Do you ever wonder how two artists decide to collaborate on a track? It takes more than simply sending a text. Calvin Harris spent two years chasing Florence Welch down to do the vocals on his new single “Sweet Nothing.”
It wasn’t as simple as getting a “yes” from Florence either.
“Even if they want to do it, you have to convince their management and their label, their stylist and whoever else is around them that they take advice from. I did a remix for her and in the end it was like a swap situation”
After getting a “yes” from Welch’s people and swapping a remix, it still took time because of her and Calvin’s busy tour schedule.
“With Florence, she was really busy at that time. She was in the middle of a tour and she had like three days to record something, so I wasn’t there, anything could of come back.”
Calvin was pressed for time when he got the call and finding out Florence would do the vocals on “Sweet Nothing.” He hadn’t started working on the song and scrambled to give her a track to record the vocals on. Don’t expect to hear that demo anytime soon, because Calvin describes it as “the worst most generic house track.”
The hard work paid off for Calvin Harris, because “Sweet Nothing” hit number one in the UK.
-AJ Gordon, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles