Music: Calvin Harris

Has Anyone Seen My Feather?

Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ and record producer. He first grew his interest of electronic dance music at a young age and began to record his first demos in his bedroom as a teenager. A couple of demos he posted on Myspace won him a major label deal in the mid-2000s, and he has since become a big name on the dance music scene. Calvin is known for his energetic, fizzy sounding electronic-dance music and a low, untrained voice that he utilizes on his tracks.

Calvin Harris’ discography:
  • I Created Disco (2007)
  • Ready for the Weekend (2009)
  • 18 Months (2012)
  • Motion (2014)

Calvin Harris provide examples of:

  • A Dog Ate My Homework: To buy himself more time to work on his second album, he told his label that he lost the laptop containing his new songs at Heathrow Airport in London.
  • Adorkable: Was this up until 18 Months.
  • Album Title Drop: “I put on my shoes and I’m ready for the weekend.
  • Boastful Rap: Not quite rapping, but Calvin does boast about how he gets all “The Girls” in one particular track.
  • British Accents: His Scottish accent is quite sexy.
  • The Cover Changes The Gender: Dragonette’s cover of “The Girls”.
    • It even includes a funny nod to the original, in which frontwoman Martina Sorbara notes that she likes “those scrawny, Scottish into pop music but not like sorta like pop dance electro music” boys.
  • Creator Cameo: He appears as a DJ in Rihanna's "We Found Love" video.
  • Electronic Music: Has emerged to the forefront of the recent 'EDM' scene, alongside David Guetta and Skrillex.
  • Fanservice: His music videos are chock of these, both male and female.
  • Follow the Leader: Ever since “I’m Not Alone” was released to success in the UK, it seems like a number of other songs have utilized a similar-sounding (if not the same exact) synth chord progression. “Yeah 3x” by Chris Brown, "Eyes Wide Shut" by JLS, and “You Make Me Feel…” by Cobra Starship are just a few.
    • “The Rain” features a notable saxophone sample. In 2011, the saxophone seemed to have become “hip” again, as heard in songs like “The Edge of Glory” and “Hair” by Lady Gaga, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry, “In the Dark” by Dev, and “Mr. Saxobeat” by Alexandra Stan, which were all, curiously enough, released within months of each other.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: At 6'5", he towers over many of his female collaborators. He was also a solid foot taller than his ex-girlfriend Rita Ora.
    • In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Calvin mentions that he's so tall that he could legally become a giant if he grew any taller.
  • In Da Club: "Drinking From the Bottle". The music video of "Sweet Nothing" shows a more subdued strip club. "Open Wide", while not in the music video, clearly has club lyrics in it as well.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: His pair of blinged-out sunglasses with a similar level of functionality to shutter shades; they've appeared on the covers of his first two albums, though he's seemed to have dropped it as of 18 Months.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Calvin is the very definition of this trope, to the point where he's now the face of Armani. Need proof?
  • Non-Appearing Title: Has at least one of these in an album. I Created Disco has Traffic Cops, Burns Night and 5iliconeator appear in Ready For The Weekend, 18 Months features Awooga, Mansion, Green Valley, and School, and Motion has Slow Acid, Overdrive, and Burnin.
  • Rags to Riches: Before he became a DJ, he was a grocery store clerk.
  • Record Producer: He has most notably produced tracks for Kylie Minogue (“Heart Beat Rock”, “In My Arms”, “Cupid Boy”), Sophie Ellis Bextor (“Off & On”) Dizzee Rascal (“Holiday” and “Dance Wiv Me”). He also produced Rihanna's hit singles "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been", with the former becoming one of her biggest hits ever and her longest-reigning #1 single to date.
  • Scotland: Where he's from.
  • Something Completely Different: He remixed Florence + the Machine's "Spectrum" to great success in the UK, becoming the latter's first #1 single in the country. Florence herself later returned the favor, lending her voice to his own "Sweet Nothing".
  • Surreal Music Video: "Ready for the Weekend".
  • Title Only Chorus: “You Used to Hold Me”