Biography On Travis Barker
Travis Barker is arguably one of the most influential modern drummers that is still active in the drumming community. Not only is he known for being one of the most fresh sounding drummers, but he also has his own clothing line, TV show, and various advertisements. He has designed his own signature Zildjian drumstick, his own Orange County drum sets, and he plays Avedis Zildjian Cymbals.
Travis Barker's Achievements
In 1999 Travis Barker started his own clothing company “Famous Stars and Straps”. His clothing company specializes in making t-shirts, jackets, hats, and accessories like belt buckles and bandanas.
Travis generally plays a 4 piece drum kit from Orange County Percussion. Currently he has a kit made of Orange County Gold Acrylic Shells. His snare drum is 7x14 with large vents just to make sure that he is louder than everyone else. His toms are 6x10 and 14x16, and his kick drum is 22x22 with a gold plated DW 5000 bass drum pedal.
Travis Barker's Drum Kit
For cymbals Travis uses all Zildjian cymbals. Starting on the left side, he uses 14” A Custom Master Sounds Hi-Hats, and for his left crash he uses a 20” Z Custom Medium Crash. On the right side of his drum kit, he uses a 21” A Sweet Ride Brilliant, and a 20” Z Custom Medium Crash. For effects Travis uses an 18” Oriental China Trash and a Latin Percussion Rock Cowbell.
Travis Barkers Drumming Career
When Travis Barker fist starting playing the drums, at the age of 4 years old, he was inspired and influenced by jazz music. In school, Travis played in a number of jazz bands, marching bands, and rock bands. When Travis was about to graduate, he was approached by the drum corps, and aksed to audition. Travis declined because he wanted to go on tour with a rock band that he was currently playing with. Ever since that summer, Travis has been in and out of rock bands playing literally thousands of rock shows all around the world.
In 1998, Travis Barker replaced Blink 182’s drummer, Scott Raynor, when Scott failed to show up on time for their gig. Since Travis Barker was there anyways playing with his band “The Aquabats”, he was somewhat familiar with Blink 182’s set. After that show Travis quit the Aquabats and continued to Tour with Blink 182.
While playing with Blink 182 Travis Barker had many side projects including: Box Car Racer, The Transplants, and doing the drum tracks for Pink’s CD “Try This”. Travis has also been in music videos for P.Diddy, New Found Glory, Bubba Sparxxx, Black Eyed Peas, N.E.R.D., Xzibit, and Outkast.
In 2005 Blink-182 broke up, but Travis Barker, and Mark Hoppus stayed together and formed the band “+44”. They have released a CD entitled “When Your Heart Stops Beating” and Travis has continued being successful by doing studio sessions for Avril Lavigne and Expensive Taste.
Travis Barker is definitely one of those drummers who will never stop being successful. So far Travis Barker’s career has been everything that up and coming drummers can only dream of becoming. Not only do his fans, and band mates respect him, but he also has the respect of the whole music industry in general.
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