The bold, beautiful, black-haired Kiran Gandhi (drummer for M.I.A. and full time Harvard Business School student) inspired the house when she spoke at a TEDx in Brooklyn. Her talk was based on the philosophy she coined Atomic Living – which basically describes how the atoms of life and its moments collide and explode into spontaneous genius, where multiple interests can tie together and create more rather than less. When life gives you the opportunity to “go” or to “do” Atomic Living says, “you have to” “because in that moment…you never know what can happen,” says Kiran. She is the real Atomic Woman.
Dirty Girls Project approached Kiran after her talk, and she was totally game to collaborate. Dirty Girls Project is a new media platform devoted to the promotion of empowered, badass women of all ages by creating original content, synergistic partnerships and the production of collaborations (both digital and physical) around topics such as art, adventure, fashion, entrepreneurship—the bad, the rad and the weird.
With Kiran, Dirty Girls Project decided to reinvent the interview. Instead of sitting her down and asking questions, DGP walked her through the streets of Brooklyn and had her use found objects to create drum beats at the same time as getting to know her through organic and unexpected situations. Dirty Girls collected her beats, which were later mixed and used as the music in the video.
At the end of a very long day the Dirty Girls threw a third element into the video, a surprise visit to the Lower Eastside Girls Club. The whole girl gang was tired, Kiran was actually feeling sick, but that didn’t stop her. The second she stepped into the room with a class full of young girls, she fully lit the place up with a spontaneous drum session, encouraging the girls to find odd and weird objects like a Pringles can full of pens, or a sink faucet to use as instruments. She taught them about rhythms and beats, and how to think outside the box and be open to seeing the world in the way they want to see it instead of the way others say they should. She told the girls how she became the drummer for M.I.A, which is a story about a dream plus determination and saying “yes” to living Atomically.
Dirty Girls Project conceptualized and produced the video, which features Kiran Gandhi as the Featured Babe and which can be found in the In Babes We Trust section of the website www.dirtygirlsproject.com. The music is original and will be released for downloads in the near future. The proceeds will go towards more collaborations that feature rad women doing inspirational things and delivering a message of courage and empowerment. Follow us on Instagramfacebooktumblir.