It’s Adam Wiles to you: Calvin Harris says he hates being called by his stage name
When he’s behind the decks, call him by his stage name, but at all other times, Calvin Harris, born Adam Wiles, wants you to use his biological name.
Call it a paradox—just don’t call Calvin Harris by his stage name when he isn’t performing, for the “Giant” producer doesn’t take kindly to being addressed as such. “No one calls me Calvin. It’s horrible and it’s not my name,” the producer expressed in a recent interview with radio hosts Boogie and Arlene, of Boogie & Arlene’s Show. “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,” Wiles added.
But as Wiles was to learn, what one allows is what will continue. Although Wiles initially shrugged off individuals’ use of his stage name during their off-stage encounters with the producer, Wiles eventually put his foot down when a girlfriend began to call him by his DJ moniker. “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.'”