Kid Sister,[11] Munchi, Tittsworth[11] and MULA.[13]


Nada is credited with creating the house and reggaeton fusion-genre Moombahton. In November, 2009 while DJing a high school house party he slowed down Afrojack's dutch house remix of 'Moombah' by Chuckie & Silvio Ecomo to a midtempo of 108 BPM in order to better match the slower reggaeton, bachata, and other Latin music present at the party. It took hold with the young audience at the party so Nada returned home to create slowed down edits of other dutch house tracks, shared them with other DJs and named the sound 'Moombahton' - a portmanteau of 'Moombah' and reggaeton.[2][3][5]

Nadastrom and DJ Sabo went on to launch Moombahton Massive - a series of parties supporting the genre and associated music movement.[2]

Selected Discography

As Dave Nada:

Albums and Extended Plays:

  • Kick out the Jams EP (2007, T&A Records)[12]
  • Blow Your Head, Vol. 2: Dave Nada Presents Moombahton [curator] (2011, Mad Decent)[14]

Singles and Appearances:

  • Brazzer's Theme (Dillon Francis & Dave Nada) (2011, Mad Decent)
  • Te Encontré (Tittsworth & Dave Nada feat. MULA) (2019, Hermanito)[13]


  • Celia Cruz - La Dicha Mía (Dave Nada remix) (2017, Fania)[12]
  • Waka Flocka Flame - No Hands (feat. Wale Roscoe Dash) (Dave Nada remix)[15]
  • Henry Wu - Negotiate (Dave Nada Remix) (2019, Apocalipsis)[16]

With Nadastrom:

Albums and Extended Plays:

  • Pussy EP (Dubsided)[11]
  • The Saved EP (Dubsided)[11]
  • El Baile Diabluma (2011, Scion A/V)[17]
  • Nadastrom (2015, Friends of Friends)[18]

Singles and Appearances:

Dave Nada in the Media



  1. 1.0 1.1 "A D.C. Pioneer: Second to Nada". SLUG Magazine. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2020-07-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Kelly, Chris (August 23, 2017). "How moombahton went from the hot sound to passe to influencing today's biggest pop hits". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-07-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Moombahton: Born In D.C., Bred Worldwide". NPR.org. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "On Stage Conversation: Tradition vs. Future Sounds: A Conversation About Latinx Music", Smithsonian Latino Center, retrieved 2020-07-19
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Hot New Sound: Moombahton Goes Boom!". Spin. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  6. "DJs Dave Nada and Jesse Tittsworth Create New Label Hermanito". Billboard. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Host, Vivian (2008-04-07). "Q&A: Tittsworth and Dave Nada". XLR8R. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  8. Necci, Marilyn Drew (2011-12-23). "RVA No. 7: Dave Nada". RVA Mag. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Nadastrom". The West Australian. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  10. "Back To Back with Willy Joy: Episode 61: Dave Nada". backtoback.libsyn.com. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 "RA: Nadastrom". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Dave Nada | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Vamos a Bailar: The 10 Best Collaborations Between Dance & Latin Pop Artists". Billboard. 2020-02-05. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  14. Blow Your Head, Vol. 2: Dave Nada Presents Moombahton - Dave Nada | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-07-17
  15. "RA: Dave Nada". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  16. "Riobamba curates 36-track charity compilation, Sin Fronteras, benefitting immigrant causes". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  17. Patel, Puja. "Nadastrom's El Baile Diabluma". MTV News. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  18. "Nadastrom - Nadastrom". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-07-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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