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Travis Barker Biography

Travis Landon Barker was born on November 14, 1975, is a musician, producer, and the drummer for the American pop punk band Blink-182, as well as the alternative rock band +44, the rap rock band The Transplants, & the post-hardcore band Box Car Racer. He was a frequent collaborator with DJ AM, & together they formed TRV$DJAM. Travis Barker was born to Randy & Gloria Barker in Fontana, California, which is sited in San Bernardino County. Barker grew up in a high-crime area, where his father worked as a mechanic and his mother babysat for local kids. Barker started playing the drums at the age of 4 although he didn’t become serious until about the age of 12. Barker studied with Allen Carter, an established & well honored percussionist & jazz director,writer/arranger & professor and was exposed to all kinds of different music.

Barker had the same drum set until he was 15. His mother, who had been diagnosed with cancer 3 mos. earlier, died the day before he started high school. She told him to continue playing music and to follow his dreams. Barker attended Fontana High School, where he played in the jazz ensemble and marching band. He got a lot of experience performing at regional competitions & festivals. During his senior year, he passed up drum corps tryouts to tour w/ a rock band. Barker earned a lot of experience performing with a few early rock bands. He finished high school and became a member of The Aquabats. He was nicknamed “Baron Von Tito.” Barker did go back to drum corps for his age out year in 1996, to audition w/ the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, but was ultimately cut and did not march.

Travis Barker Bio

After the split of his 1st band, Feeble, Barker started out playing for The Aquabats in 1996 as The Baron Von Tito. He recorded one album w/ them, The Fury of the Aquabats!, in 1997. His career took off when he joined up w/ pop punk band, Blink-182 in 1998. Barker became famous for his mohawk  and his tendency to perform shirtless, uncovering a multitude of tattoos. Barker has since established himself as a versatile drummer, producing & making guest appearances in music projects of numerous music genres including hip-hop, alternative rock, pop and country. He has made significant acceptance within the hip-hop community in particular & often collaborates w/ artists to compose rock-tinged remixes to their songs. He founded clothing company Famous Stars and Straps in 1999 & LaSalle Records in 2004. Companies such as DC Shoes & Zildjian cymbals have co-designed products in his name.

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