Travis Landon Barker was born on November 14, in Fontana, California. Travis began studying drums and taking lessons at the age of four. He studied with a jazz teacher and was exposed to many different styles of music. While in High School, Travis played in the jazz ensemble and marching band. Gaining experience performing at competitions and festivals. His senior year, Travis passed up drum corps tryouts for touring with a rock band. Further experience would come as a rock drummer in a few early bands such as Feeble, The Suicide Machines, and The Aquabats.
Travis’s mother died when he was a kid, and his first tattoo was a tribute to her. Explaining his large number of tattoos, most of which appear on his torso, arms and upper body, Barker told media he did it so he would never be able to get a “9 to 5” job.
In 1998 Barker's band, The Aquabats, was opening for blink-182. On this tour blink-182 asked Barker to fill the drum stool until the end of the tour. Barker had to learn the entire blink-182 set of 24 songs in just a couple of hours. A few months later, he was asked to join the band full time, by accepting the offer - the rest is history. He has been the permanent drummer for Blink-182 up until February 2005, when the band decided to seek other opportunities. Since then he has released another album with his hip-hop induced punk band, The Transplants, recruited blink bassist Mark Hoppus and former vocalist of the all-female punk band Get the Girl, Carol Heller, to work on his electronically-tinged side project Plus 44.… Expand
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