by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Soul of Photography

Ten years ago, Will Hernandez and David Esau met through music, and today they continue that collaboration as a duo known as DrumBeats by DRE. “We really pick up each other’s vibe and mesh well together,” said Will.
A mutual admiration such as this can only turn into a terrific combination. DJ Will Hernandez and drummer David Esau are both native San Diegans and long-term friends. When asked about the specifics of the group, Will explained, “I am the DJ of DrumBeats by DRE, and I select and mix songs to enhance the unique atmosphere and vibe of each piece we play. David’s phenomenal talent brings added energy and life to any event we play.”
Will is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School and MiraCosta College who lives in North County. He loves the area because of the weather and proximity to the ocean, and he frequents places like Searsucker, California Pizza Kitchen, Las Olas and Nico’s. He was in a band in high school and his early twenties. “I have been inspired by many artists throughout the years,” Will told us. “I have grown by watching and learning from some of the greatest talents out there.”

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DrumBeats by DRE gives back to the community in more ways than just entertaining it. They played with other groups like Give & Surf, Surfride, Spy, and Ezia, to raise money to help send kids in Panama to school. They also played in a private charity event, called Science on the Rocks, with proceeds benefiting the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.
When asked about the most rewarding part of being connected to and involved in the community, Will said, “We love seeing faces of many of the regulars at our shows. A sense of familiarity is always rewarding.”
Will and David play regularly at Zenbu, BarleyMash, Saloon, and SaddleBar. People can check out their upcoming events by going to their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/drumbeatsbydre.

Will Hernandez At A Glance
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Age: 27
Community of Residence: Del Mar
Hobbies/Interests: Surfing, Exercise, Sports, Music Production
Favorite Local Spots: Searsucker, Las Olas, CPK, and Nico’s
Facebook: www.facebook.com/drumbeatsbydre
Instagram: djwillhernandez
Twitter: @djwillhernandez