BIO Amrit Singh is the Music & Culture Editor, and Host, of REVOLT TV, the new television network from Sean Combs. At REVOLT, he will write and present 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 his 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.
My REVOLT TV music report for the week December 2nd, detailing new releases from R. Kelly, Muse, Britney Spears, and Master P.
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.
I visited Paul Walker’s tragic accident scene last night to film a REVOLT TV report. The smell of gasoline was still thick in the air, burned rubber and doughnut marks were seared into the street, a pole with a speed limit sign was downed and wrapped in POLICE LINE tape. Some folks brought candles and created this makeshift shrine, centered by a Fast & Furious DVD. Others sought and walked off with wreckage. One man had motor fan branded Porsche; another, a deformed seatbelt. “It’s awesome to have something of your favorite actor,” he told me. This was at 12:30AM, nine hours after the incident. We spoke with those gathered — and there were many — of what it was about Paul that compelled their mid-night journey to Santa Clarita. This will air soon, on REVOLT. #stayintune
My first breaking news story for REVOLT TV: Exclusive footage of Chris Brown leaving the courthouse. It aired all day on TV, but Mr. Combs liked it so he had it put up on YouTube. Watch. (Yes, that is my hair now. FRESH.)
If you, or someone you love, attends the University of Maryland, please come to a special event: On Thursday 9/26 I will lecture, and screen DOSA HUNT, at McKeldin Library. This will be followed by a proper dosa + dancing afterparty, held in Dorchester Lounge. Compliments of UMD and the Global Communities council. Educational! Come through — details here.
Reggie Watts and I had a very good talk about everything, i.e. life, at Bumbershoot. Watch it! It’s conveniently embedded above. A lot of stuff was necessarily cut down to make the segment function as an "intro" to him for the REVOLT universe, but I definitely kept in this brilliant bit, in which he discusses how the comic gods of the ’90s paved the way for his improvisational performance art brilliance:
In the ‘90s we were witness to a lot of amazing, new, fresh comedians, like Sarah Silverman, and Mr. Show, and Ben Stiller, and countless others that were kind of counter-comedy, sort of ‘punk rock’ or whatever you want to call it. As the ‘90s went on and we got groups like The State or Upright Citizens Brigade, that evolved and by the time I had decided to make a transition to that, it was prime for me to be able to come in and do what I do, which may not have worked in the ‘90s.
Herein we also talk feature Jash (his project with Sarah Silverman, Tim & Eric, and Michael Cera), and his Seattle roots, and his impeccable sunglasses. Lemme know if you’re interested in the full cut of this conversation — about process, travel, NYC vs. LA, etc. — and I’ll make sure to make that happen.
I attended this year’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts festival on two levels: To cover for REVOLT, and as a documentarian with DOSA HUNT (which was an official selection). I wound up making a short documentary about Bumbershoot for REVOLT, which I’m excited to show you.
One of my many interviews there was with Tegan & Sara, and it was very special. (I.e. I didn’t get in the way of the girls being the best.)
In the Key Arena, we talked about the society’s progress to the point that, in 2013, with Heartthrob, a pair of “queer,” “alternative,” “tattooed” girls could exist in the pop mainstream. It’s a nice talk, and I’m happy we had a camera around for it. It’s a site takeover at revolt.tv now, and I elaborated a bit in this article at the REVOLT news hub.
(A teaser on those other interviews: Matt & Kim, Reggie Watts, Todd Barry, Ra Ra Riot, Joe Mande, Charles R. Cross, more. Soon!)