Following a series of back-to-back #1* Billboard charting collaborations with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, and Rag ‘N Bon e Man, Calvin Harris appears on Apple Music 1 with Zane Lowe to discuss the origins and experiences of his latest single, ‘By Your Side’ with Tom Grennan, and the prospect of a new album on the horizon.
According to Calvin “This new one had a pleasant nostalgic effect on me. This is the type of item that no one else makes, which feels fantastic. And regardless of how it performs or what happens, it felt quite pleasant to me. I’d had the concept for a while, and I was browsing over some stuff I’d forgotten I’d made. It was one of the first things that struck me, and I thought, “Oh, I suppose I should complete this. This is rather nice.” And that’s exactly that; if it makes you feel good, continue with it; it’s usually a smart idea. It’s ironic since I used to release everything I created, and I never had any folders. Everything I created used to leak out. I’ve recently completed a number of tunes with folks that either fell through, their label said no, they changed their mind, or I changed my mind. Thus, I now have folders, and I finally feel like a “normal” producer, as folders appear to be the standard. To be honest, I couldn’t think of anyone else who may fit the bill. To begin, I adored his voice. I began stalking him on Instagram. And I was impressed by his unwavering cheerfulness in his posts. “This guy is … Gee, I like this.” I thought. As a result, when I imagined how the song would sound, he seemed like an easy choice. And I wasn’t certain he’d be up for it either. As a result, I was overjoyed that he was.
Calvin discusses the possibility of a new album: “To be honest, I don’t give it much thought.”
Zane: So you’re not putting together an album in the traditional sense? You’re simply creating music, and if it happens that way, it happens that way.
Calvin: Certainly not. That is, I’ve released albums since 2010. My albums later evolved into compilations of singles. They were compiled into compilation albums. That is a more enjoyable way to do things because, first and foremost, each song must be fantastic since it will be released as a single. Second, there is no pressure. Nothing, just a good time. As a result, I can’t see me doing one at this moment. However, starting next week, I’ll begin work on one. For me, it’s about creating albums that make me happy in the hope that they make other people happy as well. I am a provider of services. If you choose to listen to my songs and find them enjoyable, that is excellent. I truly don’t ask for much more than that.
Calvin Harris Informs Apple Music that he is not interested in returning to live performances when he says “I believe I am ok at the time. For the time being, I believe I am ok. I enjoy creating music and just…a little bit in the garden and all that. It’s extremely pleasant. As a result, I’m not in a hurry for it. Not at all. It would be lovely to do so in the correct conditions, but I’m not sure; at the moment, I’m ok.
Calvin Harris admits to stealing Afrojack‘s kickdrum from Apple Music: “I created a song called Awooga, a massive EDM track—and I nicked an Afrojack kick. Three years later, Crete approached me and requested for the Awooga kick, saying, “I adore that kick. Each time I play the music, it really thumps. What is the nature of the kick? Could you just send me that kick?” As a result, I returned him. I made no mention of the fact that it was his kick.”