Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian DJ/producer and cultural promoter based in Brooklyn.
Drawing inspiration from her hybrid diaspora roots, borderless digital dialogue, and bodega soundtracks, Riobamba reconstructs stories of migration and displacement to build out her own club rituals. Her sets interweave remixed Youtube clips and field recordings, urbano soundscapes, sound system anthems, and rave disorder in a tribute to de-colonized club culture "suped up with a twisted, industrial gnarl" (Complex).
Riobamba is the founder of APOCALIPSIS, a creative agency with projects ranging from A&R and marketing for legendary salsa label Fania Records, music education for restorative justice programming, and event production showcasing the sounds of radical Latinx futurism. She is the co-creator of Boston-based transnational bass night Picó Picante, resident at NYC’s landmark global bass party Que Bajo?! alongside Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, and is a member of the Dutty Artz artist collective.
Prior to New York, Riobamba lived in Bogotá via the Fulbright-mtvU program, where she immersed herself in research on digital music production and distribution as subversive tools for self-representation. She researched the power of translating these digital networks into resources for communities displaced due to Colombia's ongoing civil conflict, which led to collaborations with artists producing cumbia gótica, political hip-hop, electro-champeta futurism, and more. Following her grant period, she relocated to NYC to join alt-Latinx digital platform Remezcla as Music Editor.
Riobamba has recently shared the stage with Tego Calderón, DJ Playero, The Knife, Nina Sky, Princess Nokia, Bomba Estéreo, DJ Blass, Ana Tijoux, DJ Tetris, Tomasa Del Real, and Chancha Via Circuito at spaces across the US, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Her original work has been featured in The Fader, Thump, Complex, Resident Advisor, Univision, Fact Mag, and Red Bull Music Academy Radio, and her writing has appeared in i-D Mexico, mtvU, Remezcla, and The Fader.
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Press photos available here.
The Fader – FADER Mix: Riobamba
Univision – ¿Qué es el global bass?
San Antonio Current – The Party Politics of DJ Riobamba
Resident Advisor – Mix of the Day: Riobamba
Fact Mag – The Week's Best Mixes
Mixpak Records – Mixpak FM: Riobamba
MuchaOnda.tv – Perreo de Remezcla llegó a nuestra ciudad
4U Mag – Discwoman México Review
Discwoman – Interview for Mexico City: Riobamba
Vice Colombia – Riobamba y False Witness se unen para el track "Bin Danza"
Resident Advisor – The Black Madonna Makes Mexico City Debut With Discwoman
Model View Culture – Femmes, DJs, Raves: Towards More Inclusive Club Culture
Resident Advisor – Label of the Month: NAAFI (Interviewed)
Remezcla x Apple Music – Riobamba Explores the Dark Side of the Club with Feminist Reggaeton Edit 'Ragga Flow x Icy Lake'
Apple Music – Remezcla's Mi Barrio Playlist Series: Picó Picante
Noisey MX – Riobamba, Acid-Dembow Con Raíces Ecuato-Lituanas
Boston Globe – Night Watch Pick: Picó Picante
Remezcla – Photos: PERREO en la Playa at Riis Beach
Resident Advisor – Review: Together 2015 in Boston
MTV Iggy – 13 Women DJs You Didn't Know Are #KillingIt
Sounds and Colours – "Grito" by New Dutty Artz Member, Riobamba
Sounds and Colours – Exclusive Download: Riobamba’s Altiplano Urbano Mixtape
The Boston Globe’s BDC Wire – Picó Picante at Good Life Warms Up Boston After Cold Week
Wayne&Wax – Owed to Picó Picante
Big Red & Shiny – One Spicy Party. To Go.