If you’ve ever met someone who lives in NYC and ask them the go-to question, “What do you do for a living”, you’ll probably be met with a handful of answers. One person may have a boring nine-to-five job to supplement their side hustle, or another person may be a freelancer with multiple gigs. Either way, NY is home to some of the hardest working individuals in the country. If they want to survive, they have to build their dream lifestyle by hustling 24/7 (and, yes, that includes weekends). And even though that mentality may be too much for some, for others, that’s the only way they know how to thrive. For instance, today’s Boss Babe has two full-time jobs. For instance, today’s Boss Babe falls into the latter.
DJ Amrit’s schedule is not meant for the weak. During the day she works at Starworks in the talent department, helping book and scheduling artists (familiar with Travis Scott’s British GQ cover? Yeah, she did that), and at night, she DJs at some of the best celebrity-packed parties in town. With her recent release Lies, DJ Amrit showed us her set of pipes, too. Essentially, this Boss Babe is a multi-talented badass, and we think she needs to be on your radar, like, yesterday.
Artist or producer you’re dying to work with:
Daft Punk, Grace Jones, Alice Coltrane… Radiohead — they’re my favorite band, I would be happy to just observe them work.
Best country you’ve DJed for:
I love playing in Paris.
One thing you miss about Australia:
Compare your personal style to a movie:
If I could compare it to a TV show, I would say The Nanny. Fran Drescher is my icon. I think it’s fun for style to be constantly evolving, and she was the queen of that.
Beauty products you use for a long flight:
Lots of oils and serums to keep hydrated. Bioderma does a great one! Rose hip, Argan and Bio-oil. Lucas Papaw for everything. If I’m on a long flight to Asia/Australia, I’ll do a sheet mask.. it looks crazy but it makes such a difference when you get off the plane. I love the Korean snail, rose & tomato masks!
Go-to NYC restaurant for a midday refuel:
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the music industry?
I always loved music, played piano and sang as a kid. I fell into DJing during music school. I was living with three amazing jazz musicians from school, it was really inspiring to be in an environment like that. One of them taught me how to use cdjs, which allowed me to travel all through Europe, Asia and then end up in NYC. So I’ve been blessed by music!
In addition to DJing and singing, you also have a nine-to-five job where you work at an agency, casting brands and editorials. With two full-time jobs under your belt, what do you do or look forward to when you finally have some downtime?
I always try to have one day over the weekend where I hang out with my dog — soy, at the park, people watch, go to yoga, get brunch with a friend and just enjoy the day being disconnected from my phone. I try to have solid blocks of time without my phone, when I can.
What do you believe constitutes someone to be a good DJ? Do they have to know the latest songs? Be trained in their craft? Or just have an innate ability to mix sounds and songs?
Technical skill is really important, and something that gets so overlooked nowadays for a look.
I feel like if anyone wants to commit to something professionally, and this goes for everything.. not just music, respecting your craft, understanding the history and constantly developing your skill set is something you should continuously be doing.
Reading a room too! I never know what type of set I’m going to play until I’m playing. Being prepared and having lots of options so you have the ability to do that, I use straight up USB/CDj format, so I don’t have the luxury of all my music on my laptop, so I have to do a lot of of preparation.
Being a DJ means you usually work late hours. Do you have a nighttime ritual before you head to bed?
As a rule I never fall asleep without my regular beauty routine. No matter how crazy or late the night goes, I am religious about cleaning my face. I also love using Le Labo products before bed, the scent is so luxurious and they make your sheets smell so nice!
Your last project Lies was badass. Tell us how that came to be and are you and producer, Sene, going to work together again on any future projects?
Thank you! We actually met in Austin, Texas, connected later in NYC when he asked me to come talk over a track.. I mentioned I sung and sent him some demos, and he was like, “Well, when can we start?”
We had so much fun, I’m sure we will work together again in the future, but right now we are both working on other projects. He’s a very talented man, did you know he was the lead actor in the film White Girl?
If you could live in a show or movie, simply due to its soundtrack, what would it be?
The Virgin Suicides by Air. It’s so dreamy, I listen to it a lot when I’m working in the day, or when I’m at the spa.
I used to really love the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack back in the day, too. That was a good one. Most recently I really enjoyed the Baby Driver soundtrack that Danger Mouse did.
What is one thing you think people would be surprised to know about you:
That I have a full-time job! I’m often out late at night for gigs, people are always really surprised when they find out I do both. Even I’m surprised sometimes at how long I’ve managed to do both!
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
I would hope to still be happily pursuing different creative projects, lots of travel. I also would love another dog!
Any advice for future boss babes, especially those looking to enter into the music industry?
Learn your craft, be persistent… be yourself, be on time and know how to set up your gear (that’s a big one), but most importantly be nice, kind and humble to everyone you meet! I’ve gotten gigs from the most unexpected people, places and situations — you never really know who you will come across, especially in New York.
Written by Raven Ishak
Photography via Vanessa Granda