DJ Nelson

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DJ Nelson
Birth name Nelson Díaz Martinez
Born (1972-04-07) April 7, 1972 (age 44)
Origin San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Reggaeton
Occupation(s) Producer
Years active 1992–present
Labels Flow Music
Associated acts Ñejo & Dalmata, Luny Tunes, Arcangel, Noriega

Nelson Díaz Martinez (born on April 7, 1972 in San Juan, Puerto Rico), known artistically as DJ Nelson is a DJ/producer who played a significant role in the development and popularization of reggaeton.[1] He first made a name for himself as part of the Noise, a club-centered collective that was spawned in 1992. The Noise—composed of DJs, MCs, producers, and club coordinators—hosted a long-lasting series of club nights in San Juan that were vital to the development and popularization of reggaeton. DJ Nelson earned credit as one of the top Noise DJs, and he also served as a producer/arranger for the collective's music. DJ Nelson also invented the word "Reggaeton" in 1995.[2]

Musical career[edit]

In 1997 he made his CD debut, Nel-Zone, which was split into respective reggae and rap mixes, and he also was credited on a couple other CD releases that year: Don Chezina's Bien Guillao de Gangster and Ivy Queen's En Mi Imperio (1997). From this point forward, DJ Nelson began focusing on his solo career, primarily as a producer, with notable credits including Ivy Queen's The Original Rude Girl (1998) and Wisin & Yandel's Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio (2000). His mixtape-style productions continued as well, with Undertrack Collection (2000) and Music (2001), the latter of which marked the advent of his personal brand, Flow Music.

DJ Nelson signed to this label a trio of young, up-and-coming producers: Francisco Saldaña, Víctor Cabrera, Norgie Noriega, the former two of whom are better known as Luny Tunes, of course, while the latter goes by just Noriega. These three producers pooled their talents together for Mas Flow (2003), a mixtape album that was groundbreaking in terms of popularity and influence. Numerous volumes followed, except without Noriega, who went the solo route, debuting with Contra la Corriente (2004). DJ Nelson continued with his own career as well, releasing Flow la Discoteka (2004) and opening a club of the same name, at which he was the resident DJ. In addition, he is credited with having set up The Mix 107.7, a popular Puerto Rican radio station hosted by DJ Coyote, and he even took his brand into the clothing industry, forming Flow Wear. Released in 2007, Flow la Discoteka, Vol. 2 featured his biggest hit single to date, "Pasarela", performed by Dalmata. DJ Nelson, Gerardo Cruet and Arcangel, consider themselves as pioneers in the new "urban movement", a subgenre of reggaeton and hip-hop, as Arcangel baptized it, is a blend of Hip-hop, reggaeton, dance-hall, electronica, and other futuristic sounds. "Chica Virtual", "Pa' Que la Pases Bien", "Te Estoy Buscando". "Sexy Movimiento", "Siguelo", "Dame un Poquito" by Wisin & Yandel. "Veo Veo" by Yaga & Mackie Ranks. Also "Let's Do It" "No te Veo" . Some songs lean more towards dance Hip Hop while some lean more towards Reggaeton depending on the song.


  1. 1995 Big Bam Blunt
  2. 1996 DJ Nelson Presenta Reggaeton Live Vol. 1
  3. 1997 Nel-Zone
  4. 1997 The Flow
  5. 2000 The Flow: Sweet Dreams
  6. 2000 Undertrack Collection
  7. 2000 Xtassy Reggae
  8. 2000 Xtassy Reggae Vol. 2
  9. 2001 Music
  10. 2001 The Flow II: Sweet Dreams
  11. 2004 Flow la Discoteka
  12. 2005 The Flow: Sweet Dreams (Special Edition)
  13. 2006 The Kings of the Remix
  14. 2006 The Flow Vol. 1
  15. 2007 Flow la Discoteka 2
  16. 2013 The Flow Is Back

Production discography[edit]

Various artists albums: Presented by DJ Nelson[edit]


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: DJ Nelson". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "1:53 - DJ NELSON - INTERVIEW WITH URBAN FLOW UK - YouTube". YouTube. 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2016-04-11.