Calvin Harris updated fans on his blog at MySpace (@calvinharris) on Friday (November 28) with a progress report on his second album. The Scottish singer/producer tells readers:
It’s been a good studio week this week, the next album is starting to sound like the best thing you’ve never heard, I’m really looking forward to getting some new songs out… at first I was going to have loads of guests but I’ve now decided against that because people do my head in… there will be a couple of names though, but only when it’s really necessary… (like girl vocals an’ sh**)
By the way sea bass is a hell of a fish, I bake mine for 40 minutes, skin comes right off! easy! Sea bass is EASY!
Oh and I have been off the booze for 3 months now, I am a new man, I suggest everybody give up drinking immediately, it’s no good.
Calvin Harris checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@calvinharris) on Sunday (November 9), taking a shot at Lemar’s new single ‘If She Knew’ sounding like Ne-Yo, though perhaps to make a point after explaining how he was slated for similar reasons by musical peers. The British singer, songwriter and producer tells readers:
Never thought I’d see Lemar copying Taio Cruz, who himself is copying Ne-Yo. What a situation. I can understand why, when us Brits want to do ‘r&b’ or ‘urban’ or whatever you want to call it, we look to America for inspiration, but I’m left wondering what these songs are actually for?
You can’t dance to it, it’s a sh** song, boring production, what else is there?
I like good songs you can’t dance to.
I like sh** songs you can dance to.
I like sh** songs you can’t dance to but sound amazing.
Obviously the aim is to tick all the boxes but sometimes it doesn’t really matter.
I remember I was in Berlin last year waiting for soundcheck so to pass the time I picked up a German music magazine to see what the chat was. It had all these music artists reviewing albums that were coming out that week, and my album got slated by Justice AND Goldfrapp, two acts whose production I quite enjoy. I can’t remember what Goldfrapp said, I imagine it was something about the quality of the songs, but Justice said I was sh** because I sounded like ‘everybody else’, which really wounded me, because the reason I enjoy making music is to create songs that sound different to everything else.
I then tried to think of songs that sound like ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ or ‘The Girls’ – I couldn’t, and that’s when I realized that both Justice and Goldfrapp can fu** right off. Which is hopefully what Lemar would say if he read this…
So all that was a bit of a waste of time really eh?
Calvin Harris checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@calvinharris) on Thursday (September 18), still recovering after having his tonsils removed. The Scottish singer songwriter and producer writes:
What is wrong with Channel 4?!
Why are they so desperate for us to watch ‘The Family’??? It looks totally sh**. Really really bad. Pointless too.
I’ve never watched so much TV in my life as in the past week. But still, I made sure I avoided that.
I had my tonsils out last Tuesday and since then I’ve been in the most pain I’ve ever been in in my life, easily. I’ve developed what I call ‘The Abraham Lincoln Of Unutterable Pain’ which is a strip of intense pain that runs from ear to ear under my chin, much like Lincoln’s beard. Good, except the pain also encompasses throat, neck and tongue.
It’s not very funny I agree, but sadly I have also lost my power of mirth.
Anyway, the pain has begun to subside a bit, allowing me to write this, absolute pointless time wasting sh**e.
Calvin Harris checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@calvinharris) on Wednesday (July 16) after observing a bizarre situation in Scotland. “You know when you’re in a plane and you’re coming in to land, and some people don’t like looking out the window and some people do… well I do, and what I saw a couple of days ago when coming into Glasgow Airport I WILL NEVER FORGET,” Harris writes. “Looking out at everyone’s back gardens, I saw an abundance of trampolines – all the same, blue, medium sized, trampolines.”
Calvin Harris checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@calvinharris) on Wednesday (July 9) after a performance of ‘Dance Wiv Me’ with Dizzee Rascal at the Glastonbury Festival last month. The British artist writes:
I’m sure some of you caught the acoustic performance of “Dance Wiv Me” at Glastonbury, which, in turn, means you almost certainly witnessed my “Dad-dancing” on live television. (you can find it on YouTube if you missed it)
Now, sometimes I do wonder why I place myself in these situations, but if you’re asked to go on the BBC to do a song with Dizzee you can’t say no. What would YOU do?!
Of course the problem with this is my “singing” parts of the song amount to all of 30 seconds, leaving me with a full 3 minutes of… well… dad-dancing.
It’s clear I can’t dance, we all know that, look at the facts:
*Awkward in social situations
I could go on.
So don’t slate the dad-dancing, celebrate that it happened, laugh, enjoy it, tell your friends.
Calvin Harris checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@calvinharris) on Thursday (June 26). The British electro pop singer and producer writes, “On the subject of Kiss, I found out that they ‘fu**ing hate me’ this week… literally the ENTIRE station. I don’t know what I did, but it doesn’t feel good to be hated by an entire radio station, usually it’s just people, or at worst, groups of people, but a radio station is definitely the next level. I mean to the extent that they wouldn’t play Dizzee’s tune because I produced it. Should I send them a card or something? Anything I do will only make them hate me more, I’m sure of it. It’s doubly a shame because I quite like them. Anyway, they’re playing it now, so fu** it.”
It isn’t just the London hip hop station that has an issue with Calvin. “Another entire organization which loathes me is the NME,” Harris writes. “Despite a decent album review (7/10) they use my name for something that’s synonymous with ‘sh**’ ALL the time! Like ‘well this is bad, but at least it’s not as bad as that lanky cretin Calvin Harris and his shi**y music’. That’s not a direct quote, but you get the idea.”
Calvin Harris checked in with his third installment of his educational travel guide of ‘Far and Distant Lands’, this time the singer is in Berlin, Germany. Check out German bears, Funnybear, and having a laugh at a guy tripping with his trombone.
Video at YouTube has since been removed.
Calvin Harris checked in with fans on his YouTube channel with a video blog from Paris, France. Harris talked about the city’s obsession with pharmacies and the signs designed to lure people into them.
The video has since been removed.
Austrlia’s NW magazine caught up with Calvin Harris in a Q&A, asking the singer/producer about whether he’s working on a follow-up to his debut ‘I Created Disco’. “Yeah. The second album will almost certainly be a million times better than the first one,” he said, “probably a bit more varied, because I think the first one isn’t entirely a reflection of everything I’m into and like to make. It’ll just be a bit more sonically advanced rather than just sounding DIY, but it won’t lose the fun vibe. We’ll see what happens.” The full story at ninemsn.com.au has since been removed.
Calvin Harris just posted his “official” video for ‘Colours’, the latest release from the British singer, songwriter and record producer’s debut album ‘I Created Disco’, out now on Sony BMG Records. Harris said in a blog posting on his Myspace, “It looks like should explain further, in that, this blatantly ISN’T an official music video, but as I was told we can’t afford to make a proper one, I thought I’d do one myself… you won’t be seeing it on ‘The Hits’ or anything…”
The not so big budget clip has since been removed by Calvin on YouTube.