Calvin Harris Goes Off After Being Called a “Sellout”

During a recent set at Club LIV in Miami, a patron of the club, upon hearing Calvin Harris drop “Feel So Close” from 18 Months, called Harris a sellout. How does he respond? By picking up the house mic and dropping this bomb:

Why do you come to a fucking Calvin Harris show where Calvin Harris is DJing and don’t want to hear a fucking Calvin Harris record you dumb fucking bitch

Unprofessional? Definitely. Can you blame him, though? His last album, 18 Months, has broken records set by Michael Jackson with his Bad album. It’s helped him top Forbes’ “highest paid DJs” list for 2013. If you go to LIV in Miami and hear him drop “Feel So Close” (a song that hit #2 on the UK charts, and his second to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, ultimately selling over two million copies in the US alone) from said album, you calling him a “sellout” is the exact definition of missing the point. You’re free to say whatever you want to say, but remember that not all DJs will sit around and take comments lightly. And we imagine that Harris receives a slew of hate-filled messages on social media as well as when he’s out making money. He probably got tired of it and figured he had to say something.

What do you think: Should a DJ have the right to fire back at detractors, especially when they are in situations where they’re bound to hear whatever material they consider to be “sellout” songs?

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  • Andrew

    He’s a performer, if he wants to call someone out it is his show.

  • Dreknov

    people are getting bored from people playing the same sh*t over and over.

    the americans didn’t notice that yet.. but they will. and just wait until that happens.

    • m

      If you go to a Calvin Harris show, you should expect to hear some Calvin Harris hits.

    • khal

      didn’t Calvin Harris topple a number of UK chart records with “18 Months?” when did this become an “Americans” debate?

  • Dreknov

    and he’s terribly unprofessional. using his p̶o̶w̶e̶r̶ button-pusher-poser position to make a stand. lol.

  • Lindsay Paris

    Absolutely a Dj should be aloud to do that. PROPS to Calvin! What he did was insanely awesome. He’s playing for people and has this girl in his ear complaining? Get her out. PLUR bitches. <3

  • Mark McGuire

    He can play whatever it is he wants to play.
    Least you arent seeing/hearing someone play the top 20 beatport hits with some smooth transitions thrown in the mix.
    And Im not saying I like the occasional sample or such put into something, but hearing the exact same music from multiple artists in their sets gets old.

    Props to Calvin Harris.

  • DJ Todd G

    I wonder how many bands get called sell outs for playing their own songs? Oh wait, isn’t that the point of creating your own music? I guess its different rules for DJs, should have bounced her out of the club for that stupidity

  • UndercoverTester

    Th truth hurts.
    His earlier material sounds like someone trying to create something original.

    His latest material is generic club dance music.

    So he either did it on purpose and he is a indeed sellout, or he’s become a mediocre artist.
    Not sure which one is the worst.

    And by the way no, sales alone do not define good music.

  • Matthew Andrews

    Been successful doesn’t make you a sellout. But abandoning your own style and originality and producing a sound that sounds like everyone else’s in the persuit of even more sales is definitely selling out. He’s guettasized his music.