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Today (6/11), Blink-182’s Travis Barker teamed up with Splice, the music production platform behind most Top 40 Hits, to release an exclusive video where he breaks down his extensive, cross-genre career that led him from rock to trap and beyond, ultimately creating the beginning of “trap metal” drum riffs. In the video, Barker explains how P. Diddy first asked him to be in the “Bad Boys For Life” video, and from there, Bun B and Pimp C from UGK came knocking on his door. The world-renown musician ended up falling in love with creating beats and, since then, has collaborated with the likes of T.I., Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Halsey, and more. Watch here: https://youtu.be/fq3lB2MYbS4.

Travis explains, “At the end of the day, whatever you’re doing, if you’re producing, playing drums, guitar, rapping… the goal is to develop your own style. A lot of the songs that I’ve played on or recorded on … I could have easily done whatever it is for that tempo. I think what made me different is pushing those boundaries and trying to make things different.”  

To give aspiring music creators the opportunity to push the boundaries on their sounds, Travis released a sample pack with Splice Sounds with over 300 samples that showcase the full range of his talents. The drum kit features everything from tight acoustic grooves to hard-hitting electronic beats.

Barker’s cross-genre collaborations will come full circle this summer as Blink-182 embarks on a co-headlining tour with Lil Wayne.