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Calvin Harris Biography

Calvin Harris (born 17.1.1984)

Calvin Harris is a Scottish musician who has had a number one hit single in the UK with his collaboration with Dizzee Rascal, 'Dance Wiv Me'.

Calvin Harris: Early Music Career

Calvin Harris released two popular club "12 singles when he was 21. 'Da Bongos' and 'Brighter Days' were released under the name of Stouffer on the Prima Facie label.

In 2004, he released a track with Ayah that was featured on The Unabombers' Electric Soul 2.

In 2006, Calvin Harris signed a publishing deal with EMI as well as a recording contract with Sony BMG. His music came to prominence after he posted it on his MySpace page. At the time of his discovery, Harris had moved back to Dumfries from London after failing to find work in the capital.

Calvin Harris: Rise To Fame

Calvin Harris' first album I Created Disco was released in 2007. Musically, it was largely influenced by electro music of the 1980s. Harris promoted the album by touring the UK in support of Groove Armada and Faithless.

The first single from the album was 'Vegas'. It was released on limited edition vinyl. The follow-up single, 'Acceptable In The 80s' was not on limited release and was Harris' first single to reach the charts. The track reached the top 10 and remained in the top 40 for 15 weeks.

'The Girls' was the next single from the album and it reached the top five in the UK. The fourth release, 'Merrymaking At My Place', fared less well, only reaching number 43.

The Dragonettes covered 'The Girls' and renamed it 'The Boys'. Their version of the song was chosen for Karl Lagerfeld's Spring / Summer collection catwalk show.

In 2007, Calvin Harris worked with Kylie Minogue. He produced and co-wrote 'Heart Beat Rock' and 'In My Arms' on her album X.

Calvin Harris has also collaborated with the Mitchell Brothers and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Harris claimed, in an interview with Fearne Cotton on BBC Radio 1, that he had turned down the opportunity of working with Lady GaGa because he disliked the demo that he was sent of her music.

In 2008, Harris' collaboration with Dizzee Rascal, 'Dance Wiv Me' went to number one in the UK singles charts. The pair performed the track acoustically at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival, for the BBC.

The master tracks for Harris second album were apparently briefly lost when his bags went missing as part of the widely reported problems during the opening weeks of London's Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Harris has since stated that he fabricated the story in order to buy some more time to finish the record.

The debut single from Calvin Harris's second album was released in April 2009. 'I'm Not Alone' became Harris' second number one in the UK. The track received its debut airplay on the Pete Tong show on Radio 1.

The second single from the album is 'Ready For The Weekend', featuring Mary Pearce.

Calvin Harris has also remixed tracks by the likes of CSS, Primal Scream and Kaiser Chiefs.

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The Latest Calvin Harris News

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Calvin Harris Unveis New Video With Jason Statham

7th April 2014

Calvin Harris has released the video for his new single featuring a cameo by Jason Statham. The superstar DJ, who...

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Calvin Harris Reviews

Calvin Harris - 18 Months Album Review Album Review

27th September 2012

Quite often, when you listen to an artist's recorded output, you can sense what they...

Calvin Harris - Ready For The Weekend Album Review

1st September 2009

Review of Calvin Harris' album Ready For The WeekendCalvin Harris is the most unlikeliest of...

Calvin Harris - Acceptable In The 80s

16th May 2006

This is music that wants to get people dancing again. Calvin Harris is making his...

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Calvin Harris Festivals

Firefly Music Festival

19th June 2014

Voodoo Experience

31st October 2014

Electric Daisy Carnival

20th June 2014

Made In America Festival

31st August 2013

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The Latest Calvin Harris Press Releases

Calvin Harris And Biffy Clyro Announced For The Isle Of Wight Festival 2014

11th December 2013

Headlining the Main Stage on Friday 13th June, we're proud to announce the...

Calvin Harris And Tiesto Tour *Sold Out* - Extra Tickets Available

27th August 2013

Extra Manchester Tickets Made Available

Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 Announces First Festival Acts Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia Plus Many More

30th July 2013

The 18th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world's biggest club...

Signs New Single From Nicky Romero

26th September 2011

Nicky Romero's 'Camorra' To Be Released On Fly Eye On 22 September Calvin Harris' Fly...

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