KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with Madame Gandhi, aka producer/drummer/activist Kiran Gandhi. Gandhi was working as a digital analyst at Interscope Records in 2012 when she uploaded a live drum arrangement of M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” recorded at their offices. She joined M.I.A.’s touring lineup while earning her MBA from Harvard Business School. She subsequently moved back to LA and launched her solo career as Madame Gandhi in an effort to combine her dual loves of activism and music.