By Amanda Wicks for Radio.com
Tom DeLonge is diving deep into a lifelong passion. The former Blink 182 guitarist and singer plans to focus his time and energy studying aliens, UFOs and conspiracy theories.
He’s spearheading a transmedia series called Sekret Machines that will seek to investigate “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” through a range of fiction and non-fiction books, a documentary and music from his new band Angels & Airwaves. He already released the first fiction book Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows in April.
DeLonge first became interested in aliens (not the term he would use, by the way) in junior high. “I just had some free time on my hands and I found myself at the school library looking for books on the subject matter,” he told Mic. “[In] the beginnings of my career with [Blink-182], you have a lot of free time in the van, traveling across the country for 12 months, so I found myself getting a lot of really interesting books that challenged the way I thought about stuff.”
But why focus on it now? Essentially, what he began learning about extraterrestrial life unearthed more and more that he needed to study in order to fully grasp the subject matter. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he explained. “I’ve always had a passion for space and the future. But when you dive into this type of material, it’s a lot more than just science and technology. It has to do with religion and cosmology and it has to do with politics and secrecy. So it’s a pretty fantastic ride when you start studying this stuff. You’ll find yourself trying to challenge your belief system. This project was a good way to bring it to the world in a more elevated way.”
Unfortunately, Blink 182 doesn’t fit into those plans. “It’s about what I’m doing with my life now,” he said. “When you’re an individual like me, dealing with something that’s a national security issue, and you’re being gifted with the opportunity to communicate something you’ve been passionate about your whole life–something that has the opportunity to change the world over time–being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path.”
He added, “But I can’t do everything. I can’t tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I’m setting out to do. “