Top notch guitar vocalist, clothes designer and avid Twitter user, Mark Hoppus has largely stayed out of the spotlight since Tom DeLonge's exit from Blink-182. But what exactly has our favourite frontman been up to? Do busy Blink members even have spare time? And what snippets has he revealed about the promise of a new Blink-182 album?
"Right now the stuff that we’e writing sounds like early Blink meets early Alkaline Trio." Mark Hoppus, October 2015.
Long awaited and eagerly anticipated, the new Blink-182 album has been in the pipeline since 2015, and from recent interviews with Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, it looks like everyone's on the same page in the studio.
"I'm really happy with the way that it's going and the energy in the studio's great..." Mark revealed in a recent interview.
Travis had alluded to Matt Skiba being a perfect fit for where the band is heading, and it looks like Mark backs that statement up! But as for an exact release date, the Blink bassist remains tight-lipped…
"There's been discussions and we have a target date, but I don't want to say anything because you don't know if things change," he said.
Outside the studio
So aside from spending time in the studio working on new Blink material, what has Mark been doing lately? Way back in October, Mark played a debut DJ set at the music festival, Taste Of Chaos, swapping his bass for the decks in a crowd wowing set. Could this become a popular side-line for the busy musician? He certainly looked like he was enjoying himself!
November saw Mark appearing as guest MC and performing on stage with Linkin Park at the 10th anniversary Music For Relief benefit concert. The charity, created by Linkin Park in 2005 hopes to raise money to help rebuild the lives of those affected by natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and China’s Wenchuan Earthquake. Good job, Mark, well done for taking part.
And as if the man isn't busy enough, over on his clothing label, blog and accompanying podcast 'Hi My Name Is Mark', Mark has recently been helping to promote HMNIM designer Matt Saunders work on 'Pottermore', a website that focuses on the little known areas of Harry Potter and re-tells the Potter tales in an interactive way.
I'll leave the last word to the man himself…
dadpool @markhoppus Mar 10 - despite the rumors online, there is no blink-182 show at sxsw this year. real tour dates will be announced in the near future. smiley face.