EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

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Calivn Harris.
Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died.

This time around fans are more savvy about what's real and what's just radio. But the flood of new fans and industry cash has pushed the scene to a new level of soul searching. There's so much demand for EDM that pop stars are now DJing. Consider ...

... Will.i.am and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas are now performing DJ sets, not to mention the likes of Calvin Harris, the British dance-prop crooner whose music is genuine and sublime.

And yet, why do we need a star like Harris to DJ at Electric Daisy Carnival, as he did Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway? He evolved as a singer, not a spinner. And his set last night -- before it was cut off by organizers concerned about high winds -- was of the press-play variety.

Sure, Harris sneaked in a few outside tunes, such as Basement Jaxx's "Where's Your Head At," but his session was mostly a showcase of his own songs, including call-and-response moments.

Here's a guy who can sing, and he wasn't singing! He was playing CDs of himself singing!

Does anyone else find that wrong?

It's bad enough that Kaskade, Deadmau5, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia play predictable "sets" of their own tunes for giddy followers....

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4 comments
Vinsetsu
Vinsetsu

I have found this whole website to be very biased, alot of the writers who choose to write about EDC, literally just complain, enjoy the experience who gives if Calvin didnt sing, maybe he enjoys spinning and putting that energy in the crowd with his table and not his voice...

jimmy
jimmy

 & his set at EDC was banging, throwing in classics like Cream by Federicho Frankie between his own productions.  He worked the crowd and put on a great show.

jimmy
jimmy

You're an idiot. Calvin Harris is one of the only pop/edm crossovers that has retained credibility in an era of over payed, talentless ass clowns. His self produced tracks are fresh & his style is eclectic.

Nicholas Moede
Nicholas Moede

Seriously? You seem to have no understanding or appreciation for Electronic Dance Music and EDM festivals such as EDC. Calvin Harris should be given huge props for not only writing and producing his own stuff but actually singing on many of his tracks as well. While other DJs count on big stars to prop up their productions, Calvin relies on his own talents.  Calvin Harris is a great DJ and it matters not a single bit that he started as a singer and then evolved into DJing. That is kind of like saying Lance Armstrong doesn't belong in the Tour de France because he started his career racing triathlons.  Lastly, if you understood anything about DJing at that level, you would understand that it is not possible to simply pick up a microphone and start singing along to the track. That is ridiculous. A DJ is constantly mixing into and out of tracks, cueing up the next track, making sound adjustments, and using effects. It would be impossible to sing along unless you played a pre-recorded set.

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