In an Associated Press interview published Thursday, Elba said his DJing experience extends back to his early teen years. “I love DJing so much,” the 46-year-old said.
“I got into it because my uncle was a DJ ― he did weddings and whatnot. So when I was 14, I would travel with him wherever he went, lift the record boxes,” the former “Wire” actor recalled. “When he decided he was a bit tired, I would take over ― that was how I got in.”
Elba noted that he continued DJing at various types of venues throughout his teen years.
“Turn Up Charlie,” a Netflix original comedy series, follows a DJ (Elba) who “plots to rebuild his music career whilst working as a nanny for his famous best friend’s wild [11-year-old] daughter,” according to the streaming giant’s description.
The “Luther” star co-produced the intro on Jay-Z’s 2007 “American Gangster” album. After releasing a number of EPs, Elba dropped his remix of Skepta’s “Shutdown” in 2015. He also DJed the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last May.