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Amrit Sidhu is no stranger to Highsnobiety’s podcasts. The two-time Dropcast alumna catches up with host Jian DeLeon on the latest episode of ‘Vibe Check,’ a new bite-sized podcast that checks in with guests from the Highsnobiety world to see how they are adjusting and adapting to the global pandemic. The NYC-based DJ and nightlife icon calls in from Soho, where she’s seeing some benefits to the quarantine, namely a drop in wait time at the Genius Bar. But despite the silver linings, gray weeks and possibly months are up ahead.

The below interview is a transcribed version of ‘Vibe Check.’ It has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Amrit: All my travel and upcoming gigs have been canceled for the next two months, especially as someone who works with things like Coachella. April basically just can’t, like deleted everything. I even have friends in the nightlife industry who own bars who are saying — I saw a tweet today where a friend of mine, Ash, who owns Short Stories, said 10% of nightlife is actually permanently closed.

Jian DeLeon: Oh, like 10% of New York nightlife is going to close?

A: Permanently, because a lot of these newer bars and establishments can’t really recover.

Amrit drops insight on the industry’s cash flow and anticipates a shift to underground parties like those happening right now in LA (3:46). While music creators as a whole are experiencing a hit, Amrit foresees value in other practices like consulting, music supervision, and radio. As a freelancer, Amrit’s professional life often intersects with her personal schedule. It’s a difficult process adjusting to the new headspace, but Amrit hands the situation over to her optimism.

A: Now I kind of having nothing to do. It’s not, oh, woe is me. Everybody’s in the same kind of position. It really is like we’re all suffering, but we’re all suffering together. Maybe this is the reset we needed. I think especially in American culture, so much of our sense of purpose and our identity is rooted in our career. I think just to be an optimistic person that this is a time where we can spend on ourselves.

JD: Right, well I was going to ask that too, because culture in general has become more global and people like you and me love to fly and hang out with our friends in a place like London or Paris. Do you think this is an opportunity to really just look at your immediate community and neighborhood in a different way? Especially since a lot of us, we’ll have to either work from home and stay within the immediate vicinity for the time being.

A: Yeah, for sure. I think thinking local as well. I had reached out to a lot of friends who own local ventures and said, hey, let me know if you need anything, if you guys do a reopening party and need help. Just to extend support, even with new spaces that have been opening. Because these are the people who, as much as it’s nice to go play Paris and London and Europe and stuff, these are the places that gave us a platform. We do need to take care of our neighbors, literally.

Amrit, self-proclaimed fitness bae, has been training for the Nike half marathon in New York up until it was canceled. At the moment, she’s settling for her own home workout plan, inclusive of mental health via meditations.

A: Where’s the apocalypse pandemonium category? It’s like relationships and work. I’m like, okay, what about ending of the world? Where’s that category?

Stay tuned for new episodes of ‘Vibe Check’ releasing every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Words by Emma Li
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