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post Apr 16 2019, 09:42 AM
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If anyone is ever lucky enough to meet him, you're probably better off calling him by his real name Adam!

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Calvin Harris has revealed in a new interview that he hates being called his artist name in person.

Real name Adam Wiles, he revealed the news on Boogie & Arlene’s Show on Scottish radio channel Clyde 1.

“No one calls me Calvin," he said. "It’s horrible and it’s not my name. At the start of my career [when]people were meeting me for the first time, I let it slide. It was sort of a nickname.”

But Wiles explained that as he got bigger as an artist, he decided he couldn't take it any more. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry this is ridiculous. You’re speaking to my alter ego,'” he said. “Since that day I’ve been like, ‘I don’t care if you think it’s a nickname or anything, it’s not my name.'”

In November, Wiles stated The Chemical Brothers were a huge inspiration for his music. That was after he landed the No. 40 spot on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll last year.

Wiles also landed the top spot on the Forbes DJ rich list last year.

https://djmag.com/news/calvin-harris-hates-...d-calvin-harris


As an aside, when did you realise Calvin Harris was only his stage name? Think it was a good five years after his debut before I found out from going through his Wiki.
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post Apr 16 2019, 01:54 PM
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I realised just now... I'm not being funny but he comes across as a bit of an arsehole there. Why should he expect people to know his real name if he decides to call himself Calvin Harris? It's like Elton John being annoyed that people don't call him Reginald Dwight or George Michael being annoyed not to be called Georgios Panayiotou. He should have stuck with his own name if it bothers him that much, Adam Wiles is perfectly fine for a DJ... rolleyes.gif
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post Apr 16 2019, 03:12 PM
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Apparently he chose the stage name because his first track was more of a soul track and he wanted have a more 'racially ambiguous' name.

Yeah, I know that doesn't sound great. And it's probably (partly) why he's not so keen on the name now but he's stuck with it.
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post Apr 16 2019, 03:39 PM
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QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Apr 16 2019, 02:54 PM) *
I realised just now... I'm not being funny but he comes across as a bit of an arsehole there. Why should he expect people to know his real name if he decides to call himself Calvin Harris? It's like Elton John being annoyed that people don't call him Reginald Dwight or George Michael being annoyed not to be called Georgios Panayiotou. He should have stuck with his own name if it bothers him that much, Adam Wiles is perfectly fine for a DJ... rolleyes.gif


Totally agree, he is known under the name of Calvinh Harris, people are fans of Calving Harris and most would have no idea who Adam Wiles is.
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post Apr 16 2019, 04:06 PM
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never knew

tho it's defo better than adam wiles
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post Apr 16 2019, 05:26 PM
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it was probs around the Ready for the Weekend era that I found out but I always forget, especially when this happened!:

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post Apr 16 2019, 06:16 PM
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Why didn’t I know this?
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post Apr 16 2019, 06:19 PM
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I think he's gone too far with 'Calvin Harris' to return his actual name! Reminds me of what old people say doing stupid stuff when you're young as you might regret it in the future!

Also quite surprised a number of you guys didn't know - I know it's not common knowledge but I thought people who are into music would know at least.
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post Apr 16 2019, 06:43 PM
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QUOTE(Klaus @ Apr 16 2019, 06:26 PM) *
it was probs around the Ready for the Weekend era that I found out but I always forget, especially when this happened!:


Taylor's impact, I only found out his real name a few years ago when I saw a picture she'd posted with their initials written into sand on a beach!
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post Apr 16 2019, 08:55 PM
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I think it's very silly of him to just assume people would know his name?! laugh.gif
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post Apr 16 2019, 10:05 PM
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post Apr 17 2019, 12:08 PM
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Maybe he's talking about his team and people he works with, that would know his real name?
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post Apr 17 2019, 05:44 PM
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I knew Calvin Harris was a stage name but I do tend to forget most of the time.
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