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Calvin Harris Biography

Last updated: 03/11/2011 11:00:00 AM

Favouring a naughty schoolboy look that makes him seem even younger than his already tender years (22 when his first major-label album was released), Scottish artist, producer, and remixer Calvin Harris has a similarly youthful and forward-looking approach to his music. Skipping the usual apprenticeship in the clubs or on indie labels, Harris went from posting his own D.I.Y. electroclash music online through MySpace and similar sites to signing with the multinational giant EMI almost in a single step.

Born on January 17, 1984, in the southern Scotland city of Dumfries, Harris was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and was recording bedroom demos by 1999. Two of these songs, 'Da Bongos' and 'Brighter Days', were released as a 12" club single and CD-EP by the Prima Facie label in early 2002 under the artist name Stouffer.

With that single to his credit, the still teenaged Harris moved from Scotland to London, but as a very small fish in one of the world's largest and most competitive ponds, Harris floundered; only one of his songs was released during his time in London, 'Let Me Know' with vocalist Ayah on the Unabombers' 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul 2. Returning home to Dumfries, Harris began posting homemade solo recordings to his MySpace page.

An A&R representative from EMI liked what he heard and signed Harris to the label in 2006. Following a pair of successful singles, 'Vegas' and 'Acceptable In The 80s', Harris released his debut album, 'I Created Disco', in the summer of 2007. Along with his work as a solo artist, which includes touring in front of a full live band, Harris has become an in-demand remixer - working on singles by Jamiroquai, Groove Armada, All Saints and CSS - and wrote and produced a song for Kylie Minogue's 2007 comeback album.