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Josh Dun (born June 18, 1988), is an American musician and drummer best known for being the drummer for the band Twenty One Pilots.

Early Life

Josh Dun was born in Columbus, Ohio and comes from a family of six with two sisters, Ashley and Abigail, and a brother, Jordan. At a young age, Dun taught himself how to play drums.[1] Dun recalls that he was not allowed to listen to secular music in his childhood, but would often sneak to the music store and ask for suggestions.[2][3] "I'd hide albums like Green Day's Dookie under my bed. Sometimes they'd find them and get real mad. They'd find a Christian alternative like Relient K and make me listen to that."[4] Dun worked at the Guitar Center alongside former Twenty One Pilots drummer Chris Salih, through whom he would eventually meet Tyler Joseph.[5][6]

Career

House of Heroes

Dun's first foray into the music industry was with alternative/Christian rock band House of Heroes. He joined the band through their drummer, Colin Rigsby, who was taking a break to spend time with his family.[7] Dun played alongside the band on tour from March to October 2010 when Rigsby returned to his role.[8]

Twenty One Pilots

See main article: Twenty One Pilots
In 2011, upon the invite of co-worker and the band's drummer Chris Salih, Dun attended a Twenty One Pilots show after listening to their original demo CD.[9] He notes that he was impressed with the performance of the band.[10] After the show he met lead singer and future band mate Tyler Joseph, and a couple of days later began to build a friendship with him.



After the departure of Nick Thomas and Chris Salih in May and June 2011, Dun quit his job at Guitar Center to play a show with Joseph. They managed to perform one song before being shut down by the police. Following this, Dun became the band's permanent drummer.

In July 2011, the band released a second self published album, Regional at Best, which saw the band gain traction with the music community and garnered the interest of record labels. In 2012 the band signed with Fueled by Ramen and released an EP later that year.

On January 8, 2013 the band's first album, Vessel, signed to a label was released and received mainstream exposure.

On May 17, 2015, the fourth album, Blurryface, was released and saw the band receive international success, with the album charting highly in several countries, and became a No. 1 album in the US.

Dun is currently on tour with the Emotional Roadshow World Tour.

Personal Life

Dun identifies as a Christian,[11][12] and the band's music often shows influence of their faith and beliefs.

From May 2013 to September 2014, Dun was in a relationship with actress and singer Debby Ryan.[13] He is currently single.[14]

When it comes to his career, Dun says "...I’ve always wanted to play drums and now I’m able to do that pretty much on a nightly basis. That’s what I love the most, getting together with people in a room and letting music unify us – I know that sounds really dramatic but it’s a really cool experience and something that I won’t get tired of for a while yet."[15]

Dun has a tattoo of a tree on his right arm which represents his beliefs. Dun has stated a few times that he is willing to tell people in person, but has no desire for the meaning of the tattoos to be spread across the internet.[16]

Both Dun and Joseph have an X tattoo which is symbolic of their dedication to their hometown fans in Columbus, Ohio. The pair were tattooed on stage during a show at the LC Pavilion on April 26, 2013.[17][18] Dun's is behind his right ear, whilst Joseph's tattoo is on his right bicep.[19]

References

Twenty One Pilots
About Twenty One PilotsTyler JosephJosh Dun
Albums Twenty One Pilots (album)Regional at BestVesselBlurryface
EPs Three Songs (EP)Migraine (EP)Holding On To You (EP)Quiet Is Violent (EP)The LC LPDouble Sided
Singles Holding On To YouGuns for HandsHouse of GoldCar RadioFairly LocalTear In My HeartStressed OutLane BoyRideHeathensHeavydirtysoul
Tours Mostly November TourBlurryface World TourEmotional Roadshow World Tour

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