Madame Gandhi on sound design and mindfulness in music production

“The most important thing we can do is say ‘our uniqueness is the gift,'” Madame Gandhi tells us.

“Our uniqueness is the gift that we can and should contribute—and it’s so hard to remember that because often, being unique makes you feel like you’re actually not qualified to be at a certain space, or that you’re not invited or welcome… But if we believe that, we’re actually doing everybody a disservice—that’s something I would want creators to really remember.”

Kiran Gandhi, who performs as Madame Gandhi, is an artist and activist whose mission is to celebrate gender liberation. She has toured on the drums for M.I.A, Thievery Corporation, and most recently Oprah on her 2020 Vision Stadium Tour alongside morning dance party Daybreaker. Her nuanced percussion, uplifting music, and insightful talks have been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Billboard, NPR, and more.

Madame Gandhi recently worked alongside Woodstock-based music collective Sound MANA to craft 100% Organically Sourced Material From Nature Field Recordings, a collection of sounds that allow creators across all walks to connect to nature. In celebration of the release, we sat down with Madame Gandhi in the video above to discuss her creative process, approach to sound design, advice for other producers, and more.

What’s your favorite track from Madame Gandhi? Who would you like to see featured on our YouTube channel next? Let us know in the comments.

Explore Madame Gandhi’s original samples, Astra presets, and Beatmaker presets in her new pack:

June 30, 2021

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.