Travis Barker Talks Tech N9ne, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone, "True Romance" and Solo Project
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:47:16
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blink-182 beatsmith and former reality TV star Travis Barker is coming on strong with his solo album, Give the Drummer Some, which features an array of impressive, A-list guests, running the gamut from hip-hoppers (RZA, Lil Wayne, Raekwon) to rockers (Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tom Morello). The soft-spoken beatkeeper talks about how Tech N9ne is a "beast" and how he didn't know how great of a singer Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was until they sat down and worked together.
Barker also reveals that his favorite film of all time is True Romance and that the music he has been listening to the most as of late is his own, since he spent some time and effort tweaking it and getting it ready for mass consumption. The album is a rhythmic masterwork and it's out now.
Watch our chat with Barker and enjoy.
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You're like a movie director assembling all of a cast—Corey Taylor, Slash, RZA, Kid Cudi—for your production. Did you view Give The Drummer Some that way?
Wow, that's an interesting way of looking at it. I wish I could've thought of that, but it does seem like that and feel that way to me as well.
What ties everything together for you?
I didn't get anyone on the album who I didn't know, I wasn't familiar with, or I wasn't friends with. For me, I was able to be creative and produce all of the music for this album, but get all of my favorite MCs or friends to rap or sing on it.
What excites you the most about the Guitar Center contest?
It's thinking about how bad I would bug out if I was a youngster and that was available to me [Laughs]. I would try so hard to interact with my favorite artist or get him to even listen to my band so much produce it. I really think that's cool Guitar Center does that and looks out for young bands and gives them an opportunity like that.
In terms of going into the studio with the winner, can you bond with anyone musically? Is the chemistry natural?
I think it just depends on the person. You're more compatible with some people in the studio than you are with others depending on what their background is, experience is, and level. I'm just interested in what the band's going to be like. Is it going to be a band or one artist? I can't wait to see what it is.
Do you remember the first piece of gear you got from Guitar Center?
Yes [Laughs]. I remember going in there and saying, "Gosh, I want all of this stuff, but it's so damn expensive.
What's the story behind "Raw Shit" with Tech N9ne?
His cadence is so percussive. The cadence of his raps are always like that. He was the first person to get on that. He did a verse, and there's little pre-chorus thing that he did on his own. There wasn't actually a pre-chorus. I made a pre-chorus because of this ending he did with his verse. Tech is a monster! He's a beast. I'll be listening to the radio, and I'll hear something that I've never heard by him before. I'll hit him up and he'll be like, "Man, that's what put me on the map!" [Laughs] He's got all of these rad stories. He came hard.
Did you and Corey Taylor have one vision together for "On My Own"?
We had done two Camp Freddy gigs together, and I was really impressed. I was tripping on how good of a singer he is. We talked about my album. The next thing you know, he's in the studio. We wrote, recorded, and sang that song in a day. He's talented, man. He completely did his own thing.
If you were to compare Give The Drummer Some to a movie or a combination of movies what would you compare it to?
I wanted it do this. I wanted there to be high points where you wanted to hit somebody or something or drive fast to then mellow, chill songs. I don't know if I had a flick to compare it to. My favorite flick of all time is True Romance, so hopefully it could service some kind of soundtrack to that.
Who is your favorite drummer? Are you going to check out Travis Barker’s new solo platter?