Tom DeLonge decided to walk a different — extraterrestrial — path last year when he parted ways with his band, Blink-182.
In a recent interview with Mic, the singer and guitarist said he left the band to investigate aliens, although he does not like to use that word.
“First of all, we don’t really call it ‘aliens,'” he explained. “In pop culture, that’s a term people throw out there, and rightfully so because the government spends a lot of time and a lot of money throwing that term out there. But it’s much more complex than that.”
DeLonge says he always had an interest in UFOs and decide to leave his band — which found major success in the late 1990s and early 2000s — to investigate extraterrestrials.
“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 told Mic. “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.”
DeLonge said he needed to split with Blink-182 in order to invest the proper amount of time in his new multimedia franchise, Sekret Machines, which investigates “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” he told Mic.
DeLonge was replaced in Blink-182 by Matt Skiba.
Sekret Machines’ investigations will be seriously conducted, DeLonge said.
“I’ve always had a passion for space and the future,” he said. “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.”