Amazon may have just confirmed that it will be laying off employees, but it looks like there’s still room for a Steve Aoki gig. On Wednesday night, the superstar DJ performed a live concert for what appeared to be a group of Amazon warehouse workers, and the whole thing was streamed on the AmazonVestLife Twitch Channel.
We learned that this happens thanks to the New York Times’ Karen Weise, who tweeted about the performance shortly before it ends. But it seems the concert wasn’t exactly a secret, as Instagram’s “amazonvestlife” (which, like the Twitch channel, describes itself as the “official Amazon associates account”) posted a story featuring Aoki to promote the show. earlier Wednesday. The DJ shouted out “Amazonians” and said the show would be streamed on Twitch.
If that “putting on a gig right after you fire people” thing sounds familiar, you’re not alone; WeWork would have organized a concert at the office featuring Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels weeks after CEO Adam Neumann laid off 7% of staff.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cuts announced Wednesday by Amazon SVP Dave Limp affected organization of company devices and services, and spokeswoman Kristy Schmidt described the layoffs to me earlier as a very small percentage of the team. But this division is not the only one concerned, because Voice reported that some employees of the company’s HR division have received a buyout offer. The New York Times reported Monday that Amazon plans to lay off approximately 10,000 corporate and technology employees in total.