Best Las Vegas DJs: Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris is one of today’s hottest DJs. He’s also one of the biggest Las Vegas commodities, becoming the first DJ to gain residency. You can see him at Hakkasan Las Vegas. Find out how Calvin Harris came to be, and why he’s so popular with the Las Vegas nightlife crowds.
Calvin Harris was born Adam Richard Wiles in Dumfries, Scottland. His parents were English, but moved to Scottland to raise a family. He worked stacking shelves in supermarkets and worked at a local fish processing factory in order to afford his DJ equipment.
He released his first two songs when he was 18, “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days.” They were released in 2002 by Prima Facie. Harris moved to London in hopes of making it big, but returned home for lack of being able to make rent. Back at home Harris began posting homemade solo recordings on his MySpace page.
Harris was discovered from his MySpace posts, and was signed by Sony BMG in 2006. His debut album, I Created Disco was released in 2007. His electroclash style was influenced by 80s music. His first album went certified gold in the UK. His first single on the album was actually named “Vegas.”
Making it Big
From 2011 to 2013 Harris gained international prominence. He toured with Rihanna during the European stint of her Loud Tour. Major success came with the release of his singles “Bounce” featuring Kelis, and “Feel So Close.”
Since then Harris has been producing and featuring in many hits including Ne-Yo’s “Let’s Go”, Rihanna’s hits “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been”, and Cheryl Cole’s single “Call My Name.”
Calvin Harris has won many awards for his music including:
- Best Commercial/Pop Dance track “Sweet Nothing” – 2013 International Dance Music Awards
- Best Short Form Music Video “We Found Love” – 2012 Grammy Awards
- Video of the Year “We Fund Love” – 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
- Best Electronic Video “Feel So Close” – 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
- Las Vegas Residency
In 2013, Harris became the first exclusive resident DJ signing with the MGM Grand’s Hakkasan nightclub and Wet Republic.