Travis Barker has recently set down with KERRANG magazine for an interview where he talked about his 2010 Grammy performance with Hip-Hop heavyweights: Lil Wayne, Drake and Eminem. Check the conversation below:
What was the main difference you noticed when playing drums sober?
“It just takes a little bit. Anyone that’s newly sober, you have to re-teach yourself how to do everything really. Going to the studio was different – you have a routine where you sit there, you roll up, and you smoke. There was a lot of relearning to do. I didn’t have that little upper hand in making myself a bit more relaxed, or calming the nerves. I would do that routine before everything. I know I have a lot of friends who are sober and they’ve also struggled with that same adjustment.”
One of your first clean performances was with Lil Wayne, Eminem and Drake at the 2010 GRAMMYs. What was that like?
“I was doing a lot of collaborating with Wayne at the time. Then seeing Drake come up, who was really recognised in the beginning as one of the best new lyricists around, was so cool. And Wayne and Eminem collaborating onstage together was just crazy. For me to be there and be chosen to be the drummer for that was really cool. I was still wrapping my head around being sober, like, ‘Oh shit! How do I do this?’ Just figuring out, ‘How do I even do all this, not medicated?’ I remember that as being one of my first big achievements after I stopped everything. But make no mistake, I owe everything to blink-182. There would be no highlights like that if I wasn’t in this band to begin with.”
For the full interview, check the link here.