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Not Acting But DJ-ing is Idris Elba's 'First Love': It Grounds Me Completely

Image: Instagram/Idris Elba

Image: Instagram/Idris Elba

Hollywood star Idris Elba credits his DJ career with 'grounding him completely' as it is his 'first love' ahead of acting.

Hollywood star Idris Elba credits his DJ career with "grounding him completely" as it is his "first love" ahead of acting.

"DJ-ing is my first love. I'm a creative, but DJ-ing was the first stop. That's where I started. By the time I was about 13, I was DJ-ing for house parties. And then, I met my drama teacher, and the DJ-ing went out the window," Elba told Collider magazine.

He said: "I became an actor. But the truth is that I've kept DJ-ing alongside my acting career. It's one of those things that I just really like to do. It grounds me, completely. I love music, and I love making music. What I did not what to do was market my DJ-ing based on my acting.

"But recently, there's been this crazy cross-roads of stuff happening, all together, with Coachella and 'Turn Up Charlie'. It all looks like a marketing plan, but it isn't. I promise, I'm not that clever."

Elba had previously said that he "nearly passed out" when he was booked for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

He said: "I've worked my whole life to play at Coachella. I made it at 46! I nearly passed out when I found out."

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