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Calvin Harris: 'I am a bit wrong'

The dance-floor slaying Scot speaks to Newsbeat about working with Katie Perry, not getting bottled, giving up drinking and loving the people who hate him.

Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris' new album is expected to be released this year

How are you Calvin, are you well?

I'm almost well. I'm always on the brink on getting ill nowadays. I don't know what it is. I think it's a stress thing.

Are you over worked?

Yeah, very. But I'm really good yeah.

How's life going for you at the moment, you're back with a new track I'm Not Alone…

I'm back with a new track, I'm working on the live show at the moment. That's a big mission, my main objective is to not get bottled off at Creamfields. I'm dancing it all up a bit to make it go off in the best way possible.

Is getting bottled a worry for you?

It's a big worry for me. You know the dance festivals they're a funny thing because you have the purists there, who don't like me. They're not fans. And then you've got your crowd who're up for it, which are the majority, who go for it. Its trying to cater for both and trying not to invite the bottles, or the mud.

Does it bother you that some people don't like you or do you just accept it?

Nah, ever since I was a very young boy people have disliked me. That's a lie actually. There's never really been anyone whose hated me since I released Acceptable In The 80s I don't think. I love everybody, I'm a very loving guy. Which is fine. I love people who hate me. I love them even more.

Dizzee Rascal
Harris had a number 1 hit with Dizzee Rascal with Dance Wiv Me

Dance Wiv Me was a huge success - have you had a lot of work offers come in since then?

Yeah there have been loads of offers. There always seem to be offers - which is amazing. But its really just a case of picking what to do and sometimes I pick too much. That's a problem of mine, doing a little bit too much all at the same time. Which is what I'm doing at the moment.

Anyone currently in the pipeline or anyone you would love to work with?

There are some murmurings about Katy Perry. But you can never tell with Americans whether it'll happen or not. She sent me a big long email comparing me to Phil Spector which I found incredible but you've got to laugh haven't you? So that was great and we're possibly doing something. There are a bunch of people that I could be doing stuff with - to be honest probably half of it won't work out because I'm on the road for most of the year now.

Are you a fan of Katy Perry?

I'm a massive fan of Katy Perry. Huge.

What sort of thing would you like to do with her if you could?

She wants to do like a fun album, like a dance album but obviously still pop. I kind of fit that bill so I guess that's why she thought of me. It'd be that kind of thing.

Tell us more about the new record - a lot of people are saying it has a Balearic dance influence. Have you heard this and do you agree?

In the run up to making it I did spend a lot of time on YouTube researching Ibizian lost trance classics and taking it all in. Not necessarily ripping any of them off but just getting yourself in that zone. I was aware that it would be frowned upon that if I was to make a record that sounded like that and that was it. So I thought combine it with something which sounds a bit like Snow Patrol - maybe that will work. I kind of like the unexpected.

She sent me a big long email comparing me to Phil Spector which I found incredible
Calvin Harris on a mooted Katy Perry collaboration

Is that how you'd describe it then?

Yes. I tend to go with a cross between Snow Patrol, Grandaddy and Faithless.

You've just returned from a Stateside DJ tour - how was that?

Yes I did, I did a disastrous tour of the US in fact. It lasted five days and it was supposed to last for fourteen. But sadly I picked up a mad lung infection in [Las] Vegas which sounds great but it was awful. I think it's the air con in those places. Its like a different planet. I picked up some alien virus. And then went to South By South West and spent two days in my hotel room ordering room service generally thinking I was going to die.

You're quite a sickly child?

Yeah my mum had me when she was like 40 or something and I hear your eggs get a bit messed up after 35 so I'm a bit wrong generally. I think that's why I'm so tall and a bit backward.

Did you manage to do much partying out in the US before you got ill?

I don't do much partying nowadays. I'm a very serious guy. I'm a professional, so no. I've stopped drinking and that's where a lot of the fun lies for me in going out sadly. I occasionally do need to drink to have a good time but I don't do that anymore so I always have a bad time. Just all the time. That is a joke.

Why did you stop drinking alcohol?

I stopped drinking because it actually was making me ill. It was affecting my brain in the worst way. It's hard doing what I do because you're surrounded by JD. Everywhere you go there's a bottle of Jack Daniels. If you turn up for a DJ set there are two, you turn up for a band gig and there are six. Where does it all go? Well someone's got to drink it. That's the problem, it has got to leave the venue. They can't be left with booze that's not the done thing. It ends up going back to the bus and what do you do? Go to bed or drink it? You drink it. I'm doing really well.

You were pictured at the Brits with those spectacular glasses, where do they come from and how do you see out of them?

The original pair that I made were made out of cardboard and you couldn't see a thing through them - that was a big problem. I updated them, designed and built them myself. You can now see through them. At the Brits specifically there was a priceless moment when I was talking to Edith Bowman on the red carpet and the look on her face. She thought that I couldn't see her, she was just like 'what is he…' it was sort of like disgust and contempt and bafflement all at the same time. I was like, 'I've offended Edith Bowman'.

Calvin Harris was speaking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter Sinead Garvan.

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