Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun On The Journey Taken With The Band’s ‘Cinematic Expertise’

Virtually a 12 months to the day after Twenty One Pilots dropped their sixth studio album, Scaled and Icyfollowers will get to benefit from the Twenty One Pilots Cinema Expertise in theatres.

The live performance occasion from the acclaimed and Grammy award-winning band is an encore of their livestreamed present that launched the discharge. Broadcast from an enviornment of their native Columbus, Ohio, it was billed as a one-time-only live performance and watched by followers from greater than 200 international locations.

This big-screen model options an prolonged minimize of the present with remastered audio and video and greater than 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage. It screens for one night time solely on Thursday, Could 19, 2022, with a handful of encore screenings in choose areas on Sunday, Could 22, 2022.

I caught up with drummer Josh Dun to speak concerning the highway to Twenty One Pilots Cinema Expertisethe expertise coming full circle, and whether or not or not he’ll be within the viewers himself on the massive night time.

Simon Thompson: You have had an ideal begin to the week with a win on the Billboard Music Awards simply days earlier than this lands in theaters. Was that timing coincidental?

Josh Dun: It was completely coincidental, however it’s cool and appears like a pleasant ramp as much as this cinema expertise. Completely coincidental, however it labored out properly nonetheless.

Thompson: And this shall be touchdown in theaters nearly a 12 months to the day that the Scaled and Icy album what launched Was it at all times the intention when the album got here out to have these 12 months aside or fortunate happenstance for you guys once more?

Dun: That simply occurred organically as nicely. The unique dwell stream that we did passed off as a hand-in-hand occasion with the album launch. As quickly because the dwell stream occurred, you may go and purchase the album. We did not know what we might do with the dwell stream after that, however there have been undoubtedly the start of plans and conversations about what is smart, and it was like, ‘Okay, let’s maintain on to it for now and take into consideration subsequent steps .’ Over time, it began to make sense, and we have been like, ‘Let’s present this to folks once more in a very enjoyable, cool, and distinctive method.’ We put a lot time and work into pulling off that livestream, and I additionally take into consideration the complete circle of this factor. The dwell stream took place due to the pandemic, which meant we could not tour. The way in which it was initially carried out and streamed was with folks basically sitting at dwelling alone, or possibly calling mates and watching it collectively that method. Now, it is come again round the place everybody can seize a buddy, relations, or a bunch of individuals and go collectively and expertise this factor over again with different folks. It is a kind of cool moments the place reliving that have, surrounded by folks, shall be utterly completely different however actually cool.

Thompson: I used to be very shocked at how a lot effort was put into creating that within the enviornment. Many bands have been doing this type of factor, however the staging was stripped down. Twenty One Pilots went all in and successfully staged a excessive manufacturing stadium present. What concept was it to go so huge?

Dun: That is an excellent commentary. Dwell streams have been round since earlier than the pandemic, so folks usually requested us if we might ever do one. Our reply was at all times no as a result of the way in which we pull off our present requires folks, and we have deliberately made it that method. That hasn’t modified since we have been enjoying in bars and golf equipment. We have at all times concerned the viewers as a lot as we will, so the thought of ​​doing one thing with out an viewers felt not possible. It is like we’re placing on a present with out our different band members. Then the pandemic got here round, and, even initially, we began seeing some bands and artists doing dwell streams. Being utterly clear, it was a little bit bit underwhelming for each of us. It was like, ‘That is cool, there’s sort of like a buildup hype, we have the countdown on the display, after which the present begins, and after two songs, you realize precisely what the remainder of the factor is.’ We had a number of conversations, it was a subject on the desk, and we checked out one another and had a dialog as a result of it felt like we could not pull off an genuine model of a Twenty One Pilots present that we might really feel happy with . After we determined to attempt to deal with one thing, we knew we needed to rework every little thing from the bottom up and reimagine what the efficiency would appear like, and in some methods, we took benefit of the actual fact there wasn’t a crowd there. We rented out the sector in Columbus. We had 5 or 6 completely different set items we ran backwards and forwards from, and it took up your entire enviornment flooring. We could not do one thing like that typically with a crowd, and we added a couple of different issues like backup singers and band members and a few dancers. It was one thing the place we needed to begin from the bottom up once more.

Thompson: Was it the fan response after that it was an excellent name? Was that the place the affirmation and validation got here from?

Dun: I believe so. Having an viewers at our exhibits has been so ingrained in what our band is and the way we current ourselves that I felt a little bit self-conscious performing one thing with out an viewers that was going to exit to an viewers. Even the day of the dwell stream, I used to be like, ‘I hope that individuals like this, I hope that it comes off nicely and that it is fascinating, and folks keep engaged in efficiency the entire method via.’ I did suppose seeing constructive reinforcement and encouragement from folks afterward was validation, particularly as this factor was fairly costly to do. We put some huge cash into it and a number of time. Preparation was someplace like eight months of getting on Zoom, which makes issues troublesome as you possibly can’t get folks in a room to have logistical conversations. We had folks all around the nation popping on zoom and having conversations about what issues would appear like and really feel like thus far forward of the particular occasion.

Thompson: Have folks beforehand approached you about doing a live performance film, a documentary, and even one thing theatrical together with your work?

Dun: It was by no means actually a dialog that we have had earlier than. We put out our album, trenchwhich we adopted up with blurry face, and people albums have some storylines that go throughout. We have additionally been intentional in making these albums and songs standalone, so if you do not know something about any backstory, or the band’s lore, you possibly can take heed to the songs and revel in them. There’s additionally some underlying storytelling taking place, and particularly, when trench got here out, many individuals stated, ‘Hey, you must do a film or a Netflix

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collection on this.’ That was by no means one thing that had crossed their minds. One thing like that might be enjoyable and funky to do someday, however it wasn’t one thing that we meant once we have been writing and dealing on these albums. For thus lengthy, Tyler and I’ve had our heads down and simply centered on music and making an attempt to placed on the perfect dwell present that we will, so something exterior of that simply felt possibly a bit daunting and not likely what we have been making an attempt to concentrate on. After we did the dwell stream, the thought of ​​a cinema launch got here round, and it made sense and felt thrilling.

Thompson: Has this expertise modified how you’re feeling about doing one thing cinematic or for the stage? Inexperienced Day is only one instance of a band who has taken their work and put it on stage with nice success. What about scores? Danny Elfman and Trent Reznor have each had nice success in that space.

Dun: Personally, I really feel such as you unlock issues in your thoughts as you progress ahead in life. Tony Hawk was the primary man to do the 900 on a skateboard. No one had ever actually completed it earlier than that, and as soon as he did that, it unlocked the power for different folks to do this. Now it is a comparatively widespread factor for folks to do, and so typically it does take a psychological unlock the place it is similar to, ‘Oh, we’re able to doing one thing like this.’ There aren’t at the moment any conversations about transferring ahead within the path of movie or TV, but when we needed to tackle one thing like that finally, I believe we may.

Thompson: While you did the dwell stream, you could not see how the viewers was experiencing and responding to it. With it screening in theaters, you’ve gotten the chance to be in that room, with the viewers, watching them watching you, so are you going to sneak into any of the screenings and see what it was like from the opposite facet?

Dun: I will, yeah. A few weeks in the past, my mother was like, ‘Are you going to go to any of those?’ I used to be like, ‘No, in all probability not.’ There have been a few ideas that I instantly had, and considered one of them was that I would purchase a ticket to my very own cinema expertise and I am the one one within the theater. I undoubtedly did not need to discover myself in that state of affairs. That was my first thought. I would slightly keep dwelling and, in my thoughts, faux that every little thing’s nice, all of the theaters are packed out, and everybody’s throwing popcorn at one another and having a good time. As we get nearer to the date, I’d look again with remorse if I did not present up at a movie show and revel in it with all people. As I discussed, I have a look at it as a whole circle factor, the place we will now be round folks. With music and flicks, I believe that they’re a stamp in time. I pay attention again to albums from highschool, and so they convey me again to that second, and it will convey up emotions or feelings that I’ve had at the moment. To relive this livestream, I believe it’s going to take me again to the center of the pandemic when many issues have been bleak and unsure, and there wasn’t essentially a light-weight on the finish of the tunnel. Going and sitting in a theater, hopefully surrounded by different folks, and reliving that second with a recent perspective can be a enjoyable and thrilling factor. I believe I will should go and revel in it as nicely.

Thompson: Which metropolis will you grace together with your presence? Are you aware but? Are you simply going to select a random one?

Dun: It will be Columbus, Ohio. I believe that would be the most handy for me.

Thompson: Ticket gross sales for screenings in Columbus, Ohio, will undergo the freakin’ roof, Josh.

Dun: (Laughs) Effectively, hopefully, as a result of I do not need to be the one one in there.

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