Kiran Gandhi aka Madame Gandhi is a Los Angeles-based digital music producer and drummer. Closely into activism, a lot of it feeds into her music, a whole lot of which depends on themes surrounding feminine empowerment. Earlier this month she launched a group of remixes of her 2019 observe ‘Younger Indian’ from her album ‘Visions’.
She held a remix contest on the group platform Metapop. From over 500 submissions, she selected 5 tracks representing completely different kinds of percussive dance music, from Afrobeat and Reggaeton to Bhangra and Salsa, to create the album. Metrolife caught up with the singer to search out out about her work, activism and extra.
What made you select ‘Younger Indian’ because the observe to be remixed?
‘Younger Indian’ is exclusive as a result of it’s a multi-genre tune. You might name it Hip-Hop, Psych Rock, and even Bollywood in some regards. Due to that flexibility of the tune, I knew that its particular person parts would lend itself nicely to a remix.
What motivated you to take up this challenge? How did you select the winners?
Throughout quarantine, I actually needed to attach with producers at a worldwide stage. I knew that the Metapop group was an energetic platform for producers and beatmakers from all all over the world. Because of this I held the competitors and loved it a lot.
You all the time embody politics and activism into your music. Does your activism maintain your music or is it the opposite method spherical?
My activism sustains my music. I draw most of my inspiration from what is occurring round me after which write it into the music.
How does music assist your trigger?
Music caters to feelings. It permits us to really feel empathy and compassion and only a few different mediums can instill that feeling. I like utilizing my music to depict a world that’s extra tender, weak, truthful, and compassionate.
Are you able to inform me about a few of the campaigns you’re engaged on proper now? How they tie into your present work?
We simply shot a very thrilling marketing campaign with the clothes model ‘Free Folks’. I actually loved this collaboration as a result of I used to be introduced on to easily be myself and share my message of private freedom. I cherished with the ability to dance, vibe, share my music and talk about psychological wellness by means of such an enormous platform.
How vital are collaborations within the music business?
Collaboration is every part! The vast majority of jobs and alternatives that I obtain are by means of private connections that I’ve made prior to now. I’ve discovered that genuinely giving goodwill and help to others and displaying up able to work irrespective of whom it’s for all the time pays off in the long term. You by no means know the place folks’ journeys could take them and what future alternatives they are able to convey to you.
You’ve labored with plenty of artistes your self, equivalent to, MIA, Lizzo, and Thievery Company. How has working with them influenced you?
I study a lot by working with established artistes; about professionalism, trusting your staff and implementing inventive concepts at a big and lean scale. I feel what I need from my very own staff is a robust sense of pre-preparation met with the pliability to adapt to moments of inspiration.
I’m enthusiastic about sharing my new physique of labor, known as ‘Vibrations’. This album is concentrated on love, romance and longing, reflecting the feelings that many people have shared this 12 months. I’m nonetheless within the studio engaged on this challenge, however enthusiastic about sharing it when it’s prepared.
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