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Poll 2018: Calvin Harris

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From: Dumfries, Scotland
Style: EDM

Calvin Harris is the ultimate musical chameleon, an artist who seems to make every transformation a success. Even in his first productions, Harris had an ear for a radio-friendly hook, though his earlier work is light years from the EDM he’d eventually become most famous for. His debut single ‘Let Me Know’, which appeared on Manchester underground heroes The Unabombers’ ‘Electric Soul 2’ compilation, was a sublime piece of jazzy neo-soul in the vein of Jill Scott or Angie Stone, before Harris changed tack and went full-on ’80s synth-pop with 2007’s chart-bothering ‘I Created Disco’ album.

His collab with Dizzee Rascal, ‘Dance Wiv Me’ tipped Harris into the mainstream, and from there superstardom, EDM songs and beats for artists such as Rihanna have beckoned, as well as a very lucrative DJ residency for Las Vegas club Omnia, which continued this year. More recently, he’s shifted style again, with last year’s ‘Funk WAV Bounces’ LP hinting at the soulfulness of his earliest work alongside an all-star cast of rappers and singers.

In 2018, he moved towards a warmer house sound (in line with many in the EDM scene), with several singles featuring bankable acts Dua Lipa and Sam Smith. He remains among the most famous dance acts from the UK.

Words: BEN MURPHY

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 12:31

Poll 2015: Calvin Harris

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It could be said that 2015 marked the year when Calvin Harris gave up on the EDM sound that brought a young produce r from Dumfries, Scotland to the top of dance music. Having release four immensely successful studio albums — 
 
‘I Created Disco’, ‘Ready For The Weekend’, '18 Months’and‘Motion’— it was actually a collaboration, ‘How Deep Is YourLove’, with high-flying deep house trio Disciples that brought Calvin Harris even more chart success in 2015. The single has been riding high in the UK top 10 for the last three months. 
 
In fact, the only real misstep from Harris in 2015 was when the producer appeared on stage in an Illuminati-style meeting for the ill-fated launch of high fidelity, artist-owned music streaming service Tidal, which he was given a 3% stake of alongside the likes of Deadmau5, Daft Punk and Madonna. 
 
Other than that, Harris was busy dating Taylor Swift— the two were reportedly the highest-paid celebrity couple in music, although as DJ Mag went to press it was being reported that they'd split.
 
Harris splits his time between DJing, running his own label, Fly Eye Records — which has released 39 records since its inception in 2010 — and modeling for Emporio Armani, where the DJ can be seen staring pensively into the distance in a pair of the company’s tight-fitting pants. 

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-11 16:42

Style: 
EDM/pop
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Scotland (originally)

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