What kind of format and platform do you use for recording?
Travis Barker: "Mac and Pro Tools, but a lot of the album is live."
Everybody in the same room throwing down?
Have you ever experimented with vintage recording gear?
"Yeah. I’ve recorded Blink records, Box Car Racer records, Aquabats records, a lot of albums to tape. But the way my album is, there’s just so much crazy instrumentation and stacking of drums and stacking of everything else, it would have been really time-consuming recording to tape."
Do you mix up beats first on the computer or do you sit down at the kit?
"It depends. A lot of my album is my new cocktail kit. It may have been something I felt on the MPC. I just did a 10,000 mile bus ride from Miami, so I’ll just bring a mini studio and sit there and write on the MPC and have everything from horns to synths to live drums, guitars, guitar stabs, vocals, everything and I’ll just write for hours and hours. As much as I can.
"Then I get home and a beat may evolve from me playing a cocktail kit on it or me playing my drum kit or electronic pad. I exclusively use Roland but I’ve collected a bunch of vintage stuff for this album just so I could use old synth sounds and old electronic drum sounds."