Travis Barker is currently sharing arena stages across the country with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj as part of the I Am Still Music Tour. But in order to properly support his latest album, Give the Drummer Some, Barker needed a deejay he though could live up to the standards of his late friend and collaborator, DJ AM. Longtime Beastie Boys associate Mix Master Mike seemed to be the perfect fit.
Barker told MTV News about the new partnership, saying, “After playing with [DJ] AM so long and after he left, it was like I had to find the best deejay in the world. And one that I grew up on that I loved that I had something in common with. And I grew up on the Beasties. I always loved Mike’s deejaying. I always loved what he was about and everything, so it was a good matchup, man.”
Barker’s new album, his solo debut, has been well received. It’s first two singles, “Give the Drummer Some” and “Saturday Night,” are both currently in heavy rotation on both Rap and Rock stations. Barker mentioned to MTV News that “Knockin’” will most likely be the next single to be released from the record. That track features E-40, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Dev.