Ruling the Capital Xtra airwaves with his Colgate smile, Robert Bruce is the talented presenter you need to be acquainted with.
If you could summarise it, what is the story of Robert Bruce so far?
My story is one of hard work, perseverance and a Colgate smile. When I was 15 (2011) I got my first ever shout out on the radio, the best feeling ever and I wanted everyone to feel my joy/happiness! 10 years later, after a whirlwind journey, I find myself shouting out my listeners every day, a dream!
How did you get into radio and presenting?
I started presenting back in school, anything live or on stage, I put myself forward to do. In that time I started an online radio broadcast at home with my families Tesco headset (I looked more like a call centre operator than a presenter).
Moving to Leeds Uni, I joined the student radio station, presenting a weekly show with two friends called ‘SpiceUK’ – bringing you the best flavours from the Afro-Caribbean scene. Every week we filmed videos with the public every week to promote the show.
In four years, we extended the brand into an online magazine for young people to gain experience before moving on to the next stage of their career doing cool things like covering music festivals, London, New York and Paris Fashion week and interviewing stars.
Cut a long story short, we won 2 national student radio awards, I worked in production for BBC Introducing before being scouted by Capital Xtra all before graduating from Uni.
What is the best part of what you do?
Interviewing artists, actors and celebrities.
The worst part?
Central Line. But other than that, when things that have been planned for months get cancelled, heartbreaking.
What advice have you been given that has really stayed with you?
The only limits are the ones you put on yourself. I came into the media industry not knowing a single person on the inside and no experience of how everything worked but this advice helped me push through.
What advice would you give to young people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Always stay true to who you are, life is a lot easier when you’re being yourself and not trying to be someone else.
What has been the highlight of your year?
A few! Taking over the Capital Xtra evening show as well as interviewing Stormzy, Kano, Dave, WizKid, Jorja Smith and Tory Lanez.
Who are the top artists for your 2019?
Headie One, Dave, Aitch, Mahalia and Stormzy.
What are you looking forward to next year?
Developing some cool projects and taking over the world.
What album describes you as a person?
Right now it would have to be Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head. Emotions, Energy, Confidence, Honesty mixed with a lot of faith!