Hi there, it's Amrit, and here's a first-person bio because let's be real: I wrote this thing.
I'm a television host, journalist, lawyer, documentarian, producer, music "critic," and human. I just ended a five-year tenure as the Chief Political Correspondent, Music & Culture Editor, and News anchor of REVOLT TV, and appeared regularly on Season 2 of Bravo TV's Andy Cohen's Then & Now where I talked about Madonna, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Ronald Reagan, and Trump. (It looks like this.)
At REVOLT I covered news, music, and politics from the field and in the studio, anchoring the network's daily news briefs, hosting our studio show REVOLT Live, and interviewing everyone from Rick Rubin and LL Cool J and Rae Sremmurd to Bernie Sanders and Guy Oseary and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. I hosted, wrote, and produced myriad programs for the network, including the five-part doc-series Breaking: Genres, which explored the evolution of music genres and featured interviews with too many legends to name. (It looked like this!) I also anchored the network's 2016 presidential election coverage, hosting a 90-minute Town Hall with Bernie, reporting from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and hosting the issue-oriented bipartisan roundtable studio show Voices Of The Future, featuring future CNN correspondents like Symone Sanders and Paris Denard. (I've also hosted countless red carpets and film premieres - my favorite being the Grammys Red Carpet - and corresponded live on-air everywhere from LAX during the protests of Trump's Muslim ban to SXSW, Coachella, and Sundance Film Festival.)
Before my career in television, I practiced corporate securities litigation as an attorney in New York City, fulfilling both familial obligation and intellectual curiosity though not my sense of self. And so I took a leap, cutting my journalistic teeth as the Executive Editor of the popular website Stereogum. While there I blogged my head off for eight years, helping popularize artists like Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, and others who weren't even from Brooklyn. While at Stereogum I wrote countless track and concert reviews and news posts, managed an editorial staff and all manner of freelance writers and photographers, and oversaw the site's social presence and coverage of eight years worth of SXSWs, Coachellas, Lollapaloozas, Bonnaroos, and etc., usually on-location. As the site's stature increased, I was often cited and interviewed by the New York Times, appeared on MTV's 120 Minutes with the legend Matt Pinfield and regularly appeared as a panelist on the Fuse TV show A Different Spin with Blink-182's Mark Hoppus. Stereogum was a life-changing experience, allowing me to document and contribute to an independent-minded art culture which has blossomed into something global and beautiful. It also gave me a lifelong community, and a staff I forever consider family. (My goodbye post says it all, albeit sentimentally.)
I've also written, hosted, and produced a few documentaries. For fans of indie music and Indian food, there's DOSA HUNT, a culinary-adventure exploring identity and the immigrant-art experience and jokes in New York City, featuring artists like Vampire Weekend, Neon Indian, Yeasayer, Das Racist, and Vijay Iyer. (New York Magazine called it "sharply funny," Interview Magazine called it "Part Big Brother, part No Reservations, part something smarter, with lots of laughs, something to learn, and a killer soundtrack," and my friends called it "delicious.") The movie's screened around the world, thanks to nice words from places like NPR, and the BBC, amongst others. It was a labor of love. I also made a short documentary called #FreeMichelleWest, taking a close look at the injustices of the criminal justice system, mandatory minimum sentences, and the prison industrial complex through the lens of a daughter on a quest for her mother's clemecy through fashion. And as mentioned, there's the five-part series about on music's cultural evolution and the ways in which music and identity are intertwined, titled Breaking: Genres -- I'm partial to the episode in which I sat with Rick Rubin in his backyard for an hour. (I'm still floating.)
I graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with concentrations in Political Science and Philosophy and earned my law degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where I served as Editor of the International Law Journal. I was born in New York City, spent my teens outside Philadelphia, and live in Los Angeles with my wife and brand-new baby daughter, who is an actual dreamboat.
I also have a band called Real Fun Death, which we can talk about if you see me out.
Whatever it is that brought you over, thanks for coming by. Feel free to drop me a line, anytime.