March 8, 2016


Twenty One Pilots Producer on Band’s Future: ‘They’re Just Getting Started’

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It’s only mid-March, but Twenty One Pilots are already having a stellar year: the duo has a radio-dominating smash in “Stressed Out,” is touring the world behind its No. 1 album Blurryface and is being lauded as the biggest new band of the past year by Rolling Stone. It’s a high point in Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun’s career together, but producer Ricky Reed—who executive-produced Blurryface, along with Joseph and Chris Woltman—says that this run is only the beginning for the band.

“That is so, so, so gratifying,” the producer, who also masterminds the solo project Wallpaper., tells Fuse. “The album did go No. 1, but ‘Stressed Out’ hitting No. 1 at pop radio is completely unprecedented. I’m so proud of them. We started that album as strangers and ended it as really, really close friends.”

Reed continues, “It feels amazing to watch what’s happening with them, and I just can’t wait for more music. This album has more singles in it, and it has a lot more touring left in it. I honestly think that they’re just getting started.”

So, wait: Blurryface only came out last May, but are Twenty One Pilots already thinking about its follow-up? “I don’t know if they’re thinking about that yet,” Reed admits. “I definitely don’t have any information regarding that, but Tyler’s such a musical guy that it’s hard to imagine him not working on new music all the time. That’s just how his brain works.”

Reed is also executive-producing Meghan Trainor’s sophomore LP, due out in May. Click here to read his thoughts on the album’s just-released lead single, “Nø.”