Calvin Harris’s Feel So Close is now 10 years old today! While many realize it was a major turning point in Harris’s career, the producer revealed just how special the track was with a little backstory posted to his Instagram.
The remixers on the track were diverse takes from Benny Benassi, Nero, and Dillon Francis, each making that unmistakable vocal sound that much more engaging. Check out the song and it’s remakes on your streaming platform of choice. You can read Harris’s full story below.
Feel so close is 10 years old today! I like remembering how it came about, cos at the time I was well confused about what to do with my life/career.
At the end of summer 2010 I had played my last gig (Creamfields) with my ‘band’ and had done enough ‘DJ set’ gigs to know that I wanted to change the way my music was presented. I needed to stop singing every song as I had all these ideas for female singers and my falsetto just wasn’t going to cut it.
So I began producing with a new purpose, excited I could give my songs to real singers and finally move closer to the role I had always dreamt of in music (the weird dude in background who never speaks).
Harris also talks about making “Feel So Close” in a few hours just to prove everyone wrong.
After about 3 months of studio, I visited my record label Columbia and played them Awooga, Bounce and another ok song with a feature that ended up not coming out. The response from the label was overwhelmingly lukewarm; I came out of the meeting wondering if I had made the right decision in changing my path. That’s putting it lightly actually I was gutted and my head was spinning, I thought I’d absolutely fucked it. So immediately I headed back to my studio room feeling properly sad but also enough ‘fuck it I’ll show em I’ll sing on one then, and it’ll be class’ and made Feel So Close in a few hours.