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RIOBAMBA is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist based in Brooklyn.

RIOBAMBA's rowdy, deeply researched live sets reflect back nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance, amplifying connective tissues between  YouTube clips, dembow brujería, bodega soundtracks, and noise hyperreality, "suped up with a twisted, industrial gnarl" (Complex). The Fader has called her production work “a radically self-expressive piece of futurism that stands against a single, boxed-in definition of what Latinx club music can be."

RIOBAMBA is a member of techno-feminist booking agency DISCWOMAN’s roster, and is founder of APOCALIPSIS, a record label celebrating works by those ni de aquí/ni de allá.

RIOBAMBA has recently shared the stage with Ivy Queen, Tego Calderón, Maluma, Nina Sky, Farruko, DJ Bembona, DJ Playero, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Blass, with performance highlights at Panorama Festival, MoMA PS1 Warm Up, CTM Berlin, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Montreux Jazz Festival, Boiler Room, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and Red Bull Festival Chile.

As APOCALIPSIS’ founder, RIOBAMBA co-produced Boiler Room's first reggaetón showcase, and solidifed music education partnerships with The Loisaida Center, Abrons Arts Center, and Sonic Arts for All, as well as a Brooklyn juvenile detention center.

 RIOBAMBA previously led A&R for iconic Nuyorican music label Fania, and was Music Editor of digital platform Remezcla. Prior to moving to New York City, RIOBAMBA was the first Colombia-based Fulbright-mtvU researcher, studying digital music production as a subversive tool for healing the legacy of civil conflict and displacement. Her research documented collaborations with local musicians and communities, amplifying the sounds of cumbia gótica, political hip-hop, and electro-champeta. 

RIOBAMBA has been featured in Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, TIDAL, Billboard, Resident Advisor, AJ+/Al Jazeera English, Univision, Fact Mag, The Fader, and Complex.

Photo credit: Guarionex Rodriguez Jr.

 

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VOGUE – How Riobamba Brought the Sound of the Latinx Diaspora to the Chromat Runway

BESE – Breaking Glass: The Label Boss

TIDAL – Riobamba on Activism & APOCALIPSIS

The New York Times – A Labor Day Thank You for the Arts

The Fader – Catching Up With Riobamba, the Brooklyn Artist Straddling Music and Tangible Activism

Billboard – Latin Halloween Playlist with Spooky Perreo, Gothic Cumbia, Morbid Salsa & More

Remezcla – Riobamba is the DJ Bringing a “Ni de Aquí, Ni de Allá” Philosophy to New York Nightlife

amNewYork – Downtown Boys, Riobamba on the Perks of Playing Panorama

Jezebel – Riobamba is Styling

FACT Mag– 10 Club Artists to Watch in 2018

FACT Mag– FACT Mix 635: Riobamba

AJ+/Al Jazeera English– The Beat That Changed Pop Music

The Village Voice– Puerto Rico Strong: A Reggaetón Festival Brings Joy to New York

Thump– Riobamba: Cómo Hacer Activismo Con La Música

Red Bull– La Fuerza Feminina Toma las Tornamesas

Resident Advisor– January's Best Music

Crack MagazineAt Carnaval de Bahidorá, Expertly Curated Sounds Flourish in a Paradisal Mexican Location

Remezcla– Tu Pum Pum: Women Have Helped Carry Reggaetón Since the Beginning. Now They're Its Future.

The Fader– Listen to a Cathartic New Mix from DISCWOMAN's Riobamba

Remezcla – Watch Boiler Room's First-Ever Reggaetón Showcase Turn Into a Perreo Throwdown

Noisey– Escuchan los Sets de Tra Intergaláctico, el Primer Boiler Room de Reggaetón

The Fader– Riobamba Launches APOCALIPSIS Label. Listen to a Cathartic Bootleg Now.

The Fader– FADER Mix: Riobamba

Complex– Mix Up Look Sharp: The Best Mixes of the Week