Travis Barker

(Travis Landon Barker)

Travis Barker
Travis Barker
  • Born: November 14, 1975
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Drummer, Songwriter, Record Producer









Travis Landon Barker is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the drummer for the rock band Blink-182. Barker has also performed as a frequent collaborator with hip hop artists, is a member of the rap rock group Transplants, founded the rock bands +44 and Box Car Racer, and most recently joined Antemasque and Goldfinger. He was a frequent collaborator with the now-late DJ AM, and together they formed TRV$DJAM. Due to his fame, Rolling Stone referred to him as "punk's first superstar drummer" as well as one of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time.

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A lot of people think that punk rock musicians don't know what they're doing.
All I wanted to do was ride skateboards - I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. But I had this problem. I kept breaking half of my body skateboarding.
And I played in jazz band as well during all three years in school.
And I was in another band called Flash In The Pan, which was soca, Latin music, down in Laguna Beach. Music, Chants & Rapps
Bill Stevenson of The Descendants is really good, too.
But really, anytime, I play on a practice pad as much as I can.
But there's actually a lot of punk bands out there that go out of the norm, use odd time signatures, or a lot of different tempo changes in a song. Time
I can play punk rock, and I love playing punk rock, but I was into every other style of music before I played punk rock. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I don't like traveling, period. I like being at places and I like going places, but I don't like forms of transportation.
I guess YouTube is the new destination spot for music videos. That's where I go. Music, Chants & Rapps
I hate planes.
I have my kids every Friday through Monday, and I don't leave them the whole time I have them. Time
I juice a lot; I get as much protein as I can, because being a vegan, there isn't much protein. But that's pretty much it. I just drink lots of water, too. I'll have a protein shake as well every morning. Morning
I learned the songs and played the gigs, and then they called me about a month later. They told me they were like super stoked on me and asked me to join their band.
I like Steve Gadd, everything he did with Steely Dan. There's so many. I like everything.
I listened a little to punk when I was younger, but it was straight edge punk. It was nothing like what is going on now, like poppy punk.
I looked Death right in the face. Death
I love tour, but I don't like traveling at night or driving long hours. But I love touring. If my kids could be out there full time, I'd probably never go home. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I need protein from food rather than just protein supplements. I changed my diet. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I play Orange County drums. I love those guys. I've got a four piece kit. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I practice every day, I warm up before I play.
I run every day now. I never ran before.
I think putting your relationship out there for people to interpret and have their own opinion about, I think it's crazy.
I try to do an hour of cardio on the days that I have off, and then I'll do 30 to 45 minutes on show days. That's the first thing I do when I wake up, I have breakfast and then I'll hit the gym.
I used to have friends come on tour and work as my drum tech, but they get bummed out when I have to tell them what to do. This time I'm just going to fly them out and let them hang. It's all good. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I want a certain thing for my children. I just want to be in their life. I don't want nannies raising my kids. Life
I want to keep pushing the limits for drummers and expressing myself.
I wanted to say thanks... and share my gratitude for everything I've been blessed with. Family, friends, and continued support from everyone. Families, Children & Parenting
I was a kid, and I wasn't even sure if I wanted to play the drums, you know? All I wanted to do was skateboard, but I was still learning and taking it in, so it was good. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I was in a band called Hooker for a while.
I was playing with the Aquabats, and then I quit to join a band called Suicide Machine in Detroit.
I was told once if I kept breaking things on my legs, that I wasn't going to be able to walk soon, you know? I wanted to be a pro skateboarder, but it was too hard. I was trying, but it wasn't going to happen.
If we play to first time Blink 182 listeners, it's good they are listening to us and not the Backstreet Boys. Old Fans or new fans, it's all the same to us. Time
I'm a freak, everything has to be totally flat when I play. Ed Will, my jazz teacher, set up everything completely flat, and then you'd tilt your snare drum away from you, so I do that too. So my snare tilts away from me. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I'm obsessed with my children.
I'm super serious about that stuff. I mean, it's rare that I sit down at a drum set when I'm not touring, because we tour so much.
In 1996, I was in was in an acoustic kind of rock band, we were called Feeble. We were just playing locally.
In junior high, I sang in madrigals, men's' and women's' choir. I played piano too, but then I got out of it. Women
In the hospital, I promised myself that I ever walked again, that I would eat well and swim every day.
It's something I want to overcome. And my kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it. Death
I've always liked Dennis Chambers, he's real flashy.
I've been vegan since I got out of the hospital... It's another eye opener. It changed my life in a number of ways. Life
My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened... well, I'm just thankful to be alive. I'm just grateful to be here at all.
My chops are still up, even though I'm not still in high school.
My mom died when I was 16. I had a rough childhood, you know what I mean, but it made me strong.
My mom listened to the Beatles and Elvis, a lot of different types of music. Music, Chants & Rapps
My mom passed away a day before high school started, and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy, and play drums in a band.
Oh, I was super serious about practicing and rudiments, and still am. I still have all my books.
On tour, you never have a home, you don't get used to anything, and you're always super busy.
Once in a while, I'll slip and get off my vegan diet and have egg whites in the morning, that's a good source of protein while I'm out on the road. If I can feel my body starting to tire, those are good to keep you healthy. Morning
Playing my drums is therapy.
Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living. Life
The whole time after you record an album, you're just waiting for the release date. You're waiting for fans to hear it and stuff. Time
Then I tried out for the Fontana High School drum line, in Riverside, and I did really well. I got second chair, and played snare in that drum line for three years.
There's a lot more responsibility at home, so a tour is like the opposite for me. It's like a breath of fresh air.
Usually, if I'm coming to Europe, I'm on a boat for seven days, so I spend the seven days doing a bunch of things. I'll do cardio for an hour or an hour-and-a-half and weights, just light weights.
We all liked the Descendants and stuff like that, so we started playing it. It's not that it was really hard, well, it does take skill to play fast and keep up your stamina. But it was something that just happened.
We all write the music, and then Mark and Tom write the lyrics. Music, Chants & Rapps
We just wanted to write a bunch of songs that we thought were good songs.
We just wrote songs that seemed good to us. We wrote the album in like two weeks. We could have had more time, but we accomplished what we needed to in the two weeks. Time
We never worry about the big things, just the small things.
We were concerned with having good songs, not just songs that go two hundred miles per hour.
When I look at music, everything is blurred, and I like it that way. I grew up like that, hanging out with different types of people who listened to so many different types of music. I never wanted to be part of any one clique. I loved it all. Music, Chants & Rapps