is very proud to present the short film with drummer, producer and gender equality activist Madame Gandhi (M.I.A., Thievery Corporation) filmed in Zoo Labs, an Oakland-based non profit / artist-development studio where she recorded her EP Voices. Madame Gandhi’s music serves as the soundtrack to a modern fourth wave feminist movement.

Interviewed by music industry veteran Christine Mehr (UnitedMasters, Pandora, Empire Distribution) and produced by Sarah Klearman (Pandora,, the intimate discussion offers the audience a unique deep dive into the “future is female” purveyor’s psyche, such as why we should start saying “we fertilized that shit” instead of “killing it.”


Video Credits:

Interviewer: Christine Mehr
Camera Operators: Melinda James, Stef Sequeria
Performance Footage: Melinda James
Production Assistant: Brennan King
Audio Producers: Danielle Goldsmith, Brendan Dreaper
Editor / Animation: Sarah Klearman
Special Thanks: Vinitha Watson, Brad Dollar

Music Credits:


Co-produced by Kiran Gandhi & Alexia Riner

“The Future is Female”

Written and Produced by Kiran Gandhi
Additional vocals by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs
Additional Production by JSTJR (Mad Decent) and Anthony Saffery
Live drum recording engineered by Michael Starita


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Bio: Kiran Gandhi

Performs as Madame Gandhi, is a Los Angeles-based musician, activist and music industry thinker. She has toured professionally drumming for M.I.A and Thievery Corporation and currently DJs, drums and produces music under her own name. Her song “The Future is Female” climbed to #8 on the Viral US Top 50 Spotify Charts following the 2017 Women’s March and her solo EP Voices has received critical acclaim from outlets like FADER, Paper Mag, Billboard and Milk.

Kiran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Political Science and Women’s Studies from Georgetown (COL ’11) and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School (MBA ’15), and has used her degrees to run her own musical project as well as advise music companies Spotify, Stem, Bonnaroo, Pandora, YouTube and D’addario. Between 2011-2013, Kiran worked at Interscope Records for two years as their first ever digital analyst, studying patterns in Spotify and YouTube consumption behavior.

In 2015, she ran the London Marathon free-bleeding to combat period stigma around the world, sparking a global viral conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures. She now travels often to perform and speak about modern gender equality, and is also working on her full-length album. Madame Gandhi’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice. is an international curated network of women with active roles in the music industry. Established in September 2014, their vision is to create an environment that supports collaboration, creativity and positive values for female empowerment. The community is across all sectors of the industry — from tech to record labels, PR to management and more. With headquarters in London and Los Angeles, continues to grow worldwide through events and other projects in the Bay Area, NYC, Paris, Ibiza, Berlin and other key music cities around the world.

Zoo Labs

Zoo Labs is a nonprofit artist development community. We invest in and explore the intersection between creativity, craft and commercial viability. Our flagship program is the Zoo Labs Music Residency.