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Twenty One Pilots: How This Duo Is Defying The Music Industry & Quickly Rising To Fame

Updated on February 15, 2016

Josh Dun (left) and Tyler Joseph


I have only been listening to this band since June of 2015, but since then I have fallen in love with their music. I feel like a good amount of music that is released now a days is primarily about getting drunk/high or about love (sorry Taylor Swift). It just gets kind of boring, you know? Like, isn't there a more unique topic you could be singing about?

This is why I love Twenty One Pilots. The duo consists of two regular guys out of Columbus, Ohio which are Tyler Joseph (lead singer,also plays ukulele,piano,etc.) and Josh Dun (drummer). They are an alternative music group that is definitely different from any other music group I've ever listened to, which is part of the reason why they're becoming so popular.

Twenty One Pilots sing songs that actually resonate well with listeners and also themselves as well. They sing songs that shed light on issues that are sometimes swept under the carpet such as fear, self-doubt, insecurity, and mental illness. For example, one song from their 2013 album Vessel called "Guns For Hands" talks about mental illness. In the line," That you all have guns/and you never put the safety on/And you all have plans/To take it, to take it/ Don't take it, take it, take it" it talks about someone who has depression and/ or is suicidal that is thinking about taking their life but Tyler is telling them "don't take it". Tyler seems distressed that these kids are stuck feeling this way and wants to help them. What's interesting about this song is that the music itself actually seems pretty upbeat and cheery. I think this is because they want you to actually listen to the song, the lyrics, and decipher the meaning without them just directly spelling it out for you. So, if you're not listening carefully, you might be totally confused about it. I put the song down below so you can listen to it!

Guns For Hands Official Music Video

Their Style Of Music

Something else I love about Twenty One Pilots is just their whole style of music in general. Tyler not only sings but also raps, does some brief scream-o type stuff (it's actually good) and is a master of the ukulele and piano. They kind of incorporate different genres in their songs to make something completely unique and different. In an interview I watched once I remember Tyler describing their songs as the "music you've been waiting for your whole life" and that was basically how I felt when I first listened to them. I always liked more of the sort of rock genre but I also liked pop and rap music. Because they blend these together, it makes for an incredible alternative genre that gives me all the elements in a song I love to hear.

Who is Blurryface?

If you have listened to their most recent album released in 2015 called 'Blurryface,' you may be wondering who it is and its significance.

Basically, Blurryface is kind of a alter-ego of Tyler. It represents all of the things he doesn't like about himself such as his fears, insecurities, doubt, uncertainty, and more. The things that sort of live inside of him that he is trying to overcome. The second and currently most popular song on the album called 'Stressed Out' is where we get the biggest clue about Blurryface by the lyrics "My name's Blurryface and I care what you think." Throughout the album, he is trying to overcome all of this. The very last song of the album, 'Goner,' it seems Tyler has finally done just that with the lines " I've got two faces, Blurry's the one I'm not."


Tyler and Josh

Tyler was born on December 1st, 1988 in Columbus, Ohio. He recently married the love of his life Jenna Black (now Jenna Joseph) on March 28th, 2015 after being engaged since 2014. He has two brothers (Zack and Jay) along with a sister named Madison.

Josh was born on June 18th, 1988 also in Columbus, Ohio. He has two sisters (Ashley and Abigail) and a brother named Jordan.

They are best friends and are hilarious to say the least. If you watch an interview with the two of them, you'll know what I'm talking about. They both seem like really fun guys to be around and it's nice to see that side of them since their music is based on more serious topics.

My favorite tracks are 'Lane Boy,' 'Migraine,' and 'Trapdoor.'

If you haven't listened to them yet, you should definitely check them out! Hopefully if you are dealing with anything mentally this can also help you out too, even just the littlest bit.

How Did "Twenty One Pilots" Get Its Name?

First of all, the most important thing you need to know is that you spell it out as Twenty One Pilots, not just 21 pilots.

Secondly, Tyler was the one that came up with the name while he was studying All My Sons by Arthur Miller, a play about a man who has to decide what is best for his family after causing the death of 21 pilots during World War II because he had knowingly sent them faulty parts for the good of his business.


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    • Mercedesmedlin profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago

      @Mikkingu I agree that people should focus on the meaning/lyrics! I think Tyler Joseph's lyrics are very clever and unique compared to other artists but some people are quick to judge! I appreciate your comment.

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      Mikki Nguyen 

      22 months ago from Baldwin Park

      Their work is amazing, and a lot of people also do not see that. They listen to "Stressed Out", you know- once a song is played on the radio everyone hates it just because it is "mainstream" . Kind of hipster talk. My boyfriend hates them and all it took was for him to listen to one song and go, "Wow they suck". Because the drumming is simple, doesn't satisfy him.

      People should really focus on the meaning/lyrics, listen to more than one song by the artist before they voice their criticism/opinion.

    • Mercedesmedlin profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Haha they are intense at times. Thank you for taking the time to read my hub! :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      They're intense! I agree that they seem like an interesting alternative. Thanks for introducing them.


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