Music

A Conversation with DJ Dave Nada

by Marcus K. Dowling

Dave Nada’s had quite the exciting year. The College Park, MD native has literally toured the world twice in a year based on the strength of his own compositions, and those of his pairing with exemplary producer Matt Nordstrom as NADASTROM. Nadastrom’s latest EP The Saved, released on Switch’s Dubsided label has turned the dance world on it’s ear, a seeming perpetual move for a Dave Nada composition these days. Furthermore, as a solo, his Apocalypse EP released through DJ Jesse Tittsworth and Ayres T & A label has done much the same. Nada is at the point of his career where he is just starting to come into a full understanding of his strengths and talents as a DJ, remixer, producer and selector, and the success, be it a #1 single on Beatport, or playing everywhere from the Mad Decent Block Party to festivals in front of tens of thousands bears it true. On Friday evening, Nada played a six hour set as both himself, and his deep/tech house alter ego Orlando Villegas at DC nightspot Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar. It was a fantastic evening, showing the depth and range of skills of someone who isn’t just a kingpin DJ of DC, or even the East Coast or US, but someone rising in power internationally.

Relax, and sit back for this hour long chat I had with Dave on Friday afternoon where we cover his history, his creative inspirations and aspirations, thoughts on DC’s developing social scene, dance music in general, Baltimore club music, and so much more.


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