How Calvin Harris Rose To EDM Fame

Calvin Harris is considered one of the most well-known DJs in the world, and he is certainly one of the richest. But how did he do it? Let’s take a look back at some of his earlier years and some of the amazing stuff he did to ensure his success and fame for many years to come.

It is interesting to follow the life and key points in Calvin Harris’ career to see just how far he has come. Over the years he has worked with a number of different high profile artists, won countless awards, performed at some of the biggest festivals right around the world, and is loved by so many.

Have a read on below to find out more information about the EDM great, Calvin Harris and how he rose to fame in this genre of music:


Early Life and Career

He was born in Scotland in 1984 and began making electronic music from a young age. Back in the days of MySpace, and Calvin Harris used this social media platform to share his music with more people. When he was just 22 he signed his first recording deal and things only got brighter from there.

In his early career, his first major hit was Acceptable In The 80s. The song was loved by many due to its awesome chorus and it made its way onto the UK charts and remained there for a couple of months. He was still building a name for himself, but this song really helped propel him into the limelight.



During the 2010’s you would be hard-pressed not to find a top 25 songs chart without a song from Calvin Harris. The year 2010 was a particularly big year for him as he was nominated for a BRIT Award. Just two years later was certainly a year that Calvin Harris would never forget, he collaborated with Rihanna on the single We Found Love. This year he also won a Grammy and MTV Award.

Some of the other great projects he worked on in 2012 included; Let’s Go with Ne-Yo, We’ll Be Coming Back with Example and Sweet Nothing with Florence Welch. The next year another major hit came our way with I Need Your Love, which included the amazing Elle Goulding.

It was after this point that he first started branching out of just purely writing and performing music, he did an underwear campaign with Emporio Armani. He also dated Rita Ora as well as Taylor Swift for a while during this decade. In 2015, he was named Man of the Year at the GLAMOUR Awards and held the title of the highest-paid DJ in the world by Forbes.


Recent Projects

Calvin Harris has released a few singles recently, all to the liking of fans, and has jumped onto the top song charts right across the world. In more recent years he has worked with artists like Normani, Du Lipa, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Kehlani, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man.

On July 16 he also dropped a new tune with the assistance of Steve Lacy called Live Without Your Love from his new album Love Regenerator. He is continuously making music, so fans will be happy to know that they will be able to hear something new from him soon.

Calvin Harris has certainly changed over the years and there is no doubt he worked really hard to make a name for himself and remain relevant over time. He is a brilliant songwriter and has had a hand in shaping the EDM genre of music to be what it is today.






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