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Night Life: Three's a magic number for me; The Big Gig CALVIN HARRIS.


BIRMINGHAM'S Custard Factory hosts a show by rising star Calvin Harris on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old performer, producer and songwriter started making music in his bedroom when he was 15 and his first success came at 18 when he released two songs as a club single under the name Stouffer.

In 2004 he found fame again by getting one of his songs onto the album Electric Soul 2 by The Unabombers. But things really went global with the release of his album I Created Disco, featuring the instant hits Acceptable in the Eighties and The Girls, in June this year.

"I seem to get success about every three years," says Calvin.

"I suppose at the moment I'll have to just concentrate on not writing any crap songs.

"At the moment we're just getting geared up for the tour. We're going to be a lot more slick this time round than we have been in the past, but we're looking forward to it."

Not much has changed in the way Harris makes his music, which is described as a mixture of house, electroclash and new wave. He still works from his bedroom, although he now uses an Apple Mac instead of his recently junked antique Amiga.

"Some people said that the old Amiga should go in a museum or something," he jokes. "But I think it's just gone to the tip, actually. It's weird, I've jumped about 30 years, technologicallyspeaking, in three months."

Just over a year ago Calvin was stacking shelves at Marks & Spencer in Dumfries. Now he has travelled the world and recently wrote two songs for Kylie Minogue's latest album.

"The fame thing hasn't been too hard to deal with so far," he says.

"It was a lot weirder last year when my songs were occasionally on the radio and I was still working in the supermarket."

He adds: "I think my greatest achievement at the moment is just getting signed. To be honest I don't really see it as success, I've still got loads of time to mess it up."


Ticket info

Calvin Harris plays the Custard Factory in Digbeth next Tuesday. Tickets are pounds 12 on the door or call credit card hotline 0870 4000688 (pounds 1.50 booking fee). More info on 0870 7712000.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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