Calvin Harris is a 24 year old DJ, musician, producer and general wunderkind from Scotland. But you already knew that.
“I Created Disco” was created by Calvin in a bedroom studio in Dumfries Scotland – he wrote, performed, and produced the whole thing leading to a record deal with EMI. His attitude has always been that you don’t need expensive gear to make music, you just need a good idea and passion. Despite his strong assertions Calvin didn’t actually invent disco. That mantle falls to this man.
Calvin started making music at 15 with his first commercial release at 18, “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days” on Prima Facie (as Stouffer). From here he had limited success until “I Created Disco” helped him make a name for himself. And then the remix and production work rolled in.
Early in 2007 Calvin hooked up with Kylie Minogue to work with her on her upcoming album, eventually producing two of the tracks – “In My Arms” and “Heart Beat Rock”. Calvin insists it was a purely professional but we all know he banged her.
Calvin will be performing as part of the Good Vibes festival about to hit Australia (with Kanye etc) but is also doing some solo shows: these are the ones to look out for. In Melbourne on the 8th of February we get the fantastic Gameboy/Gamegirl as supports along with Andee Van Damage.
But I am also kind of bummed I will miss the Sydney show where he will be supported by Donnie Sloan with a live band – definitely a sight to behold. Hopefully some nice Youtube clips come out of this show.
Allegedly there is a new album in the works but nothing has leaked yet. Is it just me or does that make you cynical that there is actually anything there? Anyway here is a Dizzee Rascal track, who is fresh off of the Big Day Out tour, featuring Calvin Harris. Enjoy!
PS. Calvin also did some production work for Roisin Murphy who fucking hated it so it’s never been released. If you have “Off & On” or “Don’t Let It Get To Your Head Boy” I will… do something awesome for you.