“We’re very similar, with our backs to the wall. We have no quit,” he gushed. “I need someone like that in my life.”
Barker, who is one of music’s most in-demand hitmakers, also discussed his recent collaborations with artists like Machine Gun Kelly and Willow Smith.
“I say no a lot. I would play on a million albums a year if I could — it’s just being smart and working with people I really love and have a lot in common with,” he said. “I rarely do something that’s brought to me from a publisher or my managers. I usually work with people who I know and that I call a friend.”
On the way that pop music is evolving today, Barker added, “It’s not how it was when blink or Green Day came out where there were pop-punk kids, metal kids, rap kids. Everyone has been inspired by everything for so long — it just got louder this year.”