|Mark Hoppus Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||March 15, 1972|
Mark Allan Hoppus is an American musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer of records. He has been popular as the bassist and co-lead singer of pop-punk band Blink-182. He was also a part of rock duo Simple Creatures. His parents got divorced when he was 8 years old, which had a disturbing effect on him. He had to shuffle between his parents’ homes with his sister. This continued for a couple of years, after which his father moved to Monterey.
Hoppus’s interest in punk rock started to grow when he was in junior high. His father introduced him to the works of famous musicians and bands like Elton John, Billy Joel, and The Beatles. Hoppus never took training in the bass and taught himself by playing to popular bands like the Descendents, The Cure, and Bad Religion. Hoppus moved to San Diego in 1992 and was introduced to Tom DeLonge there. They formed the band Blink-182, making Scott Raynor be the drummer, Hoppus being the co-lead vocalist and bassist. Hoppus lived with his mother during the early years of the band. His mother supported him and agreed with his decision to drop out of college, so he could tour with Blink-182.
Mark Allan Hoppus
Ridgecrest, California, United States
Beverly Hills, California, United States
He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1990. He enrolled in California State University, San Marcos, but dropped out in the early 1990s, giving priority to his band Blink-182.
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer
- Father – George William “Tex” Hoppus (Worked for the U.S. Department of Defense)
- Mother – Kerry Lee Wernz
- Siblings – Anne Hoppus (Younger Sister) (Author, Actress)
- Others – George Wilbur Hoppus (Paternal Grandfather), Aaron Orrenmaa (Paternal Great-Grandfather), Ruth Leemon (Paternal Grandmother), Lempi Orrenmaa (Paternal Great-Grandmother), Allan/Allen J. Orrenmaa (Maternal Grandfather), Ruth Housley Phillips (Maternal Grandmother)
He is represented by Cardiff Giant.
Pop Punk, Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, Skate Punk, Electronic Rock, Pop-Rock, Synth-Pop
Vocals, Bass Guitar
- DGC Records
- Interscope Records
- Geffen Records
- MCA Records
6 ft or 183 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mark Hoppus has dated –
- Skye Everly (2000–Present) – Hoppus met Skye at a rehearsal for the video of All the Small Things. They tied the knot on December 2, 2000. They have a son named Jack (b. August 5th, 2002). Skye worked with MTV Networks for almost a decade.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Finnish, English, German, Dutch/Frisian, Welsh, Irish, and remote French ancestry.
He often tends to dye his hair ‘black’.
- Spiked Up Hair
- Low-Pitched Voice
He has endorsed brands such as HMNI.
Best Known For
Being the bassist and co-lead vocalist of pop-punk band Blink-182. Blink-182 has been widely acclaimed for its contribution to the development of the pop-punk music genre.
As a member of Blink-182, he released his first album titled Buddha in 1993.
He made his theatrical film debut in the comedy film, American Pie in 1999.
First TV Show
He made his TV show debut as “Himself” on Loveline in 1997.
Mark Hoppus Favorite Things
- Food – Chef’s wrap sans onions, Breakfast burrito
- Drink – Gin, Double cappuccino
- Tourist Destination – Antarctica
- Books – Anything involving World War II
- Song – Silly Girl by Descendents and Whirring by The Joy Formidable
- Album – The White Album by The Beatles
- Artist – Best Coast
- Record Store – iTunes
- Video Game – Words With Friends
Mark Hoppus Facts
- Hoppus has mainly written most of his songs on an acoustic guitar.
- Hoppus was encouraged by his father to sing, who gifted him a bass guitar when he was 15 years old.
- Blink-182‘s album, Cheshire Cat (1995) was a big hit and has become iconic within the skate punk scene.
- MCA Records signed the band in 1996 and co-distributed their recording, Dude Ranch in 1997. This album had the song Dammit, written by Hoppus, which became a nationwide rock radio hit single.
- In 1997, Travis Barker replaced Raynor as the drummer and the 3 together released Enema of the State (1999), which was a phenomenal success, making them the biggest pop-punk act of the era. 3 songs were released from the album – What’s My Age Again?, All the Small Things, and Adam’s Song, which crossed over to pop radio, coming in the top 40 in radio format.
- Hoppus used 3 different types of bass guitars when recording Enema of the State – a Fender Precision Bass, Fender Jazz Bass, and a Music Man StingRay.
- He has played with Barker in +44 as the frontman.
- Hoppus also had significant success in producing records for other bands like Idiot Pilot, The Matches, Motion City Soundtrack, etc.
- He also jointly owns 2 companies – Atticus and Macbeth Footwear.
- He began a clothing line named Hi My Name is Mark in 2013.
- Hoppus has made many acting appearances in films and television, often representing Blink-182.
- Hoppus, along with DeLonge has hosted the MTV show You Idiot! in 1999.
- Hoppus has told the press that he was a registered libertarian in the past.
- Hoppus has been the only member of Blink-182 to not have any piercings on the body.
- He has a pet dog named Ahi.
- Hoppus has been an ardent animal lover and a vegetarian. He has been passionate about dogs and has rescued a beagle. In 2017, he sung out for animal rights in his single, Not All Dogs Go To Heaven for a 14-song compilation album, Dog Songs. This album benefitted animals in distress due to Hurricane Harvey.
- In 2001, his younger sister, Anne Hoppus wrote a book about the early days of Blink-182 titled Blink-182: Tales from Beneath Your Mom.
- In September 2008, there were internet rumors that Hoppus had died in a plane crash. Hoppus put an end to that by writing on the band’s website that he was at home, eating pancakes.
- Visit his official website @ himynameismark.com.
- Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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