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The world’s largest free conference
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for the first time at the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA)
Held campus, more than 1,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning
youth (LGBTQ) and their allies from 150 cities and more than 200 schools nationwide
attended the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 26th annual Models of Pride conference last
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Queer, feminist, activist, musician Madame Gandhi on misogynist rappers,
inclusive diversity and inducing the vibration of your own humanity.
headline performer at this month’s Palm
Springs Pride festival, is the music and
activism project helmed by drummer and
Harvard graduate, Kiran Gandhi.
Gandhi rose to fame as a drummer for
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in 2015 to bring attention to the global
stigma surrounding menstruation. In 2016
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diversity and inducing the vibration of your
Your music has such a strong
social justice core to it—do you
consider your music an essential
part of your practice as an activist?
Or, do you you see them as two
distinct aspects of your work?
I often say music is the medium through
which I chose to convey my message. And,
unlike other artists, my activism really came
[before my music] in the sense that I ran the
London marathon in 2015 bleeding freely on
my cycle and that story went viral. I ran to
combat the global stigma that women face
when they are on their periods and when
the story went viral I was asked to speak at
a couple different events, and universities,
and conferences. At these events some of
the hosts would say: “you’re a musician—
why don’t you play us a couple songs after
you give your talk?” But I was like, I’ve only
ever drummed for other people. I had never
made my own music. So then a lot of folks
who I cherish dearly in my life were like:
well, you better start. Because I did have a
message and I did have something to say,
music was the most sort of obvious way for
me to put my body of work in one cohesive
location. So that’s really what happened. I
would say that my music and my activism
are certainly intertwined.
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In horrific political times like we
once again find ourselves in—how
does your practice as an artist
reflect the state of politics? Is your
work the space you are able to process
and work through the events
of the news? Or, do you find that
music is the place where you can go
to escape the weight of the world?
That’s a good question. As a consumer of
music I definitely use music as a place to escape
and less as a place to participate, which
is ironic because I don’t make music that is
about escaping. I definitely make music that
is about confronting the world head on. I think
the artists that have inspired me the most are
the ones who sort of allow me to empathize
with an experience I would not otherwise
have. [For example] I grew up listening to
Eminem—who is one of the most violently
misogynist rappers there are. But, the difference
with him is that he also raps about
how his mother abandoned and abused
him. There’s something powerful about [that
dichotomy which creates] some understanding
as to where a part of his misogyny and
mistrust of women comes from—especially
as opposed to the kind of redundant
misogyny that we hear on the airwaves today
that doesn’t really have any grounding beyond
cultural sexism. In the same way, I want
to make music that has empathy and love
energy—but also is critical of things that are
problematic in society. I want someone who
might have a different upbringing than I do, or
someone who doesn’t support or understand
feminism to be able to listen to my music and
come away with a little bit more of a perspective
into a femme or female experience.
Your music focuses on inclusive,
femme diversity—was that always
a key tenant to your practice or
has that developed as a reaction to
working in the music industry?
It’s a mixture. I think I always understood
the principles of femme, inclusive diversity
but didn’t necessarily have the tools or the language
to explain it until recently. The need to
celebrate the femme and elevate the femme
has become more apparent because of who’s
in the White House and with classic sexism
that I see all the time in the music industry. So
yes, it has become an intentional choice to address
these issues head on with intelligence,
education, and peacefulness so that I can be
the change that I wish to see in the world.
Growing up in New York and traveling
extensively on tour—what about
LA made you want to set roots here?
LA inspires me. Not every crack, crevice,
and corner is filled in with graffiti, art, or advertisements.
When I grew up in New York
city I felt like every last building had somebody
else’s art on it. There was no room for
my brain to create. When I drive around LA,
especially the industrial part of downtown
that I live in, there’s so much space for my
brain to be massaged and stimulated. I
always feel like I’m creating. I’m not thinking
about what a billboard or advertisement
wants me to see, instead I’m able to think
clearly and introspectively. I often find
myself pulling my iPhone out and recording
lyrics when I’m here. I also like living in
LA because I feel like the city has a strong
connection to wellness. I think people here
understand the value of a good eight hours
of sleep, not drinking super heavily, going on
hikes, and doing meditation LA allows me to
be a more healthy version of myself.
Your work focuses on intersectional
feminism and puts particular
spotlight on mindfulness as a form
of self care. Do you have any tips
for self care that you wish you’d
known when you were younger?
I’d recommend incorporating a twice daily
meditation practice that my mom taught
me. It’s a mixture of hip opening exercises,
breathing exercise, and a loving kindness
meditation where I imagine two people in
my life joyfully laughing and I send them
positivity for their day. Then I think about
three things that would be great if they
happened that day, like a to do list, and I
visualize myself actually doing those things.
And then I close the meditation by chanting
a hindu prayer of “om shanti.” Meditation
and chanting is literally a bath for your cells.
You’re literally inducing the vibration of your
own humanity, and your own flesh, and your
own chest cavity—just like singing does. It’s
really powerful. Doing something loving for
myself everyday builds my self-confidence
and self-trust, and allows me to have a clear
focus and gratitude for the day.
Madame Gandhi’s follow up EP is expected to be
released in the next year. For more information visit
her website: www.madamegandhi.com.
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A Forever Home
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