Calvin Harris talked about the “wonderful” experience of collaborating with other artists, including Jorja Smith and Charlie Puth, for his new album.
The 38-year-old Scottish DJ and record producer, whose real name is Adam Wiles, has released his sixth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2, on Friday.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, he described how he feels about the collaborations on his new record, which is a sequel to his 2017 release, saying: “Successful. honestly, just from a musical standpoint that I listened to growing up, putting Pharrell and Pusha T in a song was huge.
“Capturing Pharrell and Justin Timberlake, and Halsey in one song made me feel great and enjoyed such an amazing experience. It was those two things that stood out in that respect.”
Speaking specifically about collaborating with British singer-songwriter Jorja Smith, Harris said he initially thought the 25-year-old was “a bit out of the ordinary” and probably wouldn’t be suitable for a song together. singing, however, he was very satisfied in the end. surprised.
He said: “It was wonderful. At first, I was really surprised that she wanted to work [with me]. Like, that she accepted that, because the personality that I feel like she exhibits is a little bit, to me, a little bit different.
“So I said, ‘well maybe she… she might not like it’. And she is very supportive of it. Not only did she love it, but she was so excited and happy to do it, and the song turned out great, I think.
“When she came out, I thought of her second album, this song is called Bussdown, and her vocals seem to have reached a new level that I have never heard of anything like. it in life.
“I washed that record just in the car and everywhere. And, I thought, wow, if I could get her to hear that, through one of these beats, it would be phenomenal, and it turns out it really just sounded like that. So it was easy. “
Speaking of collaborating with American music star Puth, 30, Harris told the story behind the creation of the song Obsessed.
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“We started with the rock music of the yacht and then Charlie basically turned to Michael McDonald,” he said.
“I wanted to get rid of a lot of his voice auto-tuning. I don’t want him to sound necessarily the same way he does on his resume. When you’re Charlie Puth, you can do anything. So I think there’s a shepherding that needs to happen sometimes with people who are so talented.
“You need to say, ‘well, what about this one?’ or ‘try this. It’s okay to sing like this ‘or ‘It’s okay to do it like this’. And, I think once I gave him permission to do that, he went with it and he was great at it. “
Harris also revealed the inspiration behind Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2, says, “This album is for car trips, beaches and things like this.
“What I did a lot was take trips to the mountains. This was when I was still living in LA.
“Take a trip to the place called Idyllwild in the car, listen to a lot of psychedelic rocks and then climb the mountain, literally and figuratively, and then come back.
“So I did a lot of that, put a lot of vinyl, went to that kind of area.”
The full interview with Calvin Harris is available on Apple Music.
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