DEEPER UN­DER GROUND

The the­ory be­hind TWENTY ONE PI­LOTS’ so­cial me­dia black­out…

Kerrang! (UK) - - Cover Story -

Josh Dun: “The idea of the con­cept of step­ping away from so­cial me­dia be­gan in, like, 2011 or 2012. Just what it looked like for us men­tally, and in the sense of, ‘How is that pos­si­ble in our cul­ture?’ We grew up in a world where bands are self-pro­mot­ing – it’s what you have to do. To elim­i­nate that fac­tor was scary, but it was some­thing that we felt was worth ex­per­i­ment­ing with, and see how that af­fected things. So­cial me­dia can be a dis­trac­tion some­times

(laughs). To re­move some of that was healthy, and in some ways I’m still af­fected by it. We’re ‘back on­line’ now, but some­times I for­get to take a picture of some­thing, or talk about some­thing pub­licly, be­cause I’ve learned to live more in the moment.” TYLER JOSEPH: “The truth is, wher­ever hu­mans gather, there’s go­ing to be a bunch of emo­tion. There’s emo­tion that you can pour into it, there’s emo­tion that you can re­ceive from it – and ul­ti­mately that’s what the in­ter­net is. It’s a bunch of us that have gath­ered in this area, and we’re shar­ing emo­tions. And I knew I wanted to pre­serve any and every emo­tion for this record only. I didn’t want it to be af­fected by any sort of out­side source. So it’s noth­ing against so­cial me­dia, nec­es­sar­ily; it was more a pro­tec­tion of the record­ing and the writ­ing process, which is very del­i­cate. It was about try­ing to block out those pres­sures and in­flu­ences from the out­side.”

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