- bang showbiz
- March 2, 2022
Avril Lavigne says Travis Barker is more than just a drummer
Avril Lavigne has called Travis Barker a “studio wizard”.
The ‘Complicated’ singer recently signed with Blink-182 drummer DTA Records for his comeback album, ‘Love Sux’, which he contributed to, and Avril says there’s “so much more for him than being a drummer”.
She told Uproxx, “It’s really great to see him evolve. He’s so much more than a drummer. He has a great sense of production. He knows a lot about songwriting. He’s a businessman. He’s a studio magician. so much more to him than just being a drummer. He spends every waking moment – like, he’s always working, he’s always in the studio. He loves music, he’s so passionate about it, and it really shows. I really enjoy working with him, because he’s also an artist, so he understands. He’s been there a long time and done his thing for a long time, and so am I, and so we can really understand each other.
The 37-year-old pop-punk icon admitted it’s important she makes the music she wants to make, as she hinted fans can expect more music in her signature style.
She said, “I was like, ‘I want to do a pop-punk record, let’s go. I didn’t have a label at the time, I didn’t have any managers. I’m about 20 years into my career and it’s like, I’m just doing this shit for me now, and I want to do the music that I want to do. This is where my heart is and where I feel. I think it’s like my favorite record.
“Love Sux” also features Machine Gun Kelly, who is part of the current generation of pop-punk stars alongside Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Huddy, and she’s “excited” to see the genre back into the mainstream.
She said: “I’m so happy to see my friends doing so well in music and the new generation discovering rock music. If you look at the success of the When We Were Young festival (Las Vegas emo festival), it shows the the appetite for this type of music is the strongest it’s ever been. I like people to identify with my music, and I like it to come back. It’s the music that I grew up listening and that helped shape me as an artist, so I’m really glad to be a part of it.”