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Reason Behind a Million Smiles : Harpz Kaur

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From winning a million hearts to inspiring even more and bringing smiles to countless faces, she has done it all. They say the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. The women we are talking about is just the right example. Team glamtalks feels delighted to bring to you an enticing conversation with BBC Asian Network’s Radio Presenter Of The Year – Harpz Kaur.

Harpz Kaur

Who are your role models?

I remember when I was younger and I dreamt of being a presenter, I used to listen and watch a lot of Sonia Deols work when she was working for BBC Asian Network. I’d see her interviews on the TV with people like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and I’d tell my mum, ”one day I want to be her”. I also enjoyed reading up on people like DJ Kayper – literally the ONLY asian female DJ I grew up knowing about. But i’m so glad I came to know of them, it gave me the drive to do what I want to do – even more!

From being a youtuber, a dancer to Radio Presenter of the year, how has your journey been?

It’s been craaaazy! I never actually know where to start when I get asked this question. Because it goes back so far! I remember the days of graduating, struggling to find a 9-5 job, awaiting freelance shifts as a newsreader, travelling up and down the country and constantly questioning myself whether or not I had chosen the right path. I was in a very dark place for a long time but then realised the only person that can lift me back up – is ME. So I chose to stop feeling sorry for myself and do what I can with the tools that I already have access to.

That was when I turned to Social Media. Created my Youtube Channel, learnt how to DJ, made full use of the contacts I had built up over the years and created as much content as I could. After all it wasn’t costing me anything. After gaining the recognition and being head hunted to work for the BBC, 4 years later – I can proudly say I am SO overwhelmed in picking up the award for Radio Presenter Of The Year. It’s surreal. It hasn’t really sunk in. But I can’t thank each and every one of you that’s supported me along this mad journey.

Your favourite celebrity Moment so far?

It’s so hard to pick one! I have met so many amazing people during this journey but I think one of my favourite celebrity moments has got to be the time we managed to get 2 incredible artists, which you wouldn’t really see in one room – come together. Jay Sean and Gurdas Maan. We made something quite remarkable happen and I think up until today it’s one of my favourites. Jay Sean beatboxing and Gurdas Maan freestyling over the top of it – MAGIC.

 

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You seem to have a keen interest in music and dance what influenced that?

I can’t imagine my life without it and cant recall a single moment where I wasn’t surrounded by music or dance. My earliest memory is a home video of me at the age of 1 or 2 years old – just dancing around the living room to Heera. My mum has always told me the same thing too.  I’ve always had the passion to dance. Even though  I’m not professionally trained,  I’d be that annoying friend who dragged everyone in the playground to make a routine, or force my sister everyday after school to dance with me. I loved it and still do.

Which is your favourite interview till date and what is so special about it?

I have always said my favourite actress is Kajol. Never in my life did I think I’d meet her in the flesh. I was lucky enough to have her on my show last year and I have never been so star struck! She’s just as amazing in person! Her bubbly personality on screen, is the same in real life too. I had the best chat with her and even got her to dance with me to a popular Drake track! Ha!

A moment you had on set which will always stay close to your heart?

The moment I went on air for the VERY first time on BBC Asian Network. It’s a feeling that can’t really be re-lived. That mad adrenaline rush was something else!  A whole bunch of emotions. Excited, nervous, happy, scared. From the moment I put up that fader, I was in a different world.

 

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Tell us a bit about the Bhangra Project?

BBC Asian Network are on the hunt to find the next big star! We gave people the opportunity to send in a demo – of their best work, in order to have the chance to work with and be mentored by one of 3 incredible great producers: Dr Zeus, Vee Music and Sevaqk. If they’re successful, they may have the chance to create an original track with the producer and perform at an Asian Network Event in 2020. It’s a huge opportunity and I think it’s great that we’re giving people a platform to showcase their talent and grab their big break! So good luck to those that took part!

Favourite part of your profession

The best part of my job is the one to one interaction I have with people. Whether that be receiving messages from my listeners or followers on social media. It makes my day! It reminds me of how lucky I am to be in this position. It reminds me of how hard I have worked to receive that kind of love. Counting my blessings.

Your favourite music genre

It’s so so hard to answer this question.I grew up around so many genres. My cousin would constantly keep me updated on Hip Hop and RnB, whilst there would be Bollywood playing in my household. But my love for Panjabi music grew over the years. I can’t pick! I listen to Garage, Grime, House! The lot! Lol.\
Harpz Kaur

You have hosted a number of concerts how has been your experience working with such great artists? An incident if you would like to share any.

I have hosted many shows over the years in all kinds of venues and arenas. For the likes of, Guru Randhawa, Sidhu Moosewala, Neha Kakkar…many more. I’ve always loved being on a stage. It always feels like home, it’s where I bring out the best in me. And to have had the opportunity of introducing some huge names to the stage is an absolute honour.

Harpz Kaur

I will never forget the moment I attended a Gurdas Maan show in Wembley – as a member of the audience! And he called out my name to see if I was there. My body and brain went into shock. I then got called on stage and had a little dance off with the legend himself. It’s surreal to have moments like this –  but it also shows how hard I have worked to build those amazing relationships with some of the biggest names in the industry. That for sure – will be a moment I never forget.

 

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Your favourite Punjabi food

Masala Chips! Samosa Chaat! And Aloo Mattar that my Grandma makes!

When will the Bhangra Project’s Finalists be announced?

The three finalists of The Bhangra Project will be announced on November 18th. Each finalist will perform in a live final on December 12th where the winner will be chosen by Asian Network listeners. Voting will open on the Asian Network’s website on December 9th. For more keep listening to The Asian Network Breakfast Show with Harpz Kaur Monday to Friday from 6am on BBC Sounds.

 

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