Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots curated an "At Home With" playlist for Apple Music today (May 11) and dissected his picks with Zane Lowe while discussing what's cued up next for him.
Before the Ohio-based duo hit No. 1 again on Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart (dated May 9) with "Level of Concern," Joseph disclosed there was a do-or-die pressure to put it out. "We really tasked everyone, all of our partners and everyone that helped us release this with, 'Hey this needs to come out right now or it's not coming out,'" he told Lowe in the interview. "I can't tell you how many emails I got just from the Atlantic office that were saying, 'Thank you for this because this is a reason for us to get on a call and start working again and start strategizing.' And it was really was a shock to their system in a good way, and I'm glad that it could act as that."
He said the hasty yet successful do-it-yourself release of the "Level of Concern" single and accompanying visual wasn't meant to be a "flex": It served as a testament to Joseph and Josh Dun's ability to write, record, produce, mix and master a song and shoot the video within a matter of days.