ANISH SOOD IS an In­dian mu­sic pro­ducer, song­writer and DJ. An ac­claimed name in the dance mu­sic cir­cuit, Anish takes over 150 ights ev­ery year. He is the host of a pop­u­lar pod­cast called Sun­burn On Air and is a so­cial me­dia junkie.

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Your ca­reer must en­tail a lot of late nights. Ever missed a morn­ing flight?

Yes I have! I’m usu­ally very good with morn­ing ights. But some­times my body can­not func­tion with three or four hours of sleep over con­sec­u­tive nights, and sim­ply re­fuses to wake up.

Ever flown twice in a day for two gigs?

Yes, a few times ac­tu­ally. It de­pends on the two cities and what the set times of the shows are. If there’s one gig in the day and one later at night, it’s eas­ier to nd a com­mer­cial con­nec­tion, else we look at pri­vate op­tions for ex­i­bil­ity.

Is it tricky to travel with lots of equip­ment?

ank­fully enough I don’t travel with any equip­ment, just one lap­top and an iPad. Since my tech­ni­cal setup on stage is in­dus­try stan­dard, it’s the venue’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to han­dle that. I just need to carry a bunch of pen drives and a pair of head­phones!

Have you ever lost vi­tal equip­ment?

Yes, I have lost the above-men­tioned head­phones once.

What do you nor­mally do on flights?

De­spite ying over 150 ights a year for the past 5 years, I sim­ply haven’t been able to mas­ter the art of sleep­ing on a plane. If I met a ge­nie who granted me three wishes, I’m fairly cer­tain this would be amongst them. Since sleep­ing is tricky, I end up read­ing a lot or catch­ing up with TV shows on my iPad.

What el­e­ments of flights or air­ports are most im­por­tant to you?

Since I y so o en a strong fre­quent yer pro­gram is very im­por­tant to me. Pri­or­ity check-in, lounge ac­cess and up­grades are de nitely worth the pre­mium fares since very o en the only meals I eat that day are on the air­plane or in the lounge. For do­mes­tic travel, I am en­rolled with the pro­grammes of Jet Air­ways, Air In­dia and Vis­tara, while in­ter­na­tion­ally I credit my miles to Alaska Air­lines.

I very rarely check any bags so my ma­jor bot­tle­neck at air­ports is al­ways at se­cu­rity. While Mum­bai and Delhi have pre­mium queues, most air­ports don’t and it can be a bit frus­trat­ing, es­pe­cially when you do seven to eight ights over a week­end.

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