DNCE attended the MTV Europe Music Awards 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands on the 6th of October. I’ve added 117 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:
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DNCE and Demi Lovato performed for Marriott Rewards members at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California on the 22nd of September. I’ve added 17 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:
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Nick and Demi were at the Marriott Rewards Sweet Treats Truck in Hollywood, California on the 17th of September! I’ve added 15 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:
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Eight years ago, few might have predicted that the fresh-faced stars of the hit Disney Channel musical Camp Rock would go on to freely discuss sex in their work, become outspoken proponents for the LGBT community and, this year, mount a joint tour inspired by Bruce Springsteen.
But the Boss is just who Nick Jonas said he and Demi Lovato had in mind when they conceived their relatively stripped-down road show, Future Now, which launched in June.
Specifically, Jonas explained, it was Springsteen’s run of concerts last spring at the Los Angeles Sports Arena – along with a Billy Joel gig he caught at New York’s Madison Square Garden – that made this former tween idol want to turn away from the pop pageantry with which he’d made his name as part of the Jonas Brothers.
“I left that Springsteen show and was like, ‘We’ve got to think like this’,” he said, sprawled on a couch next to Lovato in a dressing room before a show in Boston, Massachussetts.
“Just to go onstage, no theatrics, and pour your heart and soul into the music – that’s what we wanted,” Lovato added as her small black dog scampered around her legs. In truth, the Future Now tour isn’t exactly a no-frills jam-a-thon.
In Boston, the two performers, both 23, were accompanied by sleek visuals and wore outfits considerably more involved than Springsteen’s faded dad jeans.
And the songs, of course, were flashy in their own way: Stomping electro-pop tunes like Lovato’s Confident and moist R&B come-ons like Jonas’ Chains.
But if it’s true, as Jonas said in a freewheeling conversation, that the pop world “is pretty oversaturated these days” – packed with high-tech arena spectacles from Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Madonna – then this production, with its emphasis on live vocals backed by a muscular band, does feel like a different animal. These are excerpts from our talk.
How often do you think about Camp Rock?
Lovato: I don’t, to be honest, unless somebody brings it up.
So what’s coming to mind now?
Jonas: Schooling. We were both 14 or 15 when we filmed the movie, so they had a teacher on set, and you had to do a certain amount of school each day: four hours of school, six hours of work. By the second (Camp Rock movie), Demi and I had both tested out of high school in California, so we were riding high, enjoying life.
Does a kid in show business learn anything from an on-set tutor?
Jonas: From some of them, no. But there was this girl Laura, who actually really helped me prep for the test, because I was not prepared.
Lovato: Mine was Marsha. But other than that? Some were literally just like, “I can’t help you with anything – let’s watch a movie and say you did some studying.
Talk about moving out of the kiddie phase of your career. Is it a transition you have to manage carefully?
Lovato: I kind of cheated – I went to rehab.
Lovato: A real FastPass.
Jonas: I think we had two very different journeys. I was in my transition from adolescence to adulthood while also trying to manage being a family and having our business kind of fall apart.
So, I made a conscious effort to push myself and collaborate with different people. The word “intentional” is dangerous, but it was about intentionally doing certain photo shoots and things that would give people a better idea of who I am today as opposed to their first introduction when I was 14.
Quest for freedom
As individualised as their journeys have been, one thing that’s united the two singers is the way they’ve handled sex in their work – which is to say, the enthusiasm with which they’ve handled it.
A certain amount of lustiness is crucial for any former kiddie star looking to leave the past behind; it’s part of the script followed by Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and plenty of others.
Still, Jonas and Lovato have gone further than most, in songs like his comically lewd Bacon and in revealing photo shoots like the one Lovato did last year for Vanity Fair that had her naked in a hotel bathtub.
Yet it’s not mere titillation or shock value that they appear interested in but something deeper, something almost philosophical about the nature of desire – and of being desired.
Is it part of this overall quest for freedom?
Lovato: It’s definitely liberating. I mean, for someone who’s had body image issues to be able to go onstage in a thong – it’s not just me trying to be sexy. It’s “Look how far I’ve come – I can now show off my whole body and be confident.”
Jonas: As a songwriter, the minute you start having sex, you can totally see the difference in the writing. You become an adult – that’s kind of the whole backbone of it, really, your identity as a person and what sex means to you.
Because you both approach sex candidly, you know the experience of being ogled. The idea of your body becomes public property in a way.
Lovato: I look at it as I’m sharing my experience with my body with my fans, and that’s why they relate to me so much.
Does that encourage people to expect certain details and images from you?
Lovato: There’s an expectation today because of the access to celebrity that this generation has. When I was dreaming about becoming an artiste, there weren’t camera phones; now people get offended if you say no to a picture. The reaction people have when a celebrity enters a room, it blows my mind.
Do you think about the effect a specific act might have? “If I post X on Instagram, then Y will happen.”
Jonas: Of course. When I was younger, that used to really shake me. I was kind of living in fear.
Fear of what?
Jonas: Disappointing people. I didn’t ask to become a role model, but it was thrust upon all of us, regardless of whether you acknowledge it. You have to come to a decision as an adult and say, “I’ve got to live my life.”
There’s nothing wrong with thinking ahead and being aware of how it might affect somebody – everything from a post to where you have dinner to who you’re with. But these aren’t things you can let consume your life.
When we call Joe Jonas to talk to him about his incredibly hardworking little brother Nick, the DNCE star happens to be in Cabo San Lucas. “We just got off the road, but I’m on vacation,” he says. “Our guitar player is getting her tonsils out, so it forced us to get some down time.” But you get the feeling no one was twisting his arm about Mexico. The boy-band survivor is doing just fine, and now that his band’s “Cake by the Ocean” video has surpassed Nick’s “Close” video by a margin of nearly 40 million views, we figure he’s ready to share some insight on his younger sibling’s success — especially in light of Nick’s Future Now tour with their longtime friend Demi Lovato, whom Joe began dating while they were all on the set of Camp Rock together nearly a decade ago. The romance fizzled, but, as Jonas sees it, an incredible camaraderie remains.
You’ve known Nick all of his life and Demi for most of yours. Are you surprised that these two kids from Camp Rock are doing this huge tour together now?
It’s surprising just in the world we live in — it’s tough to stay friends with people who are in the industry over this much time. But they are two of the closest. They’ve seen each other go through so much, personally and in their careers. It’s cool to see this bond now that they’re adults. I think it’s nice for an audience as well — they get to watch Nick and Demi grow up, not only together, but also musically.
You’re closer to them than most. How would you describe their friendship?
You’d think they’re siblings, sometimes more than Nick and I. They pick on each other, they play games… Demi’s a great listener, and she keeps Nick smiling — she’ll always make a serious situation laughable. So, they’ve found great support with one another and they lean on each other creatively. Nick’s evolved so much as a writer. Demi’s voice is stronger than ever. It’s difficult to take a backseat and say, “Let’s work together and figure out something great.” I commend them both for that.
Demi talks about writing “Gonna Get Caught” when you two were dating. Was it weird to know your brother was helping her write songs about you?
I was oblivious to that until I was asked to step out of a songwriting session or two, then it started to be a little clearer what this was about. [Laughs] We’ve seen each other go through tough times, good times, in and out of relationships. It’s funny to think back on that now. It feels like we were children, although I guess we were. She is like a sister to both of us, and it’s great to know we all have that support. It’s like, it doesn’t matter what comes our way. We’re going to be able to make it through.
Nick’s had a really great couple of years. Are you proud of your little bro?
I’m so proud of him, man. I’ll be honest, I was a bit envious when I saw him catapult into this personal success. I was hungry for it, but it’s something you can’t rush and Nick’s always creative — his favorite hang time is in the studio. We’ll be on vacation and he’ll be writing songs. He doesn’t turn that switch off. We used to laugh about it, because way back when we had crazy 24-hour [Jonas Brothers] days, we’d be like, “We’ll get through this,” but he enjoyed it. He’s stronger in ways than I am. The dude will do a tour, then go shoot a movie. I’m like, “Okay, now where’s vacation?”
You’ve seen Demi go through it. What can you say about who she is today?
She’s the best version of herself I’ve ever known. She’s healthy and that’s obviously something a lot of the world knows now, but she’s gotten over [the really hard part].
I know a lot of friends who’ve gone through similar things and it’s when you have to live with your new self for a few years — that comes with a lot of struggle. And being a pop star on top of that, that’s a lot of pressure, but she’s amazing at speaking truth to what she believes. I wish I could have a bit more of that. Excuse my language, but she doesn’t give a f—. She goes out there and says, “This is who I am.” Considering what we’ve all come from, it’s not always easy. We feel like we have to be cautious.
You’ve said a lot of nice things. What about Nick drives you crazy?
[Laughs] Oh man. One thing about my brother that drives me crazy is he’s very competitive. I love golf, but I had to take a break from playing with him because it would get to be too much. Then I play with friends and they’re just messing around, drinking beers, and I’m like, “Okay, I’m not crazy.” So, sometimes he doesn’t know how to [chill], but now that I don’t get to see him as often, I don’t mind it as much.
You’ve described Demi as like a sister. Sisters can drive you crazy too…
Oh yeah. It’s so funny. Demi will overhear me and Nick talking and she’ll be like, [demandingly] “What are you talking about?!” So she likes the gossip. She likes hearing about my girl drama. I’m always like, “I wasn’t talking to you, Demi.”
Nick said she had some choice advice for him: get out and sleep around.
[Laughs] That sounds about right.
Do you have a story that exemplifies the chemistry between you three?
We were talking about this today actually. We used to do these satellite media tours, where we’d be staring into a camera, talking to local news outlets around the states or the world. Right before we were going on tour together for Camp Rock, we were doing so many of these that we started making a game out of it. Like, “If you can say ‘Jerry Springer’ and sing the theme song to Friends, you win.” We got so good at it, and then so sloppy, that by the last interviews we were saying whatever came to our minds. At one point I remember somebody saying, “I think they’re drunk” after we got off the call because it didn’t make any sense. They’d ask a question, and all of a sudden someone’s talking about squirrels. Those are the moments we treasure.
Though it’s only a little after 9 a.m., Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are already bickering. They’re seated on the terrace at the ritzy Wynn brunchery Tableau on a hot Las Vegas summer morning, and Lovato has asked Jonas to tack fries onto his meal so she can “have one and not feel bad about myself.” When the server arrives, Jonas requests an off-menu egg white omelet — then casually adds, “You know what? These fries look so good, I might just get them.” But Lovato has already changed her mind. “No, no. He’s not going to get the fries. I’m watching what he eats. You’re welcome, honey.” She rests a patronizing hand on his shoulder. Jonas shakes his head. “You threw me right under the bus.”
Jonas and Lovato, both 23, were Disney Channel charges who started working before they were tweens and have been singing and acting ever since. Each has been, in his and her own way, through the ringer. Jonas’ experience with pubescent pop-rockers the Jonas Brothers left him “bruised and a little jaded,” says his and Lovato’s manager, Phil McIntyre. And Lovato just marked four years of sobriety after a hard-fought battle with mental illness and addiction. But both are now midstride into a second act that, like the first, they’re experiencing together — but this time on their own terms. (And no, they are not, nor have they ever been, romantically entangled.)
In May 2015, Lovato and Jonas partnered with McIntyre to launch Safehouse Records with help from Island. Their first release: Lovato’s fifth album, Confident, which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200, launched the coy I-kissed-a-girl anthem “Cool for the Summer” and led to grown-woman fare like her new song, “Body Say.” The latest release, from June: Jonas’ second post-boy-band LP, Last Year Was Complicated, which also notched a No. 2 peak, led by the surging R&B of “Close.” On June 29, the pair — her an established celebrity aiming to stay fresh, him striving to prove men can be pop megastars too — kicked off a 44-city co-headlining arena tour, Future Now, a “seamless night of music,” says Jonas, where they take turns in the spotlight and sometimes back each other up.
It’s not their first time together on the road. Lovato recalls getting mad at her straight-laced pal while playing their favorite card game on tour in 2008 and 2009: “He’d only say ‘BS.’ I’d be like, ‘Bullshit?! Is that what you mean?'” She also teases Jonas’ “little ‘fro” on the poster for Disney’s Camp Rock, the filming of which solidified their best-friend status almost a decade ago. Today, Lovato, who lives in North Hollywood, is outspoken on social media, candidly discussing her past struggles but also beefing with Taylor Swift over feminist bona fides and incurring the wrath of Mariah Carey‘s lambs by riding for Ariana Grande. Meanwhile, Jonas, who lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif., explores the complexities of modern masculinity, both as a glammy top 40 singer and an actor. He plays a gay MMA fighter in the cable drama Kingdom and an aggro fraternity brother in 2016 Sundance success Goat, alongside James Franco.
These days the two enjoy cigars and espresso shots, nerd out over conspiracy theories, watch dumb comedies (but don’t really read: “No books,” says Jonas) and call each other with any personal crisis. Lovato demurs on the subject of her breakup with Wilmer Valderrama, until June her boyfriend of six years, but says Jonas has been there for her and that they’ve been making music together on the bus. “I work with him on being more vulnerable,” says Lovato. “He’s doing an awesome job.” Replies Jonas: “Thanks.”
Demi, you left the 2010 Jonas tour early after an infamous incident in which you punched your dancer. Had you opened up to Nick about your struggles?
LOVATO I distanced myself as I was getting involved with self-destructive things. After treatment, I had to have some time sober before I wasn’t embarrassed to talk to him. Nick says I sent text messages, but I don’t remember shit. The first time we saw each other since that tour was my [2012 Los Angeles] concert at The Greek. We caught up right before the show, then performed. It was an emotional reunion — I got one of my best friends back.
Nick, what did you think when that happened?
JONAS That we were going to get sued. I mean, it was bad. On top of losing a friend, we have seven dates left, it’s a big production, people are expecting to see Demi and that’s not going to happen. I was angry, because a week before I pleaded with her to confide in me. We talked on the plane for two hours.
LOVATO Really? To be totally honest, I don’t remember that. It’s unfortunate I had to go through that stuff in order to appreciate what I have in front of me.
Now Nick drinks and you don’t.
JONAS She gave me the right to have a drink around her, but I’m never, ever drunk around Demi.
LOVATO Although I want to see him drunk.
JONAS (Firmly.) No, you don’t.
How do you help one another if you’re having a bad day on tour?
JONAS My first instinct is to be like, let’s get out of the shit, let’s pull ourselves out of the rough. Demi can sit there a little longer.
LOVATO Women are more emotional and sometimes I just want to be heard. So to have him listen is very helpful.
JONAS I’m in a bizarre time in my life where I’m single, but that has been tricky. And she likes drama, so I’m able to talk about my dating shit without feeling bad.
LOVATO I’m like, “Soooo, what’s the gossip? Who is it? Tell me everything!”
Nick, what do you mean by “tricky”?
LOVATO (Interrupting.) He’s a guy in his 20s and he’s famous and he likes to have a lot of fun. Listen, even when he was in a relationship, I was like, “Get out of that. You could f– anybody that you want right now, so have fun and do that.”
JONAS The tricky thing is, from what I’ve heard, I’m a bit emotionally unavailable.
LOVATO (Sighs.) I give him a lot of advice. He doesn’t always take it.
Nick, your breakup with model-actress Olivia Culpo is a big part of your new album’s narrative…
JONAS It is. I’m in such agony. I’m dying inside! (Laughs.)
When that happened, did you call Demi?
JONAS I internalize things, so we have this rule that we never want to hear about it in a tweet or something. She’d read me the riot act, so she’s the third person I call — my dad, Joe, then Demi. She was like, “Just go, create and be free.” She also said some other things…
LOVATO (Laughs.) I go, “Honestly, I didn’t like her anyway.” It’s not because she’s mean or anything, but he has such a great sense of humor and I want him to be with someone that makes him laugh. I can tell if something’s up because he’ll close off.
Demi, you’re single now. Is it too soon to think about dating?
LOVATO It’s not on my mind, but I welcome anything. I’ll have fun. But a relationship … I won’t want that for a long time.
Tell me about your friendship early on, when you were filming Camp Rock.
JONAS Well, for a couple of years there was the Joe and Demi romantic thing, so I’d be this emotional bridge for them. But she and I were productive — we’d write songs about it. We became even closer because it was never going to be [romantic].
LOVATO There’s a song on my first album called “Gonna Get Caught” about how I thought Joe was a player. I remember we were on the bus writing the bridge, and Joe is like, “I think it should have a happy ending.” I’m like, “No, I don’t think it should.” And poor Nick is sitting there like, “What are we actually deciding here?”
Did you know how odd your lives were?
LOVATO We joked around that it was Disney High, except we all were shooting shows and really overworking. I joke that I sometimes have PTSD after leaving the channel, because if my schedule starts to get too busy, I rebel and I get bitchy…
JONAS (Mockingly.) No!
LOVATO F– off. (Laughs.)
Did you feel pushed by adults in your life?
LOVATO Not by my family, but when you’re on set, you work like an adult. I always wanted to be the next Shirley Temple, to be the youngest person to ever win a Grammy and an Oscar. It didn’t turn out that way. I don’t regret it, but I probably won’t allow my kids to get into the industry unless it’s on their terms.
JONAS I have really musical parents, and my dad was always encouraging, but the desire to get onstage and perform really did come from me. I’d never push my future children.
Let’s talk politics. You’re both yuuuuge Trump supporters, right?
JONAS (Laughs.) I keep my political views to myself. We both come from conservative households with a religious backbone, but we’ve both evolved quite a bit in the way we see the world. (To Lovato.) Um, don’t you want to tell us about Hillary Clinton?
LOVATO When I went through my shit, I realized it was for a reason — to make a difference. I can share my story a million times, but it’s not as tangible as going to Capitol Hill. Hillary is in support of mental health care and, yeah, I’m a Democrat.
You’ve had your share of Twitter drama, but Nick seems to live drama-free. Any advice for your friend, Nick?
LOVATO Keep my mouth shut?
You recently stood up for Ariana Grande at Mariah Carey‘s expense. Did you hear from Mariah or her people?
LOVATO No. (Laughs.) I’m sure she’s sitting on diamond records not giving a f– what I have to say. That’s fine. I don’t even give a f– what I have to say. That’s why I just say it.
You’re visible LGBTQ allies, but some have suggested you’re stringing the community along for a fan base. Is that unfair?
JONAS Of course. Think about my past and where my love for performance comes from — musical theater. And playing this gay fighter in a very macho world for Kingdom, it requires me digging really deep, and I do it with respect and honor.
LOVATO For me, it’s a little personal. It’s obvious what my [“Cool for the Summer”] lyrics are about. Just because I never said anything bluntly [about experiences with women] doesn’t mean I’m exploiting it.
Nick, you spoke at the Stonewall vigil after the Orlando tragedy and got backlash.
JONAS I wouldn’t change a thing. That’s a moment — and in general the time we’re in in this country — where unity, support and raising our hand and saying we can make change is what’s important, so it’s a shame when people make it about something else.
Nick, you go to college in Goat, but neither of you did in real life. If you went now, would you be dorm mates?
LOVATO That would be weird. I don’t want to see him f– other people.
JONAS No, after Goat, I’d make it my mission to have an apartment off campus.
LOVATO I wanted to get my own apartment when I was 5 and my mom said no.
JONAS I wonder why.
LOVATO Even then I wanted my own place, so I don’t think a dorm would be good for me to share with anybody.
A version of this article originally appeared in the July 30 issue of Billboard.
The day is bright and balmy, and the bustling crowd at Sweet Butter Kitchen, Café and Market, a country-style bistro in Sherman Oaks, Calif., is dressed for the heat: guys in shorts and flip-flops, girls in tanks and topknots. And then there’s Nick Jonas, in a charcoal wool Rag & Bone hat, a long-sleeve Ann Demeulemeester shirt, and Nudie Jeans. “Last night was kind of chilly,” he explains of his weather-defying look with a small laugh. “I woke up today thinking it would be the same temperature, but it’s clearly not.” How much overnight change can one guy take? Seemingly, one minute Jonas is a cherub-faced boy-bander with a head of soft curls, and the next he’s this man, a full-fledged sex symbol with a buzz cut. As an actor, he’s drawn to more mature roles. In this fall’s frat-hazing drama, Goat, he plays a morally conflicted fraternity brother. And his new album, Last Year Was Complicated, mines a transformative breakup. Still, he exudes an essential sweetness, and it’s this duality—the interplay of light and dark, pop and pathos—that makes him so exciting to watch.
You’re touring with your new album. Just how much does your onstage look match your personal look?
What’s your favorite part of being on the road?
Wait—are you saying you didn’t drink until you were 21?
How does touring with Demi Lovato compare with touring with your brothers?
On the subject of recovery, you recently participated in a Reddit AMA in which you described yourself as a recovering teen star.
No swinging from the chandeliers.
Have you always felt older than your years?
You’re getting a lot of attention for your role in Goat. How is Nick Jonas the actor different from Nick Jonas the pop star?
Who is the first person who struck you as cool?
Have your tastes evolved since then?
When you look back on your style, is there anything else that makes you cringe?
Photo Credits: Grooming by Marissa Machado/Baxter of Califorina/Art Department; Styling by James Valeri; Production by Kelsey Stevens Production.
Nick performed at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on the 1st of July. I’ve added 81 HQ photos of the concert to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:
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Nick and Demi Lovato kicked off the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on the 29th of June. I’ve added 85 MQ photos of the concert to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:
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