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Josh Dun
Josh Dun playing drums live for an audience.
Dun performing with Twenty One Pilots in 2015
Joshua William Dun

(1988-06-18) June 18, 1988 (age 33)
Years active2009–present
(m. 2019)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • trumpet
Associated acts

Joshua William Dun (born June 18, 1988)[1][2] is an American musician. He is best known as half of the American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, alongside Tyler Joseph, contributing drums, percussion and trumpet.[3][4][5] He has also collaborated with a variety of different artists.

Early life[edit]

Dun was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Laura Lee Dun (née McCollum), a hospice social worker, and William Earl "Bill" Dun, a physical therapy assistant.[6] He grew up with two sisters and a brother.

Dun listened to punk rock when young.[7] His parents used to set strict rules on what type of music Dun was allowed to listen to: "I'd hide albums like Green Day's Dookie underneath my bed," he said. "Sometimes they'd find them and get real mad. They'd find a Christian alternative, like Relient K, and make me listen to that."[8]

Dun initially took trumpet lessons at school and then turned to drums, teaching himself how to play.[9] One method Dun references was imitating the beats of the records he'd buy on an electronic drum kit.[10]

Dun worked at Guitar Center for three years where he met former Twenty One Pilots drummer Chris Salih, who introduced him to future bandmate Tyler Joseph.[11][12]


House of Heroes[edit]

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.[13] 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 "God Save the Foolish Kings", and provides a vocal cameo as well.[14] He also took part in House of Heroes' live tour until October, when Rigsby returned to his duties.[15]

Twenty One Pilots[edit]

Dun performing with Twenty One Pilots in Munich, Germany in 2016

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.[16] 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 eventually cancelled the show.[12] Dun subsequently became the band's full-time drummer.[2]

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.[2]

Twenty One Pilots' third studio album, Vessel, was released on January 8, 2013, through Fueled by Ramen.[17]

The band's fourth studio album, Blurryface, was released on May 17, 2015, two days ahead of its intended release date.[18] At this point in Twenty One Pilots' career, the band had nearly topped the charts with their hit "Stressed Out" – the song's music video being filmed at Dun's childhood home, and has since received over 2.2 billion views on YouTube.[19]

Their fifth studio album, Trench, was released on October 5, 2018. The album was the first release of the newly revived Elektra Music Group.[20]

On April 9, 2020, the duo released a new single "Level of Concern".[21][22] The song's lyrics reference the anxiety and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the accompanying music video for the track was filmed in both Joseph and Dun's "homes" while they were under lockdown due to the U.S. state and local government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.[23]

On December 8, 2020, Twenty One Pilots released a Christmas song, titled "Christmas Saves the Year", during a Twitch livestream hosted by Joseph.[24][25][26]

The duo's sixth studio album, Scaled and Icy, was released on May 21, 2021.[27] The name of the record was revealed alongside a logo, which read "Shy Away".[28] 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.

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Dun played on George Watsky's 2016 single "Midnight Heart" for the album x Infinity[29] and cameoed in the music video.[30]
  • Dun appeared on two singles from Canadian singer and songwriter Lights' album, Skin and Earth: "Savage" and "Almost Had Me".[31]
  • In 2017, Dun partnered with Hayley Williams of Paramore to promote her hair dye line "Good Dye Young".[32]
  • In 2020, Dun played guest drums on The Hunna song "Dark Times".[33]

Personal life[edit]

Both Dun and Twenty One Pilots lead Tyler Joseph have an "X" tattoo on their body symbolizing their dedication to their hometown fans in Columbus, Ohio. They received it on stage during their hometown show at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on April 26, 2013.[34] Dun also sports the name "Tyler" above his left knee.[35]

Dun maintained a relationship with actress Debby Ryan from May 2013 to September 2014.[36][37] The pair resumed their relationship sometime after. On December 23, 2018, Dun announced their engagement on his Instagram account.[38] On December 31, 2019, they were married.[39]

Dun's great-great-great-grandfather was American diplomat and rancher, Edwin Dun.[40]


House of Heroes[edit]

Twenty One Pilots[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Nominated Result Ref.
2014 Alternative Press Music Awards Best Drummer Josh Dun Nominated [41]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Josh Dun!". Fueled by Ramen. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Release New Single "Fairly Local"". Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "INTERVIEW: Twenty One Pilots". XXIV Magazine. Archived from the original on July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Sisario, Ben (May 27, 2015), "Twenty One Pilots Tops Chart With 'Blurryface'", The New York Times, retrieved April 20, 2016
  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. ^ SJC Artist Profile - Joshua Dun - Twenty One Pilots, September 10, 2014, retrieved January 28, 2017
  8. ^ Greene, Andy (January 14, 2016), Twenty One Pilots: Inside the Biggest New Band of the Past Year, Rolling Stone, retrieved April 21, 2016
  9. ^ Chamberlain, Rich (July 25, 2016). "Josh Dun on humble beginnings, hit records and the monster success of Twenty One Pilots". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "Mass Attack: Interview with twenty one pilots". Ones to Watch. November 12, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "House of Heroes Band Changes". Stereo Truth. March 3, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  14. ^ "God Save the Foolish Kings". House of Heroes music video on YouTube. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Colin's back!!! and the Suburba (n) Vagabonds Tour is coming soon!". House of Heroes' Facebook Page. October 10, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  16. ^ "Founding Twenty One Pilots member Chris Salih opens up about band".; Chris Salih interview. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  17. ^ "Twenty One Pilots – Music, biography, Credits and Discography: AllMusic". Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ Greene, Andy (January 14, 2016). "Twenty One Pilots: Inside the Biggest New Band of the Past Year". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  20. ^ "Elektra Music Group Marks Official Launch by Unveiling Remainder of Leadership Team – Warner Music Group Official Blog". Warner Music Group. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  21. ^ "twenty one pilots - Level of Concern (Official Video)". YouTube.
  22. ^ Joseph, Tyler (April 8, 2020). "song and video tomorrow". @tylerrjoseph. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  23. ^ @tylerrjoseph (April 5, 2020). "Tweet by Tyler Joseph" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Campbell, Rachel (December 8, 2020). "Hear Twenty One Pilots' Surprise Holiday Song "Christmas Saves the Year"". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  25. ^ "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.
  26. ^ Campbell, Rachel (December 9, 2020). "Hear twenty one pilots' surprise holiday song "Christmas Saves The Year"". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  27. ^ "Clancy". Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  28. ^ "Twenty One Pilots: Shy Away". Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  29. ^ "Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun Features On A New Watsky Song - News - Rock Sound Magazine". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  30. ^ "Can You Spot Josh Dun In This New Hip Hop Video?". Pop Buzz.
  31. ^ "Lights reveals how that Josh Dun collaboration came together". Alt Press. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  32. ^ "WATCH: Josh Dun Joins Good Dye Young As A 'Brand Ambassador'". Pop Buzz.
  33. ^ "Josh Dun, The Hunna". Twitter.
  34. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Show Off Their Favorite Tattoos". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  35. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Tattoo Their Names on Each Other". October 31, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  36. ^ "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.
  37. ^ "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.
  38. ^ Baumgartner, Scott (December 22, 2018). "Debby Ryan Got Engaged To Boyfriend Josh Dun". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  39. ^ Macon, Alexandra. "Actress Debby Ryan and Twenty One Pilots' Joshua Dun Planned Their Whirlwind Austin Wedding in Just 28 Days". Vogue. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  40. ^ @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.
  41. ^ "The AP Music Awards - Alternative Press". Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.

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