We all know Travis Barker as the drummer of Blink-182, but what does he do when he’s not recording and touring with the band? Here’s a peep into the life of the man Rolling Stone refer to as ‘Punk’s first superstar drummer’, and the life he lives when he’s not Blinking.
Aside from his obvious involvement in Blink side projects Box Car Racer and +44, Travis is in big demand for collaborations with other artists, which keeps him busy when he’s not in the studio or on the road with Blink. In 2002, Travis was asked to join punk/rap supergroup The Transplants, with Rancid vocalist Tim Armstrong. The band has released three albums - Transplants, Haunted Cities and In A Warzone, with guest vocalists including Brody Dalle (Distillers, Spinerette) and Davy Havok (AFI). The Transplants go on extended hiatus when members were busy with their own projects, but it was revealed in 2014 that they were working on new material.
In 2011, Travis recorded and released his first solo album ‘Give The Drummer Some’, with Guns And Roses guitarist Slash lending his shredding skills on the Latin rock track ‘Saturday Night’ and artists including Rancid, Tom Morello, Slaughterhouse, Raekwon and Corey Taylor all adding their unique collaborative styles.
Travis frequently collaborated with the late DJ AM, forming TRV$DJAM. The formula was simple. DJ AM would sample anything from classic rock to dance, with Travis fleshing the tracks out. They released two mix tapes Fix Your Face Volumes 1&2 before DJ AM’s untimely death in 2009. More recently, Travis has worked with Steve Aoki and Kid Cudi, Hopsin and Kid Ink.
Over the years, Travis has made numerous appearances in television shows, from a miscredited scene in American Pie (the producers named him as Blink’s original drummer Scott Raynor), to South Park’s Blink parody, to an episode of CSI. Travis’s most notable TV appearance was on the reality show Meet The Barkers with now ex-wife Shanna Moakler, a fly on the wall snapshot of everyday life for the pair and their children Landon and Alabama.
For a drummer known for his punk and hip hop capabilities, Travis’ appearance at the CMA awards 2006 was a complete curve ball. Playing drums with Dwight Yoakam, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and Chirs Hillman of the Byrds, the supergroup performed songs from country legend Buck Owens. Most recently, Travis has spent over a year working on his biography ‘Can I say – Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums, Drums, Drums’, saying of the book that he put as much effort into writing it as he would recording an album.
When not in high demand for musical collaborations, Travis is a keen business man, with Famous Stars and Straps being his first venture in 1999. A popular clothing label amongst skaters and BMX, Travis’ hip hop/punk inspired designs have also been seen worn by the likes of Synyster Gates, Hopsin, Eminem and Fergie. In 2004, Travis created his own record label ‘La Salle’ records, named after his favourite Cadillac, with the first band signed to the label being The Kinison. Travis also signed The Transplants and TR$VDM. Whilst it was thought to be defunct, the label signed a new band in ‘Prayers’ in 2015. Ever the entrepreneur, Travis even dabbled in the restaurant industry, opening a Wahoo’s Fish Taco in California, and has invested in another clothing company, DTA Posse (formerly Rogue Status), along with skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, known for its controversial t-shirt prints.
The Cadillac Man
Travis’s passion is vintage Cadillac cars, which he enjoys modifying and customising. If you were ever lucky enough to find yourself in his garage, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a car museum. Stating that his love of these beautiful old cars goes as far as inspiring him when he designs clothes, The Cadillac Man is constantly looking for new acquisitions for his collection, and this passion is echoed in Travis’ many tattoos.
Following the air crash that nearly took his life in 2008, Travis made some lifestyle changes. He took up swimming and running daily, and although he had been a vegetarian for seventeen years, he began a vegan diet. Married twice, Travis has two children, Landon and Alabama, to ex-wife Shanna Moakler, and can often be spotted out and about with them being a full on rock star dad.