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About Calvin Harris

"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's 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 wasn't stacking shelves at the local Marks & Spencer.  

"It seems like I came from nowhere" Harris admits, "but it didn't feel like that for me. I had a successful record after having lots of unsuccessful records..."  

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", then the even bigger follow-up "The

Girls", and then his non-stop houseparty of a debut album, I Created Disco.  

"My second album was supposed to come out in 2008, but I realised I had about a week to do it. So I decided not to do anything." Rather than rush things, Harris locked himself away, "in the dark in a small purple room for the best part of a year and a half. He has, he says, written over 100 songs for the as-yet-untitled successor to I Created Disco. "Not the words - words are not my strongpoint. Music is.

Music comes naturally. And I'm not a natural singer, so I spend a lot of time working out what I can get away with singing over it, without getting into the autotune thing." 

Already, this album has a greater musical range than its predecessor. "There's more of a range of songs to this one. The last album, you heard two or three songs and you'd pretty much heard them all. This one's more varied, and more interesting all round. The first album is almost like a concept album, channelled all in one direction. On this one I've used as many instruments as I can get my hands on."

When pushed for a description of the overall feel and mood, he opts for "Classic dance music in a modern environment". He explains: "The thing I like about dance music is you can borrow from all different genres of music, all different instruments, and turn it into a dance track. In the first place, dance music seemed so varied to me, as opposed to being limited by a band with guitars, like you get with indie and whatever. I'm trying to make dance tunes that don't seem like they are dance tunes, but hopefully work. I'm trying to make something that someone either hasn't heard for ages, or has never heard before.

Hopefully the latter."

"I'm excited for the rest of the album," he adds. "I can't wait for it to come out."  

He's not alone.