Josh Dun On Touring In The Digital Age


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Josh Dun, resident drummer for Ones To Watch band twenty one pilots, is as introspective as he is an extrovert. In an essay he penned for Thought Catalog titled “Life Beyond The Stage With Twenty One Pilots,” Dun talked about the highs and lows of being on the road, with social media as your only connection to what you’ve left behind. It’s a revealing look into the life of a touring musician and also sheds light on the true essence of twenty one pilots. Below are some of our favorite takeaway quotes. Also check out our interview with Josh here

it's crazy difficult to portray yourself online with the struggle of a pull of what people want to hear from you mixed with what you actually want to say.”

It's tempting to sleep in until three o'clock, then sit around on the bus and watch movies, or sit in a dressing room sucking down some sweet nectarous wifi. But it's in those moments that I realize, before I know it, I'm going to be 55 and my kids friends are going to ask me what traveling around the world was like.”

"You wait around for 22 hours in a day for 2 hours on stage. That's what it's about, the time that you have in a room full of people to share songs with them and see if they resonate with others."