Moombahton is a relatively new genre of electronic music which was discovered almost by accident. Last night at Orlando’s “Ignition” night held at Club Firestone, I got to witness Dave Nada (as ½ of Nadastrom) and this “Moombah phenomenon” live and in the flesh at a packed sweaty nightclub filled with ragers and weekend/after school warriors. I decided to wait until I actually experienced a full night of “warped tropical tango party action” before blogging about it.
Essentially speaking this new musical movement was born on accident and out of desperation. Dave Nada is a local DJ in the Washington DC area whom was primarily spinning house music and Latin music. Dave has a cousin in high school whom with his friend Mike, has a track record for throwing wild house parties during school hours which were known as “skipping parties.” The “skipping parties” are promoted word of mouth with no internet or flyers (no paper trail). Dave’s little cousin “Jean Pierre” needed a DJ to play his “skipping party” and about 20 minutes in, people show up and everyone is pretty messed up. Cops usually end up shutting down these parties within an hour as Nada was warned before playing this gig. The crowd consisted of a bunch of Latin high school kids and Nada being the oldest guy there was like “Fuck! I can’t play house/techno shit, I’ll get jumped.” The party started to rage onward with some bachata which was quickly moving into reggaeton. So what happens next is pure innovation in a time of need.
So in attempt to read his crowd and feel their groove… Dave decides to use his collection of Dutch House music he had on some CD’s and he starts playing Afrojack’s “Moombah Remix” however he slows the tempo of the tune down to 108 bpm and that’s when things start to “pop the fuck off” and get funky. The part with the “t-t-t-t-t-turn up the bass” in the Afrojack Moombah Remix, just totally drove the kids crazy at the skipping party, which made Dave want to try this out at other clubs he would play at, and there you have it. After the cops shut down the party and Dave made some edits of Dutch House tunes slowed down to 108 beats per minute, there you have it, the birth of Moombahton. After Nada tests out this idea at some clubs he was DJing at, people reacted quite positively to it, and then the idea began to take off from there.
Musically, this idea is essentially “Dutch House meets Reggaeton” which takes common modern dance music elements such as chopped up vocals, melodic build ups, Latin percussion and elements of Dancehall, Electro House and Dubstep and then mashes them up into a retarded stepchild moving at 108-112 bpm. The genre has met some criticism from members of the EDM community and has slowly gained support from major figureheads in the community such as Skrillex, Diplo, and Porter Robinson. Before gaining support from the big DJ’s, the genre was generally built by online postings, and organic word of mouth. Also producers like Munchi, Dillon Francis, and Dave Heartbreak have become leading stars in the EDM community as a result of this burgeoning Moombahton movement. As a relatively new genre of music comes into existence, its sound and characteristics will evolve as more producers adopt the style and new twists and spins are added to it. Many people can compare this to the dubstep craze which started gaining mass-mainstream popularity in 2010 and has started to become a dominant force in club music worldwide. Moombahton will have a very similar history, and it already sounds quite massive in the club circuits.
Read the interview from Dave Nada for yourself and hear the amazing origins of Moombaton!