The music artist gives us a peek into her quarantine playlist.
Kiran Gandhi aka Madame Gandhi as she is popularly known worldwide, is an electronic music producer and drummer. Her music revolves around female empowerment and fourth-wave feminism. The artist recently released a remix record of her last album, Visions, on August 21 where all women of colour and latinx producers reimagined songs from the album. We caught up with Madame Gandhi about her collaborations for the remix.
GRAZIA: Tell us a bit about your background. What made you decide to pursue a career in music?
MADAME GANDHI: I grew up between NYC and Mumbai loving music. I loved dancing and piano and drums. I always thought I would have a more traditional career on the music business side, rather than making my own music. But when my story, running the 2015 London Marathon free-bleeding to combat menstrual stigma around the world went viral, I started producing my own music. It has been received with a lot of joy and gratitude, and intuitively feels like the right path for me. So in this moment, I am spending my time producing the best music I can, with the hope that it heals, energizes and empowers anyone who listens to it.
G: Tell us a little bit about your last album, Visions.
MG: Visions is about looking inward in order to reimagine the world we all wished we lived in outward. It is about self-empowered, joy, love and growth. It is about rejecting norms, which do not serve us, and questioning society’s most problematic systems. The music video for Waiting For Me was shot in Mumbai in February 2020 and was released in June 2020. It references my time attending all-girls schools in both Mumbai and NYC where we were expected to wear a uniform, and reimagines what education and freedom could look and feel like for the girl child and all generations. It also celebrates queer and gender non-conforming South Asian identities from a place of community and collaboration.
G: How did the collaborations for the remix come about?
MG: I knew I wanted to reimagine my album, Visions, for the dance floor and for folks who love working out. So often, we tolerate sexist lyrics in music because we love the beats or how the music energizes us. I wanted to make an album that could provide all of that without the oppression. And so I reached out to 6 of my favorite female producers and MCs to each remix the album.
G: What are some upcoming projects you’re working on?
MG: I am currently working on my next album, Vibrations. This album will be an album about personal wellness, meditation, joy and emotional intelligence. I am largely producing it myself and with other women, and I am taking far more sonic risk in this one, since I have had more time owing to quarantine to work on it. We will also release the remixes to my song, Young Indian in early October this year.
Top 17 songs on Madame Gandhi’s quarantine playlist
Waiting For Me (Riobamba Remix)
Ecoute ma mélodie
Rose Juam – Cabidelo
Naseer Shamma – From the heart
See Me Thru (Sarah Farina Remix)
Thogolobea (Lv Remix)
Samba Touré – Be Ki Don
Invitation to Dance
Prateek Kuhad – Cold/Mess
Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya (Audio)
Conte a Todos
Bad Habits (Jeia Remix)
KOKOROKO – ABUSEY JUNCTION // WE OUT HERE
By Meghana Ganeshan for Grazia