Tom DeLonge Talks Angels & Airwaves' Dream Walker
Long gaps between blink-182's albums have afforded DeLonge time to write his own unique music and create multi-media experiences to accompany it. Such is the case with the band's forthcoming album, The Dream Walker, which is DeLonge & Co.'s biggest endeavor yet.
The Dream Walker is a multi-year project launching with the album and a short anime film, followed by graphic novels, a novel, then a feature film. "It's gonna be a long process but there will be stuff rolling out continuously," explains DeLonge. "The book is so good. The novel is f-king awesome. It's a New York Times best-selling author writing it."�
Radio.com caught up with DeLonge for a Proustianesque questionnaire and answer session, in which he talked about the new film, his fascination with space travel, alien life, and being the best entrepreneur he can.
Radio.com: How much of you is in the character Poet Anderson?
Tom DeLonge: There's quite a lot in that character. You know, he's got the long bangs that I used to run many years ago. He's got the tight pants and he's kinda got this sense of wonder about him. I think in many ways he's the character who I wish I really was in totality, in a different life. He's got a lot of me in him.
Radio.com: Describe your most vivid dream.
Tom DeLonge: I have had this one dream where I was on a cliff with a few hundred people in these dark maroon robes and it seemed like it was the future because the buildings were built out of stone but it was very futuristic, almost like what like what you'd imagine Giza might have looked like thousands of years ago when it was built. And it's been an image that's stuck in my mind for so long as though, would I really go somewhere and visit this place and see these weird people? Or was it a past life, or a future life? I have no clue why it stayed in my head, this scene on the side of a cliff.
It seemed like it was the future and it seemed like it was very wise people gathering around. The only think that I could come up with is that I was in the middle of very, very wise handsome, important people because I was one of them.
Radio.com: Have you had the dream more than once?
Tom DeLonge: I've had it couple times but over and over. It was strong enough to stay in my mind because I remember don't ever remember dreams.
Radio.com: You've said that art is the journey, not a destination. What is Tom DeLonge's destination?
Tom DeLonge: My destination is to challenge myself artistically to do things I thought I was never capable of doing. That is all I'm trying to do.
Read the rest of the Q&A here.
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