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Barker in September 2008, performing at the TMobile Block Party in Columbia, South Carolina
|Born||Travis Landon Barker
November 14, 1975
Fontana, California, U.S.
|Other names||The Baron von Tito|
|Education||Fontana High School|
|Occupation||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Melissa Kennedy (m. 2001; div. 2002)
Shanna Moakler (m. 2004; div. 2008)
|Orange County Drum and Percussion
Travis Landon Barker (born November 14, 1975) is an American musician and producer, and the drummer for the rock band Blink-182. Barker has also performed as a frequent collaborator with hip-hop artists, and with the alternative rock band +44, the rap rock group the Transplants, the alternative rock band Box Car Racer, and most recently with Antemasque. He was a frequent collaborator with the late DJ AM, and together they formed TRV$DJAM.
After the split of his first band, Feeble, Barker began playing for the Aquabats in 1996 as the Baron Von Tito. He recorded one album with them, The Fury of The Aquabats!, in 1997. His career rose when he joined Blink-182 in 1998. Barker has since established himself as a versatile drummer, producing and making guest appearances in music projects of numerous music genres including hip hop, alternative rock, pop and country. He has gained significant acceptance within the hip-hop community in particular and often collaborates with artists to compose rock-tinged remixes to their songs. Barker collaborated with artists (including Game, Yelawolf, Tom Morello, Corey Taylor, Slaughterhouse, Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, RZA, Slash, and other musicians) for his solo debut album, Give the Drummer Some, which was released on March 15, 2011.
Aside from drumming, he founded clothing company Famous Stars and Straps in 1999 and LaSalle Records in 2004. Companies such as DC Shoes and Zildjian cymbals have co-designed products in his name. Rolling Stone referred to him as "punk's first superstar drummer."
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Discography
- 6 Writing
- 7 Film and television
- 8 Video games
- 9 Videos
- 10 References
- 11 Notes
- 12 External links
Early life and education
Barker was born to Randy and Gloria Barker in Fontana, California on November 14, 1975. His father worked as a mechanic and his mother babysat. He is of English, Irish, and Italian descent. When Barker was four, his mother gave him his first kit, which was the only one he would have until he was fifteen. Barker began taking drum lessons at age five with a drummer named Michael Mai, who would expose young Barker to many different playing styles. At this time, he also began taking trumpet lessons. In junior high, Barker learned to play the piano and briefly tried singing, joining the madrigals men and women's choir. In addition, Barker had non-musical aspirations; he also was interested in becoming a professional surfer and skateboarder. However, Barker states that "I always migrated back to drums, though. That was the one direction that kind of felt like I was connected to and I could kind of understand. I could express myself better through my drums than I could anything else."
Barker has described himself as a stoner during his tenure at the largely Hispanic-based Fontana High School. His mother, who had been diagnosed with cancer three months earlier, died the day before he started going to high school. She told him to keep playing music and to follow his dreams. Barker attended Fontana High School, where he played in the jazz ensemble and marching band. While attending Fohi, he and his best friend Manuel Solorzano decided to enter the school talent show in a drum-off battle between the two of them; Travis won. He gained a lot of experience performing at regional competitions and festivals. Barker employed a variety of styles including military and jazz rhythms, but was attracted to the driving rhythms of hip-hop and punk rock.
After graduating Fontana high school, Barker worked as a trash man in Laguna Beach and played with bands Snot, and later, Feeble, a Fontana-based band where he met Chad Larson. Larson went on to co-found the ska punk group the Aquabats in 1994. After local shows and demo tapes, the band recruited Barker through Larson's connection. Barker, who was "sleeping on [his] friend's couch" and still working as a trash man, only intended to fill-in for a few days but ended up joining the band. The group then went into the studio with veteran producer Jim Goodwin to record The Fury of the Aquabats!. Barker's speed and accuracy meant that once his parts were recorded he was free to head off and rehearse (and sit in with other bands). He'd picked up a nickname with the Aquabats—Baron Von Tito—the reasons for which are lost to history as none of the members recall why.
After the October 1997 release of The Fury of the Aquabats!, the group toured nationwide with San Diego-based Blink-182, who had recently completed their second album Dude Ranch. Blink-182's commercial breakthrough arrived with 1997's Dude Ranch. The exhausting touring schedule began to take a toll on Blink-182 and tensions flared. The trio's drummer, Scott Raynor, announced to his fellow members that he would depart following the SnoCore Tour in February 1998. For many shows during a short mini-tour across the West Coast, the ensemble enlisted Barker to fill in for Raynor. Barker, who had not had time to prepare or practice with the duo, learned the drum tracks for the 20-song setlist in only 45 minutes before the first show and performed them flawlessly thereafter. Raynor returned in May but arguments only grew worse. Raynor had suffered tragic loss throughout the year and was drinking heavily. In addition, he was still unhappy with the band's decision to sign to MCA Records over Epitaph Records. Bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge presented an ultimatum—quit drinking and go to an in-patient rehab or be fired—and although Raynor agreed, he was fired regardless.
Faced with a huge amount of summer tour dates and a new album in the planning stages, they recruited Barker once more. "I remember Travis rehearsing backstage for an hour or two, then playing with them during sound-check," recalled Aquabats member Adam Deibert. "A few of us were standing by the stage and I vividly remember the feeling of this is the new Blink. We should have looked for a new drummer right then because it was so obvious what band he belonged in." The addition of Barker inspired DeLonge and Hoppus to "play better" and keep up with their new member, whom DeLonge called "perfect." Barker continued playing with Blink-182 throughout 1998 and stepped in to play with the Vandals, where he filled in for Josh Freese as the year closed.
MCA gave the band its first professional recording budget, and the trio returned to DML Studios in San Diego to write their follow-up. Barker would drive down each day from Riverside to take part in the writing process. When the band completed writing and recording demos for the songs, the three headed to Los Angeles to record drum tracks at Chick Corea's Mad Hatter Studios in January 1999, and Barker completed the tracks in only a few days. Producer Jerry Finn worked with the trio on these sessions, who polished the recordings and helped the band hone its sound. The result—Enema of the State—was released in June 1999 and catapulted the trio to stardom, becoming the biggest pop punk band of the era. Three singles were released from the record—"What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things", and "Adam's Song"—that crossed over into Top 40 radio format and experienced major commercial success. "All the Small Things" became a number-one hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, but also became a crossover hit and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its video parodied boy bands and pop music videos and won a Moon Man for Best Group Video at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. The album has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and had a considerable effect on pop punk music. The band began its first arena tour in the fall of 1999. They had a cameo appearance in American Pie (1999), although Barker was mistakenly credited as Scott Raynor. Travis Barker appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer.
The band's success did great things for Barker. "Four years ago, I couldn't afford to feed myself," he said. "But now I can buy art, work on old Cadillacs, and live in comfort. I can finally buy a dog and afford to feed him." He began dating Melissa Kennedy and purchased a rehearsal studio. Barker branched out into retail at this time, opening a store in Riverside called Famous Stars and Straps. The storefront was shut down by the city, but FSAS products began to be carried by other retailers and via the Internet. Barker also began offering drum lessons and added Guitar Center drum clinics to his list of activities. Meanwhile, Blink-182 was forced to postpone remaining dates of a spring European tour in 2000 when both DeLonge and Barker came down with strep throat. The band played to sold-out audiences and performed worldwide during the summer of 2000 on the Mark, Tom and Travis Show tour. During the tour, he and Kennedy took a taxi to a Taco Bell on an "off" day in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Two men aggressively began flirting with Kennedy, and Barker was involved in an altercation, toppling his larger assailant. One of the blows he landed on the guy's face broke Barker's right pinkie, a hairline fracture. "That guy was way bigger and older than me," Barker cracked in an interview with Rolling Stone, who gave the trio a cover story in August 2000. "Ohio's not that tough." Damon DeLaPaz, guitarist of Fenix TX, stepped in on drums for Barker.
Blink-182's next effort, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001), was greeted with immediate success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and going triple platinum within three weeks (the record eventually sold in excess of 14 million copies worldwide). In 2001, Barker married Melissa Kennedy. Following a cancelled European tour, DeLonge went back to San Diego to record an album he deemed an experiment in ideas he felt weren't suited to Blink-182. DeLonge, not wanting to pay for a studio drummer, simply asked Barker to step in and perform on the record, called Box Car Racer. The experiment became a full-time band and toured in 2002, which led to strained relations between DeLonge and Hoppus. Hoppus was very interested in being a part of the project, but DeLonge did not want the record to turn into another Blink-182 album. Regardless, Hoppus felt betrayed on the side project and it would become an unresolved tension that followed the band for the following few years. Barker and Kennedy divorced in August 2002 after nine months of marriage.
Through a connection with Jerry Finn, Rancid vocalist Tim Armstrong contacted Barker in the summer of 2002 to record tracks for a rap/rock collaboration called the Transplants. Armstrong, who lived in a residential part of Los Angeles, had a gentlemen's agreement with neighbors that he would cut off any "super-loud" sounds by the time they arrived home from work at 5pm. Barker set up his drums by 11am and cut the drums for nearly the entire Transplants record—over fourteen tracks—in one sitting. For his role on the Transplants record, Rolling Stone called Barker "punk rock's first superstar drummer." Barker had also remained busy, appearing in the Puff Daddy video for "Bad Boy for Life," as well as adding to his collection of vintage Cadillacs.
In January 2003, Blink-182 began recording their fifth album, ditching their typical previous recording process (writing and demoing several songs and recording them in a studio one instrument at a time), and instead moving into a house and approaching each song together. The home was rented and located near San Diego, and converted into a studio. The band "attacked" each song and worked on three-four songs per day, simply moving on to the next one when feeling "burned out" on a track. Barker left that spring to tour with Transplants, leaving the band with a variety of drum tracks to listen to while he was gone. Shortly before the album's completion, Barker's girlfriend, ex-Miss USA Shanna Moakler, gave birth to his first son, Landon Asher, in October 2003. The following month, the band's eponymous fifth studio album was released, and lead singles "Feeling This" and "I Miss You" charted high. Critical reviews were positive, but fans were split regarding the band's more "mature" direction.
The Kinison, who supported Blink-182 on their tour dates, impressed Barker and were the first group signed to LaSalle Records, the label Barker officially set up in 2004. LaSalle was named after Barker's favorite Cadillac, and the label was designed to branch out to find all types of music, be it country or hip-hop. Barker met once a week with designers at Famous Stars and Straps to oversee designs for shoes and in his spare time picked up boxing. He also became engaged to Moakler at the beginning of the new year. He injured his foot at a Melbourne, Australia show in 2004 but performed the next night using his left foot for the kick-drum; he was in so much pain afterward that the tour had to be cancelled. Barker's doctor informed him that not only did he break his foot, but he tore tendons and ligaments—described by Hoppus as "the type of injury that people get in motorcycle accidents." In the meantime, Barker purchased a Wahoo's Fish Taco franchise in Norco, California, and began work on a new Transplants record. The year for Blink-182 rounded off with a European tour that was soured by division in the band. In February 2005, the band issued a press statement announcing their "indefinite hiatus." The band had broken up after arguments regarding their future and recording process. DeLonge desired to work only at his San Diego home and record his contributions there. Unresolved feelings from the Box Car Racer side project emerged too, creating rifts.
Reality television star and collaborations
After a Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired wedding in October 2004, Barker starred in the MTV reality series Meet the Barkers with Shanna Moakler. The series followed Barker and his new family through his daily life, including Blink-182's final tour and the new Transplants album. The new Transplants record, Haunted Cities, was completed in the aftermath of the Blink-182 "hiatus" and released that summer. Meanwhile, Hoppus and Barker continued recording music together and began working on electronic demos in Barker's basement and Hoppus' dining room, which they called +44. The project was put on hold due to Barker's Warped Tour commitments that summer. Barker began another new project in 2005 called Expensive Taste, featuring Paul Wall and Skinhead Rob—the project would be more traditionally hip-hop. Barker also turned his direction to producing, working with artists such as Bun B and T.I..
The +44 project came to a turning point when Hoppus and Barker purchased their own studio in October 2005, named Opra Music. From there, the electronic demos turned into a full band, and the group began recording in earnest in February 2006. When Your Heart Stops Beating, the debut of +44, was greeted by less-than-stellar reviews and little commercial success. Barker filed for divorce from Moakler that August; both used their MySpace blogs to comment on the situation. Their breakup and the drama surrounding it made them tabloid favorites. After he and Moakler split up in 2006, he was frequently spotted at nightclubs—and photographed necking with Paris Hilton. Trying to blot out the guilt of giving his children a broken home, he consumed "excessive amounts" of prescription painkillers, marijuana and alcohol. The painkiller usage eventually developed into a full-fledged addiction over 2007.
+44 embarked on a promotional tour of the United Kingdom directly after filming the music video for lead single "When Your Heart Stops Beating". Barker was in constant pain after performing night after night, even after altering his kit to accommodate. Doctors informed Barker he had in fact broken a bone in his arm during the video shoot, and was informed to immediately rest and not take part in any future live dates. Despite this, Barker soldiered on, performing with one arm ("Def Leppard style," confirmed Hoppus). In early 2007, Barker began to work on hip-hop remixes and production techniques for many artists, preparing some loops and beats for Juelz Santana and looking to open two new boutiques, one in Los Angeles name Fast Life and one in Venice Beach by the name of Rogue Status. He also kept busy drumming for Idiot Pilot ("Elephant") and the Federation ("Black Roses"), as well as creating well-received remixes of Rihanna's "Umbrella" and "Crank That (Soulja Boy)". After a stint on the Honda Civic Tour with Fall Out Boy and Cobra Starship, +44 began work on a second studio album that October.
Barker continued releasing hip-hop remixes in 2008; a well-received remix of Flo Rida's "Low" followed the "Crank That" rendition. The videos of Barker playing the revamped tracks grew heavily in popularity on YouTube. Barker hoped to collate his growing arsenal of remixes with a bunch of new tracks on which he was working. It began to germinate into the idea of making a solo album, producing it all himself. As 2008 wore on, it became evident that the project would supersede +44 for the immediate future, though the band would return, by all accounts, once everything was in place for the solo record. Guests who recorded with Barker included Young Dro, E-40, Willie Nelson and Damian Marley. He began performing with DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) in June 2008 in a collaboration called TRV$DJAM. Essentially, DJ AM would mix a set of classic songs (which ranged from classic rock to dance) live with two turntables, then Barker would "enhance AM's groove" with live drums. The duo performed at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 7. "Our little duo of drummer and DJ [had] reached heights we never thought were possible," said Barker in a 2011 interview.
On Nov. 2, 2015, Barker debuted on the first live show of a North American tour as the new drummer for Antemasque, a four-piece rock band led by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez were both previously in the bands At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta.
On September 19, 2008, TRV$DJAM performed at an event with Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, and Gavin DeGraw in Columbia, South Carolina. The trip was a special occasion: "We all thought it was kind of a treat - we were on a private plane," Barker said. Barker had invited his ex-wife Moakler, but she declined, saying she had a weird feeling about leaving their children. With a vacant seat, Barker invited his security guard Che Still, ﬁguring he'd be good company and would enjoy the trip. Barker was always afraid to fly; in his teenage years, he was "sure" he would die in a plane crash. When Blink-182 were putting together artwork for Take Off Your Pants and Jacket in 2001, they created a "Zoso-like" icon for each band member: a jacket, a pair of pants and an airplane. "Please don't give me the plane - I have a really fucked-up fear of flying," Barker begged, who ended up with the plane anyway.
Just before midnight, the plane, headed for Van Nuys, California, was racing down the runway when the occupants heard a loud bang. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was departing the airport when air traffic controllers saw sparks emanating from the plane. The pilots told the control tower that a tire had blown out and they would be aborting the take-off. Instead, the plane hurtled through the airport's fence, across a highway and crashed into an embankment. "When everything stopped, I tried to get everyone I could," Barker remembered. Barker and Goldstein escaped the plane and ran in circles on the highway. Hearing others yell, "Stop, drop and roll," Barker dropped to the ground and Goldstein helped him put out the ﬁre on his feet. "I was lying next to AM as the plane was exploding, and I was screaming, 'Are we alive?'" Barker and DJ AM were transported to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, where they were both listed in critical condition. They were the only survivors of the crash; personal assistant Chris Baker and Che Still, along with the two pilots, had died in the crash. Less than a year later, Goldstein died from an overdose.
Barker spent more than 11 weeks in hospitals and burn centers. Addled by medications, Barker asked how Baker and Still were doing for two months, never remembering the answer. Barker had 16 surgeries: blood transfusions that lasted 4–8 hours and numerous skin grafts. "There were times when they were talking about amputating my foot because I didn't have enough skin on my body for my grafts," he said. Barker also developed post-traumatic stress disorder, made worse by the intense guilt he felt knowing Still wasn't supposed to be on the plane. On September 21, Dr. Fred Mullins, medical director of the Burn Center reported that Barker sustained second and third degree burns on his lower body and torso and was expected to fully recover within a year. Barker stopped his vegetarian diet and began eating meat to increase his protein intake and possibly speed up healing of his burns. Barker recovered from the incident, enabling him to return to the recording studio in November 2008. On his first television interview since the crash, he said to MTV, "I'm already playing my drums again, and I'm already back in the studio". He elaborated by stating that the return to the studio "was like riding a bike. It was really exciting to know I still have my chops. It still felt good... I still can make it around the kit. Everything felt right, so I'm thankful to be able to play."
During the ordeal, fellow +44 member Hoppus was awakened by a phone call telling him Barker's plane had crashed. "I jumped out of bed and got on the next ﬂight to the burn center," he remembered. "You feel helpless to do anything other than be there for your friend." Boarding a plane at an airport the next morning, DeLonge saw the shocking news on the terminal's TV screens. When he landed, he mailed a letter and two photographs to Barker: a photo of Blink aboard a submarine in the Middle East and another of himself and his two kids. "One was 'Do you remember who we were?' and the other was 'This is who I am now,' " DeLonge says. "It was a good moment to put the shit aside." Barker called DeLonge from the hospital. "He's cracking jokes," Barker remembered. "I called Mark and told him, 'Tom's the same dude we used to know.'" After a two-hour phone conversation between DeLonge and Hoppus, an arrangement was made for the trio to meet up at Hoppus and Barker's Los Angeles studio in October 2008. DeLonge was the first to approach the subject of reuniting. The trio had, in Hoppus's words, "two gnarly heart-to-hearts," during which the three opened up. "Tom had just kind of come out to Los Angeles for the day," recalled Hoppus, "I remember he said, 'So, what do you guys think? Where are your heads at?' And I said, 'I think we should continue with what we've been doing for the past 17 years. I think we should get back on the road and back in the studio and do what we love doing.'"
Barker sued the plane's owners, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and an airplane maintenance company on November 21, 2008. He sought more than $25,000,000 in damages "for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of earnings, and medical and legal expenses", claiming that the companies had "improperly operated and maintained the Learjet". The lawsuit claims the Learjet's pilots were "improperly trained and should have tried to stop the take-off rather than continue down the runway." The mother of Barker's bodyguard, Charles Monroe Still Jr., who was killed in the crash, joined the lawsuit. She sued the companies for "damages including grief and sorrow, funeral expenses and loss of earnings." The court case was settled in December 2009, with lawyer William L. Robinson, who represented some of the companies, saying the terms of the settlement are confidential.
Eventually, Blink-182 appeared for the first time on stage together in nearly five years as presenters at the February 2009 Grammy Awards. The band's official website was updated with a statement: "To put it simply, We're back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. 17 years deep in our legacy." Barker continued to produce remixes throughout 2009, including a remix of "3 a.m." by Eminem; he also collaborated with ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. In the midst of the band's reunion tour in August 2009, DJ AM was found dead by a friend in his New York apartment. Though Goldstein had been prescribed medication for pain following the crash, the medical examiner reported that he died from "acute intoxication" listing several prescription drugs and cocaine. The following night's Hartford, Connecticut show was difficult for the band; as the band played "Down" in tribute, the three began crying. Subsequent dates were rescheduled over the next week in order to allow the news to sink in.
The crash led Barker to make some lifestyle changes; as of 2011, he now runs and swims each day, eats well and has gone vegan since leaving the hospital, although he had already been vegetarian for 17 years. He has also overcome a painkiller addiction he had for years prior to the plane crash. "I didn't even take any pain medication after I got out of the hospital. They told me I'd be on some of the medicine for the rest of my life, but I got off all of them," said Barker. "They made me a completely different person." Barker hasn't flown since the accident, so he travels by himself on his bus - and takes a boat when Blink tour Europe. The recording process for Neighborhoods, the band's sixth studio album, was stalled by their studio autonomy, tours, managers, and personal projects. DeLonge recorded at his studio in San Diego while Hoppus and Barker recorded in Los Angeles. In addition, Barker's completion of his solo album stood in the way. After more than two years of setbacks and delays, Barker finally released his long-in-the-works solo debut, Give the Drummer Some, in March 2011. The record features collaborations with artists from Lil Wayne to Slipknot's Corey Taylor. Neighborhoods, likewise, was released in September 2011 and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.
As of late, Barker has continued his collaborations, working with Chester French, LL Cool J, Cypress Hill and producing an entire EP of collaboration, Psycho White, with rapper Yelawolf. Blink-182 split from Interscope Records in 2012 and recorded Dogs Eating Dogs, an EP of new material. Barker was unable to attend Blink-182's Australian tour in 2013; Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D) filled in. In December 2012, American rapper Hopsin had hinted on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he and Travis Barker were working on a project together. In late December Travis Barker confirmed they were working on a collaboration EP which was to be released in 2013. Also, in an interview with David Ciauro, Barker explained that he doesn't see himself as the best drummer in the world and that he simply tries to be the best he can be. He also stated that other drummers might not view him as a very traditional drummer due to the fact that he mixes things up by playing other genres when playing the drums. On February 5, 2013 Hopsin announced that all the record production had been finished for the EP. On August 5, 2013, Barker announced that he would soon be releasing a song with Hopsin, Yelawolf and Paul Wall, with additional production by Scoop DeVille.
He is currently producing a solo hip-hop centered album.
Barker owns and contributes to several businesses in addition to his musical interests. He founded an accessory/apparel company called Famous Stars and Straps in 1999, which sells street/skate style clothing and gear. Barker has said the brand's trademark "F" for the logo was chosen for its resemblance to a car logo but mainly for the fact that it can stand on its own. Barker is also business partners with famous skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and together they are part of the team that own the clothing label named Rogue Status, and in 2009 another label called DTA.
He co-founded LaSalle Records, a record company to which his band, Transplants, are signed. He has dabbled in the restaurant industry, opening a Wahoo's Fish Taco restaurant in Norco, California.
Barker has developed a shoe for DC Shoe Company called the "Alias Remix" and also endorses both Orange County Drum and Percussion (OCDP) as well as Zildjian. He also has his own line of drumming products, sponsored by Zildjian.
Barker's first marriage, to Melissa Kennedy, lasted nine months until he filed for divorce in August 2002. Barker later married actress and Miss USA 1995 titleholder Shanna Moakler on October 30, 2004. The couple had a Gothic-style ceremony inspired by the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas which was held on the eve of Halloween. Barker and Moakler have two children together, Landon Asher Barker (born October 9, 2003) and Alabama Luella Barker (born December 24, 2005). Barker was also the stepfather to Atiana Cecilia De La Hoya (born March 29, 1999), who is Moakler's daughter with former boyfriend, boxer Oscar De La Hoya. The family appeared in a reality television series, Meet the Barkers, which aired on MTV from 2005 to 2006.
On August 8, 2006, Barker filed for divorce from Moakler after nearly two years of marriage. The couple's divorce was made public as each used their MySpace pages to air their feelings on the matter. Despite their pending divorce, reports surfaced in early 2007 that Barker and Moakler were "quietly trying to give it another go" as they were reportedly seen autographing a fan's book, with a heart around their names. In March 2007, Moakler revealed to People magazine that she and Barker (still married) were back together, but denied that she was pregnant. This admission came after the couple were publicly affectionate at a surprise birthday Barker threw for his wife in Miami. People.com later reported that the couple had separated again. No reason was given for the split. Barker and Moakler were seen together at the 2007 Video Music Awards kissing and holding hands. However, as of February 11, 2008, the couple's divorce had been finalized.
Barker and Moakler were together during a DJ set Barker was playing with DJ AM in Las Vegas on January 7, 2009. The couple attempted to rekindle their relationship in early 2009, but announced that they were no longer together on April 1, 2009.
On December 7, 2014, the police were called to Barker and Moakler's shared home in Los Angeles after the former couple were engaged in a verbal altercation. Criminal threats were made against one another, which led to both Barker and Moakler getting arrested. No charges were filed against either party.
As of June 2016, Barker and Moakler are on good terms, successfully co-parenting their two children. They also put their contentious 2008 divorce and custody battle behind them.
Barker is a vegan and is an investor in the Los Angeles-based Vegan restaurant Crossroads.
Barker was raised Catholic, believes in God and prays regularly with his children. He also has several religious tattoos, including a tattoo of a cross and a tattoo of Jesus Christ on his right arm.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2011||Give the Drummer Some||9||2||2||68||17||178||160|
- Let the Drummer Get Wicked (2011)
- With Blink-182
- Enema of the State (1999)
- Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)
- Blink-182 (2003)
- Neighborhoods (2011)
- California (2016)
- With Transplants
- With +44
- With TRV$DJAM
- With the Aquabats
- The Fury of The Aquabats! (1997)
- With Box Car Racer
- Box Car Racer (2002)
- With Expensive Taste
- DJ Skee Presents: Expensive Taste (2007)
- With Yelawolf
- Psycho White (2012)
- Rawther (2016)
As lead artist
|2011||"Can a Drummer Get Some?"
(featuring Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz and Game)
|—||Give the Drummer Some|
(featuring Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes and Lil Jon)[A]
(featuring Transplants and Slash)
(featuring Steve Aoki)
|2013||"Cuz I'm Famous"
(featuring Paul Wall, Hopsin and Yelawolf)
(featuring Kid Ink, Ty Dolla Sign, Tyga and Iamsu!)
- "In Search Of..." (by N.E.R.D) (2001) – drums on the track "Provider"
- "Elephunk" (by the Black Eyed Peas) (2003) – drums on the track "Rock My Shit"
- "Try This" (by Pink) (2003) – drums on the track "Unwind"
- "Trill" (by Bun B) (2005) – drums on "Late Night Creepin"
- "The Paramour Sessions" (by Papa Roach) (2007) – drums on "My Heart Is A Fist"
- "King" (by T.I.) (2006) – co-production on "You Know Who"
- "Buck Owens Medley" (by Buck Owens All Star Tribute) (2006) - Drums
- "Wolves" (by Idiot Pilot) (2007) – drums on "Elephant"
- "I Don't Have to Try" / "Alone" / "Runaway" / "I Can Do Better" (by Avril Lavigne) (2007) – drums
- "Get Money, Stay True" (by Paul Wall with Expensive Taste) (2007) – drums and production on "Slidin' on That Oil"
- "Hardcore 4 Life" (by Danny Diablo (2007) – Drums On "Livin' By The Gun" & "Jersey White Trash"
- "The Way It Is" (by Blestenation) (2007) – drums
- "It's Whateva" (by the Federation) (2007) – drums on "Black Rosez"
- "Dope Boys" (by Game) (2008) – drums, production and vocals contribution
- "Goodbye" (by the Centerfolds) (2008) – drums
- "OG'z" (by Wale) (2008) – drums
- "The G Files" (by Warren G) (2009) – drums on "Let's Get High"
- "Stronger with Each Tear" (by Mary J. Blige) (2009) – drums on "Stairway to Heaven"
- "Drop the World/Forever" (by Drake, Lil Wayne & Eminem) (2010) – drums and percussion on Live Performance
- "Rebirth" (by Lil Wayne) (2010) – production on "One Way Trip"
- "Rockstar 101" (by Rihanna with Slash) (2010) – drums on music video
- "Outta Control" (by Mams Taylor featuring Jacoby Shaddix) (2010) – Drums and Production
- "Electric Gigolo" (by Mickey Avalon) (2010) – Drums on track "Fast Life"
- "Heart of a Champion" (by Paul Wall) (2010) – Drums and production on tracks "Take Notes", "Im'ma Get It", "Live It", "Not My Friend" and "Heart Of A Hustler"
- "31 Minutes to Takeoff" (by Mike Posner) (2010) – Drums on track "Gone In September"
- "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" (by Trey Songz) (2010) – Drums on track "Blind"
- "Piece Of Mind" (by Eddie Rap Life) (2010) – Drums and production on tracks "Rock N Roll Memorabilia", "Invisible Ingredients", "Oh Lord" and "Waitin' For The Moment"
- "I Am Not a Human Being" (by Lil Wayne) (2010) – Drums and percussion on track "I Am Not A Human Being"
- "You Need This Music" (by Nottz) (2010) – Drums and percussion on track "Intro"
- "Bad Season" (by Tech N9ne featuring Krizz Kaliko, Nesto & Tonesha Sanders) (2010) – Producer on track "Hard Liquor"
- "Femme Fatale" (by Britney Spears) (2011) - Drums on track "Don't Keep Me Waiting"
- "Simply Unstoppable (YES remix)" (by Tinie Tempah) (2011) - Drums on remix of the song from the album Disc-Overy used on Lucozade Sport advertising featuring Travis, Tinie Tempah and boxer Katie Taylor.
- "Boarding Pass Mixtape" (by Lax Boyz) (2011) - Drums and production on track "Eye Of The Tiger"
- "Haute Living" (by Swizz Beatz featuring Lil Wayne & Lenny Kravitz) (2011) - Drums on track "Rock 'N' Roll"
- "Success Is Certain" (by Royce da 5'9") (2011) - Drums on track "Legendary"
- "When Fish Ride Bicycles" (by the Cool Kids) (2011) - Drums on track "Sour Apples"
- "808's" (by Traxamillion) (2011) - Drums on single
- "ESPN MLB Theme" (2011) - Drums on Remix to track
- "Check Out My Swag" (by Young Dro) (2011) - Drums and percussion on track
- "Distraction Pieces" (by Scroobius Pip) (2011) - Drums on track "Introdiction"
- "Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition" (by Young Jeezy) (2011) - Drums and production on track "Talk To Me"
- "Wonderland" (by Steve Aoki) (2011) - Drums on track "Cudi The Kid"
- "Radioactive" (by Yelawolf) (2011) - Drums on track "Slumerican Shitizen"
- "Celebrate Life" (by Skillz) (2011) - Drums on Remix to track
- "Cyanide Serenade" (by Bury the Hatchet) (2011) - Drums on track
- "Champagne" (by Wiz Khalifa) (2011) - Drums on track
- "We Can Make The World Stop" (by the Glitch Mob) (2011) - Drums on track "Warrior Concerto", Sampled in Drum Solo
- "Napalm" (by Xzibit) (2012) - Drums on track "Napalm"
- "Black Girls" (by Chester French) (2012) - Drums on track
- "Lez Go" (by Cypress Hill & Rusko) (2012) - Drums on track
- "Sixteen" (by Jerome FloodII& Jovan Dawkins (2012) - Drums on the track
- "Music 4 Tngrs" (by Chester French) (2012) - Drums on track "Female Version"
- "RICANstruction: The Black Rosary" (by Chino Xl) (2012) - Drums on track "Regarding Elizabeth (Save Me)"
- "Authentic" (by LL Cool J) (2013) - Drums on track "Whaddup"
- "Dancing with the Devil" (by Krewella with Patrick Stump) (2013) - Drums on Track
- "Don't Look Down" (by Skylar Grey with Big Sean) (2013) - Drums on track "Back From The Dead"
- "Run the Jewels 2" (by Run the Jewels) (2014) - Drums on track "All Due Respect"
- "Off the Porch" (by Bad Lucc) (2015) - Drums on track "Don't Make Me"
- "Hellvisback" (by Salmo (rapper)) (2016) - Drums on track "Il messia" & "Bentley vs Cadillac"
- "Bad Man" (by Pitbull with Robin Thicke and Joe Perry) (2016) - Drums on track "Climate Change"
- "Make War" (by From First to Last) (2017) - Drums on track
Barker has written a memoir entitled Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, which was released on October 20, 2015.
Film and television
Barker has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including his own reality show, Meet the Barkers, with his ex-wife Shanna Moakler, which debuted in 2005. Barker is in a brief scene with Blink-182 in the teen movie American Pie. In 2003, he appeared in an episode of MTV's Punk'd, a Candid Camera-esque television show, in which he took part in a set-up bareknuckle boxing match; he also appeared and spoke alongside Linkin Park-vocalist Chester Bennington on MTV's Icon show honoring heavy metal band Metallica in May of that year.
In 2006 Barker starred in a Boost Mobile commercial, which was detailed in an episode of Meet the Barkers. He's also played a few guest starring roles such as a rapper on the popular crime drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2001, he appeared with Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge in the skit "Leave it to Blink-182", a parody of "Leave It to Beaver", on the late night TV show MADtv.
In a slight departure from his usual genres, he made an appearance on the 41st annual CMA Awards in 2006, performing a medley of songs by country icon Buck Owens with a group of artists including Dwight Yoakam, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, and former Byrds bass player Chris Hillman.
|1999||American Pie||Garage band member||Miscredited; the film makers credited former Blink-182 drummer Scott Raynor by mistake|
|The Urethra Chronicles||Blink-182|
|Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place||Himself|
|2001||MADtv||Blink-182||"Leave it to Blink-182"|
|2002||Riding in Vans with Boys||Blink-182|
|2003||Ride with Funkmaster Flex||Himself|
|The Urethra Chronicles II||Blink-182|
|The Simpsons||Himself||Episode 302|
|2005||Give 'Em the Boot||Transplants|
|Meet the Barkers||Himself||2005–2006|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Hi Def||"Poppin' Tags"|
|2007||Adventures in Hollyhood||Himself|
|MTV Cribs||Himself||Rick Thorne Episode|
|2008||Start The Machine||Himself||Appears in Blink 182 flashbacks.|
|2009||Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory||Himself||Playing the drums, for Rob's new song|
|2010||The Hard Times of RJ Berger||Himself|
|2016||The Eric Andre Show||Himself||"Tichina Arnold; Steve Schirripa"|
- Barker appears as a secret, playable character in Tony Hawk's Project 8.
- Barker appears as a playable character in Guitar Hero World Tour. He becomes unlockable to play upon completing "Dammit" in the drum career.
In addition to his own work with Blink-182, Box Car Racer, Transplants, and +44, Barker has made numerous guest appearances. In 2001, Barker appeared, playing drums, in P. Diddy's video, "Bad Boy for Life". In 2003 he played the drums in Bubba Sparxxx's video for "Back in the Mud".
He was featured in the opening sequence of the Dem Franchise Boys music video, "Ridin Rims," in 2006. Travis appeared in Xzibit's music video "Hey Now (Mean Muggin)", T.I.'s video "What You Know", New Found Glory's "My Friends Over You", Three 6 Mafia's "Side 2 Side (Remix)" and "Doe Boy Fresh" videos. He was also featured on the Outkast music video "Morris Brown" and can be seen playing drums in the Game's AOL Session.
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