Riobamba

By Colleen Keller Mishra

Sara Skolnick, known professionally as Riobamba, is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her live sets attempt to remind the audience the power of the nightlife as a source of passion, resistance, interaction, and enjoyment. Her production work has been described as thus: "a radically self-expressive piece of futurism that stands against a single, boxed-in definition of what Latinx club music can be."

In 2017, she founded the APOCALIPSIS label and creative agency, a platform to promote the work of those “ni de aquí, ni de allá” (neither from here, nor there). APOCALIPSIS also provides ongoing music education to youths in a local juvenile detention center through programming, highlighting music’s power for self-determination and entrepreneurship.

Her original work has been featured in Resident Advisor, Univision, Fact Mag, The Fader, Thump, Complex, and Red Bull Music Academy Radio, and her writing has appeared in i-D Mexico, mtvU, Remezcla, and The Fader.

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Boiler Room New York, August 2017

 Photo by: Jay Tovar

Photo by: Jay Tovar