Blink-182 producer compares replacing Tom DeLonge to The Beatles replacing John Lennon

John Feldmann has worked with Matt Skiba, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker on new album

Blink-182 producer John Feldmann has said that replacing Tom Delonge was like The Beatles replacing John Lennon or Paul McCartney.

Feldmann has worked with the band on their new album, his first time producing the band and Blink-182’s first album since DeLonge departed in 2015. He has been replaced in the line-up by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba.

Speaking to Kerrang! about the album, which was finished earlier this month, Feldmann admitted that losing a founder member was a big deal to the band. “When it comes to recording with Matt I was thinking about what the closest parallel might be in musical terms, and I guess it would be like replacing Paul McCartney or John Lennon in The Beatles,” he said.

However, the producer reassured fans that the band are still the same at their core. “Tom and Mark really were a pair of lead singers, but Mark sings a lot of people’s favourite songs!”

Feldmann has watched the band change over time though: “The guys aren’t 23 any more, they’re dads now, so they’re no longer writing songs about poo and that kind of stuff. But there’s still got to be a sense of humour to it; it’s got to be fun and funny, but also age appropriate. There’s got to be growth on the album and there is.

“It sounds fucking great and I’m just so excited to have people hear it. I’d say it’s one of the best records I’ve ever made in my life.”


Feldmann is also the lead singer and guitarist of the band Goldfinger but has become one of the biggest producers in pop-punk, producing and co-writing on both 5 Seconds of Summer albums as well as holding production credits for bands such as Panic! At The Disco, The Used, Sleeping with Sirens, We Are The In Crowd, Black Veil Brides and Atreyu.

Speaking to NME about the band’s current line-up, Barker painted a positive picture for fans. “Matt’s killing it,” the drummer said in a 2015 interview. “He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started but I think we’ve got, like, four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché’, which I love the most right now. It’s about friends of ours and their relationships.”

Skiba joined the group after frontman Tom DeLonge parted ways with the band. Mark Hoppus and bandmate Barker announced their split when the singer allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with them. Barker has also alleged that DeLonge wanted to “make the band sound like Coldplay”.