From underground electro-pop to mainstream success as one of dance music's biggest names, Calvin Harris has enjoyed a rise to the top that's been quite the whirlwind adventure. And though he's not the richest man in the world, his hard work has paid off handsomely.
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Sure, he isn't exactly swimming in freshly minted gold coins. But the Scottish-born, London-based DJ, singer, and producer has banked a hefty chunk of frequent-flyer miles. And in a time when airline fees are astronomical, every perk counts.
However, a grueling travel schedule and some stage fright nearly got the best of Harris a few years ago. "I've stopped the live shows," he told Australia's Herald Sun in 2010. "I'm not a singer, I'm not trained. Taking it onto the stage in front of people was terrifying. I got much, much better at it. But I never lost the terror."
That's why instead of personally singing on tracks (as he did for his debut album, 2007's I Created Disco), Harris outsourced the vocals. He told the Sun: "I'm going to focus slightly more on production and DJing, and zero percent of my time will go on singing. I'll do tracks with people who can sing well: proper artists, proper performers."
So expect Harris to be doing what he does best — DJing — this Thursday at LIV. As for the vocals, he'll just press play.