Dumfries’s Calvin Harris wins two Brit Awards!
Calvin Harris picked up two prestigious Brit Awards last night.
The singer, songwriter, DJ and music producer won British Producer of the Year and Best Single (with Dua Lipa).
This is the first time that the Dumfries-born artist has won at the Brits. He’s actually been nominated in several different categories 14 separate times in previous years. He’ll add these two awards to an impressive list of others, including his 2013 Grammy and two MTV VMAs.
Harris – who is known by many Dumfries & Galloway residents by his real name Adam Wiles – is the highest paid DJ in the world. He reportedly earned £37million last year alone.
Fans took to social media to express their surprise at his Scottish accent, assuming that he was American. His Scottish lilt was still clear to hear despite him relocating to America some years ago.
It is well known locally that the 35 year old worked in the Dumfries branch of Marks & Spencer (still there to this day, fact fans) whilst he launched his music career. Success arrived in 2006 when he scored his first Top 10 hit.
Since then, he has worked with an impressive roster of names including Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams. His most recent release features Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. He holds a residency at Las Vegas nightclub, Omnia in Caesar’s Palace.
Small Town Sounds’ Melissa Gunn was in the same school year as Harris, and remembers him as being ‘very tall’.
“I would never claim he and I were friends – our paths didn’t cross much at school. Our school year was pretty large, and his class was never grouped with mine very often for specific subjects or trips away. But I do remember him as being very tall. We all used to hang around the lunch hall at break time feeling very awkward and he stood out because of his height. He was always very quiet and used to hang out with a small group of friends.
“Nobody really knew that he was making music outside of school. It’s really great to see him doing so amazingly well now. And from a Dumfries & Galloway point of view, he has really shown what can be achieved if you work at it, despite being from a rural area”.