I’m happy to announce that I have some new “get to know your blogger” features on the way this week and I wanted to start off with one of my favorites, Village Indian. Not only does Amrit have a fantastic blog, but you can also find him posting his concert reviews of the NYC area on Stereogum as well. I’d like to thank Amrit for his time, and I hope you enjoy the interview below.
Let’s get some general background on you. Where do you live, how long, etc.
I pass my days in the East Village of Manhattan. Born in Queens, raised on Long Island. Moved to a Philly burb (Valley Forge) for my teenage years, did the education tour and am back where it all began. Nothing quite like it. Come visit. I have a sofa you guys can all sleep on. Five floor walk up though. Get your step on.
None, unfortunately. Between promo CDs and my days as a Columbia House/BMG member (10 CDs for a penny!), my apartment is a veritable mine(field) of gem cases. My iTunes says 45.92 GB of music, but that has to be a fraction of what I have.
Incessantly barraging my friends inboxes with emails of band suggestions, recapping shows I went to, reading other blogs. Said friends constantly prodded me to start a blog of my own (probably as a sort of spam filter). Well, it worked. But it took time; there are so many blogs out there, it seems a bit daunting and a bit futile. So yeah, in that context, that I have the readership I do is totally humbling and amazing. I have a great time with it, and it makes it that much more fun to know that what I’m writing will actually be read.
What are some of your favorite blogs? Music or otherwise.
My favorite blog is Stereogum, hands down. Of course, being a contributor makes me a bit partial. Scott’s writing is intelligent and pithy, and he has an uncanny ability to find the funny. He’s created something special and unique, and I love being a part of it. Stereogum takes the piss out of the scene, while still feeding it and being informative. There’s nothing like it.
I’m also addicted to Brooklyn Vegan. He has great taste and has done well to position himself as an information resource for concert goers and indie audiophiles. Before I got blogging, they were my two. They were both really supportive when I started, and I’m eternally grateful for that.
How important do you think music blogs are in general? Do you think they will continue to be as popular as they are today?
Well I think blogs are incredibly important. With the proliferation of these sites, the big dogs become even more important; more people turn on to the phenomenen by the day, and aside from the few that they come to know on a personal level, they gravitate to the pioneers. The traffic for those sites continues to grow, but this shouldn’t marginalize the efforts of those “in the trenches.” Bands attain critical mass when bloggers operate in concert to promote them, and the blogosphere is richer for the hard work of the masses. Sound like a commie, don’t I? Guess it’s all that ¡Forward, Russia! I’ve been listening to.
Let’s get away from music for a bit. What are some of your favorite movies and television shows?
Chips, Jonie Loves Chachie, Facts of Life, Different Strokes and Meet The Press.
Actually, I don’t really watch much TV anymore. I do watch Meet the Press when I can, but I get most of my info from The Daily Show (further feeding my warped world view). I get some yucks from Family Guy and Entourage. I used to watch anything and everything though. Those were some good times.
Outside of music do you have any other interests or projects?
I’m rather one-dimensional in that respect. I have a law degree, which is neither interesting nor an interest. I used to write a lot of songs (and won a BMG songwriting competition or two), but I don’t really find time for it anymore. I’m really much happier seeing shows, listeing to music, blogging and further alienating myself from “normal” sects of society.
A lot of people have a favorite concert t-shirt, do you have one?
I just got a ¡Forward, Russia! t-shirt. I like that one this week.
There’s a point to which it’s funny and endearing. Then there’s that scary place where it’s a little creepy. The East Village is decidedly in that scary place. Welcome.