Wiz Khalifa, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Aim to Inspire in 'When I Grow Up' Video: Exclusive
Who did you want to be when you grew up? Did you fancy yourself a doctor? An astronaut? Maybe you wanted to be a rock star. As long as there's a dream in your heart, you're never really done growing up, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike wanna be like Wiz Khalifa on the duo's latest track, "When I Grow Up."
That's actually the hook -- "I wanna be like Wiz Khalifa" -- sung over a hopeful, downtempo summer beat. The duo wrote the hook with the topliners before even talking to the rapper. Securing his feature was kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
"It's not meant to be taken literally," Vegas tells Billboard over the phone from his temporary home this summer on the island of Ibiza. He just rocked 10,000 people at the opening of he and his brothers' Garden of Madness party series, in collaboration with Tomorrowland. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike's success has surpassed their wildest dreams.
"We (want to) speak to a whole new generation of kids, give them positive vibes and inspiration," he says. "On the other hand, it also looks back. I mean, if you're somebody; an artist or a successful businessman, successful in any job or you're happy in life, you can look back and say 'I was a kid once with big dreams, and I followed my dreams, and that's where I am today.'"
"When I Grow Up" premieres with a playful video. Wiz Khalifa, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are all portrayed at different stages of their lives, from young boys to troublesome teenagers right up to the collaborative trios live performace at EDC Las Vegas. Vegas and Mike wrote the treatment together and got with directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, with whom they recently made the movie Gangsta.
Vegas calls the song a "curveball."
"It's not a typical Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike song, but we always like to catch the people off guard," he says. "We're working on a couple of very, let's say different types of songs that are really going to surprise people."
Do you wanna be like Wiz Khalifa when you grow up? Maybe you're already the Wiz of your dreams? Catch some inspiring vibes, or remember to thank yourself for all the hard work you've put in with "When I Grow Up" below.