|Stylistic origins||House, reggaeton, Dutch house, electro house|
|Cultural origins||2009, Washington, D.C.|
Moombahton (//, MOOM-bə-ton) is a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton that was created by American DJ and producer Dave Nada (born David Villegas) in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Musically, it shares rhythmic origins with Dutch house or electro house slowed down to the tempo of reggaeton, usually 108 to 115 beats per minute (BPM), with reggaeton-influenced drum and percussion elements. Other features include "thick basslines, dramatic buildups, a two-step pulse, and quick drum fills." Nada coined the name as a portmanteau of "Moombah" (a track by Dutch house DJ Chuckie) and reggaeton (itself derived from combining the term reggae with the Spanish suffix -on signifying "big").
Moombahton was created by Dave Nada in late 2009 while DJing his cousin's high school cut party in Washington D.C. He blended the house and club music he had planned to play with the dancehall and bachata the guests were previously listening to by slowing down Afrojack's remix of Silvio Ecomo and Chuckie's song "Moombah" from 128 BPM to 108 BPM, to create the basis of the genre. Between late 2009 and early 2010, Nada worked on a five track extended play of moombahton tracks that was released in March 2010, with the support of the DJ Ayres and the DJ Tittsworth at T&A Records.
Though not referred to as moombahton, the concept of combining reggae/dancehall/reggaeton percussion with electronic elements dates back further than Dave Nada. Examples of artists which previously fused Latin and electronic dance music include Nadia Oh, El General, Masters at Work, Munchi, Luny Tunes, Jowell & Randy.
Moombahton has also been incorporated into existing styles of music, creating derivative genres such as moombahcore, a genre fusing the tempo and percussion of moombahton with the distorted sounds of modern dubstep.
Moombahton has seen mainstream success with Knife Party's track, "Sleaze", and Diplo's Express Yourself EP, composed entirely of moombahton productions. Porter Robinson's debut EP, Spitfire, included a moombahton track entitled "100% in the Bitch". In 2013, the genre became more popular with the release of Major Lazer's album Free the Universe, from which the single "Watch Out for This (Bumaye)" gained recognition.
In January 2012, Beatport created a chart for the top moombahton songs of 2011. In February 2012, Dillon Francis became the first moombahton artist to achieve the number one spot on the Beatport top releases chart, with his EP, Something, Something, Awesome.
Moombahton creator Nada and collaborator Matt Nordstrom as Nadastrom (who toured with Skrillex in 2011) are currently based in Los Angeles but return regularly to DC to play the Moombahton Massive parties they established in 2010 at U Street Music Hall.
In 2014, DJ Fresh and Jay Fay collaborated on "Dibby Dibby Sound". The song, based on Jay's song "Dibby Dibby" from the Moombahton Forever compilation, entered the UK Singles Chart at number three, becoming the first top 10 moombahton song in the UK.
- Alvin Risk
- Bro Safari
- Dillon Francis
- DJ Craze
- Knife Party
- Major Lazer
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