Inspirefest 2017

Ana Matronic

(Scissor Sisters), artist, DJ & broadcaster

Ana Matronic is an artist, musician, author, DJ, radio and television presenter, and public speaker. She is best known as the lone female member of rock group Scissor Sisters. Matronic honed her reputation as a formidable on-stage presence and sharp-witted MC while cutting her teeth at San Francisco’s legendary drag night Trannyshack in the late ’90s. Since her award-winning rise to fame with Scissor Sisters in 2004, she has collaborated with such legendary artists as Elton John, New Order and Duran Duran, to name but a few. Matronic is currently working on her debut solo record.

In 2010, Matronic became a member of a legendary visual ‘band’ of psychedelic pioneers, The Joshua Light Show. Her first full-length book, Robot Takeover: 100 Iconic Robots of Myth, Popular Culture and Real Life, was published by Octopus (Hachette) in 2015.

New Year’s Eve 2014 saw Matronic’s debut as a broadcaster with her first show for BBC Radio 2. This has spiralled into a now 17-part series on rare groove disco and her own weekly show called Disco Devotion, launching in April 2017. A frequent guest on British television, covering a wide range of topics from pop culture to artificial intelligence, politics and human rights, Matronic is also a founding member of activist organisation Witches Against Fascist Totalitarianism.

Image: Suki Dhanda