Twenty One Pilots

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Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots Live at the LC - Columbus, OH.png
Twenty One Pilots performing in Columbus, Ohio
Background information
OriginDayton, Ohio, United States
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, indietronica, rap rock, alternative hip-hop
Years active2009-present
LabelsFueled by Ramen
Websitetwentyonepilots.com
MembersTyler Joseph (24-25)
Josh Dun
Past membersNick Thomas
Chris Salih
 
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Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots Live at the LC - Columbus, OH.png
Twenty One Pilots performing in Columbus, Ohio
Background information
OriginDayton, Ohio, United States
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, indietronica, rap rock, alternative hip-hop
Years active2009-present
LabelsFueled by Ramen
Websitetwentyonepilots.com
MembersTyler Joseph (24-25)
Josh Dun
Past membersNick Thomas
Chris Salih

Twenty One Pilots (stylized as twenty|one|pilots) is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. [1] They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots in 2009 and Regional at Best in 2011, before being signed by Fueled by Ramen in 2012.[2] They released their first Fueled by Ramen full-length album, Vessel, in 2013.[3]

History[edit]

2009-2011: Formation and Twenty One Pilots[edit]

The band was formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio by college friends, Tyler Joseph and Nick Thomas.[2][4] Joseph came up with the band's name while studying All My Sons by Arthur Miller, a play about a man who commits suicide after causing the death of twenty one pilots during World War II because he knowingly sent them faulty parts for the good of his business. Joseph explains that this story of moral dilemma was the inspiration for the name of the band.[5] On December 29, 2009, they released their debut, self-titled album and began touring Ohio. In 2011, Thomas and Salih left due to busy schedules and Joseph was joined by Josh Dun.[4]

2011-2012: Regional at Best and Fueled By Ramen record deal[edit]

Their second self-release, Regional at Best, was released July 8, 2011 with the new lineup consisting of only Joseph and Dun and excluding former members Nick Thomas (bass) and Chris Salih (drums). The album was accompanied by a free CD release show on the grounds of New Albany High School. In November 2011, they played a sold out show at Columbus' Newport Music Hall attracting the attention of a dozen record labels. [6] Although many labels fought over the band, it was ultimately decided that they would sign to the Atlantic Records subsidiary label Fueled by Ramen.

2012-present: Vessel, Television debut and fourth album[edit]

In April 2012, at a sold out show at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, they announced their signing to Atlantic Records subsidiary label Fueled by Ramen.[4] On July 17, 2012, they released their debut Fueled by Ramen recording in the form of a three song EP, entitled Three Songs. In August 2012, they embarked on a short tour with Neon Trees and Walk the Moon.[6] They worked with Greg Wells, producer of Adele and Katy Perry, on their first full-length album on the record label Fueled by Ramen, Vessel.[7] It was released January 8, 2013 and reached 58 on the Billboard 200, 42 on the Digital Albums chart, 17 on the Internet Albums chart, 15 on the Rock Albums Chart and 10 on the Alternative Albums Chart.[8]

The group currently has their first radio hit in America, "Holding on to You", which has reached 11 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart; additionally, the singles "Guns for Hands" and "Lovely" reached 21 and 67, respectively, on the Japan Hot 100.[8]

In May 2013, Fall Out Boy announced that Twenty One Pilots will be touring as opening acts on the Save Rock and Roll Arena Tour the following Fall.[9]

On August 8, 2013, Twenty One Pilots performed "House of Gold" on Conan in their late night debut. On Oct 2, 2013 the music video for "House of Gold" was uploaded to YouTube.

On November 30, 2013, Tyler Joseph told Rolling Stone in a post-show interview that the duo had started work on their new album, and added that it would have a "chilled-out and mysterious" sound to it. "It's the kind of album, we think, that would give you shivers down your spine, or something to that effect, if you were driving alone in the dark", he said. "It'll have sort of a chilled-out, mysterious vibe to go with it." In the same interview, Dun confirmed that the two would extend their touring for Vessel through the first quarter of the new year. Additionally, the band's producer, Greg Wells, has stated on several occasions that 'big things' are coming for Twenty One Pilots.

Band members[edit]

Current
Former

Discography[edit]

Twenty One Pilots official band logo.

Studio albums[edit]

Album TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US
[8]
US
Alt

[8]
US Rock
[8]
Twenty One Pilots[11]
Regional at Best[12]
  • Release Date: 8 July 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
Vessel[13]581015
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Album TitleAlbum detailsChart positions
US
[8]
Three Songs EP[14]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[8]
US Rock
[8]
US
Alt

[8]
US Rock
Airplay

[8]
JP
[8]
"Holding on to You"2012331032Vessel
"Guns For Hands"201321
"Lovely"67Regional at Best
"House of Gold"15Vessel
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Awards[edit]

A select list of Twenty One Pilots' awards and nominations.

YearRecipientAwardResult
2013"Holding On To You"MTV Video Music Award – Artist to Watch[15]Nominated
2013Twenty One PilotsMTV Europe Music Awards - Best Push Act[16]Nominated

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