American drummer, musician, and percussion expert, Josh Dun is the discourse of this piece. He is part of American musical duo, Twenty One Pilots alongside Tyler Joseph who is the lead singer. The group was founded in 2009 by four men, however, in 2011, two of its founding members – Chris Salih and Nick Thomas – left, leaving Josh and Tyler. The duo has several singles and albums to their credit. Their most successful single was Stressed Out. It was nominated twice for the Grammys and eventually won one. It also topped several American music charts and has recorded over 2.6 million sales as at the end of 2016.
Josh Dun Bio, Age
Josh Dun was born Joshua William Dun on June 18, 1988. The drummer came from a religious family of Christian inclinations, however, as a young child, Josh was very rebellious. He was always in an argument 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 didn’t fare any better in school as he was always sent to detention. Josh revealed that he never did drugs or alcohol but his character was nothing to speak of while in high school.
He didn’t come from a musical family but he always fancied music from a very young age. As a young lad, he fancied the punk rock genre and would always go to a nearby music store to purchase albums of that genre. He preferred secular rock but his parents thought otherwise. So he would buy the albums and hide them, when and if his parents found them, they would exchange it for Christian rocks.
Josh Dun began playing instruments at a young age as well and started with the trumpets. He was taught by an instructor but was no good with it. Afterward, he moved over to drums and taught himself to play. He didn’t attend college but continued playing drums and left his parents’ house to live with his friends. He began working at a musical instrument retail company at Ohio called Guitar Center. Dun’s job with the retailer chain lasted three years.
He got his first opportunity to play as a drummer for a band in March 2010 for a rock group called House of Heroes (HOH). Replacing the band’s drummer (Colin Rigsby) who went to spend time with his family – temporarily, he played in most of their songs on the Suburban Album. He left the group in October when Colin came back – after joining the band on a tour.
After HOH, Josh decided to move to Nashville, but he was recruited by the now former Twenty One Pilots drummer Salih Chris. Salih and co-founder, Nick Thomas left the group before mid-2011. After their departure, Twenty One Pilots became a two-man band that included frontman, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, as its sole drummer. Together they released a couple of albums, the first being Regional at Best. They later signed on to Fueled by Ramen Records. Subsequently, the duo released other albums such as Vessel, Blurryface, Trench and so on.
Stressed Out is unarguably their most successful song so far. It won them the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys. It was released in April 2015 and after a year, it had sold about 2.6 million copies.
Asides the Grammys, Josh has also been nominated for another award – the Alternative Press Music Awards.
Family: Parents and Siblings
Josh Dun was born into the family of Laura Lee McCollum and William Earl Bill Dun in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Laura was a hospice, social worker, and a nurse who tended to the spiritual and mental health of terminally ill patients; William Earl, on the other hand, was a physiotherapist who aided 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 uphold an upright character.
Does He Have a Girlfriend or Wife?
Josh Dun’s love life has been spiced up with his engagement and relationship with American star, Debby Ryan. Debby was a Disney actress who was starred in movies like Coded. Even after her Disney days, she is still in the spotlight. She began dating Josh in 2013 and got engaged in December 2018 in New Zealand. The couple seems to be very happy and in love with each other. They are obviously great friends too.
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. His band has also had many successful singles and albums throughout their musical career.
With such an incredible success, it comes as no surprise that he has an estimated net worth of $2 million as of 2018 and is expected to reach $10 million by 2019.