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Martin Guttridge-Hewitt
6 October 2022, 13:28

Footballer Jack Grealish is teaching himself to DJ

The Manchester City star has said he would also be a club promoter, if he hadn't made it on the pitch

Footballer Jack Grealish is teaching himself to DJ

Premiership and England international footballer Jack Grealish is teaching himself to DJ, according to a recent interview, which you can watch below. 

“I like every type of music. I'm actually trying to learn to DJ at the moment... 'DJ Grealo'," the Manchester City star told BT Sport's Josh Denzel, before admitting the moniker was a joke, but he did feel a need to do something with his time aside from the beautiful game.  

“I'm awful but everything takes time. I'm trying to learn Spanish as well... Spanish in a Brummie accent. I want to learn some stuff outside of football, have a hobby and stuff,” he continued. "People say DJing, once you get the hang of it, obviously it takes a lot of time, but it's something you can really enjoy."

The statement has divided opinion among fans and social media users, with some acknowledging they could "totally see him as a DJ", while others chose more despairing words.

This summer the Manchester City player headed to Ibiza following the end of the 2021-22 English Premier League season with close friend DJ Russke, and has previously revealed he'd try his hand at club promotion in the Balearics if a more lucrative career as sportsperson hadn't presented itself. 

Football and electronic music have long had close ties. The rise of rave culture in the UK, and ecstasy use, are sometimes even cited as contributing to a reduction in hooliganism and violence between rival teams. More recently, Calvin Harris played a set on the Liverpool FC team bus after the Champions League Final.

In other sports news, former-NBA basketball titan Shaquille O'Neil is known for his love of dance music and DJing, although has been keen to point out his experience in booths dates back to the 1980s. Meanwhile, snooker World Champion Steve Davis has reinvented himself as a techno and ambient DJ since hanging up his professional cue. 

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