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Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun Has Been Talking About His Love Of Drums

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 14 December 2017 at 11.42

"I kind of became addicted."

Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun has been interviewed by Sweetwater Sound all about his love of drums.

He started by chatting about when he first started playing:

"I think I was like 12. I used to walk to the local music store and I would play the electronic drums there. I would put my headphones in and live in that world for a few hours a day until the sales guys were like 'we've got to try and sell these things, if you could either buy them or get out'. I wasn't in any place to buy those drums.

I had such a blast trying to figure it out and then one day I figured out how to play my first drum beat. At that moment I took out the headphones and I plugged in the speaker, because I didn't care who heard me playing the drums. That was to me when I knew I wanted to play for the rest of my life.

I kind of became addicted at that point."

He also offered advice to anyone who may be considering learning how to drum:

"One thing that i've learnt and realised is that there isn't one specific formula that will get you from this point to this point. There is so much that happens between the first time you sit behind a drum kit and XYZ. So I think the way I did things as a drummer may not work for someone else and the way that they did it wouldn't work for me.

I think a lot of it is realising you have that passion first, which i remember when I felt that was one of the coolest feelings. That was something really special to me and something I felt was truly worth pursuing and working hard at. Whether or not it became successful, I knew it was what I wanted to do.

From then I realised that as a drummer you can't just go and say 'I'm starting a band'. For me I felt I couldn't really control where I was going, I felt it important and neccessary to network. For the most part I went and did whatever I could. I then developed a group of people who loved playing music. I would then go to shows and meet people then go home and play drums and try and get better.

So just play all the time and try and be critical of yourself. Then meet people that have the same passion and desire as you and then get creative with it. Don't worry about following a format that you've heard before."

You can watch the full interview below:

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