Artists You Outta Know: Twenty-One Pilots

Twenty-One Pilots is an American musical duo that originates from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. 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. They released their signed debut, Vessel, with Fueled by Ramen in 2013. Their second signed album, Blurryface, was released on May 15, 2015 through the same label.

Their sound is a force to be reckoned with, a mix of piano (sometimes an electronic keyboard or a keytar), synthesizer, drums (also mixed with electronic drums some parts), vocals, and occasionally ukulele. Their songs are poetry-based. Joseph has stated that when poetry is too long, he needs to start rapping to fit the lyrics in. People typically have trouble affiliating the band to a specific genre to describe them, since they bridge so many.Although many of their songs contain allusions to Christian theology and have messages (even if implied) about God, and all members of the band (past and present) are Christians, Twenty One Pilots is not considered a Christian band.

The band is already sweeping award shows and racking up nominations and wins. Their first nomination dates back to the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards in the category: Artist to Watch for their song “Holding Onto You.” It wasn’t until this year TOP brought home two wins at the iHeart Radio Music Awards in the categories: Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Alternative Rock Song of the Year. A link to some of their most popular videos will be listed below, along with a link to their website.



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