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Calvin Harris: The EDM Superstar

by Festival August 07, 2014

About ten years ago, Adam Wiles was living out of his parents house and working at a Scottish grocery store. Having no college degree and working a low end job, Wiles had all but given up on his dreams of making it as a musician.

Today, Wiles has reinvented himself as Calvin Harris. The multitalented singer and songwriter has become the face of EDM. He has also been named one of the highest paid DJ’s in the electronic dance world earning a whopping 46 million dollars last year. The 29 year-old Harris, says that his success in EDM isn’t something that was planned. In fact, he told Scotsman: “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years, and I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I made that decision completely by accident.

 Harris began his road to EDM dominance by putting his homemade solo recordings on his MySpace page. An A&R representative from EMI liked what Harris was putting out and decided to sign him to the label in 2006. Following some very good singles, Harris released his debut album, I Created Disco, in the summer of 2007.

Whether it was an accident or just plain luck, the techno superstar has made a name for himself in America by collaborating with  artists such as Nikki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Shakira. Harris has evolved into an international superstar. He’s won a Grammy, settled in Los Angeles and has a statue of his likeness on the side of the Las Vegas MGM Grand, where he runs the nation’s largest nightclub scene and has a contract to play there for the next two years. With $46 million up under him, it’s safe to say he won’t be stocking anymore grocery shelves ever again.    

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