Mark Hoppus is a man of many talents. Not only is he one-third (or is that fourth, technically?) of the giant that is Blink-182, but he’s also a producer extraordinaire. With credits that include New Found Glory and Motion City Soundtrack, as well as remixes for Neck Deep and the Jackson 5, Hoppus’ name is never far away from the genres he loves.
Here we’ve rounded up a greatest hits, of sorts, for you to delve into Hoppus’ musical ear — and to see exactly what he can do when he’s not touring the world in one of our all-time favorite bands.
When he halved Neck Deep's tempo on “Can't Kick Up The Roots” — and it worked
Sure, not everyone agreed with this one, but you have to admit: The slowed tempo really lets the lyrics take precedence. It might feel against what you expect from a member of Blink-182, but Hoppus always brings a maturity to projects he touches outside of his foundation band. The swelling reverb that backs Ben Barlow’s vocals removes the power from the music, instead creating a glittering canvas.
When he produced Motion City Soundtrack’s breakthrough album
Of course, the co-creator behind some of the ‘00s’ greatest pop-punk choruses had a hand in a massive jam like “Everything Is Alright.” The power from that chorus is so palpable, you also imagine it as a Blink track. Hoppus’ influence is all over Commit This To Memory, and when you put that with a band as loved as Motion City Soundtrack, well, immortality was inevitable.
When he added his touch to “ABC” by the Jackson 5
Bet you never thought you’d see Hoppus’ name next to the Jackson 5. Hoppus, along with +44 engineer Chris Holmes, had their hand at “ABC” for the fourth installment of a Michael Jackson remix series. You can still hear that reserved energy he brings to the table, while pulling out intricacies and letting the music fall away to let the youngest Jackson take center stage.
When he teamed up with metal overlord Ross Robinson for Idiot Pilot’s second album
Bringing out the melodies that lie underneath a barrage of music is no easy feat, but Hoppus and Robinson managed to bring the best of both worlds on Idiot Pilot’s 2007 album, Wolves. Those soaring vocals with the fast-paced music pair together better than, well, Hoppus and Robinson. Almost.
When Hoppus gave “America's Suitehearts” a whole new edge
Breaking this Fall Out Boy classic down into more of a slow burner, Hoppus sets the highs and lows of Patrick Stump’s voice against the crawling, pulsating beat. When the chorus falls away into a slow piano line, it gives the vocals “I’m in love with my own sins” more impact, with that piano line and echoing beat giving a beauty you didn’t realize the words held — not to mention the twists and turns the track takes as the tempo rolls around like a rollercoaster.