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.
This is the pilot episode of a new video series we’ve launched at Stereogum, pairing emerging artists with iconic ones; I moderate. We’ve called it EXPOSURE, so named in honor of a song by its first icon: Mr. Peter Gabriel. It came about by Scott Lapatine being a walking Peter Gabriel Wiki entry, basically. (Also, because Peter was in town rehearsing for a pair of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall promoting Scratch My Back, his all-orchestral indie rock covers LP; it’s phrased as an “exchange of ideas,” with the often-much-younger artists he covers expected to return the favor or complete the implied “and I’ll scratch yours,” making the underlying premis of the interview particularly a propos. We filmed at SIR NYC, where Peter was rehearsing his symphony.)
Here Peter speaks with Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo and me about music, the creative process, and electric cars (the last moment after the credits is priceless). The conversation was an hour; Peter was engaged, charming, eloquent, and hilarious throughout. It was necessarily edited to a five-minute video by 8 Ft Tall (the production company we’ve enlisted), which means so much excellent footage (and most anything I said) wound up on the cutting room floor, including Alan’s talk with Peter about music videos. Peter of course is a pioneer of theform, and Palomo had just returned from filming “Sleep Paralysist,” his first video, directed by the mavericks at Focus Creeps. It’s sensational, you’ll see it soon. For now, there’s this, which made for a very good day. Peter later invited us to the RCMH show, which made for a very good night. (Lou Reed came out and covered “Solsbury Hill,” as Peter advertises in this interview, and hearing his own classics recast as lush orchestral pieces tingled spines.)
This Memorial Day weekend I bought a Peter Gabriel 1982 tour tee to memorialize it, wear it on my sleeve, scratch my back, invite people to come talk to me, and other Peter Gabriel puns as well.