Johnny Depp has said music is his first love and 'a real lifesaver'.

The actor told Iggy Pop in a candid interview for Interview magazine, "I've been playing a lot of music lately. It's a real lifesaver, being able to focus on my first love. It's freedom. And immediate – yea, f***, we captured it. I suppose that's it, capturing something.

"I've been writing and recording with Ryan Adams a lot lately. Ryan is incredibly prolific and he's just a pure soul, he's just this being. He's got a great handle on it and is taking good care of himself. But what a talent, man."

He added, "And then, here and there I'm doing some stuff with Alice [Cooper], which is really fun. Also with Marcus Mumford, who's amazing."

The Pirates of the Caribbean star reminded his now good friend Iggy about their first meeting in 1990, "After the gig you were walking around the club, and I was standing at the bar, all of 17-years-old, guzzling as much spirits as I could to get up the nerve to talk to you.

"And I remember making the horrific decision in my teenage drunken state to go, 'Well, I'll just get his attention'. I started going, 'I-I-Iggy Pop, Piggy Slop', you know? You walked towards me and put your face about a quarter of an inch from mine and just went, 'You little ****'.  And not only was it exactly the reaction that I deserved, but it was the one I wanted, I had a moment with you."