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).
As a self-made bridge between música urbana’s underground movements and pioneers, RIOBAMBA has recently shared the stage with Ivy Queen, Tego Calderón, Maluma, Nina Sky, DJ Playero, Rosa Pistola, Tomasa del Real, and DJ Blass. 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 founder of APOCALIPSIS, a record label and creative agency growing visibility for narratives by those ni de aquí/ni de allá; recent highlights include curating and co-producing Boiler Room's first reggaetón showcase, and providing ongoing music education in a Brooklyn juvenile detention center.
RIOBAMBA is an artist roster member of techno-feminist booking agency DISCWOMAN, and is co-host of Red Bull Radio's monthly show Bien Buena alongside Uproot Andy. RIOBAMBA previously lead A&R and marketing projects for the iconic Nuyorican music label Fania, and was Music Editor of digital platform Remezcla.
Prior to moving to NYC, RIOBAMBA was the first Colombia-based participant in the Fulbright-mtvU program, studying the subversive power of digital music production in a region enduring the effects of civil conflict and internal displacement. Her research documented collaborations with local musicians and communities, amplifying the sounds of cumbia gótica, political hip-hop, and electro-champeta.
Her original work has been featured in Resident Advisor, AJ+/Al Jazeera English, Univision, Fact Mag, The Fader, and Complex, and her writing has appeared in i-D México, mtvU, Remezcla, and The Fader.
Photo credit: Jared Skolnick.
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
Red Bull– La Fuerza Feminina Toma las Tornamesas
Resident Advisor– January's Best Music
The Fader– FADER Mix: Riobamba