Calvin Harris is allowing a Kirkcaldy man and a charity for blind people to use his smash-hit 'Summer' on their YouTube channel for blind and partially sighted gamers
A Fife man who provides online news and reviews for blind and partially sighted gamers has won the backing of superstar DJ Calvin Harris.
Stuart Beveridge has been given permission by the Dumfries born musician to use his smash hit ‘Summer’ on his podcasts and YouTube channel.
Stuart, who himself is blind, set up the channel with the help of Fife Society for the Blind based in Kirkcaldy.
Together they provide news and reviews for blind and partially sighted gamers, delivered in a format suitable for them, on the Monkey Gaming YouTube channel.
Due to licensing laws Stuart and Fife Society for the Blind had to get permission to feature the track in the video series.
Stuart said he was grateful to Calvin – who holds the record for the most top 10 hits from one studio album on the UK Singles Chart with nine hits – surpassing Michael Jackson – for agreeing that they could use his music.
“Blind and partially sighted people love playing games as much as any other person and this project means that gamers can interact and get impartial reviews of games designed for them,” he said.
“We hope that going forward that more games companies will make the gaming experience more immersive for players like myself and we hope that we can be part of that process.”
Fife Society for the Blind chief executive Ann Porter added: “We supported Stuart’s project because we believed it had genuine merit and the potential to really change things for blind and partially sighted people. It would appear that Calvin Harris believes that too which is magnificent.
“There is huge scope for the world of gaming to offer new experiences for blind and partially sighted people but they need to know what works and what doesn’t. This project will do exactly that and provide a community too.”