Nicknamed “The Rhythm Ambassador” by dance fanatics, Julia Daye is a world music and global house DJ in wild love with dance and timeless rhythm. Her fiery fusions and rich musical journeys defy time and locale, symphonizing sounds from around the globe into an ever-rousing tonic of electrifying beats.
Since founding New York City’s celebrated community music and dance project Movement is Free in 2013, Julia continues to move dance floors at festivals, clubs, yoga studios, and special events. In 2014, she co-founded the ongoing DJ dance party series, Rhythm Nation, as well as Taos New Mexico’s first Ecstatic Dance chapter. She has shared the stage with such greats as Kaminanda, Govinda, Narkatta, Desert Dwellers and many others. A vivacious mainstay in the get-down-and-get-sweaty scene, Julia delivers a shaking soundscape guaranteed to make the cells bounce.
Julia’s drum and dance schooling in West Africa in 2009 instilled the tribal boom characteristic of her DJ sets. Since returning to the US, she has also brought in sounds from Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Balkans, continuing to collaborate with local drummers and musicians for an even bigger dance floor thunder.
A writer, activist, radio personality, and lifelong musician, Julia Daye is currently a regional organizer for One Billion Rising in Northern New Mexico, having first worked as a community organizer in New York City to fight violence against women since 2011. Believing fiercely in music and dance as agents for positive change, Julia has been a catalyst for community-focused dance spaces across New York and New Mexico since 2012.
A translator of hidden harvests and existential patterns into word, Julia Daye offers her poetry and nonfiction writing as instruments of fundamental truths, illuminating the contrast between the real and contrived. Her works have been published in print and on the web, in publications that include The Huffington Post, The People’s Production House, and the Hyam Plutzik Foundation literary blog, A Fistful of Words. She is an alumna of the New York State Writers’ Institute and author of the online literary blog, Investigating Reality. Her first chapbook will be released by Freedom Books in November 2017.
Julia Daye is the longstanding host of KNCE Radio’s What Are These Things out of Taos, New Mexico. The show is known for its lively creative inquiry through in-depth interviews with artists and change makers, as well as for bringing listeners weekly political examination, on-air poetry performance, and deep dives into music from all over the globe.
Clients, collaborations and features have included FIGMENT Festival, Sister Winds, Tribal Visions, Freeform Festival, Moonrise Collective, YogaZo, The BassMint, High Frequency Loft, The Paseo, StarTribe, Dance Church, Regeneration Festival, Movement is Free, Rhythm Nation, Ecstatic Dance, NewMuse Productions, Party Priest, HuffPost Women, One Billion Rising, Cultural Energy, KNCE Radio, KTAOS Solar Radio, Twice Five Miles Radio, LiveTaos, and The Taos News.