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Travis Barker Talks His Next Solo Album And How He Joined Blink-182

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 26 September 2017 at 10.55

Something newer, something older.

Travis Barker has spoken about his next solo album, Blink-182 and the future.

He explained that his follow-up to 2011's 'Give The Drummer Some' is "70 percent done", and will feature everyone from Lil Wayne to Kendrick Lamar.

"The next part, the most important piece, is for me to go play drums on it now," he told Musicradar.

"We’ve got the programming, I’ve made all of the beats, the second step was to get all of the artists and find out which artists sound great on which beats. The third step is me playing drums on it, mixing it and then putting it out.”

"I can mention some of the guests. I have Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Run The Jewels, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick [Lamar], Jay 305, YG, Anderson Paak, The Game, Problem…I have a lot of guests!"

Here's a reminder of how his last solo album sounded:

He also spoke about his experiences of joining Blink-182, before the release of 1999's 'Enema Of The State'.

"It was just so quick and fast from filling in for a couple of shows to them telling me, 'We think we want you to play drums with us.'"

"Then I got a phone call two weeks later telling me that the next day was my first show. The whole ride was like that. Like, 'Hey, we’re recording the album in two weeks.' I just did what I thought I should do and what was expected of me. I didn’t really ask a lot of questions."

"Between Jerry [Finn, producer], Tom and Mark they always gave me complete freedom with my drum parts. I think the way that Jerry said it back in the day was, 'Hey, no one is doing guitar solos in this band, so in the bridges just do your thing Trav, be experimental.'"

Here's some classic Blink from that era.


You can read the full interview here.

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