Idris Elba is known around the world thanks to his prominent roles within both Hollywood and British television and movies, but he’s also quite the accomplished DJ. So it should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed his music career thus far that on Tuesday morning he announced the launch of his own record label named 7Wallace Music. The name of the label comes from Elba’s DJ moniker, 7Wallace, which can be explored further via his SoundCloud page.
According to the announcement report from Billboard, the first artist signed to 7Wallace Music is French producer/DJ James BKS, who has collaborated in the past with American artists ranging from Diddy to Talib Kweli. James BKS also runs his own production house named Grown Kid, which provides music for clientele ranging from fashion brand advertisements to French movie scores. James’ first official release through the new label will be a globally-influenced single titled, "Kwlele," and is due out next Friday on July 13.
"James is a rare find," Elba said about the artist on his brand new venture. "His hip-hop sensibilities transfer to the other music he makes, he's a nice person to work with and is gonna be a strong artist in the future. It's a huge move for 7Wallace, a small indie label."
Elba’s experience in working behind the mixing board within recorded music is almost as impressive as his acting filmography. He helped co-produce (and performed on) the intro track to Jay-Z's 2007 American Gangster LP, and even joined Madonna on select European dates of her 2015 Rebel Heart tour. Tuesday’s report did not state if Elba was planning on releasing his own music through the label in the near future, but fans should be optimistic!