Chris Salih

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Chris Salih
Background information
Birth nameChris Salih
Born (1985-09-18) September 18, 1985 (age 38)
Texarhana, Texas, U.S.
  • electro-rock
  • indie-pop
  • emo
  • christian music
  • Musician
  • carpenter
  • singer
  • record producer
  • Drum
  • vocals
  • sempler
DiscographyTwenty One Pilots
Years active2002 – 2006, 2008 – 2011, 2013 – 2021
Formerly ofTwenty One Pilots
(m. 2014)

Chris Salih (born September 18, 1985, Texarhana, Texas, Unated States) — American musician, record producer and former drummer for Twenty One Pilots, carpenter, and founder of the carpentry company «Elmwood Custom Goods LLC».

Early years

Chris Salih was born in Texarhana, Texas in september 1985. He lived his entire childhood in his home state, where he graduated from Texas High School in 2004. At Texarhana as a teenager he became interested in music and started playing drums, after a while he bought his own drum set.  In 2002, Chris was part of the band for the «Four State Invitational Marching Contest 2002» in Texas, where he played drums.

Chris moved to Columbus around 2006 where he continued his college studies in Marketing at Capital University. From about 2008 to 2010, Chris worked at Guitar Center where he met Josh Dun.

Twenty One Pilots

Chris met Tyler Joseph at a party through a mutual friend where he suggested to Joseph that they play together when he set up a studio in the basement of the house Chris was living in. He knew Tyler before that and had seen some of his performances. He said in an interview that Joseph was a gifted vocalist and played the piano well. The first rehearsal took place in the middle of 2008, where the friends played well together and Chris said they should form a band, to which Joseph readily agreed. In 2009 Chris left college to focus on the band and making music.

In the spring of 2009 the band recorded several songs created by Tyler in the second half of 2008 and early 2009 in Chris' home studio. In June 2009 the band, together with Nick Thomas' brother, moves to a new house where they set up a new studio and continue recording their debut album Twenty One Pilots.

Leaving the band

On May 8, 2011, Chris Salih's farewell note appeared on the band's social media accounts, in which he admits that he has to leave the band due to personal and financial problems, after which the band announced that they regretted it, and Josh Dun became the new drummer in the band.

«Dear Twenty One Pilots enthusiasts,

It saddens me to say that my time as the drummer for Twenty One Pilots is coming to an end. I have had a blast traveling and playing music with my best friends. Unfortunately, being a few years older than the other guys, I have come to a point in my life that my responsibilities are too much to carry along with the rapid growth of the band. There are absolutely no hard feeling in this. It is purely a financial decision. It is my goal to stay closely involved with Twenty One Pilots in the months and years to come. I will still be living with Tyler and helping in any way I can. You may be wondering about my replacement. I am excited to say that one of my great friends, Josh Dun, will be taking my spot. He's a great guy and I couldn't think of a better replacement if I tried. I am excited for the future of Twenty One Pilots and feel that it has the potential to be wildly successful. Thus I will stay involved at whatever level possible for as long as I can. I can't thank you all enough for your previous and continued support of Twenty One Pilots. I promise you won't be disappointed in the things to come.


— Chris Salih