Mark Hoppus Discusses Solo Plans

Mark Hoppus recently spoke with MTV News and revealed that he's been working on material for an upcoming solo project.

Mark Hoppus Discusses Solo Plans
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Fans eagerly waiting for new material from Plus 44 anytime soon may be in for some bad news. In addition to teasing us about the possibility of a Blink-182 reunion, frontman Mark Hoppus recently spoke with MTV News and revealed that he's been working on material for an upcoming solo project. Speaking about the future of Plus 44, the band he started with fellow Blink 182 band mate Travis Barker following the band's "indefinite hiatus", he says, "the reason I wasn't able to answer [your question about Plus 44 from a previous interview] with a great deal of specificity is that I didn't really know how to say what was going to happen. Since late August of last year, I've been in the studio every week writing songs with the intention of putting out a record of my own. As of this week, I've got about 10 songs in various stages of completion and another 10 ideas that I still want to work on. ... By the way, this interview will be the first time many people at the label are going to hear about the possibility of me doing an album on my own. Hi, Interscope!" So what's Travis up to if Mark is working on a solo project? Well, apparently he's working on one of his own and the two don't mind helping each other out in the studio. "Travis has played on a bunch of [my] tracks, and he's working on his own album as well," says Hoppus. "We totally support each other in whatever we're doing. He's like a brother to me. I see him in our studio every week, and we'll be in the room of the studio he's working in, listening to stuff he's recorded, or he'll come into the room where I'm working and check out my songs. He's played on a bunch of them, and he's asked if I'll play on some of his songs. We collaborate and give each other ideas and support. That's what I meant when I said [in the interview with MTV at the Woodie Awards], 'No matter what I work on, Travis will be a part of it.'" Finally, he concludes by updating his fans on what else they can expect from him in the coming future. "Well, I just co-wrote a song for a movie coming out called 'Fired Up,' [and] the New Found Glory record I produced comes out soon, and I'm super proud of that. Those guys wrote a great album, and I think people will be blown away." He adds, "There are a bunch of collaborations, producing offers and film and TV projects that I'm working on as well." So where does this leave Plus 44? Since the release of their 2006 debut, "When Your Heart Stops Beating", the band has been awfully quiet and all this talk of solo projects and Blink-182 reunions makes this reporter believe that Plus 44's heart may have stopped beating. Oh, I truly am the king of puns. Report by David Lowe-Bianco.

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    ElThomas
    reaper_x wrote: [travis] wrote: rockShow182 wrote: he's the Dammit voice I've noticed that when Mark sings it's usually a hit: "The Rock Show," "What's My Age Again," "Adam's Song," "Dammit," "Man Overboard (half)." Tom has also produced hits like: All The Small Things. Lost Without You. Always. Down. First Date. [Most of] Stay Together For The Kids. Feeling This. [Most of] I Miss You. Case closed.
    everything blink wrote was a hit in one way or another. whether it was mark or tom. but +44 and ava both suck...what does that tell us? thats right. mark and tom need each other to be good
    gnfnrs
    Who cares about plus 44 they kind of sucked get blink back together and that would be music
    reaper_x
    [travis] wrote: rockShow182 wrote: he's the Dammit voice I've noticed that when Mark sings it's usually a hit: "The Rock Show," "What's My Age Again," "Adam's Song," "Dammit," "Man Overboard (half)."
    Tom has also produced hits like: All The Small Things. Lost Without You. Always. Down. First Date. [Most of] Stay Together For The Kids. Feeling This. [Most of] I Miss You. Case closed.
    reaper_x
    solidskateboard wrote: rockShow182 wrote: i saw an article of the interview a couple days ago, i think its gonna be a little weird with a solo album for the thought of a blink reunion but it should be good. Drummer182 wrote: Rockin4Life wrote: loudog93 wrote: Josh Shiells wrote: For ****'s sake, PLEASE just re-unite Blink-182, man! agreed. +100 Smartest thing anyone has ever said on UG I agree also! Didto
    I'm with you, fellow UGians.
    dontlookdownkid
    You know what they really need to do? Mark needs to post a blog being like: "+44 is over, we are going to have a farewell show" Then, when alllll the fans show up to see them play and they finally come on stage... they trick everyone and it actually be a Blink 182 show. Wouldn't that be sweet? You go there thinking you're gonna see +44 and then when the lights go off and everything they open up with "Dumpweed" or something like that. The crowd would go absolutely nuts!
    Sloane
    The important thing Mark said is that for blink to happen again they would have to be on top of their game. If they were to come back it would be in full force, not some bullshit nostalgic reunion tour. This means if blink were to happen again, it would be no short of epic.
    kalel182
    its cool to know that barker and hoppus will be always in those proyects together.. but we would miss another +44 album...
    Sdooper_Man wrote: ... i honestly havn't heard or plus 44 in my life....
    then you should but dont think its like blink, because the style is completely different
    Hspotter
    Mark has been my idol for 5 years. I really like his voice. Okay here is the deal with blink-182. Mark-great singer/great bassist Scott Raynor-give him credit for dammit and other stuff.(but it was all the same) Travis-a legend Tom-i h8 his voice/he sux @ guitar. i mean sure he can come up with a really catchy riff. but really. there are never any solos. the closest he ever got to a 'solo' was in First Date. but i will admit without Tom the three will never be that great again. they just complimented each other soo well. Angels and Airwaves sucks major a$$. +44 is a bit better to me. all the songs are just so fu**ing depressing though. i mean i use the track Lillian to help me sleep.
    [travis]
    rockShow182 wrote: he's the Dammit voice
    I've noticed that when Mark sings it's usually a hit: "The Rock Show," "What's My Age Again," "Adam's Song," "Dammit," "Man Overboard (half)."
    4YSftwATLftw
    craksan wrote: Its all in the masterplan for reuniting Blink 182~!
    Lol let's hope so?
    Azwethinkweiz52
    loudog93 wrote: dethskar0 wrote: I'm glad Blink is done. I liked +44 way more anyways. Blink (aside from their final album) was a pretty immature band that didn't put a lot of though into songs. Plus I just cannot stand Tom. I always feel like a 12-year-old if I listen to Blink, so I deleted all of their music off of my computer. I'm glad their done. Mark's solo stuff will be good, but I would've liked to hear more from +44. +44 is not nearly as good as blink. blinks immature approach to lyrics was different and appealing. so many musicians try to be deep and intellectual but blink went the other way. they were the best band to come out of the late 90s. and will always be remembered when people think back on this generation.
    *cough**cough*RADIOHEAD*cough*cough*
    sidvicious_91
    sidvicious_91 wrote: how about mark does his solo album, and on guitar and backup vocals, tom delonge, and on drums, travis barker? Now THERE'S and idea.
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    sidvicious_91
    how about mark does his solo album, and on guitar and backup vocals, tom delonge, and on drums, travis barker? Now THERE'S and idea.
    4YSftwATLftw
    AcidKnowledge wrote: So are Mark and Travis even friends with Tom anymore? Is Tom really the dipshit in all of this?
    Tom said he left cause he couldn't find a more mature way with Blink. But recent news (Travis' plane crash, and this was mentioned in another UG article) that Tom and Travis and Mark are all talking again, due to Tom stating that everything that had happened in the past few months (plane crash which was a near death experience) has outdrawn all of the breaking up of the Blink 182 crap. So they're atleast friends again, time will only tell us if a reunion is near or will never happen. Even if it's not a reunion, they could just start fresh under a different name, cool either way right? Uhhh, the original name would be Blink 183...>_> sarcastic to people who can't discifer that one^.
    [travis]
    I really want to see a Blink-182 reunion, but just as long as Angels And Airwaves don't open up for them.
    ExtremeMetalFTW
    QBAG wrote: ElThomas wrote: goddammit. just tell tom delonge to stop being a dipshit and get blink back together i completely agree. i think Tom's ego broke up Blink. lets hope he puts all that aside
    Yeah, I know i would have a HUUUGE ego if I played half-assed riffs and sang songs about ****ing someone's dog who teh **** needs Tom anyways
    Zell182
    well +44 were mediocre at best anyway...maybe his solo album will be good but I'm not holding my breath
    lorrythebassguy
    im more looking forward to the solo album, but it would be a shame if +44 when on "infinite hiatus" too
    DeadMansCurve
    and on "who the better song writer" was in blink, mark sometimes sang songs that tom wrote, and vice-versa, tom wrote stay together for the kids about HIS parents, but mark sang most of it, so the only thing you can really argue about it the better singer, not song writer. plus, mark wrote dammit, making him the better of the 2, not saying its my favourite song, but just one of the biggest hits of the 90s, EVERYONE knows that song!
    DeadMansCurve
    im hoping with this solo album, since mark and tom are talking again, tom will make a guest vocal appearance on 1 of the songs, like boxcar racer, that was kind of toms solo album, heres marks, now get tom on it!!! but yes its all in the plan to get blink back together, it will happen, just needs time
    Serjem
    ok.. first, if +44 is doing nothing now why the **** did carol heller or whatever is that girls name joined sometime like half a year ago if i remember correctly... just doesnt make any sense.. 2nd-- seems like blink are still going in the opposite-reunion direction... when travis and mark were still in the same (active) band i still had hope... whatever.. 3rd... i wonder what travis lookes like now with all that burns? huh
    malakian123
    Well to be fair wasn't plus44 just a Mark project anyway with Travis playing on it? Cos i cant imagiane the other guitarists contributing to the writing... ah well... whatever..... just bring back blink soon please.
    ExtremeMetalFTW
    dontlookdownkid wrote: ExtremeMetalFTW wrote: dontlookdownkid wrote: You know what they really need to do? Mark needs to post a blog being like: "+44 is over, we are going to have a farewell show" Then, when alllll the fans show up to see them play and they finally come on stage... they trick everyone and it actually be a Blink 182 show. Wouldn't that be sweet? You go there thinking you're gonna see +44 and then when the lights go off and everything they open up with "Dumpweed" or something like that. The crowd would go absolutely nuts! Some of the fans of +44 are not fans of Blink and vice-versa Yeah that's true to a certain degree, but really... if you wanted to get the MOST hard-core Blink 182 fans in one place, what other concert (besides Blink)would do it better than +44? That's what a huge number of Blink fans support considering it's 2/3 of the band. Besides... I'm sure there wouldn't be too many people asking for their money back if the show turned out to be Blink 182's first reunion show rather than a Plus 44 one....
    Well what I meant was, if a group of diehard blink fans who dont like +44 don't go, they might miss out on their favorite band reuniting which would suck
    ExtremeMetalFTW
    ZoSo21315 wrote: Azwethinkweiz52 wrote: loudog93 wrote: dethskar0 wrote: I'm glad Blink is done. I liked +44 way more anyways. Blink (aside from their final album) was a pretty immature band that didn't put a lot of though into songs. Plus I just cannot stand Tom. I always feel like a 12-year-old if I listen to Blink, so I deleted all of their music off of my computer. I'm glad their done. Mark's solo stuff will be good, but I would've liked to hear more from +44. +44 is not nearly as good as blink. blinks immature approach to lyrics was different and appealing. so many musicians try to be deep and intellectual but blink went the other way. they were the best band to come out of the late 90s. and will always be remembered when people think back on this generation. Dude wtf you just said like 8 different things. You feel like a twelve year old when you listen to them and deleted all their music yet they are the best band to come out of the 90s? You say you like +44 better than Blink but +44 isnt nearly as good as Blink? Blink was a pretty immature band that didnt put alot of thought into songs yet their approach to lyrics was different and appealing? Did you even read what you wrote? God please just get back together!!!! Final album was awesome. They can do much greater things together than apart.
    Dude, you quoted a quoted quote
    dontlookdownkid
    ExtremeMetalFTW wrote: dontlookdownkid wrote: You know what they really need to do? Mark needs to post a blog being like: "+44 is over, we are going to have a farewell show" Then, when alllll the fans show up to see them play and they finally come on stage... they trick everyone and it actually be a Blink 182 show. Wouldn't that be sweet? You go there thinking you're gonna see +44 and then when the lights go off and everything they open up with "Dumpweed" or something like that. The crowd would go absolutely nuts! Some of the fans of +44 are not fans of Blink and vice-versa
    Yeah that's true to a certain degree, but really... if you wanted to get the MOST hard-core Blink 182 fans in one place, what other concert (besides Blink)would do it better than +44? That's what a huge number of Blink fans support considering it's 2/3 of the band. Besides... I'm sure there wouldn't be too many people asking for their money back if the show turned out to be Blink 182's first reunion show rather than a Plus 44 one....
    ZoSo21315
    Azwethinkweiz52 wrote: loudog93 wrote: dethskar0 wrote: I'm glad Blink is done. I liked +44 way more anyways. Blink (aside from their final album) was a pretty immature band that didn't put a lot of though into songs. Plus I just cannot stand Tom. I always feel like a 12-year-old if I listen to Blink, so I deleted all of their music off of my computer. I'm glad their done. Mark's solo stuff will be good, but I would've liked to hear more from +44. +44 is not nearly as good as blink. blinks immature approach to lyrics was different and appealing. so many musicians try to be deep and intellectual but blink went the other way. they were the best band to come out of the late 90s. and will always be remembered when people think back on this generation.
    Dude wtf you just said like 8 different things. You feel like a twelve year old when you listen to them and deleted all their music yet they are the best band to come out of the 90s? You say you like +44 better than Blink but +44 isnt nearly as good as Blink? Blink was a pretty immature band that didnt put alot of thought into songs yet their approach to lyrics was different and appealing? Did you even read what you wrote? God please just get back together!!!! Final album was awesome. They can do much greater things together than apart.
    brighteyes577
    wth i thought blink was finally geting back together but it was just a big joke i guess. this is stupid. but i do agree with what one person said, blink would be much different now cause they wouldnt be the immature little punks writing semi-annoying "funny" music, their sound would be way different now.
    Zakk_Is_Queer
    Yeah, Mark and Tom weren't masters of their instruments obviously but they were really good songwriters. Blink had some damn good songs.
    ExtremeMetalFTW
    dontlookdownkid wrote: You know what they really need to do? Mark needs to post a blog being like: "+44 is over, we are going to have a farewell show" Then, when alllll the fans show up to see them play and they finally come on stage... they trick everyone and it actually be a Blink 182 show. Wouldn't that be sweet? You go there thinking you're gonna see +44 and then when the lights go off and everything they open up with "Dumpweed" or something like that. The crowd would go absolutely nuts!
    Some of the fans of +44 are not fans of Blink and vice-versa
    ExtremeMetalFTW
    reaper_x wrote: [travis] wrote: rockShow182 wrote: he's the Dammit voice I've noticed that when Mark sings it's usually a hit: "The Rock Show," "What's My Age Again," "Adam's Song," "Dammit," "Man Overboard (half)." Tom has also produced hits like: All The Small Things. Lost Without You. Always. Down. First Date. [Most of] Stay Together For The Kids. Feeling This. [Most of] I Miss You. Case closed.
    Mark sang Adam's Song Case re-opened and shut
    NakedInTheRain
    ExtremeMetalFTW wrote: QBAG wrote: ElThomas wrote: goddammit. just tell tom delonge to stop being a dipshit and get blink back together i completely agree. i think Tom's ego broke up Blink. lets hope he puts all that aside Yeah, I know i would have a HUUUGE ego if I played half-assed riffs and sang songs about ****ing someone's dog who teh **** needs Tom anyways
    blink needs tom. like it or not, mark and tom onstage MADE blink. they could get away with telling lame jokes for half their set. and to top it off, travis really helped the blink sound (post-enema).
    Muse=Rock
    reaper_x wrote: solidskateboard wrote: rockShow182 wrote: i saw an article of the interview a couple days ago, i think its gonna be a little weird with a solo album for the thought of a blink reunion but it should be good. Drummer182 wrote: Rockin4Life wrote: loudog93 wrote: Josh Shiells wrote: For ****'s sake, PLEASE just re-unite Blink-182, man! agreed. +100 Smartest thing anyone has ever said on UG I agree also! Didto I'm with you, fellow UGians.
    ME too
    smashingnofx182
    Azwethinkweiz52 wrote: loudog93 wrote: dethskar0 wrote: I'm glad Blink is done. I liked +44 way more anyways. Blink (aside from their final album) was a pretty immature band that didn't put a lot of though into songs. Plus I just cannot stand Tom. I always feel like a 12-year-old if I listen to Blink, so I deleted all of their music off of my computer. I'm glad their done. Mark's solo stuff will be good, but I would've liked to hear more from +44. +44 is not nearly as good as blink. blinks immature approach to lyrics was different and appealing. so many musicians try to be deep and intellectual but blink went the other way. they were the best band to come out of the late 90s. and will always be remembered when people think back on this generation. *cough**cough*RADIOHEAD*cough*cough*
    Haha very true but very different bands also. Blink are my favourite band ever, but Radiohead are the best band ever musically, it's unfair to compare poor simple Blink to them. Also, Tom wrote All The Small Things and the music and majority of the lyrics to I Miss You, their two biggest hits.
    AwesomeDrummer
    +44 > Blink = :O and Mark Hoppus solo album, i think will be just as good. He was always the better singer, and the better lyricist imo, which has been shown throughout +44. This is good, then hopefully +44 will release an album next year or something. more music for me.
    frozen_sun
    hey, if mark and travis really likes to reunite and tom doesn't... maybe i could just replace tom?? LOL!
    Sloane
    If the solo album contains the songs he made videos of recording on his blog, I'll buy it.
    BenRaah
    These guys are no longer the immature young men writing about dog-****ing and blow jobs that they were. Sadly this takes away most of their appeal. Their time has been and gone imo
    DiveRightIn63
    Since the release of their 2006 debut, "When Your Heart Stops Beating", the band has been awfully quiet and all this talk of solo projects and Blink-182 reunions makes this reporter believe that Plus 44s heart may have stopped beating. Oh, I truly am the king of puns.
    i lol'd
    guitartiger
    u r the king of puns my mann lol and yes blink, just come on and do a reunion tour already!!
    Tomamo5
    this is a bit old mind. he never specifically mentions +44's demise either. i dont think/hope +44 is over yet.