Travis Barker is arguably one of the most influential modern drummers that is still active in the drumming community. Not only is he known for being one of the most fresh sounding drummers, but he also has his own clothing line (Famous Stars and Straps), TV show, and various advertisements. He has designed his own signature Zildjian drumstick, his own Orange County drum sets, and he plays Avedis Zildjian Cymbals.
When Travis Barker fist starting playing the drums, at the age of 4 years old, he was inspired and influenced by jazz music. In school, Travis played in a number of jazz bands, marching bands, and rock bands.
In 1998, Travis Barker replaced Blink 182’s drummer, Scott Raynor, when Scott failed to show up on time for their gig. Since Travis Barker was there anyways playing with his band “The Aquabats”, he was somewhat familiar with Blink 182’s set. After that show Travis quit the Aquabats and continued to Tour with Blink 182.
While playing with Blink 182 Travis Barker had many side projects including: Box Car Racer, The Transplants, and doing the drum tracks for Pink’s CD “Try This”. Travis has also been in music videos for P.Diddy, New Found Glory, Bubba Sparxxx, Black Eyed Peas, N.E.R.D., Xzibit, and Outkast.
In 2005 Blink-182 broke up, but Travis Barker, and Mark Hoppus stayed together and formed the band “+44”. They have released a CD entitled “When Your Heart Stops Beating” and Travis has continued being successful by doing studio sessions for Avril Lavigne and Expensive Taste.
Named as one of the greatest DJs of all time by USA Today, Mix Master Mike got his initial itch for vinyl while growing up in San Francisco listening to his uncle's extensive record collection.
In 1992, Mike was the first West Coast DJ to become World Champion by winning the New Music Seminar DJ Battle for World Supremacy in New York City. That same year, Mike, DJ Apollo and Q-Bert, known as the first ever scratch band, won the DMC World title.
In 1993, Mike and Q-Bert decided to take the competition to the next level by teaming up as a scratch duo known as "The Dream Team" and won the title once again.
In 1994, after winning three consecutive world titles and consistently coming out on top, Mike and Q-Bert were asked to step down from further competition as their domination was too much for the rest of the pack. The two performed an amazing "farewell" set and were honored to become DMC judges.
Shortly thereafter, friends and fellow turn tablists Triple Threat - Apollo (Apollo Novicio), D-Styles (Dave Cuasito)and Shortkut (Jonathan Cruz) - joined Mike and Q-Bert to form the Invisible Skratch Picklz (ISP), the most influential and recognizable turntablist crew in hip hop history. Though the ISP no longer exists, the five founders still remain close to this day.
It was a chance meeting at the Rock Steady Anniversary Jam in NYC in 1994 with Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys that would propel Mike to the next level. The two exchanged numbers and Mike often left crazy scratch messages on Adam's answering service. Fellow Beasties Mario C and Mike D caught on to his scratch message craze and in 1997 requested Mike's studio work for their multi-platinum album Hello Nasty. Soon after completion of Hello Nasty's recording, the Beastie Boys offered Mike to become their resident DJ.