Calvin Harris Biography, Wiki, Career, Songs, Net worth 2023

Adam Richard Wiles, professionally known as Calvin Harris, hails from Dumfries, Scotland, and was born on January 17, 1984. He’s a multi-talented British artist, being a DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter.

His musical journey took off with his debut album “I Created Disco” in June 2007, featuring hits like “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls” that secured spots in the UK’s top 10 chart.

The momentum continued in 2009 with his second album, “Ready for the Weekend,” which not only debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart but also saw its lead single “I’m Not Alone” become his first track to rule the UK Singles Chart.

However, his third album, “18 Months,” released in 2012, propelled him to global fame. This album not only topped the UK Albums Chart but also made its mark on the US Billboard 200, peaking at number 19.

A remarkable feat of this album was all eight of its singles reaching the UK’s top 10, breaking the record for a single album on the UK Singles Chart. This record had previously been held by Michael Jackson.

Following this success, Harris continued his streak with the release of his fourth album “Motion” in 2014, his fifth album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” in 2017, and his sixth album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2” in 2022, each achieving significant chart positions.

Calvin Harris

Harris’s influence also stretched to the charts in the United States, where he became the first artist to have three songs in the top 10 of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart simultaneously.

He made history again as the first UK solo artist to surpass a billion streams on Spotify. His accomplishments were further acknowledged through award nominations and wins, including Brit Awards, Grammy nominations, and an Ivor Novello Award.

Harris’s impact extended beyond music, as he was recognized in Debrett’s list of influential figures in the UK and held the title of the highest-paid DJ worldwide for six consecutive years, a record that was finally broken in 2019.

Calvin Harris Wikipedia Profile

Real nameAdam Richard Wiles
Stage nameCalvin Harris
Date of birth17 January 1984
Age 39 years old
CareerDj
Musician
Wife Vick Hope (2022–)
Height1.97 m
Place birthDumfries
EducationOxford University
Net worth$48.5 million

Early life 

Adam Richard Wiles, born on January 17, 1984, in Dumfries, comes from English parents—an academic father and a homemaker mother—who tied the knot in Oxford before settling in Dumfries.

Growing up with an older sister and brother, Wiles attended Calside Primary School and later Dumfries High School. After completing his schooling, he took up jobs like stocking shelves in supermarkets and working at a local fish processing plant to save up for his DJ equipment.

Calvin Harris

During his teenage years, he developed a strong interest in electronic music, and by 1999, he had started creating demo tracks in his bedroom. At the age of 18, he released “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days,” his first songs, through the label Prima Facie. These tracks were available as club singles and CD-EPs under the name “Stouffer.”

Seeking to learn more about the music scene, he moved from Scotland to London, where he managed to release just one track, “Let Me Know,” featuring vocalist Ayah Marar on the Unabombers’ 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol. 2.

Top 10 Richest Musicians In UK 2023 [ Forbe Ranking]

With limited opportunities and financial difficulties, Wiles returned to Dumfries and began sharing his own homemade music recordings on Myspace.

His growing popularity on the social platform caught the attention of Mark Gillespie, a talent scout from Global Gathering, a dance festival company. Gillespie had recently founded his own management firm and saw potential in Wiles. He became Wiles’ first artist to sign, a partnership that continues to this day.

When choosing his stage name, Wiles explained that his first single had a soulful sound, and he wanted a name that was racially neutral. “Calvin Harris” seemed suitable because it could confuse people about his ethnicity. And so, the name stuck.

Career

In 2002, Harris released two songs, “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days,” as Stouffer. He moved to London but returned due to high costs. Back in Dumfries, he used Myspace to share music and was noticed by a talent manager who signed him. He then signed with EMI and Sony BMG.

His 2007 album “I Created Disco,” influenced by the 80s, went Gold and included hits like “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls.” He supported Groove Armada and Faithless and connected with Kylie Minogue to co-write for her 2007 album.

“Ready for the Weekend” (2009) had UK #1 “I’m Not Alone” and more hits. The game-changer was 2012’s “18 Months,” propelling EDM with collaborations, notably Rihanna for “We Found Love.”

“Motion” (2014) featured Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, and Ellie Goulding. “Summer” was a Spotify hit. Harris kept delivering hits, including “This is What You Came For” with Rihanna, and shifted to groove-based sound with “Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1” (2017).

Harris captured Grammy and MTV VMAs, citing Jamiroquai and Fatboy Slim as influences. He endorsed brands like Apple, Coca-Cola, and Armani’s underwear line. A sought-after DJ, he played at top Vegas venues and global festivals. He launched Fly Eye Records and co-owns Tidal.

Personal Life

Calvin Harris has attracted significant media interest regarding his personal life, primarily due to his notable romantic involvements with celebrities like Rita Ora and Taylor Swift.

Despite this, Harris typically maintains a strong preference for keeping his personal matters out of the public eye.

Real Estate

Back in 2017, Calvin made a purchase and bought a house from his fellow DJ Steve Angello in the Hollywood Hills, spending $5 million.

However, in August 2020, he decided to sell it for a bit more, putting it on the market for $5.5 million. Eventually, he settled for $5.1 million.

Moving back to 2013, Calvin bought another house above the Sunset Strip for $7 million. He tried to sell it in February 2016 for almost $10 million but ended up selling it for $7 million in 2020.

This might seem like a good deal, but considering he had spent around $1 million on renovations, repairs, and other expenses during his ownership, it wasn’t as profitable as it sounds.

Skipping to 2014, Calvin made a bigger investment, purchasing a mansion in Beverly Hills for a whopping $15 million.

This mansion is quite luxurious, boasting 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms across various structures, all within a spacious 16,300 square feet living space.

Fast forward to February 2022, and Calvin decided to put this mansion up for sale at $25 million. After briefly taking it off the market, he relisted it in November 2022 at the same price.

Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be $30-$40 million.

Leave a Comment