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!
The official trailer for the new documentary ‘Chasing Happiness’ was released today. It really gives a huge glimpse into where the boys came from and the aftermath surrounding their breakup 6 years ago. Being a fan for 14 years, I remember that day like it was yesterday but to see the boys, especially Joe, take that memory hard really brings tears to my eyes. Any Jonas fan can remember that day. I’ve added the full trailer below if you haven’t seen it yet. I’ve also added a few posters and promotional photos to our gallery, enjoy!
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.”
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!
NICK JONAS stars on the cover and inside exclusively announces his new track, which is being released at midnight tomorrow!
Keep reading for excerpts from the interview below.
Here are some excerpts from the interview with Nick.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
Their latest single “Kissing Strangers” is about exploring sexuality with new people, and DNCE wants everyone to be able to sing along. “The point of our music is just to make people happy and to send the message that we’re all the same and there should just be one community: everybody,” bassist Cole Whittle told Us Weekly exclusively at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in NYC on Saturday, May 6. “That’s what our music means to us, and with this song it’s the same thing.”
The band, composed of Whittle, Joe Jonas, JinJoo Lee and Jack Lawless, will continue to churn out smash hits like 2015’s “Cake by the Ocean” and 2016’s “Toothbrush” and “Body Moves,” but don’t expect the new jams in the form of a standard album. “The term ‘album’ seems to be ever-changing,” Jonas, 27, told Us at the event. “We’re going to focus on songs right now.” He also added that the band will “block off a good amount of time to bring some songwriters and friends that we really like working with and see what we can come up with — but we’re kind of always songwriting.” While he notes that the group already achieved one of their dream collaborations by getting Nicki Minaj on “Kissing Strangers,” Jonas adds that they would also love to work with Outkast and Kendrick Lamar in the future.
During DNCE’s performance at the ceremony, Whittle got more than a kiss from a very important stranger. Excellence in Media Award recipient Debra Messing, who was dancing and singing along throughout the set, grabbed the musician’s nipples when he came into the audience. The Will & Grace actress, 48, even shared a snap of the hilarious moment to Instagram. “Yes, that’s right, I DID tweak his nipples,” Messing wrote May 7. “We had a moment. 🔥 #GlaadAwards.”
Source: Us Weekly
Joe Jonas Something About SS17. You’ll know DNCE even if you think you don’t. Their debut single “Cake By The Ocean” was originally released in 2015, but is the song that keeps on giving. From constant radio play and summery advert syncs; there has barely been a moment over the last 18 months that the cheerful song hasn’t soundtracked. And even if you think you don’t know anything else about the LA four-piece, you do. Their leader is one Joe Jonas, former teen heartthrob and pop superstar for over a decade. He rose to worldwide fame as part of the Jonas Brothers, alongside his siblings Nick and Kevin, making wholesome pop-rock that earned them roles beside Miley Cyrus on Hannah Montana and their own Disney shows.
Now 27, Joe is still as capable of making whole rooms swoon with his swooped back dark hair and piercing dark eyes as when he and his brothers were household names around the world. Before the Jonas Brothers had officially split and were still on hiatus, he struck out on his own, releasing the electropop and R&B inspired solo record “Fastlife” in 2011. He’s since said he wanted it to have a “Hall & Oates meets disco-funk vibe”, but was steered by his label to work with producers who had worked with other Disney acts like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. The album was deemed a commercial failure after its release but it was a valuable lesson and gave Joe the confidence to trust his own instincts. Now, Joe is leaving his safe pop past behind him.
Along with bandmates Cole Whittle (bass), JinJoo Lee (guitar) and Jack Lawless (drums), Jonas is now making disco-funk flecked pop that’s bold, infectious and forever fun. Unusually for a major label-signed pop band, DNCE tour pretty hard. While they have not been out on a headline run for over a year, the quartet has kept itself busy with plenty of support slots (including opening for Selena Gomez on her tour) and festival dates. They’re happy to be back with fans they know have made the trip out just for them. “When it’s your own crowd it’s just a celebration with your fans,” Joe says. DNCE make music that’s both worth celebrating and a worthy soundtrack for that party.
When we speak, the band are just about to wrap up their latest US tour and are heading to Montclair, New Jersey for a homecoming for Joe. “I grew up down the street, only a few minutes away from where the show is going to be,” he explains, driving through New York.
Your debut album DNCE has been out for a few months now. What are your feelings about the record?
“I’m just so thrilled that it’s out now. There’s nothing better than these really intimate and personal songs that you write and then you perform them live and hear a crowd singing them back to you. It’s really special. As the music industry starts to shift quite a bit where more people are releasing singles than albums, I think it’s still special.”
Some songs are very personal to you… Is it hard to perform them every night?
“It can sometimes be uncomfortable, but you know that this could be a fan’s favourite song or it could have gotten them through something. That’s at least what you hope for. I’ve caught the eyes of certain fans on this tour. I could tell that was their song – maybe that was their break-up song or their make-up song. That’s the beauty of music – you can find ways to relate with artists and fans.”
The album got pushed back a few times because of how well the singles were doing.
“Yeah it was. At first we were frustrated because we didn’t like to see the reaction of the fans being bummed out that we were putting the album back. It’s hard to explain that it’s a good problem. If my favourite band said that, I would probably just say, ‘Oh you guys aren’t ready yet’ or, ‘The album doesn’t sound good’. But it started to become a joke for us. We’d look at each other and be like, ‘Hey, guess what guys? The album’s been pushed back again’. It got pushed back five or six times. We were joking around like, ‘Are we gonna leak this?’ But it’s a good thing and we all look back and we’re all so thrilled with how well the songs did and we’re riding that wave.”
Story by: Rhian Daily
Photographer: Michaela Winstone
Fashion: Mar Peidro
Grooming: Marissa Machado
Source: SomethingAbout Magazine
“For so many years I had a lot of cooks in the kitchen and other members of bands that I was working with. This was the first time that I was really able to say, ‘I want to create something on my own and see what this could be.’”
As rites of passage go, popstar evolution comes with a high casualty rate. Joe Jonas was born in 1989, yet he’s sashaying past “the 27 club” with a litany of chart-tracking hits, a supermodel ex-girlfriend, and a jet-set lifestyle. But it’s the omissions that stand out – no arrests, no drug overdoses, weapons charges, near-fatal accidents involving swimming pools… Yet if you’ve been paying attention there’s a liberation taking place for Joe Jonas – an emergence of a real person behind all the layers of expectation and managed identity. After years of faithful service as Disney’s golden child – the purity ring-clad proponent of abstinence and youthful faith – it’s not surprising that somewhere along the way the real Joe Jonas was a bit obscured, his identity folded in to all the things he was expected to be. But there was more to Jonas than he was encouraged to reveal: a character with edges that didn’t quite fit into the center of the Venn diagram where Christian, lead singer in a family boy band, and Disney-star overlap.
Jonas’ metamorphosis is a more down-to-earth one. It hasn’t been a completely smooth transition – comfort, stability, and routine are powerful motivators, and the breakup of the Jonas Brothers left him reeling. For the first time it was up to him and him alone to decide what was next. He traveled, opened a restaurant, sampled the joys of hedonism, embarked on a brief solo career. He began speaking openly about his sex life, about his past, and about who he wants to be as a musician.
This is the Joe Jonas that meets me at a taco joint in Hollywood. There’s a giddiness about him – the wide-eyed excitement of newfound freedom. He’s stoked about his new band, DNCE – a funk-pop/dance-rock four-piece whose sugary, shiny, and undeniably infectious debut single “Cake By the Ocean” became a surprise global smash-hit. DNCE is all Joe, and he’s savoring his newfound creative freedom. “I was trying to figure out for myself what I wanted it to sound like,” Jonas tells me, “and I was actually allowing myself to be kind of selfish about that. For so many years I had a lot of cooks in the kitchen and other members of bands that I was working with. This was the first time that I was really able to say, ‘I want to create something on my own and see what this could be.’”
Jonas is trying everything. It’s not just within the realm of music that he has been exploring the limits of his unlocked potential. He recently made his underwear-modeling debut for Guess, a task he took seriously. “A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to do their underwear on a different campaign. I was like, ‘how long until we shoot?’ And they said, ‘Oh, two weeks.’ Two weeks!” He laughs. “This was just when the band was taking off and we were celebrating every night, which means drinking and partying, staying up until four, waking up at six, jumping on a flight and then performing a show – living the rockstar lifestyle I guess,” he tells me, as if it’s a question.
“And I was like, no way. I wasn’t ready. But it kind of ate me up inside. This time I decided to do it, and it was during our insane summer tour with Selena Gomez – the toughest time I could have done it,” he tells me. “But I was in the gym every day at nine AM, learning how to box. And that became a new art form for me. It wasn’t just lifting weights and bro-ing out. It was about learning something new and putting myself through that challenge, seeing what I could do if I put in the effort.”
Playing full-time with a woman – lead guitarist of DNCE JinJoo Lee – has been another first in a season of new experiences for Joe Jonas. He first encountered her when his dad was auditioning players for Jordin Sparks’ band. She had just arrived in L.A. from South Korea and barely spoke English, and when she showed up for the audition she didn’t even know the song that she was going to be playing. “But she could hear people in the rehearsal room playing the same song over and over again, so she taught it to herself and then walked in, played it perfectly, and ripped a solo off the top of it,” Joe tells me, a bit of lingering awe in his voice. “I’ve known for a while that if I was ever going to put together a band that I’d want her to be a part of it.”
Jonas politely orders an iced-coffee from a waitress who is likely wondering about the two dudes sitting in a dark corner of the restaurant, eating their free chips and talking intently. “JinJoo brings this girl-power element, and I wanted her to be in front, killing it on the guitar, being the rockstar that she is. On tour we spend so much time together in a confined space, so I’ve really been able to get to know her. She’s basically our little sister, our mom, our big sister, and occasionally our drunken, crazy, evil little stepsister all rolled into one. I think it’s a really important thing for us as a band to have her in the mix because she offers a female view on a lot of different things, whether it’s music or just life in general. I had three brothers, and living with a girl day-in and day-out for the first time was different. I’ve learned quite a bit about the female perspective.” He takes a sip of his iced coffee. “We’re very protective of her. We joke about guys in a big-brother way or whatever, but there’s also these instincts that come out, where someone pushes her on accident or something and we puff out our chests and that ‘Guido’ side of me from Jersey comes out and my fists start clenching,” he says, laughing.
Jonas seems relaxed here, away from his instruments, from the studio, the cameras, away from expectations. I ask him if it’s difficult to regain creative momentum after releasing a huge hit. “‘Cake by the Ocean’ is definitely – even including the Jonas Brothers years – my most successful song.” Jonas tells me thoughtfully. “And it can be tough when you’re holding yourself to that level of success, because it is kind of one of those rare occasions. You have to realize that and understand that these are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and that you might not relive them. My manager kind of slapped me around a bit mentally, because I was starting to over-obsess about writing new music. He said ‘remember why you do this: it’s because you love music and it’s fun.’ And that is what ‘Cake By The Ocean’ is – it was kind of a joke song and we were sitting back laughing and we didn’t overthink it, and I think that is when the best music is written.”
It is in part this lack of self-seriousness and a commitment to fun that makes Joe Jonas popular with his fans, but that also makes him a target for those cliché criticisms leveled at pop-music generally – that the subject matter is frivolous, that it consists of nothing but recycled musical tropes, that it cynically exploits the human brain’s inborn hunger for pattern and resolution to sell records. But Joe is convinced of the value of keeping a light heart in a heavy world. “I wrote a song recently, and it was kind of a therapeutic, dark, breakup song. I was kind of on the fence about whether or not to put it online, and I decided not to,” he says, referring to his recent high-profile breakup with supermodel Gigi Hadid. “Partly because I was over the relationship and I got over it by writing about it, but I also thought it was too dark to showcase to our audience. I feel like especially in this day-and-age with where we are politically, there’s so much hate and sadness. To take people away from all that for a second and to offer a place to escape to is nice. Not to distract them, but to help them through this era, to give them a moment to not look at CNN and say, oh shit, what’s going on now?” To Joe Jonas, the levity of pop-music offers freedom and respite. Joe is free, and he wants you to be free too.
Source: Flaunt Magazine