Julián Grijalba (Popayán, Colombia, September 18, 1994) is a Colombian DJ/Producer, Architect, Professor and Scholar. He devotes his work to creating and mixing electronic dance music, at the same time that he investigates urban soundscapes in regions of Latin America and Southern Europe.
Julián Grijalba became involved in the world of DJs thanks to the influence of his uncle Víctor Grijalba: a DJ with extensive experience and artistic experience in the city of Popayán. At just 10 years old, Julián used to practice at the mixing desk in his uncle's and, thus, over the years he managed to perfect his mixing and music production style. In 2009, his uncle passed away and Julián was prompted to start his artistic job as a DJ and preserve the family legacy that had been granted to him.
In recent years, Grijalba (nephew) has developed different strategies in order to contribute to the electronic culture of Popayán (Colombia), among which The Spirit of House stands out. This project was proposed as a series of House music events held between 2010 and 2017, with the purpose of paying tribute to the life and work of DJ Víctor Grijalba. The events brought together many House Music lovers and several outstanding DJs from the Popayán local electronic music scene: Hernán Beat, Fausto Pabón, Fabián Valencia, Pablo Pardo, Duber Pérez, Marvin Córdoba, Julián Vioz, Paul Tobar, Henry Galvis, among others.
Julián Grijalba has been part of the DJ staff of La Mega 100.1 FM, a radio station of RCN Radio Colombia, and has also been a resident DJ of Corona Club, one of the most prestigious dance floors that the city of Popayán has had. This emblematic place contributed to the development of Julián's artistic career through his involvement in diverse electronic music events and relationships with national and international DJs, such as: Mauro Picotto, Kriss Salas, Mariano Santos, Julius Beat, David Noreña, Juan Pablo Torrez and Leoesco.
Currently, he belongs to the collective of DJs, Electronic Friends, a group founded by DJ Andrés Pardo, that aims to support and promote the DJ patoja scene, with particular emphasis on House and Techno music. Grijalba's musical proposal is based on sound experimentation through the study of the urban soundscape and it hopes to be soon released on record labels on a global scale.
Julián Grijalba studied architecture at the Colegio Mayor del Cauca University (CMCU), where he graduated with honours in 2017. Since then, he has been a member of the Center for Urban Studies of said university, through which he conducts and promotes research concerning the urban soundscape.
Grijalba has participated in various scientific projects of his nation (Colombia), among which are: “Research and Development of Sustainable Urban Planning in Cauca; Popayán Case Study ”, executed by the CMCU between 2015 and 2017; and the “Strategy for the Regeneration of the Public Space of the City of Popayán: Life in the Park”, led by the Popayán City Hall in 2018. He has also been a technical-scientific consultant for the Fundación Centro Histórico de Cartagena and the Police Department of Cartagena de Indias, in matters related to the management and control of urban noise. In turn, he has authored publications in prestigious international academic journals, that talk about the influence of the soundscape on the city well-being.
In 2020 he published his research book: Sonic City, in which it proposes urban planning and design guidelines to improve the environmental quality of the soundscape that each city in particular can produce. In the same year, he receipted a grant from The International Academic Forum to present the conference "The Effects of Market Places on the Spatial Variability of the Urban Soundscape: A Case Study in the Department of Cauca (Colombia) " in the 8th European Conference on Arts & Humanities (United Kingdom, 2020).
Thus, Grijalba's scientific activity has led him to collaborate and investigate with important architects, geographers and artists from inside and outside Colombia, such as Francisco Zúñiga Bolívar, Gabriel Leal del Castillo, Valerià Paül Carril, Steve Layton and Ivana Blanco Gross. He is currently a professor and associate researcher at the Center for Urban Studies of the CMCU and a student of the Master of Science in Regional and Management Planning of Universidade Santiago de Compostela.