Calvin Harris was shocked Jorja Smith wasn’t ‘insensitive’ E! News UK
Calvin Harris was surprised that Jorja Smith agreed to work with him because he assumed she was “indifferent”.
The 38-year-old superstar DJ and producer has just released his star-studded first album in five years, ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’, which stars Halsey, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Dua Lipa, Pharrell Williams and Pusha T.
And the British star lent her vocals to the track “Somebody Else,” which also features Lil Durk.
The ‘Potion’ hitmaker admits he was totally wrong about Jorja’s vibe and she was thrilled to be asked to feature on the laid-back funk song.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Calvin said of his association with the 25-year-old BRIT Award-winning and Grammy-nominated artist: “It was amazing. It was actually surprising, at first, for me that she wants to work [with me]. Like, that she was receptive to that. Because the character that I feel like she is expressing is a bit, to me, a bit distant. So I thought, “Well…she’s probably not up for this.” And she was so up for it. Not only was she in, but she was very, kind of, excited and happy to do it, and the song turned out amazing, I think. Like, when she came out, I’m thinking on a second album (sic) [EP ‘Be Right Back’], that song was called ‘Bussdown’, and his voice seemed to reach this new level that I had never heard anything like in my life. I rinsed that record right in the car, and everywhere. And, I thought, ‘Wow, if I can make it sound like that, on one of those kind of beats, that would be just phenomenal.’ And it turns out it sounds just like that. So it was easy.”
Meanwhile, Calvin has ruled out playing any of his ‘Funk Wav’ songs, including those from ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ – during his DJ sets, although ‘Slide’ featuring Frank Ocean and Migos is an exception.
He said: “It’s impossible. I play ‘Slide’ now and it was from Hampden [Park] – a nice little interlude! But, like everything else, no. There’s no point in trying, man. There is no trying to shoehorn. I could play ‘Slide’ but I couldn’t play ‘Feels’. I would feel strange playing that. So this is one of them. But no, there’s nothing in this album that I’m going to try to slip into it.”?