BIO Amrit Singh is the On-Air News Anchor, and Music & Culture Editor, of REVOLT TV, the new television network from Sean Combs. At REVOLT, he writes and presents stories and interviews on live television, all day every day, with an emphasis on connecting the dots between music, culture, and news. You can watch this intro to REVOLT, or read pieces in Billboard, The L Magazine, and GQ India for more. Previously, he served as Executive Editor of Stereogum.com for nearly eight years, writing and producing the website into a leading voice in independent music. His video journalism has appeared on ABC, MTV, and Fuse. Amrit also served as Editor of the University of Wisconsin International Law Journal, and is a NY State Bar certified attorney, but we try not to remind his father of this. In 2012, Amrit made and appeared in his first film, DOSA HUNT, featuring members of Vampire Weekend, Das Racist, Neon Indian, Yeasayer, and the Vijay Iyer Trio on "The Greatest Hunt For South Indian Food In NYC Ever Committed To Film!" (Here's the trailer, if you're curious.) His speaking engagements and press campaign have connected the film with diverse audiences, film festivals, and media outlets from New York Magazine to BBC TV World News. Amrit has been called a "global citizen to watch" and a "generational voice" by The Huffington Post's Jim Luce, and "an example of how Indian culture gets hybridized" by The World's Marco Werman. He lives in Los Angeles, and was born in New York City.
A higlight reel from REVOLT first-ever upfront, featuring speeches from Chairman Sean Combs, Keith Clinkscales (CEO), Val Boreland (EVP), and me. Thanks to Childish Gambino for the surprise performance, and Russell Simmons for being excellent.
Talked to Kelis about Food (the album) and food (the sustenance) at a food truck operated by Kelis (the artist who likes food). It was brief, but it was Kelis, so here you go! (The Dave she mentions is Dave Sitek, the TV On The Radio soundsmith and Food's producer. For a taste [rimshot], try “Jerk Ribs.”
The indie-pop band CULTS performed made a new fan out of Ethan Hawke during an intimate Sundance Film Festival set. This sort of thing happens all the time in Park City, but since I was with singer Madeline Follin at the time, I snapped a photo for the pair, then figured we may as well make an interview out of it to capture it for posterity as a vignette of the star-crossed interactions that happen all across the city. She also confirms a new 7” series on the way this year (of b-sides from their lovely 2013 LP Static), so that’s some CULTS news for anyone looking for it.
Here’s the REVOLT TV segment I hosted on the week I spent in Park City, UT for this year’s Sundance Film Festival (featuring interviews and performances with Damon Albarn, Rick Ross, Big Boi, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, Cults’ Madeline Follin, Passion Pit’s Ian Hultquist, Lil Jon, and many more).
As a complement to this televised piece, I wrote 2,000 words on the music and culture of Sundance as the inaugural edition of my new op-ed column for revolt.tv. It’s called STAY IN TUNE, which is a thing I like to say, and hope it helps you do. You can read that here.
Just over one month ago, the world lost the great Nelson Mandela. I was in the studio and preparing to deliver a live news hit on something far less important, when my REVOLT TV family and I switched gears, putting together this broadcast, unscripted, and in real time, to honor the man. I’m joined by Jeff Johnson and Emil Wilbekin. It was a moment of profound loss, and growth. RIP Nelson Mandela.
This is my REVOLT TV report from the scene of Paul Walker’s passing, hours after the accident. It was a somber and moving moment, and I felt honored to help broadcast its resonance, and connect its sentiment, with those not present. Some photos from the scene that night are here and here.
My report from Paul Walker’s tragic crash site will air soon on REVOLT TV. For now, above, is the news report I delivered detailing the reactions of his co-stars on Saturday night. And here is my news report in which we first presented the news. Some of my photos from the accident site are on Instagram. More details, soon.