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Outside of this forum, Travis Barker is being hailed as “The Most Influential Person in Music!”

Since this article was written, he took a big musical role on the Grammy Awards, played with the Foo Fighters at the Taylor Hawkins Memorial and joined the cast of one of TV’s hottest shows, “The Kardashians.”

From The UK Guardian (May 2021):

All the small things: how Blink 182’s Travis Barker became the most influential person in music​


From Lil Wayne to Willow Smith, the pop-punk drummer is making his mark across the musical landscape – is it more than mere nostalgia?

The most influential person in music right now is Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Don’t believe us? This year alone, 25 tracks featuring or produced by Barker have been released. He has worked with the new pop-punk era Willow Smith and TikTok e-boy turned singer Lil Huddy, signed TikTok emo Jxdn, produced Trippie Redd’s Neon Shark album, and drummed on Bebe Rexha’s new single.


In fact, Barker’s work rate means he is reaching Pharrell Williams-like levels (at one point in 2003, one survey found that 43% of all songs on US radio were produced

by Williams’s production duo the Neptunes). And he is not stopping: Barker has promised a new Blink-182 album this year, and more music with Machine Gun Kelly, whose recent switch from rap to pop-punk on album Tickets to My Downfall was a collaboration with … you guessed it, Travis Barker.
Given that most trends come around every 20 years, 2021 was always going to be the year pop-punk returned. Seminal albums by Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World, American Hi-Fi and, of course, Blink-182’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, were all released in 2001, which means a whole new generation of musicians are turning to the star for inspiration.

Since joining Blink-182 in 1998, Barker has lived an extremely full life: he cheated death in a plane crash in 2008, was so depressed that he offered friends $1m to kill him, beat a prescription drug addiction, and starred in the MTV reality show Meet the Barkers. Now his kids are TikTok stars and he’s dating Kourtney Kardashian. He is everywhere you turn: on the radio, streaming playlists, TV chatshows, gossip blogs, and being boosted up your Instagram feed by the 5.6m people who liked the most recent photo of him and Kourtney kissing.
However, the biggest factor behind Barker’s ubiquity may be his inability to say no. As his collab-heavy 2011 solo album, Can a Drummer Get Some, proves, Barker is not fussy. As well as Run the Jewels, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Yelawolf and the late XXXTentacion, he has drummed for Pink, Britney Spears and James Arthur. He even popped up on the least punk song ever: 2017’s Bad Man with Pitbull, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and R&B perv Robin Thicke. Seriously, if you’re in a pub band and your drummer calls in sick, it’s worth dropping Barker a text because the man just does not say no.

Article: https://amp.theguardian.com/music/2...r-became-the-most-influential-person-in-music
 

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I mean...he's good at what he does. And he rocked the Foo Fighters memorial songs he played. But I think the Kardashian influence helped him get that "unbiased" title....lol
 

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I mean...he's good at what he does. And he rocked the Foo Fighters memorial songs he played. But I think the Kardashian influence helped him get that "unbiased" title....lol
This

Good fodder for writing an opinion piece too albeit a bit too wordy.
 

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For modern rock, opinions of the genre aside, he is the most active musician across the genre in songs that are publicly recognized. I'm certain there's an argument that some random artist has released 400 songs listened to by dozens in the past X years.
Almost every pop/pop-punk track on Spotify that's come out with real drums is "Ft. Travis Barker".
The Kardashian thing is what it is, but he was plenty popular before that. If anything it was more "I'm the most popular drummer in the world, how can I possibly make more money?" Then he remembered the Kardashians.
To be fair he also mentioned Kim in his book, and almost dated her at one point, or seemed interested at the least. His ties to that family go back almost twenty years it seems.

He's also one of the few drummers who's eclipsed his genre and being famous in the music world + pop culture. The Soulja Boy remix was all the way back in 2008.

Tik Tokers know who he is. 50 year olds know who he is. 30 year olds know who he is. Inside the music industry and out. That's a pretty hard feat in this industry.
 

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It’s just press, it’s not that deep. Modern music is much too fractured for anyone to be that influential.
 
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Given I was born in 84 and grew up in the blink/Travis era I would say he’s gotten a lot of people male and female interested in drumming. My early idols were Copeland, bonham, sucherman… then when I seen Travis I thought whoaaaaa but after I grew up I realize he’s a great drummer but has horrible technique. Plays way to hard, but is very creative. I still think he’s great but my mind has open so much since then. I will say when I hung out with while I was on tour and had a stop and went to his band plus44s show, I linked up with his personal assistant (Chris rip) and got to hang out with Travis and mark backstage for a couple hours and I will say he is genuinely the nicest person I’ve talked to. Everything from drums to food and tattoos he was great.

So it doesn’t surprise me they say he’s most influential drummer out there. He made drumming look cool and brought them to the front not just being the guy in the back. A lot of drummer have done that but prior to Travis in my era there wasn’t any.
 
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So it doesn’t surprise me they say he’s most influential drummer out there. He made drumming look cool and brought them to the front not just being the guy in the back. A lot of drummer have done that but prior to Travis in my era there wasn’t any.

He's the last of his kind unless someone else comes along and gets their own reality TV show. I can't think of another name. At least in rock. We do have Anderson Paak leading from the front these days, but I really have no idea about his name recognition in the mainstream. But then, I have no idea what mainstream even is now days. Music has gone silent, into tiny earbuds, and I have no idea what anyone else is even listening to.
 

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He's the last of his kind unless someone else comes along and gets their own reality TV show. I can't think of another name. At least in rock. We do have Anderson Paak leading from the front these days, but I really have no idea about his name recognition in the mainstream. But then, I have no idea what mainstream even is now days. Music has gone silent, into tiny earbuds, and I have no idea what anyone else is even listening to.
Everyone has developed music a.d.d now. It’s all mixed into a big melting pot so it makes discovering gems that much more enjoyable.

As far as mainstream outside of Travis my top three would be chad smith, Dave grohl, Taylor Hawkins (rip). Sucherman, Copeland and the older guys are still in my all time favorite but as far as having anyone with as much force as Travis I have yet to see anyone. Maybe the guy from 21 pilots. Josh Dunn
 
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Outside of this forum, Travis Barker is being hailed as “The Most Influential Person in Music!”

Since this article was written, he took a big musical role on the Grammy Awards, played with the Foo Fighters at the Taylor Hawkins Memorial and joined the cast of one of TV’s hottest shows, “The Kardashians.”

From The UK Guardian (May 2021):

All the small things: how Blink 182’s Travis Barker became the most influential person in music​


From Lil Wayne to Willow Smith, the pop-punk drummer is making his mark across the musical landscape – is it more than mere nostalgia?

The most influential person in music right now is Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Don’t believe us? This year alone, 25 tracks featuring or produced by Barker have been released. He has worked with the new pop-punk era Willow Smith and TikTok e-boy turned singer Lil Huddy, signed TikTok emo Jxdn, produced Trippie Redd’s Neon Shark album, and drummed on Bebe Rexha’s new single.


In fact, Barker’s work rate means he is reaching Pharrell Williams-like levels (at one point in 2003, one survey found that 43% of all songs on US radio were produced

by Williams’s production duo the Neptunes). And he is not stopping: Barker has promised a new Blink-182 album this year, and more music with Machine Gun Kelly, whose recent switch from rap to pop-punk on album Tickets to My Downfall was a collaboration with … you guessed it, Travis Barker.
Given that most trends come around every 20 years, 2021 was always going to be the year pop-punk returned. Seminal albums by Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World, American Hi-Fi and, of course, Blink-182’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, were all released in 2001, which means a whole new generation of musicians are turning to the star for inspiration.

Since joining Blink-182 in 1998, Barker has lived an extremely full life: he cheated death in a plane crash in 2008, was so depressed that he offered friends $1m to kill him, beat a prescription drug addiction, and starred in the MTV reality show Meet the Barkers. Now his kids are TikTok stars and he’s dating Kourtney Kardashian. He is everywhere you turn: on the radio, streaming playlists, TV chatshows, gossip blogs, and being boosted up your Instagram feed by the 5.6m people who liked the most recent photo of him and Kourtney kissing.
However, the biggest factor behind Barker’s ubiquity may be his inability to say no. As his collab-heavy 2011 solo album, Can a Drummer Get Some, proves, Barker is not fussy. As well as Run the Jewels, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Yelawolf and the late XXXTentacion, he has drummed for Pink, Britney Spears and James Arthur. He even popped up on the least punk song ever: 2017’s Bad Man with Pitbull, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and R&B perv Robin Thicke. Seriously, if you’re in a pub band and your drummer calls in sick, it’s worth dropping Barker a text because the man just does not say no.

Article: https://amp.theguardian.com/music/2...r-became-the-most-influential-person-in-music
I think Bonham is better
 


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