Developing a relationship with your favorite band is based off of three things: the period of time in your life, the people you share it with and concert experiences.
My relationship with Twenty One Pilots began before they were ever on the radio for their top songs. I was singing along to their lyrics before they were ranking #1 on alternative music lists. A great friend of mine introduced me to the music, and I became obsessed.
[Thank you, Cynth]
I hit ‘grøupie’ status because the music was completely, 100% different than anything I had ever heard before. If that makes me a typical millennial, then so be it. Twenty One Pilots want each song to catch you off guard at every measure.
Listening to their music became an experience for me, because I started listening to them with my best friend. Now, we listen to every new song together, and attend every concert we can. Getting to experience that with someone makes it so nostalgic.
[The band consists of two musicians: Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. Joseph sings and plays the ukulele and Dun rocks out on the drums.]
Joseph and Dun were willing to go the extra mile to create their own brand. Their own music. Their own movement. They aren’t trying to be anyone else…and that’s a refreshing thing to be a part of.
If you’re wondering what their sign means, I love how Joseph explains it:
“It really goes along with one of our songs called “Kitchen Sink”. The whole concept of that song is that I feel that humans are always struggling all the time when it comes to purpose, trying to figure out their purpose is, what purpose even is, what’s the point, justifying your own existence. A lot of kids and people my age struggle with “what’s the point,” and with the logo, what it really means is it’s an encouragement. When someone asks me what the logo means to me, the logo means something to me because I made it mean something to me. That’s the point. The point is that I created something that only I understand and whether or not I decide to disclose the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for me. The meaning of purpose for me is by creating something, if it be by writing lyrics, painting a picture, by expressing yourself through art if its photography or music or theater, or whatever it is. It doesn’t have to be artistic, but if you create something and only you know the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for you.”
Medina, John (7 March 2012). “Get to know our locals: Twenty One Pilots”. Sound Scene Press. Archived from the original on 22 May 2012.
I mean… how cool is that? A band that not only inspires people to become captivated by the music world, they also inspire their fans to have a purpose…to create something.
July 28th, Lincoln, NE // Emotional Roadshow: Their concert experiences are no different. I have seen them in concert twice now, and they blow me away every time. This band is successfully energetic and musical at the same time.
The energy doesn’t fade at any point. Whether Joseph is rocking out on the ukulele or running across the crowd in a big red ball, or Dun is crowd surfing while playing the drums (yes, this happened) the fans are always experiencing something new.
The crowd is filled with positivity and GOOD people. It’s an atmosphere unlike anything else.
These two musicians are not entertainment puppets, they truly enjoy what they do and make the crowd feel appreciated. While I am sad the crowds are slowly growing, I am glad that this band is reaching more people. They are too unique not to share, plus they deserve it.
I’m very proud to be a part of the fan base for this band, for this creative movement. Tyler and Josh, you did it again.
Everyone: Give them a listen outside of their radio hits if you haven’t already. It’ll be worth it.
Josh Dun (left) Tyler Joseph (right)
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