by: Madonna and
Mirwais Ahmadzai William Orbit and Spike
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
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."
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.
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."
The 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 track.
to Afghanland.com sources,
friend, the celebrity photographer Stephane Sednaoui, took it to
Madonna, and things took an interesting twist for Mirwais.
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
One of the tracks
appears on Mirwais’ forthcoming album, while the rest will end
up on Madonna’s. Mirwais is in awe of his
"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."
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.