Recently, Calvin Harris released his brand new single “My Way” in which he sings lead vocals. This is the first time Harris has done so since his 2014 single “Summer.” And while he was apprehensive to try singing once again, it was Pharrell who encouraged him to do so. In an interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1, the 32-year-old artist revealed to host Zane Lowe how limited he thought his own voice was. Watch the interview clip below.
“[There’s] only so far you can go with a voice like mine, and there’s a limit to the range,” he points out. “Actually, Pharrell told me something about hitting the notes. Occasionally people try to persuade me to sing again and he was one of those people.”
“He said it’s not about hitting the notes, it’s about getting the emotion and the feeling and the character across. Once he said that to me, I started looking at myself…my voice differently ’cause I was like, ‘Hmm, someone like him picked up on that.’”
Is ‘My Way’ about his ex-Taylor?
Calvin Harris dispelled rumors that “My Way” was secretly about his ex Taylor Swift. Appearing on the Z100 Morning Show, he explained to Elvis Duran that the song was about leaving his former job in order to make it in the music industry.
“I thought of the concept years ago, when I left Safeway. I was trying to move to London and I was working in the store in Scotland, I was trying to go on and make music for a living but I couldn’t because I didn’t have any money. Like, damn this grocery store! If I could break out of this I could have enough time to work on music and get good.”
“My Way” was released on September 16 through Columbia Records.