Calvin Harris Says Rihanna Team-Up 'We Found Love' Helped Win Other Artists Over

11 September 2012, 10:22 | Updated: 11 September 2012, 10:37

The 'Bounce' DJ says many more artists are now keen to work with him after his success with Rihanna.

Calvin Harris says collaborating with Rihanna helped open the door for him to work on a host of other artists on new album '18 Months'.

The 'Feel So Close' producer and DJ has hinted that before working on 'We Found Love' for Rihanna in 2011, many artists were not very interested in working with him, until the song saw such huge success across the world.

"Yeah, people at the start of the record, when I was trying to gather some people 18 months ago, said no and then came back after maybe 16 months," Calvin explained to MTV News. "Maybe after 'We Found Love' they were interested now. They obviously freed up some time and could do it then!"

The 'Acceptable In The 80s' star also explained the process behind recording his third studio outing, as well as talking about why he chose the name '18 Months'.

"It took me 18 months. It was a mixture between 18 months in the studio and gigs," Calvin explained. "And also it was kind of the point when I stopped performing in the same way with a band and singing all the time and all that kind of stuff and focused on DJ and production. And it made sense to draw that line there, and it just happened to be 18 months."

View a picture of Calvin Harris and Rihanna celebrating their awards win at the MTV VMAs 2012 below (Credit: Twitter):

Calvin and Rihanna's 'We Found Love' picked up both Best Electronic Video and Video Of The Year at the MTV Video Music Awards 2012 last week, where the duo also performed the song live.

The producer's new album is expected to boast team-ups with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal and Florence Welch.

Calvin Harris will release new album '18 Months' on 29th October.