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Twenty One Pilots Press Image | Josh Dun (Left), Tyler Joseph (Right) | Soft October Night

Band Spotlight: Twenty One Pilots

Have you ever had that feeling, when a song gets stuck in your head, and you just know that it’s something special? Something different? That’s what happened to me with Twenty One Pilots. I’ll be completely honest – I didn’t get Twenty One Pilots at first. Their style was super different to anything else I was listening to at the time, so I just kinda turned off. But then it got stuck in my head. For weeks. It didn’t matter what else I listened to, it always came back. Around this time, Twenty One Pilots were gearing up for the release of their second studio album, Blurryface. So with all of this adding up, I decided that I needed to give them another try. I am endlessly glad that I did. Going in more open-minded this time, I quickly fell in love with their unusual style, and, more importantly, their soul-touching lyrics. It wasn’t long before Twenty One Pilots became my favourite band, a place they still occupy in my heart. 

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Twenty One Pilots: A Brief History

Formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio, Twenty One Pilots consisted of vocalist Tyler Joseph, bassist Nick Thomas, and drummer Chris Salih. Playing at a wide variety of venues in Columbus, the electronic, hardcore, and metal influences of the various venues resulted in the unique pastiche of sound that Twenty One Pilots have become known for. At the end of 2009, December 29th saw the release of their eponymous first album. Between the self-titled album’s release and 2011, the trio continued to play shows and build up their fanbase from the grassroots. 

Twenty One Pilots Press Image | Josh Dun (Left), Tyler Joseph (Right) | Soft October Night

With the end of 2011, however, came the end of an era; the departure of Nick Thomas and Chris Salih leaving frontman Tyler Joseph alone in the band. This solitude, however, did not last for long, with Tyler’s friend Josh Dun quitting his job to fill in for one single show. This one show resulted in Josh joining the band full time, laying the foundations for Twenty One Pilots to become the world famous duo that they are today. Following the release of Regional At Best, Twenty One Pilots built up a following in the midwest, leading to their record label deal with alternative heavy-weights Fueled By Ramen. The release of their 2013 label-debut, Vessel, saw them grow in popularity rapidly, with fans across the world growing in number. However, it was the 2015 album Blurryface that solidified their world-class status. While Blurryface was an initial hit among their fanbase, it wasn’t until 2016 that the rest of the world caught on, with singles Stressed Out, Ride, and Heathens achieving massive mainstream success. 

Band Spotlight: Twenty One Pilots | Soft October Night | Clique Art, Bandito, Portrait Photography, Trench, Twenty One Pilots Art

The achievements of Twenty One Pilots are too many to list here, but notable ones include:

  • The first band to have every song on the album certified gold and/or platinum
  • Grammy for best pop duo/group performance (Stressed Out)
  • Most views in twenty four hours on Youtube, with 2018 song Jumpsuit beating previous record holder Heathens, also by Twenty One Pilots
  • Most weeks at #1 on Billboard Hot Rock charts (Stressed Out, Ride, and Heathens racking up a collective 59 weeks)

After the success they achieved on the back of Blurryface, the boys decided to take a step back from it all to write their next album. A year-long hiatus then began, with complete silence from the band from July 6th, 2017. While contact with the fans begun via a cryptic site called dma.org in the months prior, July 11th (2018) marked their official return; unannounced, two songs dropped on youtube, called Jumpsuit and Nico and the Niners. Despite the lack of marketing, Jumpsuit went on to break the record for most views on youtube in 24 hours. With the release of these two singles also came the announcement of the Bandito world tour, and their third studio album, Trench. 

Twenty One Pilots Press Image | Josh Dun (Left), Tyler Joseph (Right) | Soft October Night

What Makes Them Special?

To list all of the things that make Twenty One Pilots special would take far more time than either you or I have; everything about them is unique. From their pioneering, genre-mashing sound, to their meaningful lyrics, there is no shortage of differentiating aspects of the band. Arguably, however, the ways in which Twenty One Pilots impact the lives of their fans are the most important; I have met so many people that claim to have been saved by Twenty One Pilots, and honestly? I get it. 

Band Spotlight: Twenty One Pilots | Soft October Night | Clique Art, Bandito, Portrait Photography, Trench, Twenty One Pilots Art

The parting live message of “We Are Twenty One Pilots, And So Are You” really epitomises why this band is so important – they understand their fans, they understand what they have been through, because they have been through it too. They break down that divide between artist and fan, and give people struggling with purpose something to be apart of. Twenty One Pilots are never afraid to push the boundaries, to try something new, to reach for the stars – and in doing so, inspire millions of people just like them. I am proud to say that I am one of those people. 

Band Spotlight: Twenty One Pilots | Soft October Night | Clique Art, Bandito, Portrait Photography, Trench, Twenty One Pilots Art, Bandito Merch

The Listen List

I feel like if you listened to the radio in 2016, you’ve already heard at least one of their hits, whether that’s Stressed Out, Ride, or Heathens. For the sake of giving you something new to listen to, I’m going to skip over these, albeit great, songs. I’ve made a Spotify playlist with all of my favourite songs from each album (minus Regional At Best, which is no longer on any streaming services or available to buy - but can be found on Youtube). Choosing only a few songs from each album was incredibly difficult, and to be honest if I did it again in two months there would probably be some changes, as all of their songs are incredible. Because of this, I’ve also linked their artist profile here, so you can check out the rest of their songs. 

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12 Comments

  • Reply melody

    Ok yes, I knnow that feeling and I will check it out.New:
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    January 17, 2019 at 4:13 am
  • Reply wendee

    Thanks for sharing this post. I’m a music lover but have never heard of them. I’m searching them right away.
    Wonder Cottage
    The Glossychic

    January 17, 2019 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply wendee

    I’m a music lover but have never heard of twenty one pilot. I’m searching them right away,thanks for sharing.
    Wonder Cottage
    The Glossychic

    January 17, 2019 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Recently, I’ve been struggling to find time to listen to the music :/ I just realized I knew this band only from their most popular song, Stressed Out. But I’ve noticed so many good ones in your playlist! They are also a bit dit different in style with some songs 🙂

    xoxo,
    Bri | https://blog.brigitadaisy.com/

    January 18, 2019 at 3:17 am
    • Reply Chloe Jane

      I know the feeling of being busy! Glad I could show you more of their music x

      January 19, 2019 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Kara

    This was so interesting to read! I’ve heard a few of their songs before on the radio but I had no idea about their history. That’s so interesting how 2 original members left and how with Josh joining it kind of helped snowball them to becoming well known. I also always thought it was more than just 2 people. Thank you for sharing this and for the song recommendations!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

    January 18, 2019 at 10:03 am
    • Reply Chloe Jane

      Thank you Kara, glad you enjoyed it! xx

      January 19, 2019 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Gabrielle

    I love reading your thoughts on music Chloe; your Twitter is particularly unique because of this and always makes for interesting introductions to bands/music I’ve never heard of before! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    aglassofice.com x

    January 25, 2019 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Serene

    Such a cool brand!

    Serene XO

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    January 31, 2019 at 5:28 am
  • Reply Gemma

    Such a great post and your photos are beautiful. I will have to check out this band.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    February 4, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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