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twenty one pilots Explain Why They Won’t Add More Band Members Any Time Soon

I would never rule it out entirely…”

In a recent conference in St. Louis, twenty one pilots took part in a great panel where they answered some insightful questions from fans – from their strangest fears, to their favourite place to travel. 

One such query was if Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun ever considered adding more members to help them out during their intricate gigs. Do you ever find it restricting to be a two-man band when playing live shows, and have you ever thought of adding additional members for live tours to play other instruments – sort of like a Nine Inch Nails approach?” they were asked.

Tyler’s answer was very interesting (and also typically funny): There’s something very easy, logistically, about it being a two-person band. Still today, but also even more so when you first start out. When someone’s late to band practice, it’s only one other guy – so you only have to have one conversation! I’ve always talked about some of the negatives, or… like, a lot of bands huddle before a show to fire up, [but for us] it’s really just an animated hug for us, I guess. It’s just two of us.

And then, a few other things: we never want to be too comfortable onstage; we never want to feel like, Oh, I’ve been here before and this is very easy.’ And there’s something about adding members that feels like it’d be solving a problem. Having that struggle every night… kind of helps to motivate. All of that being said, I think it’s really special when a group of people are on the same page, musically, and I think it’s something that obviously we get a bit out of just playing with each other, but the more you add it can be quite magical as well.

I would never rule it out entirely, but for right now we like the challenge.”

Check out the full clip below – the additional band members question comes up around 13:30, but the whole thing is well worth a watch. 

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