One of our favorite music producers, Kiran Gandhi (her independent musical projects are under the stage name Madame Gandhi), has had quite the busy month… and it’s only getting started!
This week alone she has performed several showcases at Austin’s annual SXSW Conference and Festival, including two DJ sets for SoulCycle and live performances at TechCrunch Day Party, Empire Control Room & Garage, MOOGfest, Empress, and SheShreds. Gandhi brings surprises and new additions to her show such as the Madame Drum Set (a beautiful gold and yellow acrylic drum set created by DW Drums), various tattoo, sticker, and vinyl merchandise, and songs about the current political state in America.
For the full list of DJ sets, live performances, and panel discussions Gandhi will be participating in for the remainder of SXSW 2017, refer to the flier below:
And if you missed our Producer Spotlight on Kiran (Madame) Gandhi, you can find it here.
The ability to influence change through art is an aspiration for many professional creatives, but for producer, performer, and activist Kiran Gandhi, it’s a way of life.
Gandhi made international headlines last year after free-bleeding her way through the London Marathon, a decision she consciously made to impress upon the stigmas associated with female periods. In a piece written for TIME Motto, Gandhi addresses the negative effects of stigmas and how advocating for women’s rights benefits the greater good of humanity. “Stigma is one of the most effective forms of oppression because it denies us the vocabulary to talk comfortably and confidently about our own bodies… the menstrual cycle is the bedrock of the human race. Without it we wouldn’t exist. If we want to make the world a better place, we have to start combatting taboo now – and, in the process, make it easier for women and girls to access their fullest potential.”
After earning an MBA from Harvard Business School and touring internationally as the drummer for both M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, Gandhi formed her own electronic music project under the stage name Madame Gandhi. With songs like “The Future Is Female” and “I Own My Own Body,” Gandhi is using her intellectual and musical talents to serve the end of social change. “I’m not a great singer or anything like that, but I have a message and I have stories that I want to express, and the best way to express them musically is to sing them.”
According to its website, “Female Frequency is a collective dedicated to empowering women & girls through the creation of music that is entirely female generated.” The organization’s website features images of many women in music production and engineering to emphasize the importance of having women present at every stage of the technical process.
In addition to promoting women who are doing great things in the world of music production, this group is actively creating and curating original music written, produced, engineered and mastered exclusively by women. Gender Amplified totally supports the efforts of this group, and thus, is proud to announce support for its upcoming EP Female Frequency: Volume 1!
Female Frequency: Volume 1was created entirely by women, start to finish. All writing, instrumentation, arrangement, performance, production, engineering, mixing, mastering, marketing and visual media was performed by women musicians and engineers from Boston, New York and LA. The project can be pre-ordered here. Support and share!