At any given time, Travis Barker has loads of irons within the hearth. Whereas best-known because the drummer for the favored rock band, Blink-182, Barker is continually pursuing new concepts and collaborations.
A yr in the past, he launched his personal document label––DTA Records––and signed new artist jxdn. Earlier this yr, he collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly, and helped produce MGK’s acclaimed new album, Tickets to My Downfall.
Not too long ago, 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) in opposition to The Auto Agency and Teyana Taylor (East).
We lately caught up with Barker to get the inside track on his new experience, what makes the West Coast one of the best 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 yr, just like the day after Christmas, I obtained within the studio with Kels [Machine Gun Kelly] and didn’t actually have a set plan. However we obtained in and recorded what was to grow to be, Ticket to my Downfall. We wrapped that up proper earlier than quarantine after which simply made movies throughout quarantine.
I primarily spent nearly all of the yr producing and writing music. So yeah, working with everybody from MGK, Iann Dior, POORSTACY and signing my very own artist, Jxdn, to DTA information. So I’ve simply been actually centered on writing and producing.
MJ: 2020 has been such a troublesome yr. However what has it been wish to principally simply concentrate on 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 buddies 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 time.
So I’ve obtained 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 captivated with, however time normally permits me to solely do it with the band I’m taking part in in.
I miss taking part in exhibits 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 a giant automobile man and have your individual assortment. The place did this ardour for amassing vehicles come from?
I believe the fervour got here from my pops. My dad all the time appreciated to speak about previous vehicles that he had or reminisce about vehicles he needed. So once I began making a little bit cash, I might purchase quite a lot 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 beloved and simply all the things from off-road 4×4 autos to low riders to luxurious vehicles. I’ve sort of had all of them. And it’s undoubtedly one thing that I’m nonetheless actually captivated with.
MJ: While you have been requested to customise a Polaris Slingshot for this West v. East Build-Off, how’d you provide you with the idea to your experience?
Proper now, I’ve mainly centered on having all black vehicles, for no matter purpose. 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 except it’s black.’ In order that’s sort of why I did the Polaris all black and murdered out.
I used to be like, how do I make the Slingshot as cool because it may probably be. And I simply suppose murdering one out, however nonetheless having these particulars once 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.
Once I first got here to Myles [Kovacs], who I’ve recognized from DUB and is an expensive pal of mine, he was like, ‘Oh I’m pondering we go along with this burgundy/maroon.’ And I used to be like, ‘No man, that’s not me. However we will homicide it out.’
It needed to seem like a villain’s automobile.
MJ: Inform us about a few your favourite options that you simply 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 all the things wraps round and customised it with my “F” badge (Barker’s clothes model, Well-known Stars and Straps). We made it sort of luxurious inside.
We additionally put the most important tires and rims we may probably match on there––I believe they’re 22s. And in addition an air experience suspension, simply so you might dump it once you’re parked.
We additionally needed 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 laborious and it simply caught out. We’ve by no means seen that on one other automobile.
MJ: Is that Slingshot finally headed to your automobile assortment?
Yeah, that’s undoubtedly moving into 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 originally of final yr 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 all the things I may with this automobile and I’ve had the best instances, however it’s time to maneuver on and, you recognize, let another person take pleasure in it.
I don’t actually have what’s referred to as, trailer queens––the place you simply trailer it to exhibits. I drive all the things.
MJ: Which is your favourite automobile to drive now?
One automobile that’s quite a lot 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 fuel stations like, ‘Whoa, man, what carry package is that?’ Nevertheless it’s not truly, it comes inventory from Mercedes. I didn’t do any aftermarket suspension on it myself.
That’s one in all my favorites and I’ll in all probability by no means hand over. It’s a particular automobile.
MJ: What does West Coast model, when it comes to automobile tradition, imply to you?
I really feel like West Coast, we get to have a little bit bit extra enjoyable with vehicles. Like I’ve frolicked 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 life-style is low-riders, Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Jeep’s. You realize, we like to drive in Southern California. It doesn’t get so chilly that we may 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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