Scottish producer and DJ Calvin Harris went from self-releasing his music online to selling millions in the 2000s and 2010s with radio-friendly, electronic dance crossover anthems such as “Feel So Close,” “This Is What You Came For,” “Slide,” and “One Kiss.” In addition to winning a Grammy in 2013, he also broke Michael Jackson’s record for the most U.K. Top Ten singles from one album and was named Forbes’ highest-earning DJ in 2013. After issuing his first two efforts — 2007’s I Created Disco and 2009’s Ready for the Weekend — he made his 2012 mainstream breakthrough with 18 Months, which recruited high-profile guest vocalists such as Rihanna, Kelis, Ellie Goulding, and Florence Welch, resulting in multiple chart hits and platinum certifications. With this successful electronic-pop crossover formula, he issued the U.S. Top 5 Motion in 2014 before reaching a chart peak in 2017 with the hip-hop and retro-R&B summertime hit, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.
Calvin Harris has announced his debut record for Defected, ‘Live Without Your Love’.
Last month, Defected shared a letter that head honcho Simon Dunmore had penned to Harris in 1999, in response to a demo CD the then 15-year-old Scottish producer had sent to the label.
Now, 21 years later, Harris will make his debut on Defected alongside The Internet’s Steve Lacy, with new track ‘Live Without Your Love’.
Speaking about the track, Simon Dunmore said: “I heard ‘Live Without Your Love’, reached out and our discussions led to our involvement on the project. I am all about long term relationships and the fact that Calvin remembers our first exchanges says so much to me, and clearly demonstrates that first impressions are lasting impressions.”
Check out the letter from Dunmore to Harris below, and click here to pre-order ‘Live Without Your Love’.