Tyler Robert Joseph (born December 1, 1988) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the frontman for the musical duo Twenty One Pilots, alongside bandmate Josh Dun. Joseph was also a solo artist for some time, and released an album titled No Phun Intended in 2008. He has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, of which he has won one.
Joseph performing with Twenty One Pilots in 2015
Tyler Robert Joseph
December 1, 1988
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Labels||Fueled by Ramen|
Joseph was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up with two brothers, Zachary Philip "Zack" Joseph (also a singer and rapper) and Jay Thomas Joseph (a Twitch streamer), along with one sister named Madison Grace Brett. His mother, Kelly Joseph (née Stryker), was a math teacher in the Olentangy school district before being named Olentangy Orange High School's basketball coach in 2013. His father, Christopher Anthony "Chris" Joseph, was also a coach at Worthington Christian High School from 1996 to 2005, and is a former school principal.
Joseph played basketball from a very young age and went on to play point guard for Worthington Christian. In 2008, the varsity basketball team placed second in the Division IV state tournament. Future Twenty One Pilots bassist Nick Thomas also played on the same team with Joseph, the pair having performed the National Anthem at one of their games.
After seeing a songwriter perform at a High Street club, he rejected an opportunity to play basketball at Otterbein University, along with a scholarship to the university. He began playing music after finding an old keyboard in his closet, a Christmas gift from his mother, and began mimicking radio melodies. From around 2007 to 2008, Joseph recorded a solo album titled No Phun Intended in his basement. It was later revealed that Thomas contributed guitar to several songs on the album.
Among Joseph's first performances with Twenty One Pilots, he recounts that his mother would often stand outside of Ohio State University giving away tickets to his shows. "She'd be like, 'Come see my son play music'", Joseph says.
Twenty One Pilots
On December 29, 2009, they released their debut, self-titled album and began touring Ohio, followed by their second album, Regional at Best in 2011, which consisted only of Joseph and drummer Josh Dun.
Twenty One Pilots' third full-length album, Vessel, was released on January 8, 2013. They also embarked on a tour in support of the album, in which they named the "Quiet Is Violent World Tour".
On March 17, 2015, the band announced their fourth album's title, Blurryface, and unveiled its track listing and release date. The band's fans crashed their website attempting to pre-order the album. The band released their new single "Fairly Local" on the same day accompanied by its music video which premiered on the official Fueled by Ramen YouTube channel. The album was released on May 17, 2015, two days ahead of its intended release date. Joseph and drummer Josh Dun embarked on two international tours in 2015 and 2016: the Blurryface Tour and Emotional Roadshow World Tour.
At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the duo won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. On July 11, 2018, the band announced the release date of their fifth studio album, Trench, released on October 5, 2018. A new world tour, called The Bandito Tour, started on October 16, 2018 as well. On July 25, 2018, a music video for the song "Nico and the Niners" was released, as a second addition to a three part music video series, regarding Tyler Joseph's fictional city, "Dema". Both videos feature references to "Heavydirtysoul", a single off of the band's previous album, such as the repeated imagery of a burning car. The lyrics of "Nico and the Niners" also refer to "bishops", which is a recurring theme in the band's music. A 10-second snippet of the song "My Blood" was played at the end of a commercial for Trench during the 2018 VMAs on August 20. On August 27, 2018, a Twitter user leaked the full song onto his Twitter account in low quality, after they found that it could be played on their Apple HomePod. The leak was confirmed real when the band made the song available on streaming services later that day as the album's fourth single. The audio was uploaded onto YouTube on the same day, which shows singer Tyler Joseph in his home studio playing the song's bass line. A music video for the song was released on October 5, 2018, the day of the album's release.
Joseph had a solo project where he released a full-length album titled No Phun Intended. The release is still available for listening purposes on his PureVolume account. The album was recorded in Joseph's senior year of high school, from 2007–2008, in his basement. The song "Save", off the release, was redone and released as a free download for some time on Twenty One Pilots' official website before it was then pulled. A song entitled "Whisper" from his solo career has also been released on the internet.
In 2010, Joseph was featured in the song "Live" by the hip hop artist and rapper Joseph Michael Langston (better known by his stage name Jocef, or sometimes as Jocef Michael), who is a friend of Joseph from college, along with two other rappers, Juda and Alon. The song is the opening track to Jocef's debut album, In Search of: L.O.V.E. The track was co-written by Tyler Joseph and Jocef. Jocef eventually returned the favor a year later by being featured on the song "Be Concerned" off of Twenty One Pilots' 2011 album Regional at Best.
In 2011, Joseph was also the lead star in Five14 Church's three episode mockumentary titled "The (moderately inspiring tale of the) Longboard Rodeo Tango". According to the mockumentary, Joseph was an intern at the church at the time.
In 2012, Joseph was featured in an internet-use awareness video titled Where Are You? by Mark C. Eshleman (the producer and director of many Twenty One Pilots music videos) for an annual contest put on by Trend Micro, called What's Your Story? The room used in the video is the same room in which the original music video for "House of Gold" was filmed.
On December 24, 2013, Christmas Eve, Joseph participated and sang "O come, O come, Emmanuel" at Five14 Church's Christmas With the Stars in New Albany, Ohio. The official video of the performance was uploaded to YouTube on February 14, 2014. He also performed a magic segment with the church's host and emcee David McCreary for the show.
Joseph also contributed to a few tracks for Five14 Church's worship album Clear by the gospel band New Albany Music led by Travis Whittaker "Whittaker". Joseph appears on four tracks out of thirteen in total. Additionally, another single was recorded called "Dead Come Alive".
|“||I still believe in God, I still want to call myself a Christian—because I am a Christian. I don't know how to talk to people about it yet. And if I can't talk to other people about it yet or if I don't know exactly why I should talk to other people about it, does it really mean anything to me, then? If I don't truly have the answer, shouldn't I just be talking about that? But I have to get there first.||”|
Joseph has a three-part tattoo that represents "something that saved his life". Though it is assumed it deals with his Christian faith, Joseph has been specific about the fact that he doesn't want the meaning of his tattoos spread across the internet. However, he has stated a few times that he is willing to tell people one-on-one if they decide to ask him in person.
Both Joseph and Twenty One Pilots drummer, Josh Dun also 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. Joseph's is located on his right bicep and Dun's is located on his neck behind his right ear.
As solo artist
- No Phun Intended (2008)
Twenty One Pilots
Awards and nominations
|2017||59th Annual Grammy Awards||Record of the Year||"Stressed Out" (as performer and producer)||Nominated|||
|Best Pop Duo/Group Performance||"Stressed Out" (as performer)||Won|
|Best Rock Performance||"Heathens" (as performer)||Nominated|
|Best Song Written for Visual Media||"Heathens" (as songwriter)||Nominated|
|Best Rock Song||Nominated|
|2019||61st Annual Grammy Awards||"Jumpsuit" (as songwriter)||Nominated|||
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These songs were written in my basement in 2007–08, Tyler's senior year in high school.
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We don't really like to answer it in interviews because it's meant to be more one-on-one. So if you would turn your phone off we'd be happy to answer it.
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