Video: How to Make Your Kit Sound Like Travis Barker's of Blink-182

Over the past 20 years, Travis Barker has risen to become one of the most well-known drummers of all time. He joined Blink-182 in 1998—a band that rose to mainstream success with the following year's release, Enema of the State, and became one of the biggest pop punk groups of the era.

Barker also co-founded +44 and Box Car Racer and branched into hip-hop, frequently collaborating with DJ AM before his death in 2009. Reformed in 2015 with Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba in place of Tom DeLonge, Blink-182 continues to tour and perform.

Stylistically, Barker is known for quick, tight, and imaginative drumming that often spans the entire kit. He incorporates cymbals, rim shots, and auxiliary percussion like cowbells into his grooves as prominently as he would a snare. Watch the video with Jessica Burdeaux above, where we take a closer look at the specifics of his set and outline what kinds of drums you'll need if you're after Travis Barker's signature sound.


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