You don’t get to be one of the world’s richest DJs by just sitting around and doing nothing. Calvin Harris, born Adam Richard Wiles in Dumfries, Scotland in January 1984, is a veteran of the music industry as he has been making dance music since 2002.
He first recorded demos in his bedroom as a teenager. He released two songs, named “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days” under the name of Stouffer in 2002. He was later discovered on Myspace and eventually signed with EMI and Sony BMG. It was only the beginning of an incredibly successful music career.
Frankly, if it was up to me, I would much rather listen to Harris’ older music catalog. It’s a lot more interesting than bass drops and catchy choruses, in my opinion, but I digress.
As of 2018, Calvin Harris is currently worth $110 million.
Arguably, Harris is one of the most active musicians today – and his net worth merely proves that. Let’s take a look as to how he amassed such riches, shall we?
In 2007, Calvin Harris released his debut album, I Created Disco. He wrote, produced and performed the entire record. The album was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry – not bad for a starting musician who first recorded music in his bedroom.
During the same year, he caught the attention of Australian pop singer, Kylie Minogue. He ended up co-writing and producing two songs on her 2007 album, X. You know, just casual stuff.
Calvin Harris released his second album, Ready For The Weekend in August 2009. Within two months of the album’s release, it was certified gold. The record produced four singles for Harris. In short, the guy was a talented musician before he hung up the synthesizers and guitars for a DJ platform and pyrotechnics.
In 2010, Harris was nominated for Best British Male at the 2010 Brit Awards. It was this same year that he parted ways with members of his live band and turned to remixing the likes of Katy Perry and Shakira.
Beginning in 2011, Harris toured with Rihanna as a support act on the European leg of her Loud Tour. It was also in this year that he released the singles “Bounce” and “Feel So Close.” He additionally produced “We Found Love” for Rihanna in the same year. The track was placed at number three on Billboard’s top 10 dance-pop collaborations of all time.
While producing and creating music of his own, Harris produced records and songs for Mary J. Blige, Scissor Sisters, Cheryl Cole, Florence and the Machine and Ne-Yo. In 2012, he released his third album, 18 Months. You could easily say that 2011 to 2012 was a fairly busy time for the Scottish DJ.
In 2013, Harris collaborated with Alesso and Hurts to produce a single called “Under Control.” He additionally remixed the indie anthem, “When You Were Young” by The Killers for the deluxe edition of their greatest hits album, Direct Hits.
In 2014, Harris released his summer smash-hit, aptly named “Summer.” Later in the year, he performed on the main stage of Coachella Festival and drew the second largest crowd in the festival’s history. On November 4, 2014, Harris released his fourth studio album, Motion.
Harris released the single, “How Deep Is Your Love” with the London-based production trio, Disciples in July 2015. The track marked Harris’ eighth top ten hit on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in the United States – the most of any act.
In April 2016, he released yet another single that features Rihanna called “This Is What You Came For.”
In short, the man has a killer work ethic and is absolutely deserving of his massive bank account. You may not like Calvin Harris, but you have to appreciate his hustle, my friends.
Calvin Harris recently went on Twitter to answer a couple questions from his fans. They ranged from asking about his daily routines to asking for some life changing advice. One particular fan crossed their fingers and asked if he would release any new songs for 2017. Harris gave his fan a very simple answer: “10”.
Calvin Harris revealed that he has extended his Las Vegas residency with the Hakkasan group until 2020.