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Josh Dun
Josh Dun playing drums live for an audience.
Dun performing with Twenty One Pilots in 2022
Joshua William Dun

(1988-06-18) June 18, 1988 (age 34)
Years active2010–present
(m. 2019)
Musical career
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • trumpet
  • vocals
Member ofTwenty One Pilots
Formerly ofHouse of Heroes

Joshua William Dun (born June 18, 1988) is an American musician. He is best known as the drummer of the musical duo Twenty One Pilots, alongside Tyler Joseph.[1][2][3] He has collaborated with a variety of other artists as well.

Early life[edit]

Joshua William Dun was born in Columbus, Ohio, on June 18, 1988,[4][5] the son of hospice social worker Laura Lee Dun (née McCollum) and physical therapy assistant William Earl "Bill" Dun. He has two sisters and a brother.[6] His great-great-great-grandparents were the American rancher Edwin Dun, who worked as an agricultural advisor to Japan, and his Japanese wife Tsuru.[7] He mainly listened to punk rock when he was growing up.[8] His parents set strict rules on what music he could listen to, about which he later said, "I'd hide albums like Green Day's Dookie underneath 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."[9] He initially took trumpet lessons at school and then turned his attention to drums, teaching himself how to play.[10] One method Dun references was imitating the beats of the records he'd buy on an electronic drum kit.[11] He worked at Guitar Center for three years, where he met former Twenty One Pilots drummer Chris Salih, who eventually introduced him to future bandmate Tyler Joseph.[12][13]


In March 2010, Dun joined House of Heroes after the band's drummer, Colin Rigsby, took a break to spend more time with his family.[14] In Rigby's place, Dun played the drums for many tracks on the band's album Suburba. Dun also makes an appearance in the music video for the single "God Save the Foolish Kings."[15] He also took part in House of Heroes' live tour until October, when Rigsby returned to his duties.[16]

After quitting his job at Guitar Center, Dun planned to leave for Nashville, Tennessee in pursuit of a drum career in the industry; however, he was stopped by Twenty One Pilots drummer Chris Salih, who offered him his role.[17] He went on to play a show with Tyler Joseph after Salih and bassist Nick Thomas left the group due to busy schedules. They played one song before police officers showed up and cancelled the show.[13] Dun subsequently became the band's full-time drummer.[5]

As a duo Twenty One Pilots released the band's second studio album, Regional at Best, on July 8, 2011 and signed with record label Fueled by Ramen, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records in April 2012.[5]

Twenty One Pilots' third studio album, Vessel, was released on January 8, 2013 through Fueled by Ramen and reached no. 21 on the Billboard 200.[18]

Dun performing in 2016

The band's fourth studio album, Blurryface, was released on May 17, 2015, two days ahead of its intended release date.[19] At this point in Twenty One Pilots' career, the band had topped the charts with their hit single "Stressed Out" – the song's music video being filmed at Dun's childhood home, and has since received over 2.6 billion views on YouTube.[20]

Their fifth studio album, Trench, was released on October 5, 2018. The album was the first release of the newly revived Elektra Music Group.[21]

On April 9, 2020, the duo released a new single "Level of Concern".[22][23] The song's lyrics reference the anxiety and worry during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the accompanying music video for the track was filmed in both Joseph and Dun's respective homes while they were under lockdown due to the U.S. state and local government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.[24]

On December 8, 2020, Twenty One Pilots released a Christmas song, titled "Christmas Saves the Year", during a Twitch livestream hosted by Tyler Joseph.[25][26][27]

The duo's sixth studio album, Scaled and Icy, was released on May 21, 2021.[28] The name of the record was revealed alongside a logo, which read "Shy Away".[29] The lead single of the album, named "Shy Away", was released on April 7, 2021, alongside a music video for the track which was uploaded onto the duo's YouTube channel the same day.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Dun and Twenty One Pilots bandmate Tyler Joseph both have an "X" tattoo on their body symbolizing their dedication to their hometown fans in Columbus, Ohio. They received it onstage during their hometown show at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on April 26, 2013.[31] Dun also sports the name "Tyler" above his left knee.[32] They are both fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes.[33]

Dun dated actress and singer Debby Ryan from May 2013 to September 2014.[34][35] They resumed their relationship sometime after.[36] They were married in Austin, Texas, on December 31, 2019.[37]


House of Heroes[edit]

Twenty One Pilots[edit]

With other artists[edit]

  • Dun performed on George Watsky's 2016 single "Midnight Heart" for the album x Infinity[38] and cameoed in the music video.[39]
  • Dun appeared on two singles from Canadian singer and songwriter Lights' album, Skin and Earth: "Savage" and "Almost Had Me".[40]
  • In 2017, Dun partnered with Hayley Williams of Paramore to promote her hair dye line "Good Dye Young".[41]
  • In 2017, Dun played drums on Goldfinger's song "Orthodontist Girl" from the album The Knife.[42]
  • In 2020, Dun played guest drums on The Hunna song "Dark Times".[43]
  • In March 2022, Dun contributed drums and percussion to the Lights song "In My Head".[44]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Nominated Result Ref.
2014 Alternative Press Music Awards Best Drummer Josh Dun Nominated [45]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Drums on Suburba were performed by Colin Rigsby, however, Dun substituted for Rigsby during the tour for this album cycle.
  2. ^ Dun joined Twenty One Pilots at the tail end of production for Regional at Best. As such, he does not perform on any of the tracks heard on the album. However, he is still credited in the liner notes of disc copies.


  1. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Release New Single "Fairly Local"". Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "INTERVIEW: Twenty One Pilots". XXIV Magazine. Archived from the original on July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Sisario, Ben (May 27, 2015), "Twenty One Pilots Tops Chart With 'Blurryface'", The New York Times, retrieved April 20, 2016
  4. ^ "Happy Birthday Josh Dun!". Fueled by Ramen. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "With debut album set for release, Columbus duo Twenty One Pilots poised to break out". The Columbus Dispatch. October 18, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "Billboard Cover: Twenty One Pilots on Their Musical Bromance and Fleeting Fame -- 'It's Going to Go Away'". Billboard. April 7, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  7. ^ @joshuadun (July 23, 2012). "Leaving for Japan in the morning. This is my great great great grandfather Edwin Dun. ambassador to Japan. Him and his Japanese wife are responsible for any Asian looks I have". Retrieved April 29, 2021 – via Instagram.
  8. ^ SJC Artist Profile - Joshua Dun - Twenty One Pilots, September 10, 2014, retrieved January 28, 2017
  9. ^ Greene, Andy (January 14, 2016), Twenty One Pilots: Inside the Biggest New Band of the Past Year, Rolling Stone, retrieved April 21, 2016
  10. ^ Chamberlain, Rich (July 25, 2016). "Josh Dun on humble beginnings, hit records and the monster success of Twenty One Pilots". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Mass Attack: Interview with twenty one pilots". Ones to Watch. November 12, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "Vessel: Chatting With Twenty One Pilots' Tyler Joseph, Plus Reintroducing The Johnny Stallings Arts Program and Six Market Blvd". Huffington Post. January 14, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Interview: Twenty One Pilots, part 1". Retrieved June 26, 2014. I worked at Guitar Center for three years, and the old drummer, I worked with him.
  14. ^ "House of Heroes Band Changes". Stereo Truth. March 3, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  15. ^ "God Save the Foolish Kings". House of Heroes music video on YouTube. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "Colin's back!!! and the Suburba (n) Vagabonds Tour is coming soon!". House of Heroes' Facebook Page. October 10, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  17. ^ "Founding Twenty One Pilots member Chris Salih opens up about band".; Chris Salih interview. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  18. ^ "Twenty One Pilots – Music, biography, Credits and Discography: AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  19. ^ "SURPRISE! Twenty One Pilots Release "Blurryface" Early!". Radio 104.5. May 17, 2015. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  20. ^ Greene, Andy (January 14, 2016). "Twenty One Pilots: Inside the Biggest New Band of the Past Year". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  21. ^ "Elektra Music Group Marks Official Launch by Unveiling Remainder of Leadership Team – Warner Music Group Official Blog". Warner Music Group. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  22. ^ "twenty one pilots - Level of Concern (Official Video)". YouTube.
  23. ^ Joseph, Tyler (April 8, 2020). "song and video tomorrow". @tylerrjoseph. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  24. ^ @tylerrjoseph (April 5, 2020). "Tweet by Tyler Joseph" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ Campbell, Rachel (December 8, 2020). "Hear Twenty One Pilots' Surprise Holiday Song "Christmas Saves the Year"". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  26. ^ "Twenty One Pilots release holiday single, 'Christmas Saves The Year' | NME". NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News. December 9, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  27. ^ Campbell, Rachel (December 9, 2020). "Hear twenty one pilots' surprise holiday song "Christmas Saves The Year"". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  28. ^ "Clancy". Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  29. ^ "Twenty One Pilots: Shy Away". Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  30. ^ Campbell, Rachel (April 7, 2021). "Twenty One Pilots Kick off 'Scaled and Icy' Era With "Shy Away"—Watch". AlternativePress. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  31. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Show Off Their Favorite Tattoos". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  32. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Tattoo Their Names on Each Other". October 31, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  33. ^ Harrington, Joe. "'We made it mom': Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun dreams of being a part of Ohio State Band". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  34. ^ "Debby Ryan Instagram: 'Jessie' Star and Boyfriend Josh Dun Named Hot, Young Couple of 2014?". Fashion & Style. March 28, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  35. ^ "Debby Ryan's New Year's Eve Kiss With Boyfriend Joshua Dun". Disney Dreaming. January 3, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  36. ^ Baumgartner, Scott (December 22, 2018). "Debby Ryan Got Engaged To Boyfriend Josh Dun". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  37. ^ Macon, Alexandra (May 21, 2020). "Actress Debby Ryan and Twenty One Pilots' Joshua Dun Planned Their Whirlwind Austin Wedding in Just 28 Days". Vogue. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  38. ^ "Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun Features On A New Watsky Song - News - Rock Sound Magazine". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  39. ^ "Can You Spot Josh Dun In This New Hip Hop Video?". Pop Buzz.
  40. ^ "Lights reveals how that Josh Dun collaboration came together". Alt Press. October 5, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  41. ^ "WATCH: Josh Dun Joins Good Dye Young As A 'Brand Ambassador'". Pop Buzz.
  42. ^ The Knife - Goldfinger | Credits | AllMusic, retrieved July 29, 2021
  43. ^ "Josh Dun, The Hunna". Twitter.
  44. ^ In My Head feat. Josh Dun. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  45. ^ "The AP Music Awards - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.

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