When Calvin Harris sat down to cook up jams for his new album, 18 Months, he knew there was one red-haired female vocal powerhouse he wanted on board: Florence Welch. And, he said the thrill of the chase only made her vocal contribution that much more special.
“It’s more satisfying when you’re pursuing something. It’s like chasing a girl or something. It’s way more satisfying if you put in a year’s worth of effort of chasing and then you get the result, you get the vocal,” he told MTV News. “So the Florence track [‘Sweet Nothing’] was #1. She was most chased of the whole album. And then also Dizzee Rascal, I chased for ages, even though he owes me like three vocals over the years. … So I was really happy with that and then when he came on it, it was like clean sweep of all the people I really wanted to work with on one record, which I wasn’t expecting.”
Harris’ history with his collaborators started far before the year and a half he dedicated to making the album. He recalled to MTV News when he first met Welch nearly half a decade ago.
“I met Florence for the first time end of 2007 and the first time I ever saw her in my life, it was like weird corporate [party] and I walked into the green room and she was definitely drunk, getting a piggy back off someone in her band, like with a bottle of champagne, screaming. And I thought ‘I like this girl.’… And in the years [since] she just actually grew up. I wasn’t expecting that,” he said. “I thought she was a cool kid, one of those people who come and go and then she just smashed it.” He added, “Now Florence is Florence. She’s cool as f— as well.”
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