“What I’m into at the moment”, says Calvin Harris, “is the idea of stadium dance. Playing football stadiums with massive riffs, big hands-in-the-air rave anthems. The whole ‘minimal’ thing has passed, for me.”
A bold ambition, but such boldness is justifiable, coming from a man who ascended from the bedroom to the big time in the blink of an eye. At least, that is how it appeared from the outside, back there in 2007.
He may have barely turned 23 when he first hit the charts, but Calvin Harris had been making music, legend has it, since the age of 15 on an old Amiga computer in the Scottish town of Dumfries, when he was not stacking shelves at the local Marks & Spencer.
It was when Harris hit upon what would become his trademark sound - irresistibly infectious dance-pop tunes built from juicy staccato synths and squelchy electro basslines - that he caught the public imagination, first with breakthrough anthem “Acceptable In The 80s” (given a release in March 2007 by Columbia Records, who had clocked his growing popularity on Myspace), then the even bigger follow-up “The Girls”, and then his non-stop house party of a debut album, I Created Disco. I Created Disco went on to sell over 100,000 in the UK alone, in fact (earning it a gold disc). Among his growing legion of admirers were Dragonette, who recorded a slyly affectionate cover of “The Girls” (“The Boys”), not to mention the scores of imitators who wanted that Calvin Harris sound.
Another way in which Calvin has been keeping busy, in breaks from the little purple room, has been by DJing. Harris has been spinning tunes in Hong Kong, Australia, Milan, Belgium, “any countries where we couldn’t take a six-piece band“. It’s proven a valuable experience. “It’s nice to be exposed to dance music, to hear what’s going off in clubs these days.
It has changed his approach to recording. “Now I’ve decided the new one’s going to be a big commercial dance record. By which I mean it’s going to sound commercial, not that I’m expecting it to sell loads of copies.”
If it sounds strange to hear Harris distancing himself from a record as successful as I Created Disco, it is a symptom of his perfectionism.
After the success of his number 1 charting album ‘Ready for the Weekend’, Calvin Harris is gearing up for the release of his 3rd album this year.
- “Feel So Close" is triple platinum in Canada
- Current single is "Let's Go" ft. Ne-Yo
- Number 1 hit song in 22 territories with “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris.
- Gained accolades such as the most successful songwriter of 2011 as the sole songwriter and producer of “We Found Love”.