Calvin Harris’s debut album, with the subtle title ‘I Created Disco’, cost 0p to record. He fashions future-disko using an ancient Amiga computer and is, right now, (literally) knocking together a stonking live set using MDF and 204 samples. “My live band’s gonna be even more rocking than the tunes. I’ll be singing, but only because no one else in Dumfries can sing. I’ve got an extremely limited range. But I will be wearing a top hat made from the skin of a tiger.”
Calvin Harris is one of those ‘myspace sensations’ you keep reading about. He was wildly popular amongst The Kids and on The Club Scene, a cult producer-slash-singer-slash-bedroom-knob-twiddler who can make the banging-est of pop-dance tunes out of bugger-all kit. The last time he spent any money on gear was three years ago, when he bought a voice processor for £200. “I’m not the kind of dude who buys Sound On Sound. I know if something sounds nice. If it does, I’ll keep it. If not, I’ll try and make it nice. You don’t need to splash out on technology.”
Calvin Harris has big plans for summer 2007: a debut album, of course, and then a single called ‘Colours’, which contains a dash of Visage’s proto-electronica classic ‘Fade To Grey’ and is about girls’ clothes. “Chicks who don’t wear colours annoy me because there are many wonderful colours in world – and those women who are not utilising them make me very upset. Although black and white does look good. But if you’re gonna go out I wanna see someone in a big canary-yellow hoodie. And big baggy pink jeans.”
Calvin Harris’s first release will be a limited edition 10-inch featuring the turbo-funky ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ and the robo-pop jitter of ‘This Is The Industry’. What are they about? “The song titles say it all. My tunes aren’t supposed to invoke deep thought within people; they’re just to get you dancing. But musically it is for the brain – it’s not music for stupid people. I take great pride in my productions. It’s not knocked out in a few seconds.” And if you can’t track down a copy of ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ on 10-inch, don’t worry. It’ll be coming out properly as a single in March too.
Calvin Harris will make you jump around like a silly-billy – the slamming likes of ‘The Girls’ and ‘Merrymaking At My Place’ (the latter soon to be found on a second 10-inch) will meet you on the dancefloor now. But if you let him, he might also make you cry. “I’ve made a lot of miserable tunes – I’ve got an album worth of depressing chords. I’ve not got any lyrics, like.”
Calvin Harris has his own label, FlyEye, and a manifesto, innit. “Disco disappeared, didn’t it? Everyone got sick of it. Now I’m reviving it, with space goggles, or something.”
Calvin Harris only made some of this stuff up.