Harvardwood Heads To... SXSW: Tech Matters - A Blueprint for DIY Musicians

WHEN
March 17, 2017 at 5:00pm - 6pm
WHERE
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez
Room 17B
Austin, TX 78729
United States
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Technology has greatly transformed and expanded opportunities for the DIY music community to create, market and distribute their work. The truth, however, is that not all technologies are the smartest solutions for every artist. In a digital ecosystem with so many moving parts, it is important to experiment without losing focus, and to refine your business strategy and handpick the tools that will make your unique career both innovative and sustainable.

Incorporating the perspectives of artists, tech companies, artist managers and digital media experts, this panel will discuss best practices and resources for DIY artists to make the most out of technological disruption.

Guest speakers include Kiran Gandhi MBA '15:

Madame Gandhi is an LA-based electronic music artist and activist who uses her drums and vocals to elevate and celebrate the female voice. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and as the iconic free-bleeding runner combatting menstrual stigma at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes her own electronic music.

Kiran works with co-producer Alexia Riner, a sound designer and graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, to create the unique and dynamic Madame Gandhi sound. Each song features Kiran's drums, vocals and percussion, backed by the intricate electronic sound scapes developed by her collaborator.

Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and as the iconic free-bleeding runner combatting menstrual stigma at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes her own electronic music that elevates and celebrates the female voice. This project is the homecoming of Kiran's passions for music, feminism and business.

Upon graduating from Georgetown University in 2011, Kiran put her math degree to work and went on to serve as Interscope Records' first-ever digital analyst. Here she spent 2 years reporting on patterns in YouTube and Spotify data so that some of the top artists in the world like Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga would be able to better understand how to market and sell their music.

In 2013, she linked up with artist M.I.A, who was signed to Interscope, and toured the world as her drummer on the Matangi Album Tour. At the same time, Kiran was accepted to Harvard's prestigious MBA program, and decided to pursue both simultaneously.

Kiran spent her second year at Harvard Business School running a music hackathon program called Music Minds, and consulted for several music industry companies. She also started training for the London Marathon.

In April 2015, she arrived at the start line of the 2015 London Marathon and realized she had her period. Seizing the opportunity to turn an unfortunate event into a symbolic feminist act, Kiran decided to run the entire 26.2 miles bleeding freely to combat menstrual stigma around the world. The marathon was a success and her story went completely viral, sparking a global conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures.

After graduating from Harvard in 2015, Kiran spent the past year traveling the world to write and speak about menstrual stigma. During this landmark year, she finished writing her debut EP, "Voices", to be launched in fall 2106.

As she explains with her theory of "Atomic Living", spontaneity can be used productively if we are guided by our own intuition. "Stigma is one of the most effective forms of oppression because it denies us the ability to act according to our own intuition and speak comfortably and confidently about our own experiences. My mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice."

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