Travis Barker on His New Music, Automobile Assortment and Constructing a ‘Batmobile’


At any given time, Travis Barker has many irons within the fireplace. Whereas best-known because the drummer for the favored rock band, Blink-182, Barker is continually pursuing new concepts and collaborations.

A 12 months in the past, he launched his personal file label––DTA Records––and signed new artist jxdn. Earlier this 12 months, he collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly and produced MGK’s acclaimed new album, Tickets to My Downfall.

Lately, Barker revealed one other profitable collaboration––a customized Polaris Slingshot that appears like a real-life Batmobile. Barker personally designed this tricked-out whip as a part of a build-off competitors––Polaris Slingshot’s Best of the Builders West vs. East––that pitted DUB Publishing and Travis Barker (West) towards The Auto Agency and Teyana Taylor (East).

We just lately caught up with Barker to get the news on his new journey, what makes the West Coast the perfect coast for automobile tradition, and what he’s been as much as within the studio.

MJ: What have you ever been engaged on in 2020? 

On the finish of final 12 months, just like the day after Christmas, I acquired within the studio with Kels [Machine Gun Kelly] and didn’t actually have a set plan. However we acquired in and recorded what was to develop into, Ticket to my Downfall. We wrapped that up proper earlier than quarantine after which simply made movies throughout quarantine.

I primarily spent the vast majority of the 12 months producing and writing music. So yeah, working with everybody from MGK, Iann Dior, POORSTACY and signing my very own artist, Jxdn, to DTA data. So I’ve simply been actually centered on writing and producing.

MJ: 2020 has been such a tough 12 months. However what has it been prefer to largely simply give attention to writing and being within the studio?

I’m actually unhappy for the individuals who have gotten sick and sadly the individuals we’ve misplaced. Fortunately, my household, my children and my mates have been wholesome. However for me being residence, I’ve been in a position to do issues I’ve by no means been in a position to do, as a result of I’ve toured for the final 20 years of my life, each summer season.

Travis Barker at work.
Travis Barker at work. Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock

So I’ve acquired to do issues I’ve by no means dreamed of or imagined, simply from being residence. It’s been actually unbelievable. Writing and producing is one thing I’m all the time keen about, however time normally permits me to solely do it with the band I’m enjoying in.

I miss enjoying reveals and similar to, the power. However I additionally love the inventive a part of being a musician. Writing music and difficult your self production-wise to make issues sound completely different––that actually retains me going. It strikes me.

MJ: Past music, we all know you’re additionally an enormous automobile man and have your personal assortment. The place did this ardour for gathering vehicles come from?

I believe the fervour got here from my pops. My dad all the time preferred to speak about outdated vehicles that he had or reminisce about vehicles he wished. So once I began making a bit of cash, I’d purchase loads of old-schools for pretty low cost and simply repair them up. I suppose that’s the place it began.

As time went on, I noticed model new vehicles that I cherished and simply every little thing from off-road 4×4 automobiles to low riders to luxurious vehicles. I’ve type of had all of them. And it’s positively one thing that I’m nonetheless actually keen about.

MJ: While you have been requested to customise a Polaris Slingshot for this West v. East Build-Off, how’d you give you the idea to your journey?

Proper now, I’ve principally centered on having all black vehicles, for no matter motive. I can’t actually clarify why, it’s simply one thing that got here to me someday and I used to be like, ‘I don’t need any automobile until it’s black.’ In order that’s type of why I did the Polaris all black and murdered out.

The batmobile.
The batmobile. Courtesy of Polaris

I used to be like, how do I make the Slingshot as cool because it might presumably be. And I simply assume murdering one out, however nonetheless having these particulars while you actually stand up on it, like, ‘Oh, cool. I see gun shell print on that. Or I see there’s matte on there, however there’s additionally shiny black.

After I first got here to Myles [Kovacs], who I’ve identified from DUB and is an expensive pal of mine, he was like, ‘Oh I’m pondering we go together with this burgundy/maroon.’ And I used to be like, ‘No man, that’s not me. However we are able to homicide it out.’

It needed to appear like a villain’s automobile.

MJ: Inform us about a few your favourite options that you just personalized in your Slingshot? 

There’s some aftermarket audio system on it and we redid the inside. We shaved elements of the physique off and added locations for audio system on the physique. We completed the inside to the place every little thing wraps round and customised it with my “F” badge (Barker’s clothes model, Well-known Stars and Straps). We made it type of luxurious inside.

We additionally put the most important tires and rims we might presumably match on there––I believe they’re 22s. And likewise an air journey suspension, simply so you might dump it while you’re parked.

When it comes to rims––the bigger, the better.
In the case of rims––the larger, the higher. Courtesy of Polaris

We additionally wished to be inventive with the kind of sample used. I believe I proposed like a cheetah sample and there was one other sample I proposed. However this gun shell print was arduous and it simply caught out. We’ve by no means seen that on one other automobile.

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MJ: Is that Slingshot ultimately headed to your automobile assortment?

Yeah, that’s positively getting in my assortment.

MJ: How giant is your assortment these days?

Proper now I’ve eight [cars] however I used to have 16. I had 16 in the beginning of final 12 months and I used to be simply in a spot the place a few of the vehicles––I felt I already had my time with them. I’ve skilled every little thing I might with this automobile and I’ve had the best occasions, however it’s time to maneuver on and, you understand, let another person get pleasure from it.

I don’t actually have what’s known as, trailer queens––the place you simply trailer it to reveals. I drive every little thing.

MJ: Which is your favourite automobile to drive now?

One automobile that’s loads of enjoyable is the Mercedes G-Wagon 4×4 Squared. They solely made it for 2 years, however individuals come as much as me on a regular basis at gasoline stations like, ‘Whoa, man, what elevate equipment is that?’ But it surely’s not really, it comes inventory from Mercedes. I didn’t do any aftermarket suspension on it myself.

That’s certainly one of my favorites and I’ll most likely by no means quit. It’s a particular automobile.

MJ: What does West Coast fashion, by way of automobile tradition, imply to you?

I really feel like West Coast, we get to have a bit of bit extra enjoyable with vehicles. Like I’ve hung out in New York and lots of people don’t have personalized vehicles or personal their vehicles in any respect, for that matter. You’re normally pushed round otherwise you take taxis.

Whereas West Coast way of life is low-riders, Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Jeep’s. You understand, we like to drive in Southern California. It doesn’t get so chilly that we might by no means whip out our convertible and go down Sundown with the highest down.

So I simply actually really feel like West Coast is automobile tradition.

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