“I was always a fan of her because I love real artists.” – DJ Dubz talks working for Ariana Grande for 8 months

On January 8th, an interview was posted of the website Thump who has interviewed Ariana Grande’s DJ and Co Musical Director Dj Dubz about how it’s like working for the singer on tour at the Honeymoon Tour. Check out the whole article below!


For eight consecutive months, Adrian Wiltshire (aka DJ Dubz) tackled his DJ sets in a crisp three-piece suit, a bold Hermès belt, custom black and gold Michael Kors watch, and a pair of silver studded loafers. As the official DJ for Ariana Grande during her 2015 world tour, The Honeymoon Tour, Wiltshire’s flashy attire was just one part of the lavish pop affair. “When we started, she’d never had a band or DJ before,” says Wiltshire, who performs under the stage moniker DJ Dubz. “The creative directors wanted to use a DJ to create a different vibe. They wanted to hype the crowd.” It may seem peculiar that a DJ of only five years could rise to such an esteemed role so rapidly, but gargantuan concert stadiums are a familiar space for the former dance choreographer from Brooklyn.

“I wanted to make people feel like I felt when I was dancing,” Wiltshire says about his shift from dance to DJing. As a choreographer, he’s worked with some of the most celebrated acts in the entertainment industry. He’s the mastermind behind Pharell’s Oscar-winning “Happy” dance, creator of the routines for Major Lazer’s on-stage dance crew the “Lazer Girls,” and was featured in movies including Dream GirlsStep Up 3D, and Stomp The Yard. But a career in dance is exhaustive, and after a decade of carefully matching movement with rhythm, the 33-year-old felt it was time to move on. “If you love something so much, you can and will fall out of love with it,” he says.

Thankfully, Wiltshire’s high profile and artistic versatility quickly landed him gigs in his new role as a DJ. “I got my first tour with Cheryl Cole, she’s like the Beyonce of the UK,” he says. Although he admits that his past experiences as a dancer were what initially helped prepare him for the job, he was held back by a lack of technical skills. “I’m not ashamed at this point to say my set was pre-recorded at the time,” he says. “It was not live at all, but it’s still a performance.”

Four years later, an unapologetic Wiltshire is adamant that he’s progressed well beyond his days on tour with Cole. “All my other stuff has been live,” he says. “All my Ari stuff is live.” Throughout the 88 stops of the tour, Wiltshire also served as co-musical director of the production, created new remixes of Grande’s biggest hits and, from time-to-time, even impersonated Nicki Minaj. “When the raps would come on, I would do them,” he explains. “For ‘Bang Bang,’ I did Nicki Minaj’s voice.”

THUMP reached the new father—his son was born a few days before The Honeymoon Tour began—at home in Los Angeles, and he gave us a peak behind the curtain of what it’s like to spend eight months performing with one of the world’s biggest pop stars.

Ariana Grande and Dj Dubz

THUMP: What is Ariana’s most requested song?

DJ Dubz: She would always have the most random requests, one day it was Spice Girls. Then when Justin’s song came out it was “What Do You Mean?” which she also started performing at our shows.

Has she introduced you to any music?
I’ve started listening to a lot of other pop artists in her same category. Ariana loves Whitney, she loves Madonna. Ariana’s soul is so old, she has so much music knowledge.

What’s your relationship like with her now?
I don’t have the same relationship with her as someone that’s been around for years, but I love her, and she loves me too. Can I get on the phone and call her? Yes I can. If I have a track that I want her to check out, of course I can show her. She invited me over for Halloween. She keeps in touch. It’s very cordial.

You’ve only been with Ariana for a year, were you a fan of her before?
I was always a fan of her because I love real artists. She sings, she writes, she’s a performer. I wasn’t like a super fan of hers, but I respected her. I love the camp that’s around her. I’ve known [her dancers] Brian and Scott my entire life. I used to take their [dance] classes and they used to take mine.

Cashmere Cat opened the North American leg of The Honeymoon Tour. Did he inspire you in any way?
I like Cashmere Cat because his [collaboration with Ariana] inspired me to do the remix. Do I like my “Adore” better than his “Adore?” Of course, it’s mine. Do a lot of people like [my version of the song] better than they like his? Of course.

What would you try and do differently if you were to tour with her again?
I think the challenge for me would be for her to use every [remix] I give her and no one else’s—which is kind of selfish. That is what I’m gearing up to try and do now; I’m really working on my production.

Having started your career playing pre-recorded sets, do you ever worry that it could cause you to lose credibility?
I’m pretty sure a lot of people get backlash, but I’m a creative director. I didn’t feel guilty about it. I understand the importance of a performance. You do run the risk of the machines malfunctioning, something can always go wrong. When you’re doing a stadium show, certain things cannot be done by a live band. But at the end of the day, everything I’m doing is live.

If you weren’t DJing for Ariana Grande, who would you want to DJ for?
Myself. Unless Michael Jackson comes back from the dead.

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Source: Thump

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The Honeymoon Tour – Vancouver, BC (04/16)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Vancouver, British Colombia at the Rogers Arena on April 16th. This is her final show for the first North American leg as she is taking a month break before she kicks it off again in EUROPE! Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Meet & Greet

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Backstage

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
Why Try
My Everything
Love Me Harder
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

The Honeymoon Tour – Seattle, WA (04/14)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Seattle, Washington at the KeyArena on April 14th. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Meet & Greet

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
Why Try
My Everything
Love Me Harder
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

The Honeymoon Tour – Anaheim, CA (04/10)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Anaheim, CA at the Honda Center on April 10th. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Meet & Greet

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
Why Try
My Everything
Love Me Harder
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

 

The Honeymoon Tour – Inglewood, CA (04/08)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Inglewood, CA at The Forum on April 8th.

The show was attended by many celebrities, including CL, Noah Cyrus, Lucas (creator of FRED), Matt Bennett, Liz Gillies, and Dan Schneider. There were surprise guest performers, the one and only Justin Bieber, and David Foster (who made a song with Ariana for the Beauty & The Beast adaptation)

She performed Love Me Harder, As Long As You Love Me and Where Are U Now with Justin, and I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston with David Foster playing the piano. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Meet & Greet

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Backstage

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
My Everything
I Have Nothing (with David Foster)
Love Me Harder (with Justin Bieber)
As Long As You Love Me (with Justin Bieber)
Where Are U Now (with Justin Bieber)
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

The Honeymoon Tour – Phoenix, AZ (04/06)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Phoenix, Arizona at the  US Airways Center on April 6th. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Meet & Greet

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
Why Try
My Everything
Love Me Harder
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

The Honeymoon Tour – Oklahoma City, OK (04/03)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the  Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 3rd. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Meet & Greet

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
Why Try
My Everything
Love Me Harder
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

 

 

The Honeymoon Tour – Dallas, TX (04/01)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center on April 1st. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Meet & Greet

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
Why Try
My Everything
Love Me Harder
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

Ariana Grande & Cashmere Cat perform at 2015 Ultra Music Festival

On March 29th, Ariana Grande was expected to go to the 2015 iHeartRadio Awards, but for some reason she hasn’t. Instead, she stayed in Miami to perform at the 2015 Ultra Music Festival, as festival for electronic music. She performed with Cashmere Cat at the event. She sang “Adore”, and “Be My Baby”. Check out the photos + videos below!

Arrivals

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SHOW

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The Honeymoon Tour – Miami, FL (03/28)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Miami, Florida, at the American Airlines Arena on March 28th. Ariana Grande brought one of the biggest pop stars to her show, Justin Bieber! They both performed Love Me Harder, All That Matters, and As Long As You love Me at the show. This made her opt out songs like Why Try and All My Love from that show’s setlist. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Meet & Greet

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Backstage

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SHOW

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Bang Bang
Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
My Everything
Love Me Harder with Justin Bieber
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

The Honeymoon Tour – Orlando, FL (03/26)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Orlando, Florida, at the Amway Center on March 26th. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

 Meet & Greet

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
Why Try
My Everything
Love Me Harder
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES

The Honeymoon Tour – Atlanta, GA (03/24)

Ariana Grande continues The Honeymoon Tour as she performs in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Philips Arena on March 24th. During Love Me Harder, she brought up a fan who was dancing and “praising” every song she performed. Check out the photos + videos of the show!

Backstage

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Meet & Greet

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SHOW

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Hands On Me
Best Mistake
Break Your Heart Right Back
Be My Baby
Right There
The Way
Pink Champagne
Tattooed Heart
One Last Time
Why Try
My Everything
Love Me Harder
All My Love
Honeymoon Avenue
Break Free
Problem

FULL INFORMATION | TOUR DATES