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From basketball prodigy to musician: The story of Twenty One Pilots

From basketball prodigy to musician: The story of Twenty One Pilots

Who would expect a former basketball player would trade playing basketball for a music career, and be successful at it?

This is the story of Tyler Joseph, lead vocalist of indie pop duo Twenty One Pilots. At a young age, Joseph played basketball for his school Worthington Christian High School, where his school bagged second place in the Division IV state Tournament in 2008.

Having a father as a basketball coach, it did not come to a surprise that Joseph is talented when it comes to shooting hoops. In fact, he has the same skill as that of Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry when it comes to nailing a full court shot.

However, Joseph’s basketball potential has changed after seeing a songwriter perform, which made him reject a basketball scholarship offer from Otterbein University, and instead started a totally new career in music through a keyboard he got from his mother as a gift.

From there, he started Twenty One Pilots with college friends, and even made an album and a cover of American pop singer Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts”.

After a lineup change, with high school friends Nick Thomas and Chris Salih leaving the group, and drummer Josh Dun joining, they managed to have two sold-out shows, and even scored a record deal with Fueled by Ramen in 2012.

As they are making waves, they launched their first single entitled “Holding on to You”.

By 2014, they have been performing in festivals, such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Firefly. Six years and four albums later, Joseph definitely did not regret trading the life of potentially being an NBA star to being a musician making waves to fans of indie pop music.

You can catch the awesome duo at Alabang Town Center on July 18, and at TriNoma on July 19. For the admission mechanics, you can check them here.

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