TWENTY ONE PILOTS 2015 SAW THE START OF THE T0P PHENOMENON. 2016 WILL SEE IT TAKE OVER THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS VENUES. AND THAT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING…
2015 quite like twenty one pilots. With fourth album Blurryface exploding around the world, scoring them their first U.S. Number One, and headlining bigger venues on every successive tour, it was one triumph after another for vocalist multiinstrumentalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun.
“It was a crazy year,” Josh beams. “I remember the days where we’d go and play a club or a bar and have no idea how many people would show up, if any, and now we’re selling out arenas. It’s definitely cool to go to play a show when we know how many people are going to be there!”
The two unassuming characters have gotten where they are by making the music they want to listen to themselves, with Josh admitting Blurryface remains in heavy rotation on his car stereo.Their unique melange of rock, hip-hop, EDM, dub and just about any other damn style they feel like incorporating refuses to fit in anywhere. But, in turn, this has truly crashed through the usual genre boundaries, speaking to music-lovers of all types. A It is this, plus their gloriously bonkers live shows m and the winningly grounded personalities offtyler I and Josh, that has won them legions of fans, and they fall over themselves to ensure said followers know how much they matter to them. “We make time for fans every night,whoever sticks around,”Tyler says.“But there are times our booking agent has us due in the next city and we have to go. I can think of two times in our career when the bus has driven by a group of fans that thought we were coming by, and it tore me up. It’s not that we’re driving past like you don’t matter, it’s because we absolutely can’t [stay].” WhileTyler and Josh have dreamed big from the outset,they never pursued fame,as such, though their ever-growing profile has brought this by the bucketload. It’d be understandable if this went to their heads, but they’re determined to not get overly caught up in it.“As things progress, it’s easier to get things that you want, and we’re having a lot of new experiences with people recognising us, so trying to make sure that we remain the two guys we’ve been all of our lives is important to us,” Josh says.
Aiding them in this are their close families and longtime friends,those who have been at their sides since the half-empty bar days. More importantly,they j, have each other.
7 “Tyler and I were raised similarly and have very similar convictions, and we keep each other accountable,” Josh explains.“We’re ready to say,
‘Hey, you just did something real dumb. Don’t do that frionds who have each others best interests rn mind 2015 was crazy for twenty one pilots, then 2016 is I primed to be another level entirely. Having sold out I a U.S. arena tour, including two nights at NewYork’s famed Madison Square Garden,as well as their massive February UK tour and a Reading & Leeds appearance,
: the duo really are seeing their dreams come true.
“I’ll always remember the first night we ever really hung out and were up until seven or eight in the morning,talking about our visions and musical aspirations,” Josh remembers, “Madison Square Garden was brought up at least once in that conversation as something to reach for.”
With so much momentum driving them, it would be perhaps easy to ride out the year coasting on autopilot, basking in their successes – but that’s just not twenty one pilots’ style at all.
“From the very beginning we’ve tried to outdo ourselves.Whether it’s a show or a tour or an album,we’re always trying to make it better than the last one,” Josh says.
“Anyone who creates art should have high goals. I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.”