Mark Hoppus & Tom DeLonge in Conversation with Google+


Uploaded by AtGoogleTalks on 05.10.2011

Transcript:
>>Mark Hoppus: Hi.
>>Jonathan: Hi guys. Thanks for comin' out.
>>Mark Hoppus: It was great to see all these empty seats over here 'cause that means normally
this place is all packed.
[laughter]
But not for us.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: Hey everyone thanks for comin' out. My name is Jonathan, I work on the Google
Voice team. In addition to that I work with a lot of the early adopters and influencers
on Google+.
And today we are joined by Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge of blink-182.
[applause and cheering]
So the guys have been kind enough to take some time off the Honda Civic Tour to sit
with us and answer some questions. Today's discussion will be mostly around Google+ and
the band's involvement as well as some questions from our fans via the YouTube Moderator Page.
So let's dive in. >>Mark: Let's do it
>>Jonathan: How are you guys doin'?
>>Mark Hoppus: Doing well, doing well. Yeah I think that we stopped the rain --
[laughter]
today, pretty sure we stopped the rain. We're at the end of a 10 week tour so every time
I see people that I know they come up to me and they say, "You look really tired --
[laughter]
you look really tired." Tom just looks that way always --
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: We're good though.
>>Jonathan: Good. Tom this one's for you, I'm sure you're asked this all the time but
obviously we might have some newbies in the room, if you could take us a little bit through
the formation of blink-182 and a brief history up until now of the release of your new album
Neighborhoods.
>>Tom DeLonge: Twenty years, it's a 20 year --
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>>Tom DeLonge: speech?
>>Jonathan: Give us the Cliff Notes.
>>Tom DeLonge: I got kicked outta high school and I met his sister at the new high school
and his sister she goes, "Oh you play guitar my brother's moving down here plays bass."
And I said, "Yeah you know."
At the time actually that's when I saw Scott play 'cause Scott was playing drums, he wasn't
even in high school yet but he came over at lunch time for a battle of the bands with
some other freshmen or something, he was like in eighth grade. And so he's at the school
and we're like, "Wow this guy's a great drummer," and he's like in junior high.
So I started playing with him in his bedroom. Then I met Mark through his sister at that
same school and we started a band and came up with the name skateboarding one night and
here we are.
But so now years later Travis was opening up in another band and we were at odds with
the first drummer and we made a big departure and got the new guy in and then the next thing
you know we're here. It's crazy.
>>Mark Hoppus: Somewhere in there they invented the Internet too.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: And that's why we're here.
>>Mark Hoppus: That's why we're here.
>>Tom DeLonge: Remember the first time I asked you about the Internet I'm in Mark's bedroom
and I'm like, "Well now what the fuck is the Internet?" And he just goes, "Well no" --
[laughter]
this is the raddist thing about it it's so new really at this time he goes, "No it's
like you can like grab anything and like there's like a thing that you type in and it pulls
up information about that thing." He's like, "For example," and you grabbed duct tape.
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh yeah.
>>Tom Delonge: And you're all, "Like duct tape," and he goes to the back of duct tape
and it's all ducttape.com. I was like, "Why would people got look up info on tape?" You
know that's what I, but I was trippin' that was my first experience.
>>Mark Hoppus: The fir --
>>Tom DeLonge: The last thing I did. And the other thing is then I went out and bought
a computer to look up UFOs because I thought that would be cool.
[laughter]
And I was like that makes sense to me but.
>>Jonathan: Nice.
>>Mark Hoppus: I ended up on the World Health Organization diarrhea home page.
[laughter]
It was my first, that was my first website that I visited.
>>Tom DeLonge: He was always --
>>Mark Hoppus: It was always the same thing it was like ?
>>Tom DeLonge: Porn.
>>Mark Hoppus: my sister was telling me about it --
[laughter]
[laughs]
[laughter]
and she was like, "You can look up anything," and I'm like, "alright look up diarrhea,"
--
[laughter]
and --
[laughter]
World Health Organization diarrhea homepage.
>>Tom DeLonge: Not beautiful, naked women, there was like diarrhea --
>>Mark Hoppus: Nope.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: Well good to know. [laughs]
[laughter]
So Mark --
>>Mark Hoppus: What was the question?
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
Something about the band back there --
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
I'm curious what drew you to activate on Google+, you're obviously one of our more active users
and --
>>Mark Hoppus: Um-hum.
>>Jonathan: I'm curious what your favorite features are?
>>Mark Hoppus: I love that from its integration, from its inception that you could segment
who you spoke to and gave which information to which is I think for me personally, and
I think for everybody in the world, is you wanna share stuff with certain people. I like
that ability. I didn't like having a public persona and a private persona and having two
different web pages and things like that and Google+ had that from the beginning which
really drew me to it.
It's new. I feel like the level of discourse on Google+ is really high right now. Obviously
it's new so the people that are coming to it are interested. Everything works really
well together, I like the Hangouts. I can't wait until I'm able to Hangout with more than
10 people 'cause it's really weird right now when I do a Hangout.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
It is because like I'll go in a Hangout and 10 people or nine other people will pop up
and everyone's just sitting there staring.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: It this really him?
>>Mark Hoppus: And it's, I've done this dozens of times and they're like and I go, "So where
you guys all from?"
[laughter]
And it's cool because everyone's like you know, "I'm from Turkey, I'm from South America,
from Australia." And then nobody says anything.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
>>Mark Hoppus: And so it's about like 10 minutes of me just goin' like, "Any questions?"
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
But it's cool I like having that kind of access to people. I like being able to post some
things to just my friends. I like judging my friends and putting them in certain circles
accordingly.
[laughter]
I'm like the ruler of a small kingdom. I'm a benevolent king, I'm fair, but I --
[laughter]
yeah.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
>>Mark Hoppus: I'm also strict.
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
[laughter]
Good to know you know how to use it.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah.
>>Jonathan: You got it goin'.
Tom we're honestly thrilled to have you on Google+ and --
>>Tom DeLonge: Really?
>>Jonathan: we're --
[laughter]
well I know I am. [chuckles]
And I'm just curious what your first impressions are but more specifically how you've involved
social media as a big way of engaging your fans over the years?
>>Tom DeLonge: Well I [clears throat] I was always enamored with Google. I think that
like when you look at all the big tech giants of what's goin' on I mean everyone references
Apple for their hardware and then everyone references Google. It's like you guys own
the Internet it's all this information and I always was so excited to see competitively
what you guys were gonna do with your company and all the incredible wizardry that you have
you know [chuckles].
And so when this came out I was instantly drawn to it because I thought that you guys
would use the technology to really integrate so well into things, it's not all there yet
but I can imagine what'll happen when you start bringin' in like Google Maps and more
and all the streaming capabilities and email capabilities and all that kind of stuff. It
seemed like the one missing component to such a large world that you guys already had so
I was instantly just like, "Okay, this is gonna be a really interesting and different
kind of take on the social experience."
For me it's always been really important as the Internet, I always described it is like
the central nervous system that connects all these different countries and people of varying
ethnicities and locations across the globe, but it's like instantaneous this generation
of people so massively different then when we were kids.
So I think for a company that's so heavily entrenched in the Internet that's responsible
for so much of where it's going and what it's capable of the idea of having a social network
to be able to be the glue that ties all your other pieces together I thought that would
be a great thing for our business and for our band and that's how I look, I'm not much,
I do really stupid things when I just go out there to say something just to say it like
I'm not good at that kind of stuff 'cause usually it's really bad and I understand that,
I'm trying to get better at that but it has not gotten --
[laughter]
any better for years. But to be an independent artist and to be able to have that kind of
reach and connectivity with your fans and to understand where the marketplace is going
and how I want to basically create art that can go, that can be a little bit more forward
thinking you need to have those types of tools.
And like Mark said being able to aggregate people but also send them certain pieces of
information based on who they are, what their likes are I mean that's like the whole, that's
like a vague way describing what everyone's going after. And I think that you guys can
do anything you want. It's a blank canvas and that's what's exciting to me.
>>Jonathan: Cool.
>>Tom DeLonge: That's the short answer.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
>>Jonathan: Mark a personal favorite Google+ post of mine is actually when you chose to
reveal the track listing for your new album --
>>Mark Hoppus: Um-hum.
>>Jonathan: via screen shot of just your iTunes library.
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh right.
>>Jonathan: And I'm just curious was this planned, was this spur of the moment, and
can we expect this to be like per se the new press release artists doing it themselves?
>>Mark Hoppus: I didn't mean for it to be the release of the album track listing. I
didn't even think about it. I probably pissed a bunch of people off when I did that. I was
so excited to have the actual album in my iTunes library as an album rather than just
a bunch of files that I'd taken home from the studio as an actual thing at that point
that I took a screen shot of it just 'cause I was excited as a fan of our band and I wanted
to put it up there.
But I think that, I think that is kind of the new press release, I think that people
do more of their own press now. Traditional media is also completely important as well
but for me I love that I can go on Google+ and let a bunch of people know something or
Tweet something to two million people and it's there, it's immediate. It allows us to
be very agile with, I mean from afar we look we're smart marketing, but really I was just
excited and I like to do stuff.
[pause]
That's, it's just that --
>>Jonathan: You're anxious.
>>Mark Hoppus: I'm anxious and I'm excited --
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>>Mark Hoppus: and I like that instant feedback. I like having a thought and having it go out
to a bunch of people even if it is dumb.
>>Jonathan: [chuckles] I'm sure that your fans appreciate it right?
>>Mark Hoppus: Some people do.
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>>Mark Hoppus: I never understand though I never get like especially on across all of
this stuff like you post something and people reply back, "Oh that's dumb," or, "You're
an idiot?" And you're like, "You had to click a button to follow me.
[laughter]
You had to read my thing and then you had to click a bunch more buttons to tell me you
didn't like what I said, just unfollow."
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: Haters gonna hate man.
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: Uncircle I don't get it.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
So Tom there's been some chatter about musician roundtables using Hangouts on Google+ and
I'm curious Hangouts max out at 10 people, but in your dream scenario if you could Hangout
with anyone using Google+ alive or dead who would you guys like to have, each of you?
>>Tom Delonge: Um --
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>>Tom DeLonge: Well you know I --
[laughter]
there's a lot, I think a lot I to me any kind of interesting discussion it doesn't really
necessarily matter who it is I mean it would be interesting to be with musicians, legendary
ones from the 60s, because to me it's come full circle where bands came out selling very
few records and had to work really hard to make some noise to get some attention.
And then we ushered in the 80s and 90s where instantly you're selling millions, I mean
you don't have to do anything and you're selling millions of records. And then now you're all
the way back to where bands have to work so hard to sell a few and I think it causes these
artists to have to really think about their art and be a lot more progressive just to
get any kind of attention.
So it's actually a good and a bad thing, but it would be interesting to have discussions
with artists from that time period 'cause I think back in the 60s and 70s that's when
you started getting bands like the Beatles or Led Zeppelin and they really start thinking
bigger and different and just doing things that set them apart from the norm. And I almost
feel like we're kind of going into that same zone again.
So to me that would be a really interesting discussion but the idea that people can come
and attend these kind, these things is really interesting. That's what's so cool about the
whole video streaming thing it's just like that in itself is a whole institution that
can go for miles and miles on its own outside of, I mean especially integrated into the
social network it's just like it's incredible.
>>Jonathan: Mark, what about you?
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh --
>>Tom DeLonge: Napoleon Bonaparte. [chuckles]
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>>Mark Hoppus: Probably my grandfather who I never got to meet, somebody like Einstein,
probably Tom you and Travis would be in there.
>>Tom DeLonge: With Einstein?
>>Mark Hoppus: With Einstein.
>>Tom DeLonge: Just to make me look stupid, that would be great.
>>Mark Hoppus: I don't know.
[laughter]
There's too much, I could think of a lot better list --
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>>Mark Hoppus: Creative people, creative, smart people throughout time.
>>Jonathan: Socrates.
>>Mark Hoppus: Socrates. It'd be a lot like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
>>Jonathan: That's how you should think of Hangouts.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah totally.
>>Jonathan: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, that's good.
Now curious Mark you're actually known for responding directly to fans within the comment
section of your Google+ posts.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah.
>>Jonathan: Why do you think this is important?
>>Mark Hoppus: I just like setting people straight and answering people's questions.
I've always, as a fan of music growing up I always dreamed about being able to ask questions
of bands that I loved and obviously there was never really. Actually one time I saw
They Might Be Giants when I was 16 years old and I sent them a letter. They played a song
in this concert that they didn't put on any of their records and I sent them a letter
saying, "Hey how come you never recorded that song, The Sound is a Mass of Incandescent
Gas?" And I sent it to them and they actually emailed not emailed me they actually mailed
me back a handwritten letter and I was like, "Wow that's really cool!"
And to have that kind of access much more convenient for me like I can answer people's
questions all day long and it kills time for me and it lets people know what's up with
the band and I think that people know that we honestly appreciate their support of our
music. And I like that kind of interaction it's important to me. We've always been like
that, we've always hung out after shows and talked to people, not you so much.
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: Hang on, hang on, I hide a little bit.
>>Mark Hoppus: But I like that kind of interaction, I like that.
>>Tom DeLonge: You guys should create like hardware that they can stick on their bodies
and we can really touch them.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
>>Tom DeLonge: Next question.
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: That's why --
>>Tom DeLonge: I'm being --
>>Mark Hoppus: That's why he doesn't post.
>>Tom DeLonge: That's true, that is true.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: [chuckles]
>>Jonathan: We need those gems.
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
>>Jonathan: So Tom in 2005 blink-182 toured, 2005 was actually pretty neat because it also
saw the launch of YouTube and I'm curious how does it feel to have a shift from video
spins to YouTube views? It is more promising in a way that fans can access your videos
on demand instead of watching TV at the right time and hoping to catch maybe --
>>Tom DeLonge: Oh yea.
>>Jonathan: a snip-.
>>Tom DeLonge: It's a total game changer and the coolest thing --
>>Mark Hoppus: Game changer! Oh buzz word.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: Um --
>>Mark Hoppus: Time to think outside the box.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
Synergy.
[laughter]
Anyways --
[laughter]
to get back to the --
[laughter]
what it cools it's like now it's like, "Hey have you heard of this band or have you heard
of this song or have you heard of anything?" YouTube is like the new, it's almost like
a mini different version of an encyclopedia, you can instantly go there and get some information
on it. You can either hear the song or you can see the video or you can see an interview
or you can see a TV performance or you can see some kid his review about a book or a
movie or whatever. It's like, it's you can go to places like Wikipedia or whatever but
YouTube is like this more from the common person like really putting their thoughts
up whether it's like they, a lot of times it's a kid.
I've had kids stand outside the studio and record stuff from their car go put it on YouTube
and just like this echo, like I don't know, I think it's totally a changing --
>>Mark Hoppus: You can say it, I won't say --
>>Tom DeLonge: I don't if I'm scared to say it but it is 'cause it totally changes the
game for everyone.
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: I just like it for the Honey Badger [laughs].
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
Which you hadn't even --
>>Mark Hoppus: I didn't even know about --
>>Jonathan: You hadn't even seen that.
>>Mark Hoppus: Honey Badger until two days ago.
>>Tom DeLonge: What's Honey Badger?
>>Mark Hoppus: Honey Badger I'll show you.
>>Tom DeLonge: Have you guys seen, alright.
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>>Tom DeLonge: Never mind.
>>Jonathan: You'll see it.
>>Mark Hoppus: I mean just all the stuff --
>>Tom DeLonge: You guys have some weird shit on YouTube that's what I've noticed.
>>Mark Hoppus: Double rainbow, like all of the classics.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>> Tom: Peanut Butter Man.
>>Mark Hoppus: Dude.
>> Tom: Peanut Butter Man exactly.
>>Jonathan: I haven't even seen that one.
>>Mark Hoppus: [unintelligible] Peanut Butter Man.
>>Tom DeLonge: Peanut Butter you guys can search that on your own network.
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs] You're own --
>>Tom DeLonge: What are you guys putting up there?
>>Jonathan: So this is for both of you, I'm assuming you both use Smartphones and I'm
curious besides the Google+ app what are your favorite apps. I'm curious --
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh show 'em yours
>>Jonathan: I'm just curious --
>>Mark Hoppus: This one.
>>Jonathan: what would make your life --
>>Mark Hoppus: Your mustache app.
>>Tom DeLonge: I know I love the mustache app, it's funny but --
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
Do you not have it?
>>Tom DeLonge: Oh I do but it's just --
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh, okay.
>>Tom DeLonge: But no I just don't if that's appropriate. Well everyone's got Apple computers,
I have an iPhone I don't if that's --
>>Mark Hoppus: Ladies and gentlemen he has an iPhone, don't --
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: I know.
>>Jonathan: There's a few of us that have iPhones, too.
>>Tom DeLonge: What are our favorite apps, my favorite apps is that the question?
>>Jonathan: Well anything particular maybe something that makes life on the road more
convenient or maybe stayin' in touch with your family and --
>>Tom DeLonge: Right.
>>Jonathan: friends a little bit easier.
>>Tom DeLonge: Well per, I'm not much --
>>Mark Hoppus: Chat Roulette. [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: What did you say Chat Roulette?
>>Mark Hoppus: Chat Roulette.
>>Tom DeLonge: Yeah.
[laughter]
I've heard about that I haven't done that.
>>Mark Hoppus: I haven't either. I'm too afraid.
>>Tom DeLonge: Yeah.
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: I'm just too afraid.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: I keep thinkin' it's just gonna be a naked man and --
>>Mark Hoppus: That's all it is!
>>Tom DeLonge: Is that what it is?
>>Mark Hoppus: That's all it is!
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: Like his dad's like waving at him.
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: But I --
>>Mark Hoppus: Wait for my dad's IPO.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: Well I don't know the apps I'm, I like to, the only apps I really use
for real are like news kind of stuff and art or movies and so like I'm not --
>>Mark Hoppus: The Onion.
>>Tom DeLonge: I like the Onion a lot because it cheers me up a bit. And by the way I was
just at the White House and Barack Obama reads The Onion every day, it's on his secretary's
desk right one the top. He wants to cheer up a bit too I guess but --
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: But it's infinite though and you know what's really cool about Android
is you guys are the new Microsoft and Microsoft's ancient, it's a whole different, what I loved
about it is like --
>>Mark Hoppus: You're gonna get it. You're gonna get it.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: I understand, I know.
[laughter]
But I really believe that. I believe that that whole the idea as open source and having
the Internet connected into it is really appealing and really competitive. And all the hype that
Microsoft got back in the day is now here with that and it's, and I don't know I think
that what's more exciting is not so much the apps that I love it's just the fact that there
are apps that people can go out and you can be anybody in a bedroom and figure it out
and launch an application or program and it's not 50-60 bucks like it used to be, it can
be 99 cents or whatever so.
>>Jonathan: True. Mark what about you?
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh apps?
>>Jonathan: Yeah.
>>Mark Hoppus: I'm just traditionalist.
>>Tom DeLonge: Words with Friends kind of guy?
>>Mark Hoppus: Words with Friend, I do a lot of Words with Friends yeah.
>>Jonathan: Instagram.
>>Mark Hoppus: I destroy people. Instagram I like a whole lot, I love Instagram. Hipstamatic's
cool. I mean there's all those --
>>Tom DeLonge: The camera apps are awesome yeah.
>>Mark Hoppus: Camera apps are great, all the social networking ones.
>>Tom DeLonge: Mustache apps.
>>Mark Hoppus: Mustache apps.
[laughter]
That's about it.
>>Jonathan: No fart apps, nothin'?
>>Mark Hoppus: No fart apps, no --
>>Tom DeLonge: Those are good. The time I've done 'em --
>>Mark Hoppus: Livesaver apps.
>>Tom DeLonge: quite a few fart apps.
[laughter]
You can put 'em on timers.
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh. That's solid.
>>Tom DeLonge: So you hide it in the other part of the room.
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: So we're gonna take some time we're gonna take some questions. We had a
ton of questions submitted online so we set up a YouTube Moderator Page and I'm gonna
go ahead and read some of those off for you guys.
So a Mighty Big Dan from British Columbia asks: "Tom, how long does it take for you
to write your lyrics, where does most of your inspiration come from?"
>>Tom DeLonge: It doesn't take me too long. My inspiration usually comes from, once the
music for the song is more or less close to being completed I'll just try and find an
emotional current in it that makes sense. I'll either identify with it and write exactly
like it or try and write the opposite. It's a good question 'cause I think it's different
for every artist, they always say, "I write the words first," but not for myself. I like
to write the music first 'cause that to me is like the foundation of the building you
build on top of it.
>>Mark Hoppus: Um.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: So "Cale Basque" maybe I pronounced that correctly -- [chuckles]
>>Mark Hoppus: hoping you're right
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: from San Jose asks: "What's going on with the blinkumentary? Super excited for
when it comes out, I'm sure it will be great."
>>Mark Hoppus: We are still working on it, it's still being filmed.
>>Jonathan: I won't lie I don't even know much of what this is.
>>Mark Hoppus: We've been, a friend of ours by the name of Haven Lamoureux has been on
the road with us for two years kind of documenting the reformation of the band, us going on our
first tour, us going in the studio working on this record, and I think we're gonna wrap
it up, I mean we've been wrappin' it up for it seems like six months now.
>>Tom DeLonge: It's hard 'cause you keep, we've been doin' a lot of important things
the past couple months.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah.
>>Tom DeLonge: It's kind of like keep filmin'.
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah it's an ongoing thing that hopefully will get released fairly soon.
>>Jonathan: Cool.
So "X FOB M" from Belgium asks: "What's your best memory ever when you were on tour?"
>>Tom DeLonge: Well that's hard. One of the best recent ones we were fortunately able
to headline Reading Festival --
>>Mark Hoppus: Um-hum.
>>Tom DeLonge: in Leeds which is 100,000 people, it's the biggest festivals in the world for
a rock band and, or probably in general. So when you get an opportunity to headline that
festival it's like it's a highlight of your career. And we did that and broke quite a
few records that night at that festival. It's in England and that was huge. Comin' off that
you felt pretty good about yourself.
>>Jonathan: Lots of people.
>>Tom DeLonge: Yeah it's a lot of people, yeah it's crazy. And they're all staring at
your it's like weird but.
>>Jonathan: [chuckles]
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: So Black Bird 192 from Italy asks: "Wishing Well, a song that may represent the
story of everyone of us fans and blink told in three and a half minutes, where did you
find the inspiration to touch so many hearts with such an amazing song?"
>>Mark Hoppus: Props.
[laughter]
Super props.
>>Tom DeLonge: I actually wrote the lyrics, you asked about the lyrics, I wrote the lyrics
to that at my daughter's school. And there was a picnic going on and I was not engaged
'cause we were late on the [unintelligible]
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
>>Tom DeLonge: there was all these kids running around bouncing off the walls and I'm sitting
at a little bench I'm just like what rhymes with, I'm finding rhyme apps on my phone,
I'm like --
[laughter]
rhymes with. I didn't necessarily do that, I had no service.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: That's one of your favorite apps right?
>>Mark Hoppus: You gotta come up with a better story than that.
>>Tom DeLonge: But that's the truth but I mean I fortunately I'm a really focused when
it comes to studio stuff so it doesn't really matter where I'm at I mean I obsess over it
to where my wife hates me because that's I just live in those songs for the totality
of the recording. So whether I'm at Chat Roulette with naked men or I'm at a school -
[laughter]
I'm dedicated to figuring it out. But Wishing Well it's a great song it's a, and the song
really is just about being a little bit lost, trying to find your way. And I think there's
a lot of that on our record where it's everyone's trying to get by and everyone's trying to
win in their own way but were all in it together so.
>>Mark Hoppus: You did a good job.
>>Tom DeLonge: Thank you.
>>Mark Hoppus: That song's really good.
>>Jonathan: Our final one, so Blind Brown Eyes then we're gonna take some questions
?
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh got it.
>>Jonathan: from Googlers.
>>Mark Hoppus: Did you say we're gonna take some questions from lawyers?
>>Jonathan: Googlers.
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh, got it.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: Google lawyers , there might be some lawyers in there.
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
[laughter]
Talk to my attorneys.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: So Blind Brown Eyes from Belgium asks: "What's it like to be a hero for so
many people?"
[pause]
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh.
>>Jonathan: No pressure.
[laughter]
Tom DeLonge: Who are they asking? No us right, they're asking --
>>Mark Hoppus: It's humbling, it's yeah, I'd say it's humbling, it's really cool to get
to do what we do. We're amazed that after 20 years that we still get to come out and
play Shoreline Amphitheater. I grew up in California and one year I lived actually in
Mountain View and I remember when they built Shoreline Amphitheater and to think that I
play that place now with my job is pretty awesome. It's really a blessing, it's really
fun and you're welcome for being your hero. I don't know --
[laughter]
what do you want me to say?
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: Cool. So I think we're gonna take some questions from Googlers if we have some
time.
>>voices in audience: murmuring
>>Mark Hoppus: Are we gonna do like a Maury thing and find if somebody's a dad?
>>Jonathan: Yeah.
[laughter]
You have to do the dance though.
>>Mark Hoppus: Okay cool.
>>Tom DeLonge: Do the dance.
>Jonathan: So if you guys, I guess if we wanna start lining up if anyone has questions for
the guys.
>>Mark Hoppus: Should be pre-screen everybody and make sure they're all complimentary?
>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
>>Jonathan: It's the only thing we have here.
>>male #1: So you brought up the open source of Android and so I have a question about
music and open source. Do you see music moving towards open source and really finding your
revenue from concerts and merchandise and making music free for everyone? Do you think
music should move in that direction?
>>Tom DeLonge: I think that's a great question. That's a really hard question to answer but
I think that there's some kind of, I think that there's a compromise. And I think that
music, the digital rights management, they should go away. That makes it kinda difficult
'cause then the companies are kinda owning their own versions of the songs.
But what I do think is that there is a place to follow that's very similar to how applications
are running where you put out an application and then there's a free version and then if
you like it you can basically up-sell them to something else. And I think that music
can work that way as well where you put out some free stuff and you can complete the record
or you can have access to physical goods as well, collectible items.
And a merging of multiple institutions where I think record labels and fan clubs and merchandising
companies and things that are traditionally completely separate are all comin' together
so you can have the ability to do that. 'Cause right now I mean for example we put out our
record a week or so ago and there was a massive issue 'cause one group owned the songs, one
group owned the technology, one group owned all the physical goods, and then the band
was over here and everyone was makin' money except for the band and made it really hard.
And then they all starting yelling at each other and then the whole thing broke down
and we weren't even really personally involved in those conversations.
And music was one of those industries where so many people came in over the decades and
all starting grabbing pieces and it just became a really hard thing to create a business out
of it later.
So my answer is I think it's gonna be some kind of compromise, but I do think there is
an element of it being free and I think that that's one of those things where you steak
your reputation on it kinda, "I believe that you will like what we do so I'm willing to
let some of it go out to everybody," but to what degree is gonna vary.
>>male #1: Thank you.
[pause]
>>male #2: Hey guys. Everyone's a collector, I think, of something in their own way whether
it's small or big so I just wanna know if you guys collect anything?
>>Tom DeLonge: Bodies.
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: I collect vintage guitars, Simpsons action figures, and art. Not like
a big collector of whatever but I like art.
>>male #2: Okay.
>>Tom DeLonge: I'm really bad at that stuff, yeah. You know what's funny I don't like,
I looking in, it's really to my detriment too. I look forward so much that I don't look
in the past so I never collect, nothing, I don't really value too many things from the
past. Wife gets mad there's like photos and like I kinda find it sad when you look like
at a photo and you're like, "Oh my God we were happy, we were young --
[laughter]
remember it.
[laughter]
But clutter is weird to me but I always envy like, remember you were collecting llamas
for a longest time too.
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh yeah I collect hotel room keys --
>>Tom DeLonge: Hotel keys that's what it was yeah.
>>Mark Hoppus: I have boxes of hotel room keys from touring over the years.
>>Tom DeLonge: It's not weird it's just --
>>Mark Hoppus: I love the actual keys, I have like a shoestring with actual keys on it,
but now people like me stole all those keys so they have to go to keycards and now I just
?
>>male #2: Nice.
>>Mark Hoppus: have rows and rows of keycards.
>>male #2: Gotcha.
>>Mark Hoppus: I could break into any hotel in the world.
>>Tom DeLonge: Ah that's true--
[laughter]
>>male #2: You can use their pool for free right?
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah for sure.
>>male #2: That's the way to do it yeah.
So I collect T-shirts and Android figures --
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh cool.
>>Male #2: and just wanted to see if you guys wanted to trade anything for --
[laughter]
one of these T-shirts?
>>Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge: [laugh]
>>Tom DeLonge: Mark will. He'll give you some keys.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
>Mark Hoppus: Yeah, what have I got?
>>Tom DeLonge: Here's the key to my room now.
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
[laughter]
I got guitar picks. I don't have 'em with me though.
>>Tom: I just got soft kisses [chuckles]
>>Mark Hoppus: I'll owe ya right here.
[laughter]
I'll owe ya some guitar picks.
[laughter]
>>male #2: Here ya go, so I'll give you guys --
>>Mark Hoppus: Cool thanks.
>>Tom DeLonge: Very nice.
>>Mark Hoppus: Much appreciated.
>>Tom DeLonge: Thank you sir. I don't know --
>>Mark Hoppus: Can we open up?
>>Tom DeLonge: We could break it in half --
>>Mark Hoppus: Should be open up?
[laughter]
Looks like it's supposed to open up, sorry.
>>Jonathan: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: Thanks for this [makes noise] .
[laughter]
>>male #3: Hey guys how come you never toured in South America?
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: We tried. We had a bunch of stuff booked years ago and that is the goal.
It's just a matter of getting down there at the right time because when you release a
record there's certain things and certain places you have to be at a certain time, right?
So they start mapping out the whole world and, but I think it's long past due that we
get down there.
>>Mark Hoppus: Absolutely.
>>male #3: You guys have a huge fan base in South America.
>>Tom DeLonge: Yeah.
>>Mark Hoppus: We've very lucky Brazil, South America in general is gigantic for us and
we've never toured there. I think when we very first started off it was too prohibitively
expensive for us to go and then when we should have gone there we were touring other places
and now it's just a matter of getting us down there.
>>male #3: Cool, thanks.
[pause]
>>male #4: Hey guys.
>>Mark Hoppus: Hi.
>>male #4: Two quick questions: What would you guys do if you were never in the music
industry and your favorite blink-182 songs?
>>Mark Hoppus: I would still live with my mom.
[laughter]
And I don't know, what would you do?
>>Tom DeLonge: I would still be --
>>Mark Hoppus: Live with my mom?
>>Tom DeLonge: would still be living with my mom, I'm living with her now, you know
what I'm saying?
[laughter]
No I would be driving, I would still be doin', this is what we did. Mark would be, it would
be three in the afternoon he's got a burrito and a Big Gulp and video games and I would
show up in a truck with concrete and I'd say, "Dude, come help me deliver this shit. It's
so heavy I can't do it by myself." He's be like, "Alright." And he would just jump in,
he would help me deliver concrete, he'd be like, "I'm sore for like five days, I'm not
gonna do this every day."
So I don't know I think about that all the time like I was like yeah, yeah, a couple
back surgeries later I'm, I was delivering giant things of concrete, Mark was playin'
video games at home and that's about all we're good for outside of this.
[laughter]
>>male #4: And favorite blink songs?
>>Tom DeLonge: Oh man I don't know I really --
>>Mark Hoppus: It totally changes day to day.
>>male #4: Yeah.
>>Tom DeLonge: They all serve a different purpose.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah. Right now I'd say After Midnight 'cause that's our new single and
I love Wishing Well that's a great song.
>>Tom DeLonge: Yeah I mean I like, I really like, we have a song called Violence which
is on our last record which is kinda this mix of electronic and punk rock, it's was
a lotta fun when that song happened because it really showed, it showed kind of the convergence
of drum and bass music and pop punk music and I think that also was a little bit of
a window into where we were going with this record so. But favorites it doesn't really
work.
>>male #4: Thank you.
>>Tom DeLonge: Thanks.
[pause]
>>female #1: Hi.
>>Mark Hoppus: Hello.
>>female #1: I really like your nail polish.
>>Mark Hoppus: Oh thanks.
>>female #1: [laughs]
>>Mark Hoppus: The sad part about this nail polish is that this happened completely sober.
>>female #1: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: I did this of my own free will. I bought it and I thought it would be cool
last night.
>>female #1: I like to make poor choices when I'm sober as well.
>>Mark Hoppus: Good okay.
[laughter]
>>female #1: So --
[laughter]
I actually wanna --
[laughter]
I actually just wanna bring the mood down a little bit, ask a serious question.
>>Mark Hoppus: Okay.
>>female #1: If, this is for both of you, if you guys were a mythical creature --
[laughter]
what would you be
>>Mark Hoppus: This guy.
>>female #1: and why?
[laughter]
>>female #1: The man riding the unicorn or the unicorn -- [laughs]
[laughter]
with a rainbow out of it's butt?
>>Mark Hoppus: This is a Viking riding a unicorn blasting out of its rear end a rainbow --
[laughter]
in front of the moon. He's got red high tops on, he's holding aloft an AK-47 getting struck
by lightning. There's, you can't get better than that.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: No.
[laughter]
>>female #1: Okay, cool, fair enough.
>>Mark Hoppus: The actual name of this shirt is Awesome 5000.
>>female #1: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: It has its own title so you yes, I would be him.
>>female #1: Nice.
>>Tom DeLonge: That's good. I don't really have a good answer like that.
[laughter]
>>female #1: I shoulda let you go first.
>>Tom DeLonge: Oh yeah and you should have. If I was to be a mythical, a mythical creature
of any sort --
>>Mark Hoppus: What about the guy from the Old Spice ads the half man, half horse --
[laughter]
he's pretty rad.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: Was that Centaur?
>>Mark Hoppus: I think so, I don't know.
>>Tom DeLonge: Does he have a huge --
[laughter]
If that's the case, do you guys know this --
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: Stop.
[laughter]
Stop!
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: You guys --
>>Mark Hoppus: Save yourself.
[laugh]
>>Tom DeLonge: asked me, do you want honest, I'm an artist.
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: You guys want me to be honest here.
[laughter]
I don't know I mean. You know what's interesting though is, ah you don't even want me to talk
about it, it doesn't matter. I don't know. Thor.
>>Mark Hoppus: There you go, Thor.
[laughter]
Go with that.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: He's so good looking --
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
>>Tom DeLonge: Brad Pitt, strong.
[laughter]
>>female #1: Thank you.
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
>>Tom DeLonge: You think he's got those lines right there?
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
[laughter]
>>female #2: Hey guys thanks for coming today.
I think a lot of us probably grew up listening to music and I was wondering if people have
kind of grown up as you guys have grown up or if your fan base has like remained younger
and --
>>Mark Hoppus: It's been both.
>>female #2: [responds off mic]
>>Mark Hoppus: Actually one of the best things about coming back out on the road right now
is that we are seeing people who have been following blink since day one come out to
the shows, we have seen new people come out to the shows, it's like parents are bringing
their kids, older brothers are bringing their younger siblings, it's like a multi-generational
thing at the shows now. It's really cool.
That being said, I got a note from a mom the other day who brought her 14 year old daughter
to the show in Atlanta --
>>Tom DeLonge: She probably was not happy.
>>Mark Hoppus: and was very upset with what she heard us say from the stage and I actually
wanted to email her but I have no way to contact her back, but I understand where she's coming
from but why the hell would you bring your 14 year old kid to a blink show?
>>Tom DeLonge: Yeah well --
>>Mark Hoppus: At least know what you're brining your 14 year old kid to.
>>Tom DeLonge: Well that's what's weird to me too. She must have been the one, or maybe
the kid just barely heard about it and said, "Mom take me."
>>Mark Hoppus: Well apparently the kid had saved up her money by working at a job all
summer to come to the show and then --
>>Tom DeLonge: That's too bad.
>>Mark Hoppus: was really upset. But it was just the language. I'm, like, look past that
and look at the art.
>>Tom DeLonge: Yeah.
>>female #2: [chuckles]
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: This is what we're doing up there.
>>Tom DeLonge: I know yeah.
>>Mark Hoppus: But yeah it's a multi-generational thing --
>>Tom DeLonge: We have lasers.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah we do have lasers.
[laughter]
>>Tom DeLonge: And I mean we might be talking about some really bad stuff but there's lasers.
[laughter]
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah.
[laughter]
>>female #2: Thanks guys.
[pause]
>>Mark Hoppus: I burned my eye out with a laser on this tour.
>>Tom DeLonge: That is true, he did.
>>male #5: Hey guys.
>>Mark Hoppus: In Milwaukee.
>>male #5: Oh sorry.
>>Mark Hoppus: Go ahead.
>>male #5: So we've been talkin' about the Internet a lot and how you guys have been
a band that's kinda spanned from before the Internet and then after and how that's changed
music. What I was wondering has that kinda changed the way that you, I guess, go about
making an album in terms of putting the focus away from making a complete album more towards
like singles and like making a video straight to YouTube or do you think that it's changed
the way that fans have kind of like looked at your albums and more taking single songs
and does that change the way you guys do things at all or?
>>Mark Hoppus: It doesn't change the way that we do anything at all. I recognize the fact
that there are some people who listen to a full album still and when we sequence our
album we think a lot about like a song flowing into the next song and how like the different
keys of songs and different tempos and different feelings of songs so you can sit down listen
to a record as a whole. I also appreciate that people wanna pick and choose different
songs. It's the same as making mixed tape back in the day.
I think it puts a lot more onus on the band to create 10 or 12 great songs. I think that
the days of getting by with having like three or four good songs on a record and the rest
of it be filler is long gone.
>>male #5: Because then people just buy --
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah people will just not buy the filler.
>>Tom DeLonge: I think there consum-, I think fans consumption is like what you said though
where I mean one way it's changed for us we have two studios operating so we're using
the Internet to pass around ideas and we're usin' the Internet to communicate with each
other to have two studios operating at the same time. And I also think that like what
we were talkin' about in some of the other questions where in the sense where fans can
consume and get introduced to the art in so many different ways. And at the end of the
day like Mark said we wanna do albums but we'll still be excited if anybody just wants
to take a chance with one thing that they really like.
>>male #5: Thanks you guys.
[pause]
>>Mark Hoppus: Hello.
>>female #3: Hi guys, oh this is really high. [laughs]
Tom I have a question specifically for you. My friend, Andrew Lee, from Northwestern University
is obsessed with you and --
[laughter]
he wants to know --
[laughter]
he wants to know what your experience doing Angels and Airwaves and how it has been different
from blink.
>>Tom DeLonge: Well Angels and Airwaves we have, I'm able to, we're so small that there's
not really, there's nothing that we're gonna do that might impact old or necessarily new
fans. We don't really know what we're doing [chuckles]. I guess with blink we're always
conscious.
What I did learn was by both, what I really like about it is I always tell people I get
to play on one part I get to do things that are extremely unorthodox and pretend that
I'm cerebral and the other way I get to be the kid that I always wanted to be and always
maintained being eternal youth, the spirit of having that angst.
So having them both be around at the same time I try to bleed some of those things over
on both sides where I kinda go, "Wow, I really was able to learn how not to forget who I
was and also to remember about kinda who I wanna be." But I'm also into that kind of
stuff. So some guy was asking me earlier about what we collect. I like, I read a lot of books,
that's probably the only thing that I collect is books where I try to spend a lot of time
becoming a better person. But that's really bad because I got bad judgment so don't think
that's it's really happening.
But I try to have that come into the art I really try to have that lyrically. I was in
a different place on the blink record like approaching lyrics with blink now it's like
I really was able to find out a little bit more of who I am and like that song Wishing
Well has got a little bit of spirit of me tryin' to be a little bit of a philosopher
in some ways but I don't know. But that's a good question.
[pause]
>>female #3: Alright, thank you.
>>male in audience: One more question.
>>female #4: Hi guys, thanks --
>>Mark Hoppus: Hello.
>>female #4: for coming. My name's Kristen and my heart is pounding, my heart is pounding
like crazy right now.
>>Tom DeLonge: We're handsome, we know.
[laughter]
>>female #4: So I have to admit I came up here without a question in mind and I have
one now but my high school self would have killed me if I didn't at least say hi to you.
>>Mark Hoppus: Hello.
>>female #4: Hi.
>>Mark Hoppus: [laughs]
>>female #4: My question is my favorite album to listen to in high school was the Live Album
'cause it was so funny.
>>Mark Hoppus: Um-hum.
>>female #4: What was your favorite album to record?
>>Tom DeLonge: Oh. Well I don't know it's probably, they were all rad. I remember the
first time with Jerry Finn on Enema of the State was such an incredible experience. Everything
sounded so good --
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah.
>>Tom DeLonge: and everything. That was like the first time I really felt like were attacking
it in a really professional manner. But then the How, the self titled one where we holed
up in a house for nine months was incredible too 'cause that was the first time we ever
like had a laboratory to experiment in.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah.
>>Tom DeLonge: You know.
>>Mark Hoppus: I think that, I think that Enema of the State was our first introduction
into proper recording. We just had a lot of fun. Our producer Jerry Finn is one of the
funniest guys that I've ever met in my life, that's where we first watched the Family Guy.
>>Tom DeLonge: Was on that record?
>>Mark Hoppus: Was it, or maybe it was the next one. Oh.
>>Tom DeLonge: He brought some good things.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah he brought some good things into the world. I feel like on the last record
was really about us experimenting and trying different ideas and feeling free to push ourselves.
And this record was more like relaxed --
>>Tom DeLonge: Yeah, really relaxed.
>>Mark Hoppus: than anything, probably because we took two years to do it. [laughs] So they're
all great experiences in their own way I think that we all learn something at each recording.
>>Tom DeLonge: That's actually really good point like this record, everyone wants to
think that it might have been really hard or holed up so, I mean we really had a great
time on this so there's really, it really was relaxed. It took a while but there was
no pressure we just did our thing and really had fun doin' it. Versus previous records
it was always like you always feel like it's your last record.
>>Mark Hoppus: Yeah.
>>Tom DeLonge: And you go into the studio you go, "Oh my God we hope the label likes
this one." We didn't have any of that on that. So this latest record without the pressure
was, made it so much easier than so many of the other ones but the other ones were benchmarks
in our career like for all those reasons we were sayin'.
[pause]
>>Mark Hoppus: You just made the mark like, "You're dead."
[laughter]
He pointed at you and he goes like this.
[laughter]
>>Jonathan: Well --
[laughter]
that's all the time we have. Obviously thank you so much Tom and Mark for coming and visiting
and talking with us.
>>Mark Hoppus: I wanna give you credit. You were my kind of introduction into the whole
Google world right as I signed up I had a question about doing a Hangout or something
and Jonathan you popped in and answered it right away. And I think that's really cool,
I mean, I've never had that on any other service where I join up and there's somebody there
like actually taking part and kinda guiding people. So thank you for that and thank you
for bringin' us here today.
>>Jonathan: Yeah and thank you for everyone comin' out.
[cheers and applause]
>>Tom DeLonge: Do we walk away now:
[applause]