Calvin Harris Says He Will No Longer Sing Lead Vocals
Few, if any, successful producers do their own vocals. Calvin Harris, in this regard, is an anomaly but one who has done well in both areas. With “Feel So Close” climbing up the Billboard 200 chart, Harris, at Chile’s Lollapalooza, announced he plans to no longer sing lead vocals on his tracks. Instead, he’ll pair off with singers and other musical acts, in the same vein as Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” which he wrote and produced, and Scissor Sisters’ “Only The Horses.”
About the seemingly untimely news, Harris said: "It's a shame, in a way. Now America seems to like the song, and I'm getting offered things like 'Letterman' or whatever. Two years ago I would've been there in a shot, but now I don't want to do that. I don't want to be the man in the front with a microphone."
Harris continued to justify his decision, saying: "I want each track to be as good as it can possibly be, and that usually means me not singing on it. I thought I'd exhausted every avenue [on the two albums] and it takes a long time to make me sound good, which is why I stopped singing live as well. I'd like to think of someone who's better-looking, a better singer, better dancer to be the frontperson for the song."
On the same note, Harris produced another single for Rihanna – a track titled “Where Have You Been” – which will be the fifth from Talk That Talk.
In between tours and producing other artists, the “I’m Not Alone” DJ is creating his third studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for a summer release. However, when it comes to working with other artists, either for his own or their releases, Harris aims to be more of the Fatboy Slim variety than David Guetta.
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