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Calvin Harris (Adam Richard Wiles - birth name)

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, record producer, and DJ. Calvin Harris became known for his gold-certified album "I Created Disco". Now he is the world's most successful DJ.

Background

  • Adam Richard Wiles was born on 17 January 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland.

    Before fame he aspired to become a professional football player and began producing electronic music as a teenager. He makes his music on an old Amiga computer and he used sounds from computer games. At 17, he started working at a fish factory and in supermarkets to earn money for moving to London, hoping to learn from the local music scene.

    When Harris was 18 he achieved success with the songs "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days".

    Harris has written and produced tracks for recording artists that include Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Dizzee Rascal, Cheryl Cole, Rita Ora, Example, and Rihanna. The latter's single, "We Found Love", was an international success, giving Harris his first US number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Education

    • Music teacher Solley says he's very proud of Harris, although he didn't consider him to be the most talentent of his students at the time.

      'He was very quiet, extremely quiet, and he used to spend a lot of his lunchtimes in the school's music department because I think he preferred his own company,' Solley said.

    Career

    • When Harris was 18 he achieved success with the songs "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days". Both were released as 12 " club singles and CD-EPs by the label Prima Facie in early 2002 under the name "Stouffer". He released one song in 2004, "Let Me Know", with artist Ayah Marar. The song appears on The Unabombers' Electric Soul 2.

      He owns the vanity label Fly Eye Records. His gold-selling debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and contained the top-ten singles, "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls". His second studio album, Ready for the Weekend (2009), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and includes "I'm Not Alone", which debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, the top-five hit "Ready for the Weekend", and the singles "Flashback" and "You Used to Hold Me".

      In October 2012, Harris released his third studio album, 18 Months, which contained the singles, "Bounce", "Feel So Close", "Let's Go", "We'll Be Coming Back", "Sweet Nothing", "Drinking from the Bottle", "I Need Your Love", and "Thinking About You". All of these singles reached the UK top 10. Harris has also written and produced tracks for other recording artists, including Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Dizzee Rascal, Cheryl Cole, Rita Ora, Example, and Rihanna's internationally successful single, "We Found Love". Harris is set to release his fourth studio album, Motion, on 3 November 2014.

      Harris holds the record for the most top ten hits from one studio album on the UK Singles Chart with nine hits, surpassing Michael Jackson. According to Forbes, Harris was the highest paid DJ of 2013 and 2014.

      CONCERT TOURS:

      - Groove Armada: Soundboy Rock tour (2007);

      - Faithless: To All New Arrivals tour (2007);

      - Ready for the Weekend tour (2009–10);

      - Deadmau5 and Skrillex: Unhooked tour (2010);

      - Rihanna: Last Girl on Earth Tour and Loud Tour (2011);

      - Greater Than Tour (with Tiësto) (2013), UK and Ireland.

    Major achievements

    • - Calvin Harris has his own label Fly Eye Records, which he established in 2009.

      - According to Forbes, Harris was the highest-paid DJ of 2013 and 2014.

      - Calvin Harris has broken Michael Jackson's record for the highest number of top ten hits from one album.

      - Calvin’s music has appeared in loads of TV adverts, including ones for Coca-Cola, Pepsi Max and DFS sofas.

      - He is one of the leading faces of Italian fashion house’s eyewear and watch collection, Emporio Armani.

    Works

    • I created Disco (2007)
    • Ready for the Weekend (2009)
    • 18 Months (2012)
    • Motion (2014)

    Religion

    Calvin Harris is non-religious.

    He doesn’t appear to talk about religion at all except some odd tweets about Catholics. In one he states that he has “passed a ‘catholic supplies’ store.

    And in another one, he could be making more of a comment on breakfast quality than on any religious figure:

    "Saw Pope Benedict XVI checking into the Glasgow Marriott he must like the all you can eat breakfast buffet there, best in the world".

    It seems reasonable that Harris would be Catholic considering 16% of the Scottish population adhered to that faith as of 2001.

    Views

    Quotations: “I'm not trying to be a celebrity, Justin Timberlake kinda guy.”

    “I try and sit on the fence because as soon as you voice any kind of opinion, people begin to think you're an idiot.”

    “I know how to treat my voice to make it sound as good as it possibly can - which is still not that good.”

    Personality

    Iteresting facts:

    - Sun Sign - Capricorn.

    - Height is 196 cm.

    - Hair color is blonde.

    - Eye color is blue.

    - He’s a prankster.

    - He doesn’t like soft cheese.

    - In 1999, Calvin started recording music demos in his bedroom.

    - When he was younger, he aspired to be like Steve McManaman. "But I never had curly hair, so I got into music,” Harris told "Time Out". “If I'd had curly hair, things would've been different."

    - He has worked with an incredible list of people – Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Dizzee Rascal, Kelis, Ellie Goulding, Ne-Yo, Cheryl Cole, Florence Welch, Example, LMFAO, Tinchy Stryder, Tiesto, Scissor Sisters, Rihanna and Swedish House Mafia to name a few. However he turned down Lady Gaga because he didn’t like the song he heard!

    Quotes from others about the person

    The teacher Solley said: 'He's certainly the most famous ex-pupil I've ever taught but I wouldn't say he was the most musically talented, and I'm sure he would laugh if he heard that".

    "He was always a very quiet guy, very reserved and very polite, and he was particularly interested in techno", Gordon Maxwell, owner of Barnstorm Records in Dumfries.

    Interests

    Sport & Clubs: Football Team – Queen of the South (QoS).

    Genres: Electro house, nu-disco, electropop.

    Instruments: vocals, keyboards.

    Music & Bands: Electronic, Pop\rock.

    Connections

    • Calvin's father was a biochemist and his mother was a housewife. Calvin has an older sister and brother.

      Now Calvin Harris is in relationship with Taylor Swift, american singer.
    • father: David Wiles - biochemist
    • mother: Pamela Wiles - housewife
    • Rumour: Anne Vyalitsyna - Russia, The United States of America - model
      There were RUMORs about Calvin Harris having an encounter with the Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna.
    • Rumour: Ellie Goulding - England - singer
      Calvin Harris met the popular British singer Ellie Goulding in March 2013 on the set of the music video I Need Your Love. Both were seen kissing and hugging in the video and it was RUMORED that Calvin and Ellie were having an encounter together, but they denied the story.
    • girlfriend: Rita Ora - England - singer
      Calvin dated the British singer Rita Ora for an year (2013-2014).
    • Rumour: Aarika Wolf - United States - model
      Calvin met the American model Aarika Wolf on the set of his music video "Blame" in July 2014. These two were seen kissing on a private jet briefly after their first meeting. Sources say that they are still dating from time to time.
    • girlfriend: Taylor Swift - United States - singer, songwriter, actrees
      Since March 2015, Calvin is in a relationship with Taylor Swift.
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    Born January 17, 1984
    (age 33)
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    • 1999 - present
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