Columbus, Ohio natives Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, the duo behind Twenty-One Pilots had some big news to share to a sold-out crowd at the LC Pavilion in their hometown last night.
To a crowd of 2,200+ screaming fans, these two announced that they had signed a contract with Fueled by Ramen Records (Fun., Panic! at the Disco, Paramore). This is pretty big for an unsigned band. To hang with pop giants like those on an Atlantic Records subsidiary is a major step in a musical career.
The band won’t be forgetting their roots anytime soon, though. Vocalist Tyler Joseph was quoted last night, saying, ”Ohio and the people of our initial fan base are important to us… Ohio is always going to be so important to us.”
Columbus entertainment website columbusalive.com was able to interview the duo before their show. Here are some excerpts:
Alive: How did you end up signing a record contract?
Joseph: Last time we played Columbus, we played at Newport. And we ended up selling that show out, which we didn’t anticipate. Turns out, when you sell out a venue like that, it gets to more than just people who are in Ohio. And people from the music industry got wind of that somehow.
Joseph: So we decided to go with Fueled By Ramen. Our partner is going to be them. We’ve been working with them for the past few months, just getting ready for that announcement on their end and on our end.
Dun: And the big thing, I think really one of the biggest factors in the decision is that they’re one of the labels that really allow a lot of creative control, that we’re allowed to maintain. Which is something that I’d like to reiterate just because that is one thing that people fear, that ideas or vision that we had might be stripped away just because of things that the label has said or done or discouraged. And so far that hasn’t been the case at all. There’s a great artistic connection between us and them.
Alive: I understand the day after the show you’re leaving to work on the album?
Joseph: Yes. Saturday’s the show, and then Sunday, April 29, we are getting on a plane and we’re going out to L.A. We’re working with a producer out there by the name of Greg Wells. And working on our first national release, I guess is what you would call it.
The entire interview can be read here.
So, it appears Twenty One Pilots has a new album in store for us in the near future. FBR has a pretty good track record with their artists in terms of quality, but do you think signing was the right move? Sound off in the comments.