30 Little Known Facts Every Fan Should Know About Twenty One Pilots


Twenty One Pilots, an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio, was formed as trio in 2009 with lead vocalist Tyler Joseph along with former members Nick Thomas and Chris Salih. However, in 2011, Thomas and Salih left and was replaced by drummer Josh Dun. Here are some interesting facts about the duo:

  1. Twenty One Pilots became the third rock act to have two singles simultaneously chart in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, only after the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
  2. Their most popular single "Heathens," recorded for the soundtrack of the film "Suicide Squad," made the group the first alternative artist to have two concurrent top ten singles in the U.S.
  3. The first time when Dun played a show Joseph, after Salih and Thomas left the group, the police officers cancelled the show right after the first song. However, following that show, Dun became the Twenty One Pilot's full-time drummer.
  4. The name "Twenty One Pilots," originated from a play band member Joseph was studying in theatre class called "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller.
  5. The fifth single "Car Radio," from their third album "Vessel," has a unique story to it, as Joseph wrote it one night when his car's GPS was stolen, along with the radio.
  6. The band started initially as a self-releasing band, but grabbed the attention of top record labels with a sold-out performance at the Columbus' Newport Music Hall in November 2011.
  7. Their self-titled debut album, and the only album to feature bassist Thomas and drummer Salih, was recorded in Joseph's basement. All the songs were written by Joseph himself. The album peaked at number 139 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
  8. Though the duo love playing at bigger venues they claim to miss playing smaller shows because they feel that it’s a more controlled environment where they can really connect better with the fans.
  9. Both the members Joseph and Dun are big fans of Katy Perry. The duo while on the road, reportedly used the band's money to watch her movie.
  10. The red armbands that they are famous for, is said to represent the character "Blurryface," that they made up as a representation of all of the things that people are insecure about.
  11. The duo collaborated with alternative rock band Mutemath, for a five-song EP, "TOPxMM." The EP was uploaded onto the band's official website free of charge, as well as onto YouTube.
  12. When Dun joined the band for the first time and met Joseph, the duo reportedly hung out for hours talking about their dreams about making music.
  13. The two men featured on the album cover for their third album "Vessel," are actually their grandfathers - both of their fathers' dads.
  14. From a very young age, Joseph has been playing basketball and even played as point guard for Worthington Christian.
  15. The band's fandom has been dubbed the "Skeleton Clique", with logos that appear as two long lines that have several shorter lines overlapping it, and an alien-like head on the top for the left one, and a skull-like head for the right one. Some fans used to shorten the name and are preferred to be called as the "Clique."
  16. During his school days, Dun took up trumpet lessons, but quit pretty soon and turned his attention to drums. However, he did not want to take up any courses and self-taught himself by imitating the beats on records on an electronic drum kit.
  17. The fourth single "Addict With a Pen," from the debut album "Twenty One Pilots," was described by Alternative Press as "slow, spare, and nakedly honest" and "the best representation of what initially drew fans to the band."
  18. Joseph was offered a basketball scholarship from Otterbein University, but he turned down the offer and began playing music after seeing a songwriter perform at a High Street club.
  19. Dun was a part of the band "House of Heroes," and even took part in the House of Heroes' live tour until October 2010, until the band's drummer Colin Rigsby came back from his break.
  20. Twenty One Pilots won a Grammy Award for "Stressed Out" in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category, on February 12, 2017.
  21. Apart from Twenty One Pilots, Joseph has also had a solo project where he released an album entitled "No Phun Intended," which is still available for listening on his PureVolume account.
  22. Twenty One Pilots was featured as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, on October 8, 2016. They performed toned-down, orchestra-accompanied versions of "Heathens" and "Ride."
  23. Before joining Twenty One Pilots, drummer Dun worked at Guitar Center for three years, during which time former Twenty One Pilots drummer Chris Salih was his co-worker.
  24. The band's songs are usually poetry-based and are written by Joseph and Dun. The duo brings a mix of piano, synthesizers, drums, and occasionally the ukulele and bass.
  25. Joseph married his longtime girlfriend Jenna Black on March 28, 2015, after becoming engaged on July 8, 2014.
  26. In the year 2016, the duo were nominated for three AMAs - out of which, they won two - for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group and Favorite Alternative Artist.
  27. On April 26, 2013, Joseph and Dun received "X" tattoo on their body, on stage during their hometown show at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. The tattoo is said to symbolize their dedication to their hometown fans in Columbus, Ohio.
  28. There have been widespread rumors that Dun is dating singer Halsey. But Dun has denied all the rumors stating "She's a good friend. I'm in a place right now where I just want to enjoy being single."
  29. Joseph is famous for his three-part tattoo that he claims to represents "something that saved his life." He is very specific about the tattoo and doesn't want any meaning spread across the internet. But, has revealed that he will share the story with people one-on-one if they ask him in person.
  30. They are the third duo in history to have two singles simultaneously chart in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, following OutKast and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
  31. Tyler Joseph Net Worth: $10 Million

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