DNCE Talk Debut Album, “Cake By The Ocean” and Why They Don’t Get Sick of Each Other
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 23           tags: Article, DNCE, Interviews

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We met up with Joe Jonas, JinJoo, Jack Lawless and Cole Whittle of the new pop-funk party band DNCE during a drippy-popsicle sunset one evening in downtown Los Angeles. Even if you’ve never heard of DNCE or seen them starring in the latest Diesel campaign, you’ve likely heard their music. “Cake by the Ocean,” the bouncy disco single off 2015’s Swaay EP, has been splashing around the talk show and festival circuits, pepping up Sprint commercials and creeping steadily up the charts since its release last fall. At first glance, this grown-up teen idol, forever-in-shades fashion plate, scruffy no-fuss indie guy and tatted-up glam rocker with an off-kilter mohawk hardly look like they’d be in the same bar, let alone the same band, but their easy chemistry and deep camaraderie is palpable. “It’s kind of unheard of to start a band with people who all get along, spend every second together and don’t want to kill each other,” Jonas says with a smile.

To understand DNCE, you must first understand the band’s lead singer, Joe Jonas. After making his name at 16 (alongside brothers Kevin and Nick) as a member of the Disney-masterminded singing and acting juggernaut, the Jonas Brothers, he took a break from music after the trio broke up in 2013. “I didn’t want to just rush back into things [after the breakup],” he recalls. “It’s very tough in the music industry to have a second chance and come back with new music that has an effect again.” While he figured out his next move, Joe started working on music with his friends for fun, trying to wrap his arms around the funky, Hall and Oates-inflected pop project he’d been mulling over since his Jonas Brothers days.

In the summer of 2015, things snapped into focus. He decided the sound was better suited to a group project and recruited his old touring buddies Lawless, former drummer for the Jonas Brothers, and JinJoo, the South Korean shredder whom he met when she was playing lead guitar for his one-time opening act, Jordin Sparks. A mutual friend introduced Jonas to Whittle, formerly of Semi Precious Weapons, who would round out the group as their bassist, keyboardist and de facto philosopher.

And just like that, these four 20-somethings became a brand-new band. Their name comes from a serendipitous misspelling of the word ‘dance’ in a group text, and the concept for their hit single was a gift from Swedish producers Mattman and Robin, who inadvertently ended the band’s three-day-long struggle with writer’s block when Jonas overheard their lost-in-translation attempt to order a Sex on the Beach — Cake by the Ocean. This unlikely innuendo inspired the jangly, wacky single that became the band’s calling card and the north star for their sound — pumped, optimistic, groovy, silly and shot through with sunshine. “We sound like our personalities,” Whittle says. “A mix of different people from different places who are all best friends and all having fun.” Their debut EP, all silky falsetto and effervescent grooves, captures kooky romantic vignettes on tracks that use cake as a metaphor for sex and toothbrushes as a metaphor for intimacy, plus one song that playfully imagines life as a girlfriend’s rentboy. It ends with “Jinx,” a sweet ballad (with kazoos!) about being so infatuated in a new relationship that you don’t want to jinx it by saying it out loud.

“I think in the same way that the band was created organically, [‘Cake’] just kind of grew,” Whittle explains. “It grew up really fast, but with loose hands around it — no one was forcing it into pop radio, or forcing the band into the conventional things you have to do to get a hit.” Now, in less than a year, they’ve gone from playing small industry showcases and raucous basement shows, to joining Selena Gomez on her ‘Revival’ tour where they’re bringing the party to over 50 cities. And this August they’ll be releasing their as-yet-untitled full-length LP. As they discuss the future, the members of DNCE emanate the amped-up giddiness and confidence of a new band after their first big break, deepened by their personal knowledge of how rare it is for success and creative fulfillment to walk hand-in-hand. “Every single day is a dream come true,” JinJoo says wistfully, as her bandmates nod in agreement. Whittle adds, “DNCE is on a groovy shag carpet ride.”

Source: PAPER Magazine



AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss ‘Last Year Was Complicated’ at AOL Studios In New York in New York City
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 19           tags: Appearances, Gallery Updates

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Nick attended the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss ‘Last Year Was Complicated’ at AOL Studios In New York in New York City on the 16th of June. I’ve added 94 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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Nick Jonas – Lightning In A Bottle (Presented By Honda Civic Tour) ft. Demi Lovato
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 19           tags: Demi Lovato, Future | Now: The Tour, Videos



Nick Jonas – The Set List (Presented By Honda Civic Tour) ft. Demi Lovato
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 19           tags: Demi Lovato, Future | Now: The Tour, Videos



Very British Problems with Nick Jonas
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 19           tags: Videos



Target + Nick Jonas – “When We Get Home” (Target Exclusive)
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 19           tags: Appearances, Performances, Videos



Target + Nick Jonas – “Close”
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 19           tags: Appearances, Performances, Videos



Nick Jonas Heading for His Highest-Charting Album Yet on Billboard 200
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 18           tags: Article, Updates

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Nick Jonas is on course for his highest-charting solo album yet on the Billboard 200, according to industry forecasters. Sources suggest that his latest release, Last Year Was Complicated, could debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart dated July 2. That would secure Jonas his best ranking ever on the chart, following the No. 6 peak of his self-titled 2014 album, and the No. 3 plateau of his Who I Am album in 2010 (with The Administration).

Last Year Was Complicated — which was released on June 10 via Safehouse/Island Records — may earn over 60,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 16, with over 40,000 of that sum in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new July 2-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, June 19.

Jonas was of course also part of the sibling trio the Jonas Brothers, which snared five top 10 albums, with two of those hitting No. 1: A Little Bit Longer in 2008 and Lines, Vines and Trying Times in 2009.

As for the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart dated July 2, Drake’s Views album will likely hold onto the top slot for a seventh consecutive week, with perhaps over 115,000 units.

Elsewhere in the new top 10, watch for the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton to possibly surge into the top 10 for the first time after its 11 Tony Award wins on June 12. In addition, Jon Bellion’s The Human Condition may bow in the region with over 35,000 units.

Source: Billboard



Watch The Hot Show Play Cards Against Humanity With DNCE
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 17           tags: DNCE, Videos



Nick Jonas interview with Fresh 102.7 NY
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 17           tags: Interviews, Videos



Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 17           tags: Demi Lovato, Interviews, Videos



Nick Jonas Performs “Close” | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 17           tags: Performances, Videos



Why Are Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas Always In The Shower? | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 17           tags: Demi Lovato, Interviews, Videos



Altec Lansing x Nick Jonas collaboration launch at Up & Down in New York City
Posted by Eliza           on Jun 16           tags: Appearances, Gallery Updates

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Nick attended the Altec Lansing x Nick Jonas collaboration launch at Up & Down in New York City on the 15th of June. I’ve added 78 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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