TWENTY ONE PI­LOTS THE SONGS THAT SHAPED TYLER AND JOSH, IN THEIR OWN WORDS

TWENTY ONE PI­LOTS’ im­pact on fans’ lives with their heart­felt hon­esty is in­com­pa­ra­ble. But what in­spired JOSH and TYLER? Don­key Kong, ap­par­ently

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THE FIRST SONG THAT I RE­MEM­BER HEAR­ING

HELLO, DOLLY! B A R B R A S T R E I S A N D ( 19 6 9 ) TYLER: “I don’t know how old I was, but my mom and dad would sing it – poorly, in fact! ( Im­per­son­ates Louis Arm­strong) ‘ You’re still glowin’ / You’re still crowin’ / Mmm…’ My dad would do the growly voice and my mom would do Bar­bra Streisand.”

THE SONG THAT RE­MINDS ME OF MY CHILD­HOOD

KING K. ROOL (FI­NAL BOSS) DON­KEY KONG COUN­TRY ( 19 94 ) TYLER: “Oh my gosh, I love that song with all my heart! I spent a long time on that game, and I still play it ev­ery once in a while. When I hear it now, I can see the liv­ing room of my house, and we’re try­ing to get the last few games in be­fore my mom tells my brother to go to bed. That’s my child­hood.”

THE SONG THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE IN A BAND

TREES TWENTY ONE PI­LOTS (2011) TYLER: “I was writ­ing songs be­fore I re­alised that I wanted to be in a band. I def­i­nitely wrote a song like Trees be­fore I even fath­omed ac­tu­ally play­ing it in front of peo­ple.”

THE FIRST SONG I MOSHED and CROWD-SURFED TO

ODD SOUL MUTEMATH (2011) TYLER: “It was when they played the New­port Mu­sic Hall in Colum­bus. I went nuts for that show, and hon­estly at that point you’re not re­ally lis­ten­ing to the song – you’re just try­ing to stay alive and not suf­fo­cate ( laughs).”

d THE FIRST TWENTY ONE a : O PI­LOTS SONG I EVER T O H P HEARD ON THE RA­DIO R E

HOLD­ING ON TO YOU T R TWENTY ONE PI­LOTS (2013) JOSH: “I was in down­town Colum­bus, for the Fourth of July, and I rode my bike down there to meet with some friends for the fire­works. But I got down there and there’s, like, 200,000 peo­ple…” TYLER: “No, dude, there’s more! There’s, like, 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple.” JOSH: “So, there’s a lot of peo­ple ( laughs). I get down there and re­alise that, be­cause there’s so many peo­ple, I have no cell ser­vice. So I was just like, ‘Well, I’m gonna watch the fire­works by my­self.’ So I just put my bi­cy­cle down and sat by it, and the ra­dio sta­tion in Colum­bus

s – there’s a sta­tion that plays a

a i k playlist for the fire­works, and

a m every­one tunes in – played that l song, and it was the first time I’d ever heard it on the ra­dio. Even though I was by my­self, I felt like there were peo­ple turn­ing around sur­round­ing me that knew it, and it was one of the weird­est things. Even now it still feels kinda weird, but it’s re­ally cool.” TYLER: “It’ll never not be weird!” JOSH: “As a teenager play­ing mu­sic and hop­ing for your band to make it, you maybe sort of imag­ine hear­ing your song on the ra­dio, but that’s a big deal.”

MY FAVOURITE SONG TO PLAY LIVE

JUMP­SUIT TWENTY ONE PI­LOTS (2018) TYLER: “Jump­suit has taken the top spot pretty quickly. It’s ex­actly what I saw in my head when I was writ­ing it – I knew it was go­ing to be at the top of [Trench] and the top of the show. I think the song gives off the en­ergy that is re­quired to be in­jected into a room that can sus­tain for the course of an en­tire set. It’s a very use­ful song.”

THE SONG THAT I LIS­TEN TO WHEN I’M DOWN

FLJÓTAVÍK SIGUR RÓS (2008) TYLER: “I lis­ten to a lot of Death Cab [For Cutie] when I’m down.” JOSH: “Yeah, I like to wal­low in it when I’m sad. Or Sigur Rós. I like Fljótavík, and there’s naked guys on the cover, so that’s cool ( laughs). It feels like it’s a sound­track to my thoughts…” TYLER: “Yeah, Sigur Rós songs al­ways lack a bit of a set tempo or struc­ture – and that’s al­ways the most dif­fi­cult type of song to write. But a lot of times, what you’re go­ing through and the emo­tions that you’re want­ing to en­hance while lis­ten­ing to a song feels best when there are no bound­aries or guide­lines in the ac­tual son­ics that are com­ing through to you. That’s what Sigur Rós do so well.”

THE SONG THAT I LIS­TEN TO WHEN I’M HAPPY

BIXBY CANYON BRIDGE DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE (2008) TYLER: “Baw­itd­aba by Kid Rock. We’ve lis­tened to that a lot ( laughs).”

JOSH: “We keep bring­ing up Death Cab, but we lis­ten to them a lot, too. Bixby Canyon Bridge is a good one.”

TYLER: “( Starts singing loudly) ‘ The Bixby Caaaanyon Bridge!’ That’s a good cho­rus for when you’re driv­ing and you get to a stop­light, per­fectly timed with when the bass and drums drop!”

THE SONG THAT I’LL LIS­TEN TO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE

YOU SHOULD LET ME LOVE YOU MARIO (2004) TYLER: “Look, it’s a good song, okay?!” JOSH: “I’ll say Trees by twenty one pi­lots…” TYLER: “Wow. Thanks, man.” JOSH: “Does play­ing Trees ev­ery night make me sick of it? No!” TYLER: “This guy can tour for years and years and years, and never wear out…” TRENCH IS OUT NOW VIA FU­ELED BY RA­MEN/AT­LANTIC. TWENTY ONE PI­LOTS ’ BANDITO TOUR WILL HIT THE UK NEXT YEAR – SEE THE GIG GUIDE FOR IN­FOR­MA­TION

“I LOVE THE DON­KEY KONG MU­SIC WITH ALL MY HEART” TYLER JOSEPH

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