Melbourne Cumbia Fest 2023

Julia Towers


Julieth Torres Valoyes, A.K.A. DJ. Julia Towers is a DJ born in Bogotá, Colombia. Her roots consist of a mix between Chocó, in the Pacific region, and Boyacá, in the interior of Colombia. She is currently based in Melbourne (Naarm). 

Her beginnings in the party scene were in her hometown of Bogotá, a vibrant city where the mix of cultures and sounds gave her the inspiration to bring her musical taste to Melbourne. There she began spinning tunes in 2020 at private events, and she found the push to break into the DJ scene through a number of musicians, DJs from around the world and Isu Taki collective. Venturing into the creation of new spaces to share music through parties with innovative formats such; as Perreo Tropical with Palazzo (Arg), Noche Afrodisiaca and Sonidos Transversales (these two in collaboration with the Isu Taki collective for their first edition).  

Julia has played in bars across Melbourne, which include Section 8, Bar 204, Whitehart, Ferdydurke, The Espy, The Night Cat, Capers Thornbury, The George on Collins, The Dove Club, Dr Morse, Stingrays, at the main stage of the Hispanic Latin American Festival in 2022, Colombia y Brasil, A Celebration of Music and Sound System with El Gran Mono (2022) and the opening of the concert of J Alvarez and Golpe a Golpe (2022), St Kilda Latin Festival in 2023, not to mention a series of private events, where she has come to be known for constantly experimenting with sounds that integrate her afro latin roots and different genres like hip hop, dancehall, ragga, pop, dance, euro dance, 90s, mombathon, afrobeats and all types of urban music. 

Her musical selection is a mix between old school and alternative music, as well as fresh and funky, going through various genres, taking you on a magical journey that you will not want to end, transmitting a message of union without borders because for Julia, music knows no limits.

Photograph courtesy of the artist