"A few of us were standing by the stage and I vividly remember the feeling of this is the new Blink.We should have looked for a new drummer right then because it was so obvious what band he belonged in." Barker's first effort with Blink—Enema of the State—was released in June 1999 and catapulted the trio to stardom, becoming the biggest pop punk band of the era.Word had got around that not only was Travis Barker an amazing drummer, [but that] he was also an amazing studio drummer which was a skill that a lot of drummers don't necessarily share.Travis had this reputation of being a guy who could sit down with a click track and no music and have the arrangement in his head and he could lay down the drum tracks in five, ten minutes for a song and then the band could play on top to him as if he was a drum machine.However, Barker states that "I always migrated back to drums, though.That was the one direction that kind of felt like I was connected to and I could kind of understand.
The Kinison, who supported Blink-182 on their tour dates, impressed Barker and were the first group signed to La Salle Records, a record label Barker officially set up in 2004.
Companies such as DC Shoes and Zildjian cymbals have co-designed products in his name.
He released a memoir, Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, in 2015. When Barker was four, his mother gave him his first kit, which was the only one he would have until he was fifteen.
He also starred in an MTV reality series named Meet the Barkers.
He was involved in a plane crash in 2008, but he recovered and released his debut solo album, Give the Drummer Some, in 2011.