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. She is also co-host of Red Bull Radio's monthly show Bien Buena alongside Uproot Andy.
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, and DJ Blass, with performance highlights at Panorama Festival, MoMA PS1 Warm Up, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 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 The New York Times, TIDAL, Billboard, Resident Advisor, AJ+/Al Jazeera English, Univision, Fact Mag, The Fader, and Complex.
Photo credit: Guarionex Rodriguez Jr.
The New York Times – A Labor Day Thank You for the Arts
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
Red Bull– La Fuerza Feminina Toma las Tornamesas
Resident Advisor– January's Best Music
The Fader– FADER Mix: Riobamba