The American drummer, musician, and percussion expert Josh Dun is the discourse of this piece. He is part of the American music duo “Twenty One Pilots” alongside Tyler Joseph, who is the lead singer. The group was formed by four men in 2009, but in 2011 two of its founding members – Chris Salih and Nick Thomas – left the group and left Josh and Tyler. The duo has several singles and albums to their credit. Their most successful single was Stressed Out. She was nominated twice for Grammys and eventually won one. She also topped several American music charts and recorded over 2.6 million sales by the end of 2016.
Josh Dun Bio, Age
Josh Dun was born on June 18, 1988, as Joshua William Dun. The drummer came from a religious family with Christian leanings, but even as a small child Josh was very rebellious. He was always in conflict with his parents – Laura Lee and William Earl. They were so confused about what to do with him that they considered sending him to military school. He did not fare better in school because he was always sent to detention. Josh revealed that he had never taken drugs or alcohol, but his character was nothing to talk about in high school.
He didn’t come from a musical family, but he always had a love of music from a very young age. As a young boy, he had a preference for the punk rock genre and always went to a nearby music store to buy albums of this genre. He preferred secular rock, but his parents had a different opinion. So he bought the albums and hid them, and when his parents found them, they traded them for Christian rock.
Josh Dun also started playing instruments at a young age and started playing the trumpets. He was taught by a teacher, but could not do anything with it. He then switched to drums and taught himself to play. He did not attend college, but continued to play drums and left his parents’ house to live with his friends. He started working at a musical instrument retail store in Ohio called Guitar Center. Dun’s work at the retail chain lasted three years.
His first opportunity to play drums for a band came in March 2010 for a rock group called House of Heroes (HOH). He replaced the band’s drummer (Colin Rigsby), who went to spend time with his family – temporarily playing in most of their songs on the Suburban album. He left the group in October when Colin returned – after joining the band on tour.
After HOH, Josh decided to move to Nashville, but he was recruited by now-former Twenty One Pilots drummer Salih Chris. Salih and co-founder, Nick Thomas, left the group before mid-2011, and after their departure, Twenty One Pilots became a two-piece band with frontman Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun as a sole drummer. Together they released several albums, the first was Regional at Best. Later they signed with Fueled by Ramen Records. Subsequently, the duo released other albums such as Vessel, Blurryface, Trench, and so on.
Stressed Out is indisputably their most successful song to date. It earned them the best pop duo/group performance at the Grammys. It was released in April 2015 and after one year had sold about 2.6 million copies.
Besides the Grammys, Josh was also nominated for another award – the Alternative Press Music Awards.
Does He Have a Girlfriend or Wife?
Josh Dun’s love life was spiced up by his engagement and relationship with the American star Debby Ryan. Debby was a Disney actress who starred in films like Coded. Even after her Disney time she is still in the spotlight. She started dating Josh in 2013 and got engaged in New Zealand in December 2018. The couple seems very happy and in love with each other. They are obviously also good friends.
Family: Parents and Siblings
Josh Dun was born in Columbus, Ohio, USA into the family of Laura Lee McCollum and William Earl Bill Dun. Laura was a hospice, social worker, and nurse who cared for the mental and emotional health of terminally ill patients; William Earl, on the other hand, was a physical therapist who supported the recovery of the injured.
Josh has two sisters, Ashley Bonnie Lee and Abigail Christine; he also has a brother named Jordan Christopher Dun. Nothing more is known of his siblings. His family was religious, his parents were Christians and would encourage their children to maintain an upright character.
Josh Dun never thought he would go far in the music industry, but he did. He became a Grammy Award winner alongside his bandmate and co-musician Tyler Joseph Grammy Award winner. His band also had many successful singles and albums during their musical career.
With such incredible success, it is no surprise that he has an estimated net worth of $2 million from 2018 and is expected to reach $10 million by 2019.