Calvin Harris: ‘Rihanna thought I was strange’

DJ and producer also said collaborating with singer on Number One hit 'We Found Love' was a 'mad dream come true'

Calvin Harris has admitted Rihanna thought he was “strange” when the pair collaborated in 2011.

The Scottish DJ and producer supported the singer as part of her ‘Loud’ tour that year and later produced her Number One hit ‘We Found Love’.

He said: ”She thought I was kind of funny, this strange guy making cool music, or I guess what she thought was cool.


”I’d never been around someone who was doing shows so big, such a huge iconic presence. I kept my head down. Then I saw her at the last show and she told me she wanted to do a song like the one I was playing.”

Harris also added that when Rihanna agreed to credit his name on the record, it was a ”mad dream come true”.

He told The Sunday Times‘ Style magazine: ”I was like, ‘Look, this is my song. I’ve done everything. Would you consider putting my name on it?’ And she did which is very gracious of her.

”It was just a mad dream come true. It made the sort of impact I hadn’t even thought could be possible. It was crazy.”

Harris previously said that he prefers to use female vocalists for his collaborations as they make for better dance tracks.

He added: “They’re always at the perfect frequency to play in a club. A good, soaring, high-mid female vocal bounces off the walls nicely, and it doesn’t interfere with the bass or drumbeat.


“It’s basic science. A man’s voice is likely to interfere with the bassline which is why you don’t hear many classic dance tracks with a male lead.”