Ana Matronic

Ana Matronic is an artist, musician, author, DJ, radio & television presenter and public speaker best known as the lone female member of rock group Scissor Sisters. Equally at home stalking atop a dirty, dingy bar as she is inciting record-breaking Hyde Park crowds to roar with delight, Matronic has honed her reputation as a formidable onstage presence and sharp-witted emcee since cutting her teeth at San Francisco’s legendary drag night Trannyshack in the late 90s. Since her award-winning rise with Scissor Sisters in 2004, Ana has collaborated with such legendary artists as Elton John, New Order, Duran Duran and Mark Ronson, Sean Dixon of the Soup Dragons, Bright Light Bright Light, and RuPaul’s Drag Race winners Sharon Needles and Alaska. She is also working on her debut solo record.

In 2010, Matronic became a member of a legendary visual “band”, psychedelic pioneers The Joshua Light Show. Under the tutelage of maestro Joshua White, Matronic carries on the tradition of creating live psychedelic imagery by hand using liquid colors on a custom-built overhead projector. Matronic has developed the art further in collaborative live performances, interpreting sound to vision in improvised immersive experiences for such artists as Lou Reed, Television, Steve Reich, Silver Apples, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Manuel Gottsching.

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. Matronic is the deputy for beloved broadcaster Jo Whiley’s weeknight show and has covered the semifinals of the Eurovision Song Contest both on radio and television. Matronic has made multiple guest appearances on TV as a musician with Scissor Sisters, has hosted an episode of BBC Artsnight and is a frequent guest on British television covering a wide range of topics from popular culture to artificial intelligence to politics and human rights.

An avid science fiction and comic book fan, Matronic wrote the story Rock Block for the 2010 tribute comic to legendary punk club CBGB published by BOOM! Comics. Her first full-length book Robot Takeover: 100 Iconic Robots of Myth, Popular Culture, and Real Life was published by Hachette/Octopus in 2015.

Ana Matronic is a founding member of activist organization Witches Against Fascist Totalitarianism (WAFT). Matronic lives in Brooklyn with her husband and collaborator Seth Kirby and their cat Izzy.

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