How did you become a Pilot? What is it that hooked you? What has their music taught you? Anything! This site is meant to be a place for Pilots to gather and encourage others through their creations... through their stories - Let others know that they're not alone in their struggles. You can share lyrics that touch you, that make you think, that break you down. You can send in pictures or creations of the guys that you've done or taken during a concert. Anything!
The first twenty one pilots song I came across was Holding on to you which I found on YouTube. At this time I was very suicidal and actually discovered the song when researching ways to kill myself. Since then I have listened to that song everyday and I am still here because of it. Migraine is also a song that means a lot to me.
My story: I'm 21 years old and live in the UK. I've never
really had any friends just because i'm painfully shy and no confidence. Twenty One Pilots are helping me get through the days, because suicide is all i think about lately. As dramatic as it sounds, whether it's just reading the lyrics or listening to the music, i don't feel as alone and realize i need to carry on in life and try to be happy. So i just want to thank Tyler & Josh so, so much! Your music makes me so happy!
My name is Eric.
I’m older for a t|o|p fan, 34. When my mother passed away earlier this year, I dropped a message to Josh telling him that their music was helping me to get through it. To my surprise, he wrote back, and when we met after a show a few months later, he told me he’d been praying for me and my family. I’ve met lots of musicians and actors, and nobody has been as real and cool.
A mexican chronicle of Twenty One Pilots
I was surfing in the internet as usual, and I started to notice that the internet for the majority, is a very special place where you can find some kind of shelter, an escape route from the real world because you can find people with the same tastes as you and you can be able to share it. However, that was not a master key for me to find a door to escape from my emptiness. I didn’t want to go back to reality and the Internet was not my “car radio” anymore. I felt I needed something new, and that is when Twenty One Pilots came into my life.
I was very excited about going to see Paramore in concert in Mexico City. I live in the small town of Puerto Vallarta and go to a concert in the big city would be an unforgettable experience. I was checking my Tumblr and I saw that someone had posted the video "Holding on to you", I saw it, and I was immediately caught by the voice of Tyler and the sick drum beats of Josh’s powerful battery. I started looking for songs of them on Youtube and I have to say that from that moment, I fell in love with them, that emptiness I felt before, it was filled with their melodies and lyrics. I was transporter to the world that I wanted, where I became a happy, stronger and a little rebellious dancer person When I came back to reality when I put pause to their music, I didn't care anymore being back to reality because I knew I had found a great band in every way. And they are the ones who would accompany me everywhere since the day I discovered them.
The next day on Twitter, I saw an announcement from them that they would come to Mexico to open the Paramore’s concert. I was eating my cereal with milk and could not help spitting it on the
table. My heart started pounding gratefully like crazy. I already had my tickets for Paramore, so in that moment I felt the luckiest person in the world.
Finally the day arrived. I was hanging outside waiting with my friends to access the stadium
“Palacio de los Deportes” . I felt I was in the right place, I could not believe I was going to see TOP live, I didn’t care if it was only for 30 minutes. Before the concert began, many were wondering who they were. I gladly told them, "They are a band with a mix of rap, techno, pop and rock" (That is how I classify them), And they had weird face expressions when I told them that. They didn’t believe that that combination sounded good. But as the lights dimmed and Tyler and Josh came out on stage, the whole stadium shouted as if the knew them completely, and that filled me with joy and happiness.
They started with Ode to sleep and they came out with their skeleton hoodies. They put us all to dance like freaks. There were some around me that I looked at me very odd because I knew the songs and I was dancing like I never moved my fucking feet. The only picture and not a very good that I was able to take, was when Tyler sang House of Gold. really chose to dance and sing than take photos. I wanted to enjoy the much as possible.
I could tell these guys live in another wave. Tyler and Josh are wizards from an unknown
world and they throw magic spells to people at their concerts, and once these spells are on you, there is no turning back. They could put 18,000 people to dance and sing along them. And sure most of the people didn’t even know them quite as well.
I have a confession to make ... many people told me that they liked more the stage presence of Twenty one pilots than Paramore’s. Paramore also have a great stage presence, but this guys!... his guys are different, in a AWESOME WAY!. To the boys I had told them about them previously, at the end of their presentation, I saw them again and they told me that I was right, they were very very very good. (In my mind I laughed in a sweet evil way and I whispered: “Welcome aboard to the Twenty One Pilots infinite plane”.) I went out of the concert happy as a worm because I knew since that event; many people came out with their heart filed with TOP VIBES.
The next day, I had the opportunity to go to the MTV Millennial Awards. I didn’t know they were going to play on the event, so I got pretty exited. I was able to see them riding some sponsored bicycles very happy, like children, (those guys have their inner kid out most of times, and that’s another thing I love about them). And finally I saw their presentation., I wanted to scream, but I had no voice coming out of my throat. I lost it completely the day before. ABSOLUTELY NOBODY knew the song; they were all standing just watching. There were few people, but I was jumping like a cricket and singing along. I saw very detailed expressions of both because I was really close on stage. The stage was not that big. During their presentation, I realize that these guys love what they do and that's the most important thing about making music or other things. I felt their passion even if it was with a crowd that nobody knew the, In this presentation I took the opportunity to record a Little of it. They played Holding on to you.
My vacations could not be more perfect. When I returned to home, I decided to open a Twitter account, TOPilotsMX and a Tumblr page (twentyoneMXpilots). I did it to devote 100% to them. To grow make more bigger the Twenty One MEXICAN Pilots and be part of the international unofficial fan page.
I just want to say, thank you to Tyler and Josh for making Twenty One Pilots, the band that fills my emptiness day by day. Thank you for making music that makes me feel stronger and happier every day. I stay alive for me, my family, my friends, my virtual friends and Twenty One Pilots. I’m 20 and I am ready to continue my journey with you guys!. Here in Mexico, I bought you a House of Tacos syou can come back soon and eat it!
See you at your next concert.
I first heard Twenty One Pilots right after Young Life club. I was sitting
in the car with my best friend and she showed me "car radio." I instantly fell
in love with them. I went home and listened to everything I could find. They
weren't signed to a record label yet, so they didn't have a whole lot of stuff
on the Internet that I could find. A couple days later my best friend had made
me a cd with all of the songs she had by them.
We continued to listen to them all of the time and followed what they were doing with their music.
During this time, my life was changing so much. My father passed away
and there were times when I didn't think I could go on. Twenty One Pilots really
helped me through that time. They just gave me so much hope.
When they got signed, they were able to do more concerts around the states (and
world, really). This meant they would be going to Colorado where my best friend
lived (I live in Texas at the moment). So I flew down and visited her and we
went to see them at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs. I can confidently say
that it was the best concert I will ever go to! It was a small venue and we were
first row. They put on an amazing show, and just thinking about it makes me want
to go back so bad!
After the show we were able to go talk to Josh and Tyler. I have an art journal and I had done a
page for them in it, hoping I could get them to sign it. They were so great
about it and even asked to flip through some of the pages! It was just an
awesome feeling to have people that I look up to so much actually be impressed
with something I created. Then, my friend and I asked Tyler about his tattoos
and he explained what they meant. That was probably my favorite part about the
whole thing... It was just really inspirational and cool to listen to what they
meant to him. I would definitely say if you ever have the chance to talk to him
about it, then you should!
Anyway, they are just really freakin' great and I don't think I could ever
possibly get tired of their music. They inspire me to create and to dream big.
watching them grow so much has been one of the coolest experiences. There is no
other band like Twenty One Pilots. Thank you, Tyler and Josh, you guys are truly
Twenty One Pilots mean so much to me. I know you probably heard this a lot but your music truly helps me to stay alive. I listen to your music when I really want to jam out or just having a really bad day. What I love the most about Twenty One Pilots is that you are not afraid to talk about suicide. Usually you
get labeled as crazy if you think or consider suicide. But your music has taught
to do something positive with the dark thoughts. I don't feel alone. Sometimes it just helps me to know that I am not the only one feeling this way. I also love your music because every song is not about a bad break-up, or some romantic
scenario that you made up in your head. Your music deals with real life, and real thoughts. You also have taught me to be proud of who I am. I love how you are not afraid to show who you are. Your music helps me feel important. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. :)
It all started with hearing one of your songs on pandora, and my love for Twenty One Pilots snowballed from there. I have never heard anything like your music. It doesn't conform to a single genre, and I love you collectively for that. Both of you give me hope that individuality still exists and trudges on. You give me
hope that the encroaching uniformity of the world will surrender. Every element in every song is so well thought out and executed. The simple piano riffs played
up with a unique beat. The intro to Kitchen Sink that evokes the visualization
of actual water droplets dripping down to the bottom of a sink. Every song is
bursting with confidence and pride. I love how you two manage to pull off
beautiful slower songs like Before You Start Your Day and more upbeat songs like
Migraine. The creativity put into the lyrics is unbelievable. I'd love to see
how your minds work.
"I can't see past my own nose
I'm seeing everything in slow mo
Look out below
Crashing down to the ground
Just like a virgin go loco, motive
That's a train
Am I painting a
picture that's in my brain?
A train from the sky
My motives are insane
My flow's not great, okay
I conversate with people
who know if I flow on a song I'll get no radio play
While you're doing fine
There's some people and I
Who have a really tough time
Getting through this life
So excuse us while we sing to the sky "
I have one word: genius. The emotion and emphasis put into each word is fantastic. You are both just so fantastic. Your lyrics have changed my life, and your instrumentals have taught me to feel music on an entirely new level. Thank you both so, SO much for three things.
1. Putting your rare creativity to use and not
letting it go to waste
2. Changing lives
3. Giving people hope
Basically, thank you for existing.
probably your biggest
ginger fan. I'd bet on it.
I actually found Twenty One Pilots completely on accident. I went to a show with
my friend because New Politics were playing. We only really stayed for New
Politics, only because we were right up front and didn't think it was fair to
take those spots when people who really loved the headliner band could be there.
We ended up just hanging out at the bar at the place after talking to New Politics and sort of listening to Twenty One Pilots. I remember thinking how cool the lights and their sound were. And that's pretty much how it started. I looked them up the next day and fell in love immediately. Their songs had such amazing lyrics that I could actually relate to and at the same time enjoy singing along to. I ended up fairly obsessed with them. Usually when I get obsessed with a band that quick and listen to them non stop, I end up getting bored with them after a couple of
weeks, but not with Twenty One Pilots. It's been 7 months and I still listen to them non stop. It's the music I turn to when I have a really bad day or just need something to sing along to. It's the music I distract myself with when my thoughts get too bad. It's the music I sing in my head when I'm at work and just feel like screaming/crying. It's the music that helped me stop cutting. I ended up using it as a distraction. I would get completely lost in singing as loud as i could or blasting it as loud as i could and just closing my eyes and listening. It's now been 5 months today actually since I stopped. I can say that Twenty One Pilots saved my life by giving me the strength to save my own, if that makes any sense at all. Their songs remind me that it's okay to not be okay. It's okay to be having a tough time. On my 19th birthday I got their symbol, |-/, tattooed on me and this weekend I'm probably going to get Stay Alive tattooed, because sometimes I just need that extra reminder. The tattoos are right where I used to cut and it stops me every time I want to go back to that. Over the last couple of months I've actually started feeling happier and enjoying life more and I honestly feel like I have Joshua Dun and Tyler Joseph to thank for that.
It started out in Summer of 2011. It was about a month away from their CD
release show for Regional At Best at The Venue 42. My friend sent me a link on
Facebook of Car Radio. At the time, I wasn't one who listened to music or
understood lyrics. I listened to the first minute and clicked off. I remember
replying and saying they were dumb. He said there was a concert coming up and he didn't want to go alone. I said I'd go. It was July 19th, 2011 when the concert took place. I kept making up excuses that I couldn't go. I eventually just said forget it and told him I was for sure going. Now I had never really been to a concert before. So I didn't know what to expect. I went and a few bands opened up. There were people slowly getting into the venue. When it was time for twenty one pilots there were about 150 people. Me and my friend were standing on the outside of the crowd. When they came on stage with Guns For Hands and just seeing the crowd and the energy they gave shocked me. I honest to god teared up. About the 3rd song in I couldn't take it. I had to get into that crowd and jump. I did. The energy from the show just left me speechless. It was 100+ degrees in that little barn/venue. I wanted more. Right after I bought a copy of the cd. I had them sign that, and my shirt. They were the coolest people ever. I went home and that night I listened to the album on repeat until I fell asleep.
Over time I started to get the bands meaning, what they stand for and what all the lyrics were about. They kind of let me know that I wasn't alone. I have always had depression and personal problems and issues. twenty | one | pilots gave me something to relate to. To know there's always
someone out there who has the same problems. That everything is going to be ok.
I somewhat feel like I know Tyler like a friend through his lyrics.
Its been over 2 years and I've been to 2 concerts. Attending my 3rd and 4th this fall. I've met Tyler and Josh twice. The last time I explained that they were my heroes, but didn't explain why. And in those 2 years, twenty | one | pilots have saved my life many times. I really want to thank them for that next time. When ever I get into a dark place they're always there. They push me to stay alive and im not alone. that is way better than any therapist and medicines in my opinion.
twenty | one | pilots are my heroes.
Stay alive |-/
To be completely honest, when I first stumbled upon twenty | one | pilots, I
didn't instantly fall in love with their music. I watched the video for Holding on to You and thought Tyler and Josh were talented, but it wasn't quite to my taste. I enjoyed it enough to purchase Vessel, figuring they would grow on me a bit. Fast forward a few months, when I finally sat down and listened. I listened to the lyrics, to every drum beat, every line of Vessel. I realized how meaningful their lyrics were and how relevant they were to me, especially at that point in my life. I listened to all the songs, over and over again. So yeah, you could say they grew on me.
I've spent most of my life struggling with anxiety, OCD, and other mental illnesses. Music became a sort of therapy, a respite from all the pain and fear that had engulfed the rest of my life. But
twenty one pilots' music was different than anything else I'd ever listened to. I felt even less alone. There were nights when I'd be sitting alone in my room, in the midst of an anxiety attack and twenty one pilots would be the only thing grounding me and helping me through it. Migraine and Holding on to You also became especially powerful songs for me, the lyrics holding so much meaning.
Shortly after I became engrossed in their incredible music, I was fortunate
enough to attend a free show where twenty one pilots was one of the openers. I
was apprehensive about going with a friend, but couldn't go alone. It was hard
for me to share this music with my friends who had no idea of my struggle with
mental illness--I thought they would judge me for listening to them (I'm not
sure why, probably just my anxiety thinking). My desire to see Tyler and Josh
live overpowered this fear, and my friend, who normally likes R&B music,
became a fan halfway through one song. Even though it was a short set, it was
one of the best performances either of us had ever seen. Tyler and Josh not only
create excellent songs, they can also perform live with an amazing stage
presence. There's just something incredibly comforting about a room full of people singing "We're broken people, we're broken people" together. It makes you feel like maybe you aren't the only one waging your wars behind your face and above your throat. Maybe you don't have to go through everything completely alone.
I even managed to get another one of my close friends hooked too (and we get to see twenty one pilots open for Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy in a month together!). I am beyond excited to
see them twice in the next couple months, and to see where Tyler and Josh's
musical career goes over the next couple years. I hope their popularity continues to grow because I know there are so many people out there whose lives could be changed by their amazing
music. There is just something wonderful and unique and powerful about what Tyler and Josh do. Something you have to be a part of to truly understand. Something you just have to listen to and enjoy. twenty one pilots gave me the power to save my own life, and I owe them more than they will ever know.Tyler and Josh, if you ever read this, thank you so much for everything. I wish I was more eloquent with words as there is so much I have to say to you. But thank you will have to do for now.
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