Twenty One Pilots On What It Was Like To Disappear For A Year


When Twenty One Pilots put the “Blurryface” era to rest, they went silent for an entire year before announcing “Trench” to the world.

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun recently talked to Rock Sound about disappearing for a year, and Dun noted that doubt did creep into his mind during the process of creating “Trench.”

“The notion that it could potentially not work definitely crossed my mind at times, but I always have that small seed of doubt – it’s the reason why I’m still always so excited when people actually turn up at a show! Making something new is always scary, and I think if it wasn’t then I’d be more unsettled by that than anything else.”

However, Tyler had a bit of a different approach as he went full speed ahead with the album.

“I don’t even know how aware of those risks I was, honestly. Maybe I simply didn’t allow myself to be aware of the magnitude of it all, certainly in terms of an external viewpoint. I think that perhaps the relationship that I have with our fans is such that we all kind of agree, whether that be on the type of music that we want to listen to or the way in which that music needs to be created. Just because a song comes from me doesn’t mean that it’s good, but being by myself and putting myself in an environment where I can be honest about that fact – about whether or not a song has value or is of a certain standard – is something that I think our fans ultimately understand. So when it comes to the idea of taking risks or dodging hazards, I don’t know if I even see it that way myself. I think that knowing that trust exists, and knowing that understanding is there from the fans, meant that in my mind there wasn’t really much danger to be found.”

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