Born In: Fontana, California, United States
Not everyone with the drum sticks in the hands can boast of playing the instrument like Travis Barker! Recognized as ‘Punk's first superstar drummer’ by Rolling Stone magazine, he is the immaculate drumming star of the era, who reaffirmed the status of the music of the drums. A prodigious child, Barker’s association with the drums has been since he was four-years-old. As time passed, he only mastered the art and polished his skills to become at par with the world’s best drummers. Barker’s first outing as a drummer was for Feeble, a school band. The split of Feeble led him to explore more options. Eventually he found a place with The Aquabats. His career took a major turn when a chance inclusion as filler for Rayne in the band, Blink-182 proved to be the momentous occasion as he was soon roped in by the band. Record after record, the band gained much popularity as their songs became hit chartbusters. Apart from his association with the band, Barker has been a frequent performer and collaborator with hip-hop artists, the alternative rock band ‘+44’, the rap rock group ‘The Transplants’, and the alternative rock band ‘Box Car Racer’. In 2011, he even came out with a solo venture titled, ‘Give the Drummer Some’. In addition to the drumming he also owns a clothing company and a records label.
Nick Name: The Aquabats—Baron Von Tito
Also Known As: Travis Landon Barker
Spouse/Ex-: Melissa Kennedy (m. 2001–2002), Shanna Moakler (m. 2004–2008)
father: Randy barker
mother: Gloria Barker
children: Alabama Luella Barker, Atiana de la Hoya, Landon Asher Barker
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: British American, Irish American, Italian American
U.S. State: California
Founder/Co-Founder: Famous Stars and Straps
Travis Barker was born on November 14, 1975, to Randy and Gloria Barker in Fontana, California. While his father was a mechanic by profession, his mother babysat.
Young Barker got his hands on the drumsticks when he was four. No sooner, he started learning the drumming skills from the drummer Thomas Hogan, who exposed him to the different styles and rhythms.
Graduating from high school, Travis Barker worked as a trash man until he found a temporary place in the punk group, The Aquabats in 1994. Eventually, he was recruited full time by the band.
He earned his first breakthrough in 1998, when he was recruited to fill-in on the drums for the punk rock group, Blink-182. Remarkably talented, his skill at playing the drums surfaced when he not only learned the drum tracks for 20 songs in 45 minutes but played the same with complete perfection and poise.
Tensions between Scott Raynor, the original drummer of the group, and DeLonge and Hoppus turned profitable for Barker as he comfortably replaced Raynor from the group. Blink-182 received a new high as DeLonge and Hoppus worked hard to play better music so as to match with the perfection of their new drummer.
An terrible incident in September 2008, halted Barker's life as he barely survived a plane crash. Following weeks of treatment and surgeries, he resumed to playing the drums by November 2008.
Furthermore, musical aspirations apart, he has a clothing and accessory company, ‘Famous Stars and Straps’, his own recording company, ‘LaSalle Records’ and a restaurant in California, ‘Wahoo’s Fish Taco’. He collaborated with Rob Dyrdek to own the clothing label named ‘Rogue Status’ and ‘DTA’. Additionally, he also has his own line of drumming products, sponsored by Zildjian
‘Enema of the State’ released by Blink-182 in June 1999, became a major hit and catapulted the status of the band to become the biggest pop punk band of the era. The three singles released were major commercial blockbusters. The band went on to receive multiple awards for the singles. The album sold over 15 million copies worldwide and had a considerable effect on pop punk music thereafter.
From September 2001 to August 2022, Travis Barker was married to Melissa Kennedy. From 2004 to 2008, he was married to Shanna Moakler. Barker has two children named Alabama Luella and Landon. On October 17, 2021, he proposed to Kourtney Kardashian. On April 3, 2022, Travis and Kourtney got married after the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. On May 15, 2022, the couple officially married in Santa Barbara, California. It was followed by a religious wedding ceremony on May 22, 2022, in Portofino, Italy.