Kimberly Wyatt - Pryzm, West Street, Brighton

Friday, June 27

"My favourite thing is to get people's eyes wide open because they hear a track they love. If I can get five or ten of those moments in an hour-long set I know I've done my job."

The celebrity DJ is nothing new on the touring club circuit, but former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt is keen to emphasise everything out of the speakers tonight will be down to her hard-earned skills.

"I'm so against celebrities calling themselves DJs because they're pushing play on a playlist, or using ghost DJs," says Wyatt, who took a course at New York's Scratch Academy to learn the craft.

"DJing is like playing an instrument. I take it seriously - I feel like I've got a knack for it. Having been on stage I have a keen eye for reading crowds and know if they're feeling something or not."

DJing has changed her relationship to music, which has remained a driving force in her career ever since leaving the Pussycat Dolls in 2010.

When she left the multi-platinum-selling US pop group she recorded an album with Spencer Nezey under the name Her Majesty And The Wolves, and established a television career as a judge on Sky One's Got To Dance.

Aside from a top five collaboration with Aggro Santos on the 2010 single Candy, and last year's single Derriere, her solo music career is still on standby.

"I always love working on tracks with great producers and songwriters, but finding the right song is easier said than done," she says. "DJing is stirring a passion within me, and I want to take that to the next level."

Brighton may be one of the first places to see that planned expansion, as Wyatt makes an appearance at Pride's Party In The Park on Saturday, August 2.

"I want to find ways of bringing dance, DJing and music into one big package," she says. "Brighton Pride will combine the DJ set and dancing to create a show."

Last year saw Wyatt launch Beautiful Movements, a new brand combining management, film and production, building on the advice she has given new talent on Got To Dance.

Passion "There's a real fame buzz with the selfie generation," she says. "Everyone wants to be famous. I want to use my craft and passion to inspire others to get to work."

Wyatt is still proud of the work she did with the Pussycat Dolls in helping create their live show - her opening gambit as a DJ is a PCD mix.

And she is learning more about her craft on the Monster-powered tour.

"In a lot of clubs I've been to I've found hip-hop is a no-no," she says.

"I like to fill my sets with beats from house and deep house to build into the big anthems.

“I'm always on the look-out for a good remix too - like the Delirious remix of Katy Perry's Dark Horse."

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