'I just want to make good music,' says producer
Calvin Harris has warned that his next batch of new material “probably won’t get into the charts” due to a change of direction.
Last month, the Scottish DJ and producer became the first artist to gain eight Top Ten singles from one album due to the popularity of his most recent LP ’18 Months’, which boasted tracks including ‘We Found Love’ featuring Rihanna and ‘Sweet Nothing’, his collaboration with Florence Welch.
The album’s success led to Harris being crowned Songwriter Of The Year at this year’s Ivor Novellos but, according to Music Week, he said: “I’m doing more dance music that probably won’t get into the charts. I was in the studio yesterday. I just want to make good music; this award is like drawing a line under the past two years where I’ve just been intensely fucking working to try and make singles and hit records.”
In December last year, Harris claimed that he found making pop music easier than “making a ham sandwich”. Speaking about his creative process, he said: “It’s incredibly easy to do, but hard to do perfectly. I’d struggle to make a perfect ham sandwich because I never make them, whereas pop music comes naturally to me – it’s what I do every day.”
’18 Months’ was the producer’s third studio album and was released in October last year. In addition to collaborations with Rihanna and Welch, it also featured the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and Example.