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State Champs On Working With Mark Hoppus: “He Was F*cking With Us The Whole Time”

James Wilson-Taylor
James Wilson-Taylor 12 June 2018 at 17.00

Derek and Tyler fill us in on what studio sessions were really like with the Blink-182 bassist.

State Champs' Derek and Tyler have revealed what it was really like working with Blink-182's Mark Hoppus on their new album 'Living Proof'.

Mark co-wrote the song 'Time Machine' on the record as well as the huge single 'Dead And Gone' and, according to Derek, he made it incredibly easy in the studio - by constantly messing with the Champs boys at every opportunity:

"He's the dad of the scene, man. He took care of us. But we had never met him before so we didn't know anything about how he was gonna be in the studio or in a setting just personally. But he was very quick to just open up to us. He was joking with us, making fun of us."

But what kind of Dad jokes was Mark throwing at them? Tyler explained all:

"He was busting our balls pretty heavy. He got our Wikipedia page open asking about past members and what happened to that guy...I remember there was one part where we were working on 'Dead And Gone' and all I hear is 'Slow Burn' starts playing off his iPad. He was just on our Spotify page...He was truly just fucking with us the whole time which is appreciated 'cos we think it's funny."

Elsewhere the boys told us about reuniting with their old friend Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low and gave a shout out to yodel kid Mason Ramsey following Ryan Scott Graham's recent Instagram cover of his single 'Famous'.

Check out our full interview with Derek and Tyler from State Champs in the video below:

'Living Proof' is out on June 15th.

The band will play a UK tour this October with support from Seaway, Stand Atlantic and Woes.

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