The 39-year-old Afghan-born house producer worked on six tracks with Madonna and
at least five of these will be included in the new album. A former member of
French art school punk group Taxi Girl, Mirwais states "the biggest surprise
lies in simplicity." Madonna, who became an instant fan after listening to Disco
Science, Mirwais' debut single off Production? "I was free to work but within
her limits." He adds: "When you work with someone - it doesn't matter if it's
Madonna or people I've worked with in the past you have to respect them. When
she didn't agree with me I'd try to find a compromise."
Known in France
for the better part of two decades, Mirwais Ahmadzai was a guitarist in the
seminal punk group Taxi Girl for 8 years before forming acoustic outfit Juliette
et les independents.
Now creating a sort of guitar-meets-electronica
hybrid, Mirwais says "Music is music. It is exactly the same (no matter what
style you make) because you have exactly the same problems. On the technical
side it is different because with electronic music in theory you can control
everything, but things are more complicated when you mix both."
evolution to electronic music happened in 1994, when Mirwais became inspired by
the energy of house and jungle, and wanted to get in on the act. He wrote "Disco
Science" three years ago - a twisted and mutated groovier of a
According to Afghanland.com sources, His friend, the celebrity
photographer Stephane Sednaoui, took it to Madonna, and things took an
interesting twist for Mirwais.
"He gave her the record and the video and
she loved them both. He called me back to ask me if I wanted to work with her on
one or two tracks… in the end we finished six tracks!" he chuckles.
of the tracks appears on Mirwais’ forthcoming album, while the rest will end up
on Madonna’s. Mirwais is in awe of his collaborator.
"She is more
talented than you’d expect, because she doesn’t make it known that she’s really
talented in the studio," he pipes. "Working with her was exactly like working
with Juliette or Taxi Girl – it was a really good relationship. I think to be
honest the only thing that is important in her professional life is music.. I’m
sure of that."
Mirwais’s record label Naive is currently in negotiations
with Maverick to release his album, and meanwhile Mirwais is experiencing
censorship, Madonna-style, for his raunchy "Disco Science" video - not that it
seems to bother him at all. Having survived the ordeal of a drug death in Taxi
Girl, and now the responsible father of two, it doesn’t seem to be an issue
whether his art offends others or not.