Travis Barker on His New Music, Car Collection and also Building a ‘Batmobile’

Travis Barker on His New Music, Car Collection and Building a 'Batmobile'

At any kind of provided time, Travis Barker has numerous opportunities. While best-known as the drummer for the prominent rock band, Blink-182, Barker is regularly seeking originalities and also partnerships.

A year back, he released his very own document tag––DTA Records––and also authorized brand-new musician jxdn. Earlier this year, he teamed up with Machine Gun Kelly and also generated MGK’s well-known brand-new cd, Tickets to My Downfall.

Recently, Barker exposed an additional effective partnership––a custom-made Polaris Slingshot that appears like a real-life Batmobile. Barker directly developed this tricked-out whip as component of a build-off competitors––Polaris Slingshot’s Best of the Builders West vs. East––that matched DUB Publishing and also Travis Barker (West) versus The Auto Firm and also Teyana Taylor (East).

We just recently overtook Barker to obtain the inside story on his brand-new trip, what makes the West Coast the most effective shore for cars and truck society, and also what he’s depended on in the workshop.

MJ: What have you been dealing with in 2020? 

At completion of in 2015, like the day after Christmas, I entered the workshop with Kels [Machine Gun Kelly] and also didn’t actually have actually an established strategy. But we entered and also tape-recorded what was to come to be, Ticket to my Downfall. We covered that up best prior to quarantine and afterwards simply made video clips throughout quarantine.

I largely invested most of the year creating and also composing songs. So yep, collaborating with every person from MGK, Iann Dior, POORSTACY and also finalizing my very own musician, Jxdn, to DTA documents. So I’ve simply been actually concentrated on composing and also creating.

MJ: 2020 has actually been such a tough year. But what has it resembled to primarily simply concentrate on composing and also remaining in the workshop?

I’m actually depressing for individuals that have actually gotten ill and also sadly individuals we’ve shed. Thankfully, my household, my children and also my buddies have actually been healthy and balanced. But for me being house, I’ve had the ability to do points I’ve never ever had the ability to do, due to the fact that I’ve explored for the last twenty years of my life, every summer season.

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

So I’ve reached do points I have actually never ever imagined or pictured, simply from being house. It’s been actually extraordinary. Writing and also creating is something I’m constantly enthusiastic concerning, however time generally allows me to just do it with the band I’m playing in.

I miss out on playing programs and also similar to, the power. But I additionally like the innovative component of being an artist. Writing songs and also tough on your own production-wise to make points seem various––that actually maintains me going. It relocates me.

MJ: Beyond songs, we understand you’re additionally a huge cars and truck man and also have your very own collection. Where did this enthusiasm for gathering automobiles originated from?

I assume the enthusiasm originated from my stands out. My daddy constantly suched as to discuss old automobiles that he had or reminisce concerning automobiles he desired. So when I began making a little cash, I would certainly acquire a great deal of old-schools for rather economical and also simply repair them up. I think that’s where it began.

As time took place, I saw new automobiles that I enjoyed and also simply every little thing from off-road 4×4 cars to reduced motorcyclists to lavish automobiles. I’ve type of had them all. And it’s absolutely something that I’m still actually enthusiastic concerning.

MJ: When you were asked to personalize a Polaris Slingshot for this West v. East Build-Off, exactly how’d you think of the idea for your trip?

Right currently, I’ve generally concentrated on having all black automobiles, for whatever factor. I can’t actually discuss why, it’s simply something that pertained to me eventually and also I resembled, ‘I don’t desire any kind of cars and truck unless it’s black.’ So that’s type of why I did the Polaris all black and also killed out.

The batmobile.
The batmobile. Courtesy of Polaris

I resembled, exactly how do I make the Slingshot as great as it might perhaps be. And I simply assume killing one out, however still having these information when you actually obtain 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.

When I initially pertained to Myles [Kovacs], that I’ve understood from DUB and also is a bosom friend of mine, he resembled, ‘Oh I’m reasoning we opt for this burgundy/maroon.’ And I resembled, ‘No man, that’s not me. But we can murder it out.’

It needed to resemble a bad guy’s cars and truck.

MJ: Tell us concerning a number of your preferred functions that you tailored on your Slingshot? 

There’s some aftermarket audio speakers on it and also we redesigned the inside. We cut components of the body off and also included areas for audio speakers on the body. We ended up the inside to where every little thing twists around and also tailored it with my “F” badge (Barker’s apparel brand name, Famous Stars and also Straps). We made it type of lavish within.

We additionally placed the most significant tires and also edges we might perhaps fit on there––I assume they’re 22s. And additionally an air trip suspension, so you might dispose it when you’re parked.

When it comes to rims––the bigger, the better.
When it pertains to edges––the larger, the far better. Courtesy of Polaris

We additionally intended to be innovative with the sort of pattern made use of. I assume I suggested like a cheetah pattern and also there was an additional pattern I suggested. But this weapon covering print was difficult and also it simply stood out. We’ve never ever seen that on an additional car.

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MJ: Is that Slingshot ultimately headed to your cars and truck collection?

Yeah, that’s absolutely entering my collection.

MJ: How huge is your collection nowadays?

Right currently I have 8 [cars] however I made use of to have 16. I had 16 at the start of in 2015 and also I was simply in a location where several of the automobiles––I felt I currently had my time with them. I’ve experienced every little thing I might with this cars and truck and also I’ve had the best times, however it’s time to carry on and also, you recognize, allow another person appreciate it.

I don’t actually have what’s called, trailer queens––where you simply trailer it to programs. I drive every little thing.

MJ: Which is your preferred cars and truck to drive currently?

One cars and truck that is a great deal of enjoyable is the Mercedes G-Wagon 4×4 Squared. They just made it for 2 years, however individuals come near me constantly at filling station like, ‘Whoa, man, what lift kit is that?’ But it’s not really, it comes supply from Mercedes. I didn’t do any kind of aftermarket suspension on it myself.

That’s among my faves and also I’ll possibly never ever quit. It’s an unique car.

MJ: What does West Coast design, in regards to cars and truck society, suggest to you?

I seem like West Coast, we reach have a little extra enjoyable with automobiles. Like I’ve hung out in New York and also a great deal of individuals don’t have actually tailored automobiles or possess their automobiles in all, for that issue. You’re generally driven around or you take taxis.

Whereas West Coast way of life is low-riders, Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Jeep’s. You recognize, we like to drive in Southern California. It doesn’t obtain so cool that we might never ever use our exchangeable and also drop Sunset with the top down.

So I simply actually seem like West Coast is cars and truck society.

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