Calvin Harris: ‘I turned down Lady GaGa’

The Scot was not impressed by singer's talent - and thought her name was silly

Producer/songwriter Calvin Harris has revealed he turned down the chance to work with Lady Gaga before she made it big.

Harris, who has just released new single ‘I’m Not Alone’, was asked to work with the chart-topping singer early last year, but declined for reasons of taste – and because he didn’t like her name.

He told The Sun: “When Lady Gaga first came out, her name rang a bell, so I checked my emails – and it turns out that on January 1, 2008, I got an email asking to work with her.


I thought, ‘Lady Gaga, what sort of name is that?’ So I replied saying, ‘Nah, I’m not into that.’ Fast forward a year and she’s the biggest thing. But I don’t regret turning her down as I didn’t think the song I heard then was that good.”

Harris is set to work with another American female singer in Katy Perry, although he admits the team-up is not a definite just yet.

Harris said: “I hope that happens. I got an email from her saying she liked my stuff. But it’s hard to tell if it will happen.

“I tend not to reveal things like that because you end up name-dropping and not doing any records with anyone.”