British DJ-turned actor, Idris Elba is currently one of Hollywood’s most revered actors, having featured in several box office hits since breaking onto the American movie scene.
In a recent chat with Interview Magazine, Idris Elba says he is set to launch his DJ career all over again. He also expressed his fears of breaking down due to excessive multi-tasking or burn out of creativity. The multi-award winner is currently shooting for upcoming movies, The Dark Tower (in theaters Feb. 17, 2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (in theaters Nov. 3, 2017.)
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Idris reflects on his previous career as a DJ and how his acting career took over. Also known as DJ Big Driis, Idris Elba, says he is now embracing his first love once again.
Idris Elba On the turntable
The actor and second time divorcee, whose root can be traced to Sierra Leone, will be gracing the covers of Interview magazine August 2016 issue. Read excerpts from the interview.
“It’s unhealthy to have that much going on. I don’t want to sound ungrateful or anything, but I sleep less, I’m constantly thinking, I’m constantly multi-tasking, and I really don’t know what the effects are going to be when I’m older.
“I don’t ever stop. Not because I’m greedy or anything, but I’m always creating, debating with the part of my brain that is dormant. Wondering how I can move in and create a bit more space and take a bit more time. But it’s almost like the more I achieve, the more capacity I have to achieve.
“I do worry sometimes about whether I’m going to burn out. Not burn myself out, but burn my art out, with audiences going, ‘Ah, yeah, I’ve seen enough now, thanks very much.
“Once I got The Wire, my life changed. I couldn’t DJ as much and I couldn’t take it seriously because my career as an actor was just getting to a place where I was finally making it in America.
“I wanted to be on American TV so much. I didn’t park DJ’ing; I just sort of ended up becoming more of a studio guy.
“I had a bit more money and I could buy every little piece of equipment and drum machine that had just come out-I’ve got quite a collection now-and I continued to collect music.
“About five years ago, my career blossomed, but I really missed being out on the road, DJ’ing. So I started picking up gigs here and there, and what occurred to me really quickly was that I was going to water down my passion for DJ’ing, because the type of gigs I was getting was celebrity DJ work, and that just didn’t sit right.
“So I made a decision about five years ago to really do it properly, to do it at that level I had never done it, but take it seriously and not ride the coattails of being an actor. It took a while because I had to take my time to introduce myself into that world: doing remixes, being taken seriously.
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