DTA Records, a new label founded by Travis Barker, has entered into a worldwide joint venture with Elektra Music Group. The announcement was made today by Barker and Elektra Co-Presidents Mike Easterlin and Gregg Nadel. Under the terms of the deal, Elektra will provide the full spectrum of marketing and distribution services for DTA artists and recordings.
The first release from DTA Records/Elektra Records is Barker’s own “Gimme Brain” featuring Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, available everywhere today.
“I wanted a label partner that I trusted with true artist development,” said Barker. “As an artist, it’s important to me that an artist’s vision is protected at all costs. It’s crucial that I’m able to look an artist in the eye and believe it when I say we can take them from a basement to an arena. Elektra’s track record and belief are proof of that, and I’m stoked to continue to build that legacy together through DTA Records.”
“Travis is nothing short of a creative juggernaut,” said Elektra Co-Presidents Mike Easterlin and Gregg Nadel. “As a drummer, songwriter, producer, remixer, collaborator, label head, and entrepreneur, he’s driven by an incredible passion for the music, insatiable curiosity, and unstoppable energy. We’re thrilled to welcome Travis and DTA Records into the Elektra family, and we’re looking forward to all the amazing artists and records we know he’ll be bringing to the world.”
Travis Barker’s multi-faceted career has placed him at the epicenter of musical culture for the past two decades. Today, he’s a full-time member of both Blink-182 and Transplants, and the exclusive on-album drummer for Goldfinger and FEVER 333 (whose 2018 Grammy-nominated “Made An America” he co-produced). In the first half of 2019 alone, he’s recorded and/or released work with Lil Nas X, $uicideboy$, Halsey, Machine Gun Kelly, Korn, YUNGBLUD, XXXTentacion ft. Kanye West, Lil Peep, Pharrell, the Game, UnoTheActivist, Ghostemane, Yelawolf, nothing,nowhere, 03 Greedo, and others.
In 2011, Barker released his first solo album, Give the Drummer Some (featuring the likes of Slash, RZA, and Steve Aoki), and 2015 marked the publication of his acclaimed memoir, Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums. Alongside his recording and performing work, Barker is the presenter of the annual SoCal festivals Musink and Back to the Beach. He’s also the head of two record labels: the low-key LaSalle Records and the just-announced DTA Records. In addition, Barker is a restauranteur with interests in Crossroads Kitchen and Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and is behind the apparel brands Famous Stars & Straps and DTA Posse.