One of the most famous drummers of the past 20 years—and an unlikely but equally loved DJ—Travis Barker has dedicated his life to keeping the beat no matter the medium. Cranking out fast and chaotic pop-punk for angsty teens in his Blink-182 days, Barker mastered the art of playing off the crowd’s palpable energy years ago. Whether he’s improvising drum fills with thrashing percussion or beat-matching singles primed for the dancefloor, making people jump, dance and mosh is Barker’s forte.
And he isn’t just playing to the grown-up punks of the ’90s. Given his entrepreneurial spirit, Barker has amassed a following of both electronic and hip-hop heads, performing alongside rappers like Yelawolf (the pair’s new single “Out of Control” drops February 19) and nightclub giants like DJ A-Trak.
Embracing his love of spinning and scratching, Barker melds both talents in his raucous residency, Give the Drummer Some, at Hyde Bellagio. Launched last year, GTDS is Barker’s vision, a feat that showcases the musician front and center on the drum kit while simultaneously dominating the dancefloor with a cacophony of electronic beats.
Like Barker’s tattooed frame, GTDS is a spectacle you won’t want to take your eyes off. From electronic to hip-hop, rock and punk, Barker brings an unparalleled energy to everything he does. You have to hear it to believe it. Travis Barker: Give the Drummer Some at Hyde Bellagio, February 20.