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Calvin Harris: "Exciting voices are key to hit record"

Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris  is attracted to "strong, soaring voices" - and would only feature someone on his songs if they "brought excitement" to the record.

The star - who recently celebrated reaching No. 1 in the UK album charts with '18 Months' - has a clear idea of who he wants to collaborate with.

Harris has previously collaborated with chart heavyweights Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Kelis, Ne-Yo, Example, and most recently Florence Welch on hit single 'Sweet Nothing'.

He told the Metro: "When people approach me, it’s always the wrong person. I really had to chase Welch and, once I got that vocal, I made one of the best records I’ve ever made.

Harris added: "I’m attracted to strong voices, especially a soaring female vocal on a classic house record. I’m not always looking for technically the best singers but they have to stand out and bring excitement to the track. Actually, it was Leona Lewis’s voice I had in mind when I made We Found Love, before Rihanna’s manager heard the track…"

Harris says there's nothing like live touring to determine which tracks will be best received by fans.

He revealed: "You get an instant reaction that you can trust from the dance floor; it’s the best process of making a hit. If a track sounds really f**king amazing in the club, you can work out whether it’ll sound  totally f**king amazing in the car, or anywhere else."




Watch the video for Calvin Harris' 'Sweet Nothing' featuring Florence Welch here: