||This biographical article is written like a résumé. (March 2017)|
|Birth name||Gurdeep Samra|
|Also known as||G Samra|
|Born||May 5, 1983|
|Origin||Oxford, England, UK|
|Genres||World Music, Asian Underground, Hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Record Producer, DJ|
|Instruments||Drum Machine, Turntables|
Gurdeep Samra (known as G Samra) is a British Asian music producer and DJ from Bicester, England. As a producer, he has a notable presence within the world music community. He is often labelled as a producer of bhangra music.
Gurdeep was born in Oxford of Jatt descent. He grew up in the nearby town of Bicester and attended The Cooper Secondary School and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College. He has a publishing degree at Oxford Brookes University.
Career in music
Gurdeep was influenced by both hip-hop and bhangra music but it was the unique fusion of both genres by DJ/producer Panjabi MC that inspired Gurdeep to begin experimenting himself and to study music theory from a young age.
In 2002, Gurdeep released a collaboration with Panjabi folk singer, Surinder Shinda. The song, Jatt Panjab became a minor radio favorite with specialist Asian music stations in the UK. The track caught the attention of Markie Mark who licensed the song for the compilation album Desi Beats Vol 1. This album went on to be released by the UK imprint of the music label Def Jam. Since this debut, Gurdeep has released a steady string of underground recordings and remixes (see discography below).
- 2003 - Panjabi Hit Squad’s Desi Beats Vol 1 - Def Jam UK (Various Artists Comp - Contributor)
- 2005 - The First Cut EP - Gurdeep Samra
- 2005 - Ashlene Nand presents BHOOD - Bollyhood Records (Various Artists Comp - Contributor)
- 2005 - Jade Foxx's LAWHT Mixtape 2 - Full Impact (Compilation/Contributor)
- 2005 - Future World Funk’s On The Run - Ether Music (Various Artists Comp - Contributor)
- 2006 - Beginners Guide to Asian Lounge - Nascente Music (Various Artists Comp - Contributor)
- 2007 - Back for the Second EP - Gurdeep Samra
- 2007 - Project 3 EP - Gurdeep Samra
- 2009 - The First Cut EP (Remastered Edition) - Gurdeep Samra
- 2009 - Just the Beats: Vol 1 - Gurdeep Samra (Instrumental Compilation)
- 2009 - Ready & Reloaded EP - Gurdeep Samra
- 2009 - Undercover Funk EP - Gurdeep Samra
- 2017 - Bhangra [Digital Single] - Gurdeep Samra