- - Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tom DeLonge is most famous as being the former lead singer and founding father/songwriter/guitarist for the megasuccessful pop-punk band Blink-182. But he doesn’t want to talk about that. After all, he left the band in 2014 and has no plans on looking back. Instead, he wants to chat about the future, which includes new releases from his other group, Angels & Airwaves, plus a feature film based on his wildly popular young adult book series: “Poet Anderson,” which includes the recent Amazon No. 1 YA book: “Poet Anderson: Of Nightmares.”

Mr. DeLonge checked in to discuss the power of dreams, the books, the films and yes, even Blink-182.

Question: I’ve been told no questions about Blink-182. Is it frustrating that no matter what you’re doing now, people want to know about your old band?

Answer: Not at all. It’s a big part of who I am. I started the band. I named the band. I have just done so much talking about it that I’ve put it all out there, and I have nothing left to say. I’m more interested in all the good things I’m involved in now.

Q: Was your first solo CD, “To the Stars,” a collection of demos that was a planned Blink album, a way to start clean out the closets and move on?

A: It was. I had some stuff laying around that I was working on. I think a lot of kids think I don’t care about Blink 182 or that I was not passionate about it. That’s just not the case. I was always thinking about where to go and what to do next. So I did have a closet full of things that were just laying around. Some were demos, some were ideas, some were new. I just put it on there.

The album was a good way for me to start the conversation about what I had been working on behind closed doors besides music.

Q: Are you turning your “Poet Anderson” books into a feature film?

A: I’m in the middle of major conversations for a major motion picture. I partnered with Rat Pack Production Company. They have been doing pretty much everything that is significant over the last year and a half. They are doing DiCaprio’s new film. They co-finance pretty much every Warner Bros. movie these days I think. I teamed up with them to bring “Poet Anderson” to life as a major motion picture franchise.

We have quite a lot planned out. It’s gonna take a little bit to get it all off the ground, because it’s big.

Q: Where did the character Poet Anderson come from?

A: Years ago I was in a hotel room in Paris. I had smoked a lot of marijuana, and I was staring out the widow thinking, “This city looks like there should be a little Peter Pan running across the rooftops. But in my mind he was more of a mod kid rather than a guy in tights. [laughs] 

Years later, trying to figure out what this character would do or would be, I stumbled upon a documentary about nightmares. The thesis was that nightmares prepare you for real-world events. I thought it would be really interesting to have this character guide you through them. The nightmare itself was a very futuristic war with advanced physics and space crafts and vehicles.

That is where it became kind of a blend of my favorite movies like “Blade Runner” and “Clockwork Orange” mixed with early “Star Wars” concepts packaged in a Tim Burton world in some respects. I’m a fanboy like everybody else, and I came up with this stuff to entertain myself.

Q: How did you link up with Suzanne Young for the latest book “Poet Anderson…of Nightmares?”

A: I pitched her agent on what I’m trying to do, which is franchise entertainment that blends publishing, music, feature films and merchandising together. He got it. Suzanne was coming off a very big-selling book called “The Program.” She was [into] more psychological thrillers. That resonated with me.

We spoke. She saw the animation and was excited and ready to go.

Q: Why do you think this one did so well?

A: Suzanne brought a human element to the stories that I think was missing. Up until that point it was very science fiction, which is a lot of boys on motorcycles shooting guns. The female audience will get a story out of these, kind of what they got out of the “Twilight” books: the relationship with a paranormal lean to it. The franchise as a whole is violent and fast and futuristic. That is why the male audience will enjoy it as well. I’ve really taken into account something for everybody on this one.

Q: Are you a lucid dreamer? What’s the most lucid dream you’ve ever had?

A: Oh, my God, I’ve had weird ones! I remember being in a van, traveling with the band years ago, and waking up and looking around out the window at the desert. Then my body woke up. It was this out-of-body experience, but it was a dream. At the same time I was aware of what was going on. It was a really interesting, different experience that I’ve never been able to repeat. You can’t really categorize it as lucid dreaming. It could have been.

I think dreaming is really interesting. I think there is a purpose for it since we spend half of our lives doing it. I think there is a lot there that we will understand maybe over the next series of centuries.

“Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker #1” comes out Wednesday. 


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