Two years removed from a brush with death, and with his highly anticipated solo LP, Give The Drummer Some, in stores today, Travis Barker is getting his.

Travis Barker doesn’t fly anymore; given the tragic plane crash that nearly cost him his life two years ago, that’s perfectly understandable. The iconic drummer has always been a down-to-earth guy as well. But his personality and travel preferences might be the only things grounded about the 35-year-old these days. We caught up with Travis shortly after he’d wrapped a European tour with his band Blink-182, a sequel of sorts to the group’s wildly successful American outing the previous summer.

His new high-flying project is Give the Drummer Some, a genre-bending debut solo album that features a diverse group of famous friends, from RZA to Slash to Lil Wayne. The album hits stores today so we figured it was a perfect time for us to post our Shotcaller Interview (along with exclusive extra images) with Travis from our December/January 2011 issue (that had Kanye West and Ke$ha on the cover). Fresh off his first transatlantic cruise (no flights, remember), Travis spoke with Complex about working with rappers, a new Blink-182 record, and why he loves shitting on boundaries.

Interview by Ernest Baker (@newbornrodeo).

You’re splitting your time pretty evenly between rap and rock these days. Have you grown to prefer one genre to the other?


Who are some of the people you’ve been working with on the solo record?


As a longtime fan of hip-hop, how does it feel to be a figure in the scene these days?


Back to rock music, what’s the status of the next Blink-182 album?


Have there been any musings about what it will sound like? There was a noticeable difference between the last pre-breakup LP and the earlier Blink records.


What kinds of subject matter do you anticipate “living” the most?


Do you ever catch flak from rock fans for experimenting with other genres?