Friday, 3 April 2015

C is for Calvin Harris



As a kid, I'd dreamt of growing up to become everything from an astronaut to a ruthless mercenary. But if I were given a choice between professions today, I'd probably choose to become a DJ. More specifically, I'd choose to make the same kind of music as Calvin Harris, and maybe somehow manage to exhibit the same level of coolness.

Born in Scotland as Adam Richard Wiles, Calvin Harris has come a long way from making music in his bedroom, to being the highest-paid DJ in the world for 2 years running. Perhaps what sets him apart from his peers is the fact that he is not afraid to get behind a microphone, his voice lending his songs a quality that makes him shine in an otherwise crowded EDM scene.

While he is perhaps best known for his production work on Rihanna's chart-topping hit, We Found Love, I wouldn't count that song as one of his best or personal favorites of mine. So I have chosen to highlight the song that made me a fan instead, his 2009 single and first solo #1 hit in the UK, I'm Not Alone.


17 comments:

  1. Calvin Harris is good at what he does!

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  2. I'm late to the Calvin Harris game but I've just gotten into his music. He's great.

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    1. It's never too late to get into some good music. And I am glad you've started to enjoy his. :)

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    1. Well, he is one of the makes-his-own-beats variant of DJs, so in that regard, you could say he is a producer. But he also plays live shows, so he is definitely a DJ in the traditional plays-several-songs-back-to-back sense.

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  4. Like you choices for the A to Z and talented musicians.
    Have a great month with the A to Z thing!

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  5. Despite my age, I'm more at home with the Beatles and ABBA choices :-) (I really needing a blushing smilie here!)

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    1. LOL. I know what you mean. I still have a few more classics coming, and several more that were inspired by the classics and are definitely worth checking out too.

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  6. I was surprised to find out Elijah Wood is a DJ, too. Wasn't aware of Harris's skills until now. :)

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    1. Wow. I had no idea. That's totally awesome. Just when I thought I couldn't possibly gain any more respect for the guy. :o

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