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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Calvin Harris – #20

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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Calvin Harris – #20

Posted on 24 March 2012 by admin



From Wikipedia.com

Calvin Harris (born Adam Richard Wiles;[1] 17 January 1984)[2] is a Scottish DJ, there singer, cialis songwriter, and record producer. His gold-selling debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and contained the top ten singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls“. His second studio album, Ready for the Weekend (2009), reached number one in the UK Album Chart and includes the chart-topper “I’m Not Alone“, the UK top five hit “Ready for the Weekend“, and the singles “Flashback” and “You Used to Hold Me“.

A remix album titled L.E.D. Festival was released in July 2010 as a free album in the August issue of Mixmag. Harris is currently working on his third studio album—due in 2012—which has produced the singles “Awooga”, “Bounce” and “Feel So Close“. He has written and produced records for other recording artists including Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Dizzee Rascal, and Rihanna (on the international chart topper “We Found Love“).[3]


Early life and career

Harris was born in Dumfries, Scotland. He states that his childhood hero was football star Steve McManaman,[4] but because he could not play [the game] nor have McManaman’s ‘curly hair’, music was the next best option for a career.[5] He was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and was recording bedroom demos by 1999.[6] According to an interview with News of the World, all the while he created music, he started becoming an antisocial person, which affected his personality.[7] His earliest success was when he was 21: the songs “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days” were released as a 12″ club single and CD-EP by the Prima Facie label in early 2002 under the name Stouffer.[8] He released one song in 2004, “Let Me Know”, with artist Ayah Marar. The song appears on The Unabombers’ Electric Soul 2.

2006–08: I Created Disco

Main article: I Created Disco

Harris performing in 2008

Harris signed contracts with EMI (publishing) and Sony BMG (recording) in 2006 after he had been discovered by Tommie Sunshine on the social networking website MySpace and his music was released on Sunshine’s label Xylophone Jones Recordings previous to his album on Sony BMG.[9] Harris had recently moved back from London to his hometown of Dumfries because he was unable to find a job.[10] Later in 2006, Harris produced a remix of All Saints‘ hit single “Rock Steady“.

Harris’ first album, I Created Disco, was released in June 2007. The album contains uptempo electroclash songs that were influenced by music from the 1980s. To promote I Created Disco, Harris embarked on a tour of the UK, supporting Faithless and Groove Armada.[11][12] I Created Disco has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of 100,000 copies in the UK, where it reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart.

The first single, “Vegas“, was issued on limited edition vinyl; the first wide-release single from the album was “Acceptable in the 80s“, a tribute to the style and culture of the decade. The song reached the top ten on the UK Singles Chart, remaining on the chart for fifteen weeks.[13]The Girls“, the album’s third single, peaked at number three in the UK, although the fourth release, “Merrymaking at My Place“, reached only number forty-three. The fifth and final single, “Colours”, was featured in television advertisements for DFS sofas and Kia Motors. In October 2008, Harris was featured on BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix with a two-hour set.

2008–10: Ready for the Weekend

In April 2008, Harris stated that the only existing copy of his upcoming album work was lost when his was misplaced during the baggage handling problems at the opening of London Heathrow Terminal 5.[14] Harris later admitted that this was a lie as the album was not in his luggage at all, and that he hoped that what he said would buy him some more time to finish recording the LP.[15] The album, Ready for the Weekend, was released in August 2009 in the United Kingdom[16] and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, eventually being certified gold by the BPI for selling 100,000 copies. The first single, “I’m Not Alone“, released in April 2009, debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one and was shortlisted for the Popjustice £20 Music Prize. The follow-up single, “Ready for the Weekend” (featuring singer Mary Pearce), went to number three. Other tracks included on the album are “Worst Day” featuring Izza Kizza[17] and “Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La”, which was used in a Coca-Cola advertisement.[18]

Harris toured around the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands and the United States promoting the album. In June 2009, Harris appeared at the Summertime Ball at the Emirates Stadium, and in August, he made an appearance on the first Soccer AM show of the season. Harris performed at Wembley Stadium in October 2009 as part of the pre-game entertainment for the NFL International Series game between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The third single from Ready for the Weekend, “Flashback“, reached the top twenty in the UK, and the fourth, “You Used to Hold Me“, entered the top forty. During promotion of the album, Harris hosted a series of videos on YouTube titled JAM TV, in which musicians such as Florence Welch, Goldie and Katy Perry tried to open pots of jam.[19] In 2010, Harris received a BRIT Award nomination for British Male.

On 14 November, Harris invaded the stage of The X Factor during a performance by John & Edward, holding a pineapple on his head and bending over to point at his buttocks. He was subsequently evicted from the studio by the security team and told not to return to have his say on the ITV2 programme The Xtra Factor—in which he was to have been a “Celebrity Guest”. He later apologised on Twitter, saying he was a fan of the boys, “At the end of the day, I had a pineapple on my head. Sorry if I caused anyone embarrassment. PS, I love Jedward (sic)”[20] The same week, Harris spoke to The Chris Moyles Show and revealed that he had been “inspired to make a mockery of the show”, as well as stating that “If you look at music it’s a frightening stranglehold that Simon Cowell has got over the entire music chart in the UK at the moment.”[21] On the same day, John and Edward’s “mentor” Louis Walsh, appearing on The Paul O’Grady Show, accused Harris of trying to “cash in” on John & Edward’s fame, and claimed to not know who he was.[22]

2010–present: Third album and touring

Harris performing in Australia

Harris played at the 2010 Big Day Out, a music festival which takes place in several major cities in Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. In May 2010, he performed at Evolution Festival, UK in Newcastle upon Tyne, Quayside, and in July he played at Nottingham Splendour and headlined at the Stockton International Riverside Festival in Stockton-on-Tees. In July 2010, Harris released a mix, titled L.E.D. Festival (short for L.E.D. Festival Presents… Calvin Harris). It was available for one month as a free covermount CD in Mixmag.

Harris appeared at the tenth birthday of Our:House in Auckland, New Zealand, in November 2010, alongside Afrojack,[23] and performed an hour-long DJ set at Australia’s Steresonic Festival alongside Tiesto, Carl Cox, Afrojack and Major Lazer in November/December 2010, in several major Australian cities including Sydney and Melbourne. In 2011, he toured with Rihanna in Australia, Poland and the UK as a support act on her Loud Tour; Rihanna was quoted to say that “Calvin is the perfect fit for the Loud tour. He is going to bring something unique and fun for the fans.”[24] Harris headlined the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2011 party.

During March and April 2011, Harris was scheduled to be an opening act/DJ for Katy Perry on the UK leg of her California Dreams Tour, but he withdrew from the tour shortly before his first date, citing production issues and difficulties with Perry’s management in his apology to her fans.[25] Perry publicly criticised Harris via her Twitter feed, stating that the tour’s other support acts had expressed no problems with their production arrangements,[26] but Harris later said “it’s all fine” between them and that he would still like to work with her in the future.[27]

Harris headlined Limelite at Metropolis Fremantle (Western Australia) in March 2011 in celebration of the event’s fourth birthday, where he played small samples of his new track, “Awooga”, which was subsequently uploaded onto YouTube via his channel, icreateddisco.[28] Following “Awooga”, Harris released the single “Bounce“, a collaboration with Kelis that debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in June 2011. Another single, “Feel So Close“, was released in August 2011 and also reached number two. A remix of his next single “Let’s Go” premiered on Pete Tong‘s BBC Radio 1 show in March 2012; the original song features American R&B artist Ne-Yo and will be released as Harris’s third single.[29] The original version premiered on Kiss 100 on the same night and will be released early in March.[30] These singles precede Harris’s third studio album, which will be released in 2012;[31] he has said of the LP, “I’m going for pretty epic-sounding dance records. I guess the whole sound has just moved on in terms of production as I’ve got a new studio and some new gear to make the sounds I wasn’t able to make before.”[32]

Harris performed at the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball concert, and has been announced as one of the headline acts at a number of Southern Hemisphere 2011/2012 new year music festivals, including Shore Thing and Field Day[33] in Sydney, as well as Rhythm and Vines in New Zealand.[34]

Productions and songwriting

In 2007, Harris caught the attention of pop singer Kylie Minogue after his recordings had been passed on to her by another record producer.[11] This led to him co-writing and producing two songs on her 2007 album X—”Heart Beat Rock” and “In My Arms“, the latter a top ten hit in the UK. Harris said that working with Minogue was “surreal, but fun” although he admitted to Mixmag in 2007 to “needing a few drinks before meeting her”. Harris returned to work with Minogue on her album Aphrodite (2010), co-producing the track “Too Much”.

In 2008, Harris collaborated with rapper Dizzee Rascal on his single “Dance wiv Me“, producing the track and singing the hook. The single reached number one in the UK and has been certified platinum by the BPI, selling 300,000 copies. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Popjustice £20 Music Prize and, in 2009, received a BRIT Award nomination for British Single and an Ivor Novello Award nomination for Best Contemporary Song. In 2009, he produced Dizzee Rascal’s next single entitled “Holiday“, which also reached number one. He was supposed to make an appearance in its music video, but objected to dancing along in some scenes, wearing a certain shirt for the video and not wearing his “fly eye” glasses.[1] Also in 2009, Harris made a guest appearance on Tiësto‘s song “Century” on the Dutch producer’s album Kaleidoscope.[35] Harris produced a track for English singer/rapper Example for his second album Won’t Go Quietly (2010), “Time Machine”, and mixed The Ting Tings‘ UK top forty single “Hands“, having previously remixed the band’s singles “Great DJ” (2008) and “We Walk” (2009).

In 2011, Harris featured on LMFAO’s album Sorry for Party Rocking, appearing on the track “Reminds Me of You” which is based on Harris’s own song “Awooga”. Harris produced Tinchy Stryder‘s second single, “Off the Record” from his fourth studio album, Full Tank. The track had its première on 15 September 2011, and was released in the UK on 6 November 2011. Following a stint as her support act on the Australian leg of her tour, Harris produced “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been” for Barbadian singer Rihanna. The former is the lead single from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk, and was premiered in September 2011. It has reached number one in countries such as the UK and the United States, becoming Harris’s first charting appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. He co-wrote and co-produced the bonus track “One Life” for R&B singer Mary J. Blige‘s album My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011).

Failed collaborations

In 2007, Harris contributed the song “Off & On” to Róisín Murphy‘s album Overpowered, but it was cut from the album; Harris later gave the song to Sophie Ellis-Bextor to record for her 2011 album Make a Scene. He said that Murphy was “a bit mental”, “crazy” and a “twat” not to use the songs,[36] though subsequently apologised in person to Murphy “for throwing my toys out of the pram because I said things that weren’t very nice. She said: ‘That’s all right, we all say silly things sometimes.'”[37] Harris also produced a remix of Dragonette‘s debut single “I Get Around” that was rejected by the band, whom he said “weren’t very nice to me […] they said, ‘by the way, it’s s–t’, and then asked me to change everything about it. I told them I couldn’t because I was on a bus and that they could basically F— OFF. That’s where we left it.”[36]

In 2007, Kelis discussed plans to work with Harris on her fifth studio album, Flesh Tone (2010), saying that he was “very creative and exciting […] very, very talented”. Although she said they were “looking at doing something together” for the album,[38] this did not materialise; Harris did, however, produce a remix of Flesh Tone‘s second single, “4th of July (Fireworks)” and later collaborated with her on his 2011 single “Bounce”.

Harris has said that in early 2008, he turned down the opportunity to work with American singer Lady Gaga before the release of her top-selling debut album, The Fame. He recalled: “When Lady Gaga first came out, her name rang a bell, so I checked my emails—and it turns out that on 1 January 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.”[39] In a later interview, Harris stated he considers Gaga to be a “good artist”.[40]

American singer Katy Perry expressed an interest in working with Harris in 2009,[41] and at one point they had pencilled recording sessions for her second album, Teenage Dream (2010),[42] but no material was released. Harris worked with boyband JLS on songs for their second album, Outta This World (2010), but none of his work appeared on the released LP.[43] The third single from that album, “Eyes Wide Shut“, was said to copy heavily from Harris’s own single “I’m Not Alone”, but Harris said that it “wasn’t [JLS’s] fault and had nothing to do with them”.[44]








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Pacific Festival – Oak Canyon Ranch – Irvine, CA – 08/13/2011

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Pacific Festival – Oak Canyon Ranch – Irvine, CA – 08/13/2011

Posted on 17 August 2011 by Sam

Check out this Pacific Festival Mix from aRod | GottaDanceDirty™ while you read our review!

illness 0,40,0″> PACIFIC FESTIVAL 2011 PROMO MIX by aRod | GottaDanceDirty™


It was a sunny Saturday afternoon when a large number of the WAPA crew piled into cars and headed down to Orange County for the 2nd Annual Pacific Festival in Irvine, CA.  We were all excited to see what the festival would grow into this year because last year’s PF was held in the much smaller Triangle Square Shopping Center in Costa Mesa, home to popular nightclub Sutra.  The Oak Canyon Ranch has gained notoriety as a great venue filled with lush trees and scenery, thanks to it’s hosting of the annual Lightening in a Bottle Festival.  So, we were all excited to see what the fuss was all about.


We arrived around 4:00pm and walked over to the guest list/will call line to secure our tickets.  We’d all managed to obtain comp tickets which ended up being a double edged sword; while we didn’t have to pay, this meant we had to wait in a rather lengthy line of people all doing the same thing.


After some hassle and headache we all finally managed to make our way into the festival.  Our first stop was the Shagadelic Stage which was pretty much exactly what it sounds like.  It was a full size bus that had been converted into a stage covered in fake fur so that it looked somewhat like a dog.  We didn’t linger long at this stage because shortly after arriving they let loose a monstrous blast from an enormous fog horn attached to the side of the bus, nearly deafening us all.  Slightly annoyed and shocked by this, we headed over to the Main Stage to catch some of !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk).


Tyson, Hollie, & Myself


!!! put on a good set.  I’d never seen them before and I’m not terribly familiar with their catalogue of work, but I knew enough to know that they’d put on a high energy set of good indie dance rock.  They did just that and got the growing crowd dancing quickly.  I have to admit, I only half watched their set because the crowd of people in the VIP section was quickly growing to include more friends than I’ve probably ever seen in one place at a festival.  It was like all of the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego scenes had converged in one place for an afternoon of fun in the sun.  It was great seeing so many friends, throwing back beers and chatting enthusiastically.  It was clear that the day’s sobriety was starting to go out the window, a fact welcomed by all.




Next we managed to drag ourselves away from the Main Stage for a bit to head over to the Pacific Stage for some of Phantogram’s set.  Again, I knew virtually nothing about this band except that fellow Party Animal Kylie Nelson had seen them the day before at Outside Lands and gave me a glowing review, so I decided they were worth checking out.  I’m glad I did, because their set was nothing short of awesome.  Band members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel both possess phenomenal voices that created a very haunting, hypnotizing vibe.  If you have not heard this band yet I highly recommend you check them out.



After watching some of Phantogram’s set and chatting it up with my good friends from Gotta Dance Dirty at their merch table, fellow Party Animal Kate Green and I headed backstage to the artist area to fill up on some free beer.  Back there we ran into lots of good friends and did some more chit chatting and mingling.


Kate Green & Myself


Next it was time to head back to the Main Stage for Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki’s DJ sets.  I was particularly excited for these because my group PeaceTreaty is signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, and we’ve also shared stages with both Steve and Calvin several times before.  They’re both great guys and always deliver stellar performances.  Unfortunately, due to circumstances that were surely out of their control, both of their sets were plagued with sound system problems, but this didn’t stop them from getting the crowd riled up and crazy. Steve especially delivered his set with his usual gusto and high energy punch, spraying the crowd with champagne and causing general zaniness to ensue with his hit tracks “Warp 1.9”, “Pursuit of Happiness (Remix)”, and the amazing remix he did with the Bloody Beetroots of Refused’s classic “New Noise”.  Despite the sound problems, both DJ’s delivered excellent sets filled with their tracks that fans have come to love.


Steve Aoki


Finally  it was dark and one of the two acts we’d all be waiting for took the stage.  If you’ve never seen Texas-based Ghostland Observatory before than you’re really missing out.  These guys put on one of the most ridiculous live shows I’ve ever been fortunate enough to witness.  From the moment band members Aaron Kyle Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner took the stage, the whole Main Stage area was a raucous dance party.  Their crazy blend of electro, rock, and funk keeps people dancing until their feet fall off.  Top that off with the craziest laser light show I’ve ever seen a band carry on the road and you’ve got the makings for a killer set every time.  I’ll admit that I was too busy dancing to really pay much attention to the set list, so I’ll just let these pictures I took speak for themselves.







With the crowd now in full rage mode, there was only one thing that could shift the party into stoner sway mode.  I’m talking of course about the Doggfather himself, Mr. Snoop D Oh Double G, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, a.k.a the one and only Snoop Dogg!!  Though he took the stage a half hour late in classic rapper fashion, no one seemed to care once the lights dimmed and the opening notes of his first track hit the speakers.  From the moment Snoop stepped on stage he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.  Clouds of marijuana smoke filled the air immediately and didn’t let up until he stepped off stage.


I have to say, it was quite surreal seeing Snoop perform live finally after following his music for so many years.  I really believe him to be one of the most iconic performers of all time, so finally seeing him in person just feet away from us was kind of a trip.  He really brought his A-Game to this performance too, carting with him a backing DJ, drummer, and percussionist, as well as various MC’s, dancers, etc.  He busted out all of his classic hits including “Gin & Juice”, “What’s My Name?”, “Next Episode”, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, and my personal favorite “Regulators”, which featured an on-stage appearance by Warren G.  He also made sure to include a very touching moment of silence to honor his deceased comrade Nate Dogg.  Snoop’s set was packed front to back with amazing tracks including a new track which I didn’t catch the name of, but it was definitely a banger.  The whole WAPA crew thoroughly enjoyed his set and I can safely say that considering his canine nomenclature Snoop is definitely a Party Animal!!



By the end of Snoop’s set the WAPA crew was pretty tired and due to Snoop’s tardiness Cut Copy’s performance did not begin until it was supposed to end.  Knowing that we had long drives ahead of us and that traffic getting out of the festival would be gnarly, we decided to skip Cut Copy’s set and head home.  All in all the day was a good one filled with the usual WAPA antics and shenanigans.  Despite some logistical and sound problems and the most insanely long beer lines I’ve ever seen, we all still managed to have ourselves a good time thanks to the good vibes, great music, and good friends.  Hopefully next year Pacific Fest can work out these little bugs in their system because they really do have the makings of a great festival on their hands.


Porta WAPA


Here’s another Pacific Festival Mix from Them Jeans!

Pacific Festival 2011 Mixtape by Them Jeans by pacificfestival




Also, since none of the mixes included tracks from Ghostland Observatory (WTF?!?!) here is there latest dance floor rocking beat.  These guys kill it every time.


Ghostland Observatory – Kick Clap Speaker by wearepartyanimals



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Photos – Pacific Festival @ Oak Canyon Ranch – Silverado, CA – 08/13/2011

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Photos – Pacific Festival @ Oak Canyon Ranch – Silverado, CA – 08/13/2011

Posted on 16 August 2011 by George


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