Adam Richard Wiles was born on 17 January 1984 in Dumfries, to English parents, a biochemist father, and housewife mother, who married in their native Oxford before moving to Dumfries. He has an elder sister and brother. Wiles attended Calside Primary School then Dumfries High School, and, after leaving school, he stocked shelves in supermarkets and worked in a local fish processing factory in order to buy DJ gear.
He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1966 to 1968 in upstate New York (the Cumorah, New York mission). Upon returning from his mission, he completed his studies at BYU and earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in history. After graduating from BYU, Cal became a high school teacher at Layton High School and taught courses at the University of Utah while seeking to obtain a doctorate degree, but Cal spent most of his career teaching A.P. American History at Bountiful High School. He loved teaching and was beloved by his students and created many lifelong friends during his career.
Calvin Harris has gone onto become a chart-topping producer and one of the world's highest paid DJ's, but according to his school teacher, the Scottish hitmaker wasn't an outstanding music pupil in school. "He's certainly the most famous ex-pupil I've ever taught but I wouldn't say he was the most musically talented."
"Without a doubt, that was the best present anyone has ever bought me! Sadly, it broke after about two weeks, but they were the greatest two weeks of my life. A real filter! A filter! I stuck everything through it. Twiddling and tweaking. To my young ears, it made everything sound fucking brilliant! I have to mention the M5, too. I've still got it and I still consider it one of the best all-round keyboards you can get. I sometimes dig it out, just for old time's sake. The piano sounds on it areN amazing. Bizarrely, my early studio setup also included a lot of stuff from school. I had a very understanding music teacher who let me take home things like mics, mic stands, a mixer and an eight-trackN Minidisc recorder. That eight-track was a revelation. That's how I learned to mix."
Did the school get a credit on the first album?"No, but I really ought to have thanked them! That gear kept me going for years. As soon as I left school, I had to give it all back and my studio suddenly looked very empty. I suppose that's when I decided that I wasn't going to university. If I went to uni, I'd have no money and that meant I couldn't buy more gear.
Possibly the most memorable part was when one student threw his phone to Macklemore who then took a selfie-photo of himself with the entire student crowd behind him. It even made it on the cover page of imgur! He jumped right into "Thrift Shop," arguably his most famous song, and kids went nuts. Given the political context of the moment, and the somewhat large gay population at my city school, he later on played his pro-gay rights song, "Same Love," which too had everyone singing along. In a nod to the D.C.-based television show House of Cards, he urged students to rush the White House with actor Kevin Spacey to petition for gay rights. Macklemore ran his own show, leaving students wanting so much more that he played a three song encore (which one of my best friends actually started!) 2b1af7f3a8