Calvin Harris has all the respect in the world for repeat Canadian collaborator PARTYNEXTDOOR.
Harris, 34, told Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe about his second song with the Ontario native, “Nuh Ready Nuh Ready”.
“I thought he was a genius for a few years,” the DJ said of his collaborator. “The thing is that I feel like now more than ever, if you don’t come out acting like a genius then you don’t get called a genius.”
Harris notes how PARTYNEXTDOOR’s mystique lends to his credibility: “He’s like, you know, to the outside a very reserved and very like just off limits. You don’t know what he is. Like you don’t know what he’s like. You just see an image and you hear a voice and you hear his writing in it and it’s amazing, but you don’t know what it’s all about.”
In fact, Harris felt bad about his first collaboration with PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Cash Out” also featuring Schoolboy Q and D.R.A.M. “I worked with him on my last album and I was aware that I underused him,” he admitted. “And I felt embarrassed and ashamed from underusing him.”
Speaking of collaborations, Harris revealed why he is hesitant to work with artists he has supreme respect for. “I don’t want to put Young Thug on an EDM song because I think that’s offensive,” stated Harris. “I don’t want to do that. I think it’s an offensive notion.”
“People used to ask me the question ‘Who’ve you always wanted to work with?’ I’d be like ‘Andre 3000…’ ‘OK. Have you ever reached out to him?’ I was like ‘Hell no, because I’d put him on a dance tune?’ That’s not respecting his legacy,” he explained.
Harris’ 2017 album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 utilized a more accessible sound so he could approach artists like Katy Perry, Migos, Frank Ocean, Khalid, Snoop Dogg and Canada’s Jessie Reyez.