Imperfectly perfect: DNCE knows a thing or two about living life with no regrets. Comprised of singer Joe Jonas, guitarist JinJoo, bassist/keyboardist Cole Whittle, and drummer Jack Lawless, the band exploded onto the scene with their poppy debut single, “Cake by the Ocean,” a radio hit that caters to a musical sweet tooth for sticky, saccharine pop-rock.

While the band formed in 2015, Jonas had been working to bring his vision of DNCE to life ever since the Jonas Brothers officially disbanded in 2013.  The band’s SWAAY EP, released at the end of last year, is just the pre-party—albeit a wildly fun one—for their debut album, slated for an August release. Reminiscent of a funkier Maroon 5 or The Killers, the EP refuses to take itself too seriously… and is catchy as hell. The music feels nostalgic of that epic night when you crashed a stranger’s house party, had one too many frozen margaritas, and cherry bombed into the pool… or wish you had.

In their own words, DNCE are “the best friends you wish you could’ve met years ago.” Yeah, that sounds about right. And just like old pals, we chatted with the band about their upcoming album, their go-to DNCE moves, and about the time they performed for Barack Obama.

What is the album going to be about?
A lot of the songs will be about love and life, but as seen through giant, funky disco glasses.

SWAAY EP had a fresh sound, but also included the element of nostalgia. Which musicians inspire your sound?
Earth, Wind & Fire, and post-2000’s Nicolas and John Cage.

What do you think it is about your band that connects with people?
We’re the best friends you wish you could’ve met years ago!

Joe, what is it about the experience of creating music that is different while in a band versus as a solo artist?
It’s always been comfortable for me to work within a band, whether it be with my brothers or my friends. Everyone brings different ideas to the table for a more collaborative experience.

Describe one another’s go-to DNCE moves.
JinJoo’s is “Korean Twerker,” Jack’s is “Backup singer for The Doors,” Cole’s is “The Last Air Bender,” and Joe’s is “Elvis meets MC Hammer.”

If everyone in the band where an animal, what would you be?
JinJoo would be a hamster, Jack would be a large wild cat, Cole would be a turkey burger, and Joe would be a bald eagle.

How do you balance creative differences and collaborate as a band?
We all trust each other and always vibe to the correct destination, creatively.

JinJoo, what’s it like playing in a band of all boys?
This is basically a girl-band with three boys in it!

DNCE has so much energy on stage.  What are you guys up to an hour before showtime?  Any pre-show rituals?
Before every show we practice aerobics, martial arts, Olympic drinking and interpretive joke-telling.

Your shows are stupid fun. Which show has been your favorite thus far?
Every show has been memorable for us because the fans make each show different. Some standout shows were playing MSG last December, playing a soccer stadium in Nicaragua, and performing on The Ellen Show on the same show as Barack Obama.

What is something about DNCE that fans would be surprised to hear?
Obama once opened up for us! (See previous answer.)

Since “Cake by the Ocean” dropped, how many cakes have you received?  Who in the band is the ultimate cake monster?
We have received many cakes, big and small, tasty and disgusting. We’d have to say that Joe is our ultimate cake monster.


Joe Jonas Says We’ll ‘Definitely Know’ Who His Angry Song Is About — Is It Gigi Hadid?


Joe Jonas is finally letting us in on his personal life — through music, that is!

ET’s Katie Krause caught up with the DNCE frontman at WE Day in Inglewood, California, on Thursday, where he opened up about a very vague tweet that put fans in a frenzy back in February.

“Always fun writing a song that’s gonna piss someone off,” the tweet read.

So, what’s it all mean?

“Songwriting is an artist’s way of expressing their journal and their personal life,” the 26-year-old explained. “I don’t really do much speaking on my personal life, so the fact that I get to probably answer a few questions — people are wondering what I’m thinking about — so it’s nice to be able to put that out there.”

Jonas teased that we’ll “definitely know” who his new angry song is about when we hear it. Perhaps it could be about Gigi Hadid — whom he dated for a few months last summer — as many fans guessed in their replies to the “Cake by the Ocean” singer’s original tweet? Hadid started dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik in late November, just a few weeks after she split from Jonas.

“As of right now, you’ll definitely know who it’s about [when you hear it,]” he confirmed. “But sometimes you have to sugarcoat it so it’s not so obvious.”

Jonas told ET that he and his pop-rock band — which is also made up of Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle and JinJoo Lee — are currently working on their first full-length album. And get this — they’re already hoping to release it sometime this summer!

“I would say August, late August — and we’re just grinding away in the studio,” he said. “I’m going into the studio right after this to finish a track, so there’s a lot of exciting new music I’ve been working on that isn’t on [our 2015 debut] EP [SWAYY].”

“I feel like we’ve evolved quite a bit even from that — which was really recorded early last year — so now, a year later, I feel like it’s nice to be able to release almost a new album in a way, when you’ve had time to progress,” he continued.

DNCE is also gearing up to open for Selena Gomez on her Revival tour, which kicks off next month in Las Vegas. Jonas told ET he’s looking forward to performing on some of the same stages he once shared with his brothers, Nick and Kevin, when the trio was on tour together as the Jonas Brothers.

“It’s going to be a big tour, 50 shows, we’re going to all these different cities,” he dished. “I haven’t played some of these venues in years, [so] I’m looking forward to it.”

He was equally as stoked to be at WE Day, specifically because the message holds a special meaning in his heart.

“WE day has always been something special to me,” Jonas gushed. “It is a room full of young, amazing, inspiring kids encouraging each other and I think that’s what’s great about it. Every time I leave here I feel like I’m a bit of an underachiever, but also I leave, like I said, very inspired.”

“And I want to help out — do whatever I can do,” he continued. “They’re the future, and the fact that they’re young and so inspired this young is awesome.”

Source: ET Online

Joe Jonas Admits He Gets Competitive With Nick Jonas When It Comes to Girls


Well, whaddya know? Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas are just like two ordinary brothers.

Regardless of growing up in the spotlight being superstars, Joe reveals that when it comes down to the basics, he and his younger sibling are just like any other pair of kin—in that things can get competitive. That’s totally understandable, right? Who doesn’t love a little, harmless competition with your family?

But it’s not always about what you may assume. Given that these Jonas brothers are each musicians, it seems like the obvious competition in the family would be between the music that they’re each putting out, but the DNCE artist explains to Ryan Seacrest that music is actually the one thing they’re not very competitive about.

“We only get competitive with sports,” Joe began to explain on On Air With Ryan Seacrest this morning. “Luckily, I think the music genres are different enough we’re supportive. We’ve had time to separate it, so it’s not like it’s a thing when it comes to music.”

But it’s not just sports that brings out the rivalry. Things get interesting when the ladies are thrown into the mix, too. “Everywhere else, absolutely. If it’s gambling or girls, it’s usually competitive,” he adds.

Things must be especially exciting for the two right now, considering they’re both single and ready to mingle! We can only imagine the conversations they have considering all of the beauties they’ve been linked to recently.

Regardless, these two celebs have a lot to celebrate (aside from being in the company of super-hot babes). Nick earned his first No. 1 single with his catchy solo debut “Jealous,” and Joe led DNCE to the top of the charts with their debut cut “Cake by the Ocean.”

“I saw a really cool fact recently as well that Nick and I kind of celebrated recently. I guess,” Joe told Seacrest. “And don’t quote me on this, I read it online somewhere. We are the only two brothers since the Jacksons to have songs in the top 50s together at the same time, which is kind of a good feeling.”

Nick is preparing to hit the road with longtime pal Demi Lovato for their Future Now tour. Meanwhile, Joe is preparing to get slimed big time very soon.

DNCE, who are releasing their first album in August, will perform at The Forum in Los Angeles for the Kids’ Choice Awards this weekend, and the singer teased, “We’re playing ‘Cake by the Ocean,’ so if you can puzzle piece together what Nickelodeon will do with us and our song and lots of slime, it’s going to be messy.”

 Source: E! Online