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22 November 2012, 09:13
Join Capital as we take a closer look at one of the hottest properties in EDM. He's worked with the likes of Rihanna, Tinie Tempah and Cheryl Cole, and has been responsible for some of the biggest songs of the last few years.
As well as being a successful solo artist and producer in his own right, Calvin is also a successful songwriter, having penned hits for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Rihanna.
Being a big success in both the US and the UK is a difficult feat for pop and dance acts these days, but ever since his team-up with Rihanna on 'We Found Love' in 2011, Scottish DJ Calvin has been hot property across the globe.
Over the course of his five year career Calvin has scored 15 massive charting songs both as a solo artist and on team-ups with other stars, with some of his biggest his being 'I'm Not Alone', 'Bounce' featuring R&B star Kelis' and 'Feel So Close'.
As if the Scottish DJ wasn't busy enough touring across the world, releasing albums and producing for some of the biggest acts across the globe, Calvin still finds the time to get in a bit of remixing, and is interpretations of hits from the likes of Katy Perry, David Guetta and Shakire have proved hugely popular with fans. Picture: Richard Johnson
Ever since he teamed up with Rihanna for 'We Found Love', the global music industry can't get enough of Calvin, which was clearly evident when he picked up not one but two gongs at the MTV Video Music Awards 2012 this year, one for 'We Found Love' and one for his own hit 'Feel So Close'.
Calvin doesn't seem to have a stop button when it comes to touring. Whether it's heading out in support of big acts like Rihanna or Skrillex or simply playing one-off shows across the world, Calvin's live shows are quickly become legend both for their regularity and their incredible atmosphere.
Another defining moment in the 'Feel So Close' producer's career came in 2009 when he showed fans more of his personality by rushing The X Factor UK stage during Jedward's performance waving a pineapple over his head. Although the show's producers didn't find it too funny, the act caused the Twitterverse to explode and Calvin's status as a perennial prankster was immediately cemented. Picture: Rex Features
While Calvin is arguable one of the most successful electronic acts of the moment, he is still remarkable humble, denying claims he is the face of the dance music scene. Calvin also has great respect for his dance rival David Guetta, supporting the 'Where Them Girls At' producer at the iTunes Festival this year and saying he owes the French DJ a lot.
Everyone from Example to Cheryl Cole has been praising Calvin lately, with the former even asking for Calvin's opinion on the track listing of his new album 'The Evolution Of Man'. After working with Calvin on her recent single 'Call My Name', Cheryl called him a "legend" and described him as the "man of the moment".
Since arriving on the music scene in 2007 with his debut album 'I Created Disco', Calvin has slowly evolved into the most in-demand producer at the moment and has helped out in the recording studio with stars ranging from Example to LMFAO and from Dizzee Rascal to Tinchy Stryder.
The DJ was involved in one of the shortest Twitter feuds ever recorded when Mother Monster herself took offense to comments Calvin made about turning down a collaboration with her. After reassuring her the request came from her label, she quickly apologised with the pair wishing each other well.