Y’all may know him as Drew Banga, a musician, prducer, and now DJ, but I first met Andrew Arnett my senior year of highschool. So imagine my surprise when I got home from college and saw him rocking out with HBK, 1-O.A.K and Trackademicks. I was like woah, is that Andrew, my bestfriend from highschool’s prom date Andrew. Apparently while I was gone he has made quite a name for himself in the Bay Area. So it made perfect sense for me to link up with him, and learn a little more about the musical talent that is Drew Banga.
What is your name?
Andrew Arnett aka Drew_Banga
Where are you from?
East Oakland California
Your life story in 30 seconds?
Born in Oakland California, grandpa bought me my first drum set when I was 5. Started play bass when I was 16 and now I’m a professional musician life is great.
How did you get into music?
I grew up in church and was surrounded by music my entire childhood.
What was your first concert?
First concert was N’Sync [chuckles]
What instruments do you play?
I play the Drums and Bass Guitar
When and how did you get into djing?
I literally started Djing like 6 weeks ago. My love for being able to change people’s mood threw music is what made me really want to DJ
If you could only listen to 5 artists for the rest of your life who would they be?
Marvin Gaye, Gwen Bunn, Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, and Parliament.
What inspires you to create music?
Life is what inspires me to create music. I like to make the theme music to my life.
Top 4 favorite r&b artists of all time?
Maxwell , Music Soul Child, Al Green, and Ronald Isley.
Who are your influences?
One of my main musical influences would have to be Pharrell.
What about the bay influences you?
In the Bay we are the God Fathers of everything dope. Thats what inspires me. People always come to the bay to jack swag and then get big. I feel like the Bay doesn’t get enough credit for all it had done for the music of today.
One common misconception that people have about the Bay?
People still think the Hyphy movement is still alive [chuckles]
Top 3 classic Bay Area hits?
Freaky Tales Too-short
Tell me when to go- E-40
I got 5 on it – Luniz
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I want to see myself either as a well accomplished producer or traveling the world playing for a artist.
What country are you dying to visit?
If you could go back 5 years what advice would you give yourself?
Not taking piano lessons.
If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing right now?
Probably still be in school, studying abroad. I always for some weird reason wanted to be in the military, when I got older I found out that was a bad idea haha.
After reading this interview what is one thing you want to make sure our readers know about you?
That I’m all about the Bay being looked at in the right light, and that I’m all about music!
Everyone’s favorite DJing dad has been up to so much since this article dropped. Be sure to look out for his updated Music Monday feature, which is set to go live this Monday, January 9th.