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Calvin Harris turned to gardening during time off from music to ‘check out of the chaos’ but his veg doesn’t like his music

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Calvin Harris’s crops are not fans of his music (Picture: Calvin Harris)

Calvin Harris has revealed he spent the break between releasing music working on his garden as it was the perfect way for him to unwind from his hectic life. 

The DJ, 37, is back with his new single By Your Side with Tom Grennan, after he took a while between releases due to some collaborations falling through. 

Calvin revealed to Kiss Breakfast’s Harriet Rose: ‘Part of it was because I had two or three songs that were ready to go – there was one that was sung by a very famous singer and there was another one that was about to be sung by a very famous singer – and they both fell through.

‘This was coming up to summer 2019 and I thought, that’s two songs that have fallen through now – maybe I need to do a little bit of gardening and maybe they weren’t the right songs to put out for me at that moment in time. 

‘So I did do a bit of gardening, I grew a few carrots, grew a few celeries and eventually I have come back to a place where I wanted to make something, especially after last year, that was relentlessly positive.’

The result of that was his latest collab with Tom Grennan, which dropped on Friday and which Calvin describes as ‘aggressively positive’. 

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Calvin is finally back with new single By Your Side (Picture: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Although he has spent much of the past year under the radar, Calvin revealed that he spent a lot of time growing his own crops to help him de-stress. 

He explained: ‘It wasn’t something that I knew was going to happen in my life, I didn’t foresee it four or five years ago. 

‘In 2018, just before One Kiss came out, I got very into it. I was growing my little tomato seedlings and playing them classical music.’

Calvin admitted his own music is not the best for plants to grow to, but added: ‘They appreciate the layers and effort that’s gone into the work, they appreciate the textures and the sounds but they don’t necessarily appreciate the pounding drums or rhythms – they prefer the strings.’

He revealed that gardening was the perfect tonic for the mental health impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it helped him to switch off from everything.

‘The original source of me wanting to do it was to provide some kind of peace and stability in my life,’ Calvin explained. ‘It does actually do that – it’s an absolute cliché but it’s really helpful, you can check out of the chaos. 

‘Especially last year, check out of the madness, put your phone down, go and look at your basil or whatever, enjoy the smell and just relax.’  

Wise words indeed. 

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