Oxlade-Chamberlain: I was a schoolboy metaller

Arsenal’s dressing room DJ Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain loves his hip-hop and R&B, but he has revealed that as a boy he was into rock music, listening to bands like Blink-182, Good Charlotte and Green Day.
Like most dressing room DJs in the Premier League, Oxlade-Chamberlain usually gets his team-mates hyped up with a mix of Drake, Kano and Future.
But hip-hop wasn’t the midfielder’s first love. In an exclusive video interview with Dressing Room DJ, Oxlade-Chamberlain has confessed to his days as a schoolboy metaller. Growing up in Portsmouth, he moshed about to a mix of American nu-metal and pop-punk.
Oxlade-Chamberlain told us: “As I started going to school and listening to music with my friends, they were all into rock, just rock. I used to love Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Green Day, Bowling For Soup, My Chemical Romance… It was random music and I’m sure that, if I was in a different environment, I’d never have come across and learned to appreciate it.”
Combining metal at school with hip-hop at home, Oxlade-Chamberlain laughed: “My music tastes were so varied. Everyone who knows me now knows I mostly listen to hip-hop, R&B, bashment and dancehall music.”
But, as Dressing Room DJ previously revealed, Oxlade-Chamberlain went to last summer’s Reading Festival in disguise in hat and hoodie. And it was there that he got reacquainted with one of his early passions, I Just Wanna Live hitmakers Good Charlotte.
Oxlade-Chamberlain recalled: “When I saw Good Charlotte were on the line-up, I was more excited to see them than Kano or Stormzy, who I love as well. A lot of my friends were going ‘You know Good Charlotte…?’ It was quite surprising for some of them, as people don’t expect me to know that sort of music because they know what I’m like nowadays.”
While he may stick to urban music at the Emirates, Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he’s kept in touch with his rock side. He explained: “I’m glad I’ve got a bit of culture in that sort of music, as it inspired me to go and learn the drums at school. It brings back happy memories – funny memories of my friends and schooldays.”