MTV VMA Nominations

The nominations for the 2019 MTV VMAs were announced today and the Jonas Brothers have been nominated for 4 awards: Artist of the Year, Best Pop Artist, and both Video and Song of the Year for ‘Sucker’; congratulations!!

Read below to find out all the ways you are able to cast your vote!!

Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorites across 14 gender-neutral VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com until Thursday, August 15. Voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain active until the VMA broadcast. Fans on Twitter and Facebook Messenger can also slide into VMAs’ DMs to cast an additional vote for “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and more. Also launching this week, fans will be able to ask Alexa to “vote for the VMAs” for “Artist of the Year” within the MTV skill on Alexa-enabled devices.

This year, for the first time ever, MTV is rewarding fans for voting through VMA Power Hour on vma.mtv.com, where their votes are doubled from 1-2pm ET daily. Superfans can come back each day within this voting window beginning tomorrow to show double the love for their favorite artists.

The “VMAs,” which will be hosted by comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco, will air live from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Monday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, and across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 180 countries, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

Jonas Brothers Cover ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

The boys are on the newest issue of Harper’s Bazaar and did a lengthy interview and amazing photoshoot. You can read the entire article here if you are interested. I’ve added some of the outtakes from the photoshoot as well as the magazine cover to our gallery, enjoy!

Harper’s Bazaar (July)

Eric Ray Davidson

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Jonas Brothers Cover ‘Paper’ Magazine

The boys are on the latest issue of Paper Magazine and did a very in depth interview and photoshoot. If you are interested in reading the full interview, you can find it here . I’ve added the magazine cover and photoshoot to our gallery, enjoy!

Paper (June)

Robin Harper

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‘Chasing Happiness’ Documentary Premieres June 4

“Chasing Happiness,” the new documentary about the Jonas Brothers, will premiere Tuesday, June 4, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

The film promises never-before-seen footage of Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas following their path from their early days growing up in a family struggling to make ends meet to the heights of stardom — and to the hiatus that dismayed fans.

The Jonas Brothers earned two No. 1 albums and sold out shows throughout three continents, selling over 17 million-plus albums with over 1 billion streams worldwide. The trio announced their reunion earlier this year with their hit single “Sucker,” which has topped 445 million global streams to date.

The group last month announced their first album since 2009, “Happiness Begins,” set to release June 7 via Republic Records. In addition, they announced details for their 40-city Happiness Begins Tour this summer and fall with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. They’re also slated to be the musical guest for the May 11 “Saturday Night Live.”

“Chasing Happiness” is from Philymack and Federal Films in association with Polygram Entertainment and Amazon Studios, with executive producers Phil McIntyre, John Varvatos, Monte Lipman, and Dana Sano and producers Reece Pearson, Steve Ecclesine, and Grant MacDowell. The film is directed by John Lloyd Taylor.

In announcing the documentary premiere date, Amazon also released a video clip of the Jonas Brothers asking Alexa who her favorite member of the group is

Source: Variety

Jonas Brothers Announce ‘Happiness Begins’ Tour

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Exactly two months after the Jonas Brothers release their highly anticipated fifth album Happiness Begins on June 7, the sibling trio will be hitting the road to bring their new tunes — and some good ol’ nostalgia — to North America. The bros announced their 40-date Happiness Begins Tour today (May 1).

The trek will kick off in Miami on Aug. 7 and wrap on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles’ famed Hollywood Bowl. The brothers will play arenas in big markets including Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Nashville, Dallas and Chicago, with a performance at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Aug. 29 — their first MSG show since a three-day stint in 2008.

“We’re so excited to announce this tour and get in front of our fans again,” the Jonas Brothers said in a statement. “We can’t wait for everyone to see what we have planned!”

Bebe Rexha and rising singer-songwriter Jordan McGraw will open for the Jonas Brothers throughout the tour. Along with the tour announcement, the JoBros launched their official merchandise store and the pre-order for Happiness Begins.

American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard card holders will have access to a presale that begins May 7 at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can also register for presale tickets through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform until May 6 and will be able to purchase presale tickets from May 8 at 10 a.m. local time to May 9 at 10 a.m. local time. General public onsale begins May 10 at 10 a.m. local time. Check out the full list of dates below, and click here for tickets.

Jonas Brothers “Happiness Begins Tour” 2019 Dates

August 7 — Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
August 9 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
August 10 — Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
August 12 — Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
August 14 — Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
August 15 — Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
August 17 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden
August 18 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
August 21 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
August 23 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
August 27 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
August 29 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 31 — Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
September 3 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
September 5 — Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
September 7 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
September 8 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
September 10 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
September 13 — Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
September 14 — St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
September 16 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
September 17 — Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
September 19 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
September 22 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
September 25 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 26 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
September 27 — San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
September 29 — Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
October 1 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
October 3 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 5 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
October 6 — Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
October 8 — San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
October 11 — Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
October 12 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
October 13 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
October 15 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
October 17 — San Diego, CA Pechanga Arena
October 18 — Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 20 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

11 Revelations From Chatting With the Jonas Brothers: More From the Billboard Cover Story

The Jonas Brothers are back and arguably bigger than they’ve ever been, landing their first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as on the Pop Songs chart — which they’ve now dominated for two weeks.

Though the success of their comeback gets broken down in Billboard’s latest cover story, there were several takeaways from the interview that didn’t make the final cut. Ahead of the Jonas Brothers’ first-ever Billboard Music Awards performance Wednesday (May 1), check out the many revelations Billboard had during our interview with the sibling trio:

Nick thinks their documentary will be meaningful for fans beyond just telling the brothers’ story.

The guys hadn’t watched the final cut of the documentary prior to our interview, but they’d seen enough to know that it would be impactful for anyone who watches. “People are going to most likely watch the movie and immediately call their family or friends that they feel like they haven’t been on the best terms with and mend those relationships, which is the ultimate goal,” Nick says. “For us, it’s not a story about our journey and our career, it’s about our family and who we are, and that it’s possible to go through something with somebody — family, friends, whatever — and come out on the other side stronger than before.”

Their happy album title is intentional.

“Being able to get up and do these shows, there’s a joy and a happiness that I feel — that I think we all feel — that we want to share with the world,” Nick says of the album title, Happiness Begins. “We said early on we’re trying to bottle up happiness, it’s our objective with the music we’re going to make and the story we’re going to tell, because the world needs that and we want to bring that to them.”

Joe feels similarly: “I like to hear what people are releasing every week, and I’m constantly skipping through songs that are sad. It’s everywhere you look right now — it’s on TV, Instagram. Obviously there’s things that need to be discussed that we’re passionate about and that we want to talk about, but at the same time we also just want to make people feel good and create a safe environment.”

They already have enough material for two albums.

With Happiness Begins arriving on June 7, fans have plenty to look forward to. But there’s apparently plenty more where that came from, as Nick casually hints that their reunion talks produced a lot of music: “There were conversations where I was saying, ‘It could be whatever you want it to be — just shows with the old music. Maybe we do a song.’ Eventually it warmed up to, we’re making an album, we’re making two albums.”

Diplo may have a hand in a song or two.

When Ryan Tedder was initially asked to write with Nick and Joe, he accidentally double-booked one day with Diplo in Malibu. Instead of rescheduling with one, he decided to make it a collaborative writing session. “We knocked out three songs that day, one of which turned into something that is presently coming that I’m not allowed to talk about just yet,” Ryan says.

Performing “When You Look Me in the Eyes” feels different this go-around.

At the Jonas Brothers’ Minneapolis show, Joe had a revelatory experience with the group’s power ballad, “When You Look Me in the Eyes.” “It forever was our serious song,” he says. “We spent countless hours working on harmonies, and now — Nick has this adlib at the top of the chorus that’s almost like a lyric for fans, and he just laughed. I’ve never seen him laugh at that song before, that was always like ‘This is our boy band moment.’ Now, it’s just a fun time.”

Danielle Jonas was part of the reason Kevin was so inspired to reunite with his brothers.

“After Nick floated the idea at Christmas, [Danielle] came to me and she was like, ‘Do you want to do this again?’ Kevin recalls. “I said, ‘If the opportunity lends, I would love to.’ She goes, ‘I hope you know you have my full support. I’m here with you, I know it’s going to be different with the kids, but we’ll figure it out.’”

Their family dynamic expands beyond their relationships with each other.

When the guys arrived in Minneapolis, they had just been with their band and crew less than 24 hours prior, as they took over popular Penn State bar Champs the night before. Even so, the guys hugged each member as if they hadn’t seen them in weeks. Plus, their management team features former bandmates Greg Garbowsky and John Taylor, and even those who no longer work with the brothers are still around: Former keyboardist Ryan Liestman and John Fields — who produced the Jonas Brothers’ last three albums — were at the after-show hang.

Kevin admitted he was rusty when he first got in the studio.

As the only member to not continue with music after the Jonas Brothers’ split in 2013, Kevin wasn’t immediately comfortable with the studio process. “It was weird, I’ll be honest,” he says. “They had been working in the studio for so long by themselves, and then coming in and doing it again, I kind of sat back and watched. Nick pulled me aside and was like, ‘There is no pressure, that’s the beauty of it.’ It was almost a reminder that we were working together in it too, and that was the moment for me [when I realized] this was just about figuring it out. If we don’t get this right, there’s too much pressure, it is what it is.”

Their first single was almost a song called “Rollercoaster.”

Tedder explained that when he first started working with the brothers, they told him about a song called “Rollercoaster” that defined what they wanted their next album to be lyrically and thematically. Little did they know, Tedder was a co-writer on the song. “I think that gave me a bit of a leg up in terms of taking on the whole project,” the producer says. “It was a complete serendipitous series of events.”

But while “Rollercoaster” was a special song to the JoBros, Joe says it might have been a little too real to release first. “The song is kind of the nostalgic play of things, like, ‘Take me back to when we were younger,'” he explains. “It’s definitely an important song for the album — or whatever album it makes. I can’t wait to sing it, it’s a belter.”

Haim was in on the Jonas Brothers reunion secret.

Joe says that there were thousands of people that knew they were reuniting before the brothers officially announced their return on Feb. 28, and it meant a lot to them that no one leaked the secret. Three of those thousands happened to be the members of Haim, who are seemingly Jonas stans. “I bumped into Haim at a party in Paris for a fashion show and they were like, ‘Is it true? You guys doing it again?’ and I was like [shrugs], and they were like ‘C’mon!,'” Joe recalls. “After a few drinks, I told them, and they were cool enough to keep it quiet. It makes us feel really good that people stuck on our side with this one.”

Their partners are just as into this comeback as any fan.

According to Kevin, Joe and Nick, none of their significant others were Jonas Brothers die-hards before meeting their beaus. But now that the self-proclaimed “J Sisters” are a part of this reunion, they’re almost more into it than the guys themselves. “They’re just as invested,” Kevin says. Joe’s fiancée, Sophie Turner, doesn’t know any of the original JoBros material, but “reminds me every day that ‘Year 3000’ was a Busted song first,” he laughs. As for Nick, any song he writes is special to his wife. “Priyanka told me, ‘You’re not always the best at expressing your feelings or emotions, but your songs are your love letters to me,'” he says. “I was like, ‘I’ll take that.'”

When I asked if the guys envisioned the Jonas Brothers still happening when they were all married men, Joe says they definitely saw it happening — and now, it’s better than they could’ve imagined. “We enjoy it more,” Joe says. “We get to celebrate this with three other people that love it just as much as we do.”

Source: Billboard

Jonas Brothers Cover ‘Billboard’ Magazine

The boys did a HUGE interview and photoshoot with Billboard Magazine. They talked about how they overcame their issues to reunite as a band, making the Hot 100 for the first time, and more. If you want to read the entire interview, you can view it here or click the image above. I have added the magazine cover and a few pictures from the photoshoot to our gallery. You can also view a behind the scenes video of their Billboard cover shoot below!

New Album ‘Happiness Begins’ Will Be Released on June 7th

Just a couple months after announcing their reunion, the Jonas Brothers are set to release their fifth studio album, Happiness Begins, on June 7th. This will be their first full-length LP since 2009’s Lines, Vines and Trying Times.

The trio’s fifth LP comes on the heels of their first Number One single, “Sucker,” which was their first new song in six years. They followed “Sucker” with “Cool” earlier this month. “After seven years of not working together living life and finding ourselves in our own paths we came back to give you our journey in album form,” eldest brother Kevin Jonas wrote on Instagram. “I’m so excited for you to hear Happiness Begins out June 7th. I have to say out of all the albums we have done together I’m the most proud of this one. I wish I could hand it to you now but you will just have to wait a little bit longer.”

Ahead of the album’s release, the group will appear at both the Billboard Music Awards and Saturday Night Live. They’ll be the musical guest for the latter on May 11th, joining host Emma Thompson.

The Jonas Brothers released their first album, It’s About Time, on Columbia before moving to the Disney-owned Hollywood Records and beginning a career-expanding partnership with Disney. They released three platinum-selling albums during their initial run as a band, starred in two films (Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2) and had their own show, Jonas L.A.

In 2013, the band experienced a “deep rift,” as they described it at the time, while recording music for what would’ve been their fifth album at the time, the never-released V. In the time since, Nick Jonas has had success as a solo artist (“Jealous,” “Close”) and actor (Jumanji, Scream Queens) while Joe Jonas led the funk-pop DNCE over the last few years.

Source: Rolling Stone

The Jonas Brothers Will Play “Saturday Night Live” With Host Emma Thompson

Saturday Night Live is on a musical hot streak. Just days after having BTS play an episode hosted by Emma Stone, SNL is bringing another boy band to its famed stage — the Jonas Brothers.

The recently reborn Jonas Brothers will play the May 11th show, hosted by actress Emma Thompson. The band shared the news on its Instagram with the iconic SNL corkboard announcing the matchup. “Save the date?” the account captioned, and yes, we will be marking that on our calendars ASAP.

This won’t be the first time the band of brothers has been a musical guest on the show. In 2009, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Kevin Jonas performed “Video Girl” and “Tonight” as well as appeared in a sketch called the “Fourth Jonas” with host Alec Baldwin. Nick also performed in 2016 as a solo act.

This time around, it seems likely that they’ll perform their new singles, “Sucker” and “Cool,” although the possibility of even newer music is also on the horizon. Fingers crossed they’ll appear in some sketches on May 11, too, and that maybe, just maybe, we’ll get cameos from the Jonas Sisters. And here’s hoping now is the time we get a Camp Rock-themed bit, which the fans clearly want.

Source: Teen Vogue

Nick Jonas Calls Wife Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner’s Friendship ‘a Dream’

A match made in sister-in-law heaven! Nick Jonas knows he lucked out when it came to his wife, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, fitting in with his famous brood — especially brother Joe Jonas’ fiancée, Sophie Turner.

“It’s a great feeling,” the UglyDolls star, 26, told Entertainment Tonight Opens a New Window. on Sunday, April 14, of the ease of blending the Quantico alum, 36, the Game of Thrones actress, 23, and Kevin Jonas’ wife, Danielle Jonas, into the family. “I mean, it’s kind of a dream where, as close as we are as brothers, that our wives and fiancée are so connected as well.”

As for the Jonas Brothers reuniting and making new music, Nick shared that it was “obviously a huge adjustment for everybody,” but that their significant others have been a pillar of strength for them.

“These incredible women have handled it so well and have been the best support system for each of us, individually and as a group,” he added. “To get to share that with them is a really amazing thing.”

The “Chains” crooner also revealed that as much as Chopra Jones fits into his family, the same goes for him meshing with hers. “It is one of the things we were so drawn to about each other,” Nick explained of their commitment to their families. “And the family’s just getting bigger and bigger, and that’s a beautiful thing. We love including our loved ones, our family, in everything we do… our house is for everyone, our doors are always open. That is, in my opinion, how it should be.”

Nick and the former Bollywood star tied the knot in December 2018, while Joe and Sophie — who got engaged in October 2017 — are set to wed this summer in France. Kevin, for his part, tied the knot with Danielle, 32, in December 2009 and share daughters Alena, 5, and Valentina, 2.

Earlier this month, Chopra Jonas, Turner and Danielle showed support for their beaus as they jetted off to Pennsylvania together where the Jonas Brothers were playing a concert. The ladies even poured drinks for concertgoers at a bar near Penn State.

Source: US Weekly

See Jonas Brothers Debut ‘Cool’ Live at Surprise College Concert

Jonas Brothers surprised Penn State students with a live performance at the college’s local bar on Friday night.

Following an introduction from Penn State’s head football coach James Franklin, Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas – self-proclaimed Nittany Lions fans – delivered a five-song set at Champs, including the first live performance of their new single “Cool.”

The trio, who announced they were reuniting in late February, also played their recent single “Sucker,” as well as their 2007 hit “S.O.S.,” their 2008 hit “Burnin’ Up” and covers of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and Busted’s “Year 3000.”Keeping with the college theme, the Jonas Brothers are also set to perform at NCAA’s Final Four Weekend festivities tonight at Minneapolis, Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium.

Jonas Brothers shared their latest single “Cool” on Friday alongside an ’80s-inspired Miami music video.

In March, Jonas Brothers had a weeklong takeover of The Late Late Show With James Corden, which preceded the release of their first song in six years, “Sucker.” The band will also be the subject of an upcoming Amazon Studios documentary, which will be produced by Philymack and Federal Films, and is set to premiere on Amazon Prime.

Source: Rolling Stone

Joe Jonas Surprises ‘Camp Rock’ Fans With Performance Of ‘Gotta Find You’ In Concert – Watch

The Jonas Brothers are back and releasing new music, but that doesn’t mean they can’t throw it back to old songs, too! The band tugged at our heartstrings and surprised fans at their March 30 Atlanta show, performing “Gotta Find You” from their 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock.

Fans, of course, still knew every word to the emotional song that came out over 10 years ago. In addition to “Gotta Find You,” the boys also sang “When You Look Me In The Eyes,” which was from their self-titled album released in Jan. 2008.

Their Atlanta show was the third they’ve done since reuniting in 2019 as a band – Kevin, 31, Joe, 29, and Nick, 26, performed pop-up fan shows in New York City and Los Angeles, as well. Hopefully, the boys will announce a tour soon in which they can play all the throwback songs as well as new music – they said in an interview after dropping new hit “Sucker” that they have around 40 songs they’ve created!

In case your DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) knowledge is a bit rusty: In the movie, Joe’s famous singer character, Shane Gray, sang “Gotta Find You,” as he searched for the mysterious and beautiful voice he overheard at music sleep-away camp, Camp Rock. He eventually discovered the voice belonged to Mitchie Torres (portrayed by Demi Lovato, 26), and the two finished out the movie with a heartwarming duet of “This Is Me” with Shane harmonizing with “Gotta Find You” as well.

All we need is for Demi to join the Jonas Brothers on their tour so she can perform the song with the brothers… and maybe 26-year-old Miley Cyruspopping in as Hannah Montana as well? That would just make all of our Disney Channel dreams come true.

Source: Hollywood Life

Nick Jonas announces new track in the launch issue of The HERO Summer Zine

Nick Jonas announces new track in the launch issue of The HERO Summer Zine

NICK JONAS stars on the cover and inside exclusively announces his new track, which is being released at midnight tomorrow!

Click here to pre-order The HERO Summer Zine – including Nick Jonas poster

Keep reading for excerpts from the interview below.

Here are some excerpts from the interview with Nick.

On writing the new song:

“The new track was written last year while I was on tour, which is one of my favourite times to write, when I’m constantly in front of new audiences and being inspired on a nightly basis. It was a rainy day in Maine, so I went on the studio bus and I started this track and I really liked the way it sounded. Within five hours from the time I started the beat to the time I eventually laid my vocals in with the lyrics that we’d written, it was pretty much done.”

On making music that’s more personal:

“For a while I used songwriting as a way to process my emotions, and in my head that always needed to be heavy, or the songs needed to have a darkness to them. Whereas now I am open to singing about positive things, to be able to sing with a smile on my face is a really nice feeling.”

On working with a new team on the track:

“I think like anything, with some new energy in the room, there’s an unpredictability about it that’s really exciting and scary at the same time. If you’re willing to embrace it, that sort of uneasy energy can be pretty amazing. That’s how I chose to see it, and I’ve come out with some stuff that I’m really excited about, cutting a new direction which is exhilarating.”

On releasing this song now, and the shifting way that music is released:

“Something I’m fully aware of is that I’m scatterbrained as fuck, I’m all over the place [laughs]. But I think it works to my advantage at times… it lets me really be able to do everything. I don’t want to be pigeonholed. Being able to put this song out [now], if that’s the statement I want to make at this moment, but then also feeling free to continue to be inspired by something completely different… I feel like before there was a real need for everything to be completely cohesive and be a singular thought. So I view it as an opportunity, it’s been one of the most freeing things for me creatively.”

On working on a rich mix of projects from independent film, to blockbusters, to music:

“I would LOVE to say it’s part of some big plan and that I was masterminding it, but that’s not the reality [laughs]. On the acting side of things I’ve had to work really hard the last couple of years to prove that it is a skill set that I have and also that I’m committed to the work. I think there can be that fear that, because I’m doing music and other projects, my focus will be elsewhere. But once I dive in on an acting project, I really make that the focus.”

Read the full interview in The HERO Summer Zine:
Nick Jonas on His Recent ‘Aha Moment’ and Why the Met Gala Is His Favorite

Nick Jonas on His Recent ‘Aha Moment’ and Why the Met Gala Is His Favorite

Nick Jonas arrived in comfy attire — a hoodie and sneakers — at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street on Saturday afternoon. He had just taken the red-eye from Los Angeles to make it in time for the retail debut of his Altec Lansing headphone collaboration, and was relying on the proven power of iced coffee to help him shake off the grogginess.

As hundreds of fans gathered in the women’s contemporary section to snag a pair of headphones and Jonas’ signature, the singer took a few minutes to speak about the collaboration, his love for classic style and his recent “aha moment.”

WWD: How was the Met Gala?
Nick Jonas: The Met was amazing. It’s actually one of my favorite events. That and the Golden Globes are up there for the most fun, mostly because people are drinking and having a good time. It breaks the ice. With that one, too, there’s no pressure. There’s no awards or anything like that, so it’s a fun night for everybody.

WWD: Tell me about your design collaboration with Altec Lansing.
N.J.: I’ve always been a visual person when it comes to my music. I always have to see it first. When I first heard about Altec and the possibility of working with them, I was over the moon. Once I got the product in my hands and actually felt it and listened to it, I saw there was real quality, which, as a musician, is the number-one thing you want. The idea of being able to design it and bring my own element of what I think is classic style and classic aesthetic, combined with something bold and chic and sexy, it’s really fun.

WWD: You previously did a sneaker collaboration with Creative Recreation. Is fashion design something you want to do more of?
N.J.: I’m really into fashion. Over the last couple of years, I’ve met some incredibly talented people, both in the design space but also on the creative front. The creative direction side of things, in addition to whatever design elements I can bring to the table, is the thing that I enjoy the most. I’m also willing to say I have a lot to learn. I want to continue to put myself in positions to grow and find new ways to be creative.

WWD: How would you describe your current style?
N.J.: There’s a real classic approach to it. I don’t like to go too far outside the box. I’m comfortable in both men’s tailoring and well-made garments, but also streetwear and mixing it up with some fun, youthful looks. I think that balance is so important and continuing to surprise people with what you’re wearing. In a lot of areas in my life — creatively and all that — I’m trying to swerve a little bit and do something different. That will be coming soon.

WWD: Stylistically?
N.J.: Stylistically, but also musically and creatively. As a whole, I’ve had an aha moment recently.

WWD: What do you mean by aha moment?
N.J.: I was struggling to find what the next thing would be on the music front and what I wanted to say, how I wanted to say it, the style of the music, the way it sounded. But some things clicked with some collaborators that I’ve been working with, and it’s feeling like there’s real clarity now for the vision of the next step. But that goes for everything. With a creative life, you have to be willing to adjust at any point in time and have everything fall into that as well.

Source: WWD