|Date of Birth||March 15, 1972|
|Home Town||Ridgecrest, California|
|Genre|| Pop Punk |
|Occupation(s)|| Musician |
|Instrument(s)|| Vocals |
|Associated acts|| Blink-182 |
Mark Allan Hoppus (born March 15, 1972) is an American musician and record producer. Hoppus is one of the founding members of the pop punk band Blink-182 and the pop punk/alternative band +44. He plays bass guitar and provides vocals. As of late, Hoppus has produced albums for groups like Idiot Pilot, New Found Glory, The Matches, and Motion City Soundtrack.
Mark Hoppus was born in Ridgecrest, California on March 15, 1972. At the age of 15, Hoppus got his first bass guitar as a gift from his dad and earned money for a set of amplifiers by helping him paint his garage. Hoppus never took bass lessons, instead he taught himself by playing to bands such as the Descendents, The Cure, and Bad Religion. Hoppus played by himself and sang in the band Pier 69, primarily covering songs by The Cure. He also played in a band called The Attic Children in 1988, during this time he lived in Washington D.C. He later moved to San Diego, where his sister Anne (now Anne McMurray) introduced him to Tom DeLonge in August 1992. DeLonge was a friend of Anne's at the time, and constantly complained about wanting to join a band. When Hoppus first went over to DeLonge's house, he was told DeLonge would be at the local skate park. Hoppus went over and found DeLonge skateboarding with his friends. Hoppus wanted to impress DeLonge, so he climbed on a lamp post, jumped off and cracked both ankles and heels and was on crutches for three weeks. He then started playing with DeLonge in his garage and they recruited original drummer, Scott Raynor. They went on to form Blink-182. In 1998, Travis Barker joined the band during a tour in California. Blink-182 went on to record many more albums which made the band very successful. The band recorded two number one hits, "All the Small Things" and "I Miss You". As of 2005 the band went on an indefinite hiatus. Hoppus wanted to continue to write music so he started +44, a new band with fellow Blink-182 band mate Travis Barker. In 2006 they released their first album entitled When Your Heart Stops Beating. The band have recently signed a deal with Interscope Records and are currently in production of their second studio album.
When asked about a possible Blink-182 reunion, Hoppus usually replied with "I don't know. Ten years ago I would never guess that I would be where I am now, I can't guess where I'll be ten years from now." On February 8th 2009, Blink-182 presented at The Grammys; before presenting the award Hoppus said "Blink-182 is back!"
Hoppus married Skye Everly in 2000 after meeting on the set of Blink-182's "All the Small Things" video shoot. Two years later, Skye gave birth to their son, Jack Hoppus on August 5, 2002. The three currently reside in Los Angeles, California. On August 11, 2008 in an article released, Mark is suing a father and son who lied to him about automated checkout machines at McDonald's restaurants. Mark invested more than half a million dollars in it back in October 2003.
Hoppus has been seen sporting his signature Fender Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass in a variety of different colors since the days of Blink-182. Though considered to be a Precision Bass, Hoppus's signature consists of a Jazz Bass body with a Precision Bass neck and pickup. Recently, Hoppus's signature underwent a slight modification. The bodies are now made of Ash instead of Alder, making the bass lighter. The pickup locations were switched from their usual positions. The pickup that was placed under the E and A strings was also placed under the D and G strings and moved above the original position, placed higher than the pickup under the E and A strings, giving the D and G bass strings a warmer, thicker bass sound. The pickups Hoppus uses are Seymour Duncan Quarter-Pound pickups, the same as is on the Fender Precision Bass. The current colors of his +44 touring basses include Olympic White, Sunburst and See-Through Blond all coupled with a tortoise shell pickguard. Besides his signature basses, Hoppus was seen using one other bass guitar live on stage: the six-stringed Fender Bass VI, most notably for the song "I Miss You". Mark also use Fender Precision Bass which was first seen in Dammit, What's My Age Again? and All The Small Things His P-Bass like his signature bass has only one volume knob. His P-Bass last appearance was in the video Stay Together For The Kids with a Sunburst Colour and White Pickguard.His Sunburst P-Bass was also with Mark recording (+44)'s second studio album. Prior to the use of Fender Basses, Hoppus heavily used Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray basses in various colors during the early days of Blink-182 up until the early Enema of the State period.
For live sound, Hoppus plugs his basses into three Ampeg SVT Classic bass heads running into two Ampeg 8x10 SVT bass cabs. Prior to the use of the all-tube SVT Classic heads, Hoppus used two Ampeg SVT-4 Pro heads which only feature a tube preamp.
"HiMyNameIsMark" (also known as 'The Morning Zoo') is a podcast that was set up in the wake of the hiatus by Hoppus, and can be found at HiMyNameIsMark.com. Every few weeks he released a show of songs by underground bands, interviews with band members and/or friends, and reminisces about happenings in his life. He is often joined on the show by his friends Chris Holmes (+44's engineer) and James Ingram (+44's assistant engineer). In 2005 Hoppus won the "Best Podcast" award, beating out many of the hottest podcasts.
Mark Hoppus was a guest actor on an episode of the UPN show, Haunted, in 2002. He also wrote columns for Risen Magazine's March/April and May/June 2005 issues entitled "Beyond Us".. Mark Hoppus was also confirmed to be a part of the 2008 film, "One Nine Nine Four", a movie about punk rock in the 90's.
- For Hoppus' work with Blink-182 and +44, see Blink-182 discography and +44 discography, respectively.
|Year||Album title||Band||Record label||Credits|
|1988||The Attic Children Demo||The Attic Children||Vocals and bass|
|1998||Look Forward to Failure||The Ataris||Fat Wreck Chords||Vocals on "That Special Girl"|
|2002||No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls||Simple Plan||Atlantic Records||Vocals on "I'd Do Anything"|
|2002||Box Car Racer||Box Car Racer||MCA||Vocals on "Elevator"|
|2002||Sticks and Stones||New Found Glory||Drive-Thru Records, MCA||Bass on "Something I Call Personality"|
|2004||The Passion of the Christ: Songs||Various Artists||Vocals on MxPx's song "Empire"|
|2005||Panic||MxPx||SideOneDummy Records||Vocals on "Wrecking Hotel Rooms"|
|2005||Commit This to Memory||Motion City Soundtrack||Epitaph Records||Vocals on "Hangman"|
|2006||White Heat||Renee Renee||Vocals and bass on "Paper Doll"|
|2006||Kevin & Bean's Super Christmas||Various Artists||Vocals and bass on +44's cover of "Christmas Vacation" by The Descendents|
|2007||Changes||Vanilla Sky||Universal Music Records||Vocals on "Nightmare"|
|2009||Fired Up soundtrack||Richard Gibbs||Screen Gems||Co-wrote and Vocals on "Until the Stars Fall From the Sky"|
|Year||Album Title||Band||Record Label||Credits|
|2005||Commit This To Memory||Motion City Soundtrack||Epitaph Records||Producer|
|2006||Wake Up||Something for Rockets||Produced two songs|
|2006||Decomposer||The Matches||Epitaph Records||Produced "What Katie Said", "Sunburn vs. the Rhinovirus", and "The Barber's Unhappiness"|
|2006||We're Up to No Good, We're Up to No Good||Rory||111 Records||Producer|
|2006||Punk Goes 90's||Various Artists||Fearless Records||Produced Mae's cover of "March of the Pigs" by Nine Inch Nails|
|2007||Wolves||Idiot Pilot||Reprise Records||Co-Producer|
|2007||One Track Mind||Something for Rockets||Producer|
|2008||Spread The Rumors||Socratic||Drive Thru Records||Producer|
|2008||Our Lunar Activities||Our Lunar Activities||Producer|
|2009||Lies Sell Stories||Koopa||Pied Piper Records||Producer|
|2009||Not Without a Fight||New Found Glory||Epitaph Records||Producer|
|Year||Album Title||Band||Record Label||Credits|
|2006||In with the Out Crowd||Less Than Jake||Warner Bros. Records||Co-wrote "The Rest of My Life"|
|2009||Nothing Personal||All Time Low||Hopeless/Subcity Records||Co-writer|
- ↑ blink-182
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Mark Hoppus unplugged
- ↑ Wikipedia Is Wrong
- ↑ http://www.himynameismark.com/
- ↑ http://www.edge102.com/station/adlercast.cfm
- ↑ http://chicago.metromix.com/home/article/former-blink-182-bassist/552327/content
- ↑ http://www.ampeg.com/artists/artist.php?artistID=78
- ↑ Mark Hoppus Interview with b182.com
- ↑ News - Articles - 1457891 - 20021002
- ↑ Risen Magazine volume 4, issue 2, pg. 76; volume 4, issue 3, pg. 70
- Mark Hoppus' official website
- Mark Hoppus' official twitter account
- Mark Hoppus' official MySpace profile
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