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Calvin Harris Bio

Nov 12, 2012

Adam Richard Wiles, otherwise known as Scottish singer-songwriter and DJ Calvin Harris, started out by making electronic tracks in his bedroom and had his music discovered by listeners online via MySpace. Although he was already a familiar name to international fans of electronic music, collaborating with R&B Queen Rihanna on “We Found Love” threw Calvin Harris into the world of mainstream pop. Find out more in his Kidzworld Bio!

Electronic Teen

Adam Richard Wiles was born January 17th, 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland. As a kid he was really into soccer but realizing it might not be where his true talent was he turned instead to music, where it turned out he had a natural ear for mixing and composing songs electronically. He wasn’t very social at that age, but began recording his first demos in his bedroom as a teenager. He would post things to the social networking site MySpace where his music was eventually discovered. 

MySpace to DJ

Despite having talent, when Calvin decided to move to London he couldn’t find work, and had to move back home to Dumfries. When he hit 21 people started discovering his music and he had success with the songs “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days,” which he released under the name Stouffer. He was eventually discovered via his MySpace site by record producer Tommie Sunshine who headed the Xylophone Jones Recordings label, and the young electronic artist was signed to a contract. His first album came I Created Disco came out in 2007. I Created Disco became popular in the UK and Calvin was able to start touring and working on his next record, he was even featured on the BBC had some of the tracks featured in ads. His next album Ready for the Weekend was just as popular, featuring the single “I’m Not Alone.”

18 Months

Calvin was starting to become a familiar name even outside of the electronic music circle, touring and performing at festivals. Loving his unique way of creating electronic dance music, many mainstream pop stars were interested in working with Calvin and he found mainstream success in his collaboration with Rihanna in the hard-hitting dance track “We Found Love.” He also has collaborated with Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine on the song “Sweet Nothing,” and with R&B singer Ne-Yo on “Let’s Go,” and “Bounce,” with Kelis. Calvin also toured with Rihanna in 2011 and his latest album 18 Months was released this year.

Check out “Feel So Close,” by Calvin Harris below!                                                                                                                   


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