Calvin Harris has spoken about the “wonderful” experience of collaborating with other artists, including Jorja Smith and Charlie Puth, for his new album.
They released their sixth studio album, Funk Wow Bounce Vol., by Scottish DJ and record producer, 38, whose real name is Adam Wills. 2, on Friday.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, he explained how he felt about collaborating on his new record, which is a sequel to his 2017 release, saying: “Honestly to me, the musical point of view From what I heard growing up, it was a big deal to bring Pharrell and Pusha T on a song.
“It felt amazing to me to get Pharrell and Justin Timberlake, and Halsey, on a song and like such an amazing experience. It was the two that stood out the most in this regard.”
Speaking exclusively about working with English singer-songwriter Jorja Smith, Harris said that he initially thought the 25-year-old was “a bit deadlocked” and might not be ready to work on a song together. However, he remained pleasantly surprised.
He said: “It was amazing. It was really amazing, initially, for me she wanted to work [with me], Like, as if she was receptive to him, because I think the personality she puts out is a little, to me, a little standoffish.
“So, I was like, ‘Well maybe she… she’s probably not ready for it’. And she was very ready for it. Not only was she up for it, she was so excited and happy to do it , and the song turned out to be amazing, I think.
“When she put out, I think, on a second album, there’s this song called Bussdown, and her sound reaches such a new level that I’ve never heard anything like it in my life.
“I just washed that record in the car, and everywhere. And, I thought, Wow, if I could voice him on a beat like this, that would be just extraordinary, and it turns out that That’s exactly what it feels like. So, it was easy.”
Talking about working with 30-year-old American music star Puth, Harris told the story behind the creation of the song Obsessed.
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“We start with the yacht rock beat and then Charlie was basically broadcasting to Michael McDonald,” he said.
“I wanted to get a lot of auto tune out of his voice. I didn’t want him to necessarily sound like he does on his records. When you’re Charlie Puth, you can do anything. So, me There seems to be a cowboy who must sometimes be with people who are so talented.
“You need to be like, ‘Okay, what about that?’ Or ‘Try it. It’s okay to sing like this’ or ‘It’s okay to do it this way’. And, I think once I allowed him to do that, he went along with it and he was amazing at it.”
Harris also revealed the inspiration behind Funk Wow Bounce Vol. 2, saying: “This album is for car travel, and beaches and things like that.
“A lot of what I ended up doing was traveling the mountains. That was when I still lived in LA.
“Travelling to this place called Idlewild in the car, listening to a lot of psychedelic rock and then climbing the mountain, literally and figuratively, and then back.
“So I was doing a lot, putting on a lot of vinyl, getting into that kind of territory.”
The full interview with Calvin Harris is available on Apple Music.