OCDP Three-band acrylic in black/white/black: 22"x22" bass drum with double wide front hoop (built-in woodblock on batter side hoop), 12"x6" tom, 16"x14" floor tom; 14"x61⁄2" bell brass snare; 10"x7" side snare
Get us up to speed on what else you’ve been up to over the last few years
“We did the Blink Christmas EP. Yelawolf and I released our Psycho White EP. Recorded a Transplants album. Recorded drums on LL Cool J’s album.
“Most recently I did work on Yelawolf’s upcoming new album, which is called Love Story. I play drums on two or three songs. I played on a song called Out Of Control and a song called Gun In My Hand, which are really dope. Gun In My Hand, there’s a bunch of marching [percussion] in it, kinda like a weird backbeat, like Bonham-y sounding chorus.
"The other song has, like, this cool, crazy ass beat. I wonder if I still have it in here...?” [Travis pulls out his phone and plays the video described. It’s a triplet shuffle a la Bonzo’s Fool In The Rain feel]. It’s definitely Bonham inspired.
“We were recording a music video. I had my phone and I was playing this beat, noodling around in between takes of filming this video, and Yela was like, ‘Yo, what is that?‘ I played it over for him again and he was like, ‘Dude, I really want to write to that. I’m in the middle of recording this album, please record that beat in the studio!’
“It’s me playing on the rim of my bass drum, doing this crazy triplet thing with my kick pattern and 2 and 4 on the snare. They wrote a whole song around that beat. Then I went back and did everything, full drum kit, fills, hi-hats and everything. It really came out cool.
“I’ve been playing some random gigs. I played some gigs with Slash recently. American Idol with Keith Urban and Randy Jackson. Slowly beginning the process of writing beats for my upcoming solo album. That’s pretty much it!”