Calvin Harris On Dance-Pop As A ‘Futuristic Experiment’
The Rihanna song “We Found Love” has been a monster radio hit over the past year. But as happens more and more in the world of pop music, it’s not the singer, but the producer behind it, who is now in the spotlight.
Scottish-born DJ Calvin Harris is that producer. His new record, 18 Months, is a collection of the many songs he’s produced over the last year and a half. Harris says he first began tinkering with music production as a teenager in his bedroom.
“I just got obsessed with it and spent all my time trying to make songs,” he says. “I was doing it instead of going to high school, which I don’t recommend.”
Here, Harris speaks with NPR’s Guy Raz about chasing his favorite singers to collaborate, how European dance music infiltrated the U.S., and why his limited vocal range hasn’t kept him from singing.