Before the Jonas Brothers embark on their national tour, which kicks off July 10 in Chicago, we got the inside scoop on what Kevin, Joe, and Nick like to do before they hit the stage.
Joe Jonas Jokes About The Meaning Behind ‘Pom Poms’
Joe shared with “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” that the boys have a rather unique pre-show ritual which, to us, requires some serious multi-tasking skills.
“We like to play hacky sack and warm our voices and kick around a soccer ball,” says the singer.
And aside from going on tour and releasing an upcoming album, the Jonas brothers are also returning to the small screen, opening up their lives to the camera once again on the reality series, Married to Jonas.
Be sure to tune in to the Season 2 premiere of Married to Jonas this Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 p.m. on E!
April 12, 2013 8:25 am Kelly Ballhorn
Joe Jonas called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to chat about the Jonas Brothers upcoming tour, his fan video spoof, and the meaning behind the title of the JoBros latest single “Pom Poms.”
On The Meaning of Pom Poms:
“There is a lot of nicknames for pom poms…headlights, some of which I could get in trouble for saying on national air. I think it’s self explanatory what pom poms means.” So, does Joe have a pom poms preference, real or artificial? “I would have to go with real, but I don’t discriminate…everybody loves everybody, and there is room for love.” Joe went on to explain, “There is actually a statistic of where the most real and fake pom poms are in the world.”
On Fan Video Spoof:
Joe received a video message from a Pepperdine student asking him to take her to the school formal. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the dance, but he did respond by making a video of himself laying in front of a fireplace in a sexy pose to the sound of Wham. “We filmed it in about 10 minutes. Me and my buddies we were trying to figure out to make this girl smile and it kind of came together perfectly,” Joe tells us. “I’m trying to put on my best sexy pose for this girl to try to get her to be my date instead.” Watch the video here.
Be sure to buy tickets for the Jonas Brothers tour when they go on sale tomorrow!
Another tween idol comes of age in the spotlight, and all eyes are on the transformation from wholesome Disney product to daring musical artiste. Miley, Britney, Justin and their ilk all went through the process, some with more difficulty than others, some with greater levels of public acceptability. Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, a cross between Hanson and the Black Keys (not really), is now taking his solo turn, stepping up the game with a slick new look, club-friendly tracks, and, oh em gee, a sexily suggestive video with a French beauty. YStyle had a quick chat with the 22-year-old, who is in Manila for Ayala Malls’ Style Origin and as the latest international Bench endorser.
YSTYLE: So I hear you’re the fashionista among the three. How do you differentiate yourself, style wise, from your brood?
Joe JONAS: We have different pieces that we bring to the table. I’m a bit more daring, I like things that pop, bright colors. Nick is a bit more conservative, his style is more Brooks Brothers, suits.
Making the transition from boy band to mature solo artist can be tricky. Whose career crossover would you like to emulate?
I look to older artists like Mick Jagger, he’s really been able to put his feet in solo stuff but also have the band always there. Even Chris Martin sang songs on the side. I want to be able to put the band first, and solo stuff second. I think it’s the same with my brothers, the band always comes first. That’s how we got here.
You told Details that you don’t want to make music that your fans would be embarrassed about. Does this mean you don’t connect with your old music anymore?
Personally, I shy away from music that I listened to when I was 13, or I won’t admit that I listened to it. So I wanted to make music that grows up with my fans, and keep them drawn to it. It’s also my own mindset of what I listen to and how my music taste changes as I get older.
Who have you been listening to, putting together your album “Fastlife”?
Everyone from a lot of DJs like Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Chris Brown. R&B artists have inspired me a lot. I had a great team around me who helped cultivate the idea and come up with the sound I wanted to do. I had ideas in my mind — pop, R&B, dance elements. It’s just the beginning, I want to continue to create solo sounds.
How do you reconcile your background and Christian upbringing with the person you want to now be in the industry?
It’s all part of growing up, you take some and leave some of what you grew up with. Me and my brothers, we grew up in the spotlight for the last six or seven years. Growing up with everyone’s eyes on you is obviously very difficult but luckily we had a great family to do that with and it’s rewarding to be able to have each other. The places you want to travel to, the music you want to write and tell stories about are different. I’m always going to be the same guy, the experiences that I went through are what made me who I am.
But you don’t wear a purity ring anymore?
I’d rather not talk about that.
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Joe Jonas together with Bench joins Ayala Malls as it celebrates Style Origin. Catch him at TriNoma Activity Center on May 25, 4 p.m. and Greenbelt 3 Park, 7 p.m., Alabang Town Center on May 26, 7 p.m. and Ayala Center Cebu on May 27, 3 p.m.
For its 25th, local retail giant Bench blows out the birthday candles with pop phenom Joe Jonas and an exciting new collaboration. Yes, Philippines, it’s love bug again.
There aren’t many better ways to break the ice than to offer someone you just met a massage.
“Do you like massages?” Isabelle Daza asks Joe Jonas. And before he can answer, a beat; “Not from me!” Belle exclaims, realizing that the whole table had turned their heads toward her. “I mean there are lots of places to get good massages here!” Well, you can’t blame a girl for getting tongue-tied, especially where Disney-approved pop stars are concerned.
It’s Tuesday evening and the 23-year-old Joe and a select few of Bench’s friends and family are huddled together in a private room in Budhha Bar having dinner. The core team of Bench are here of course—everyone from retail visionary Ben Chan to staple Bench stylist Noel Manapat—as well as endorsers past and present (from Lucy Torres-Gomez to Borgy Manotoc). Although he just flew in this morning, everyone’s asking him how he finds Manila, what he’s done already, and what he should do—the way Filipinos are wont to do with any tourist, famous or not.
Except we were wrong. Joe doesn’t exactly need An Idiot’s Guide to Manila, not when Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, the part-Filipina actress who played Ashley Dewitt on the hit Disney show Hannah Montana, is a good friend. “I learned a lot about the Philippines through her actually,” Joe says. “She’d mention some things and places sometimes… And I don’t mind the heat. I love it. Sometimes you just wanna get out of the cold.”
Throughout the dinner, he’s quiet and a bit reserved, as if, ironically, he’s not really used to crowds. But he indulges us anyway. Pacquiao? “Yeah, I actually saw a Pacquiao fight. That guy’s awesome.” Beer? He orders himself some Pale Pilsen. Too Hollywood for us? Nope, he actually uses a fork to eat sushi.
At one point, he kind of gazes out into empty space, as if lost at his own party. “Are you having a Lost in Translation moment?” I ask him. “No,” he says, laughing. “I was just thinking how chill everything is. Everyone’s talking in English and talking about restaurants in L.A.” When Georgina Wilson mentions the famous Kogi food truck in L.A. he says, “Oh, awesome. You know Kogi? You’re my favorite people right now!” It doesn’t take a lot of getting used to, apparently.
“He’s so chill,” Ava Daza remarks. “He’s just like my kabarkada or something!”
The next morning, during his one-on-ones with the press, Joe is effusive and amiable, a lighter presence than you’d expect those Hollywood types to be. He flew in Tuesday morning, did shop visits in the afternoon (apparently, the Glorietta visit got pretty wild, if Instagram’s anything to go by), had dinner with the Bench team at night, tried to get sleep, and went straight to the press appearance today. “Yeah, I woke up at 4 a.m. and spent an hour wondering how to get back to sleep,” he admits, laughing.
But the jet lag doesn’t show and in a discussion about everything from independence to riding “g-peas” (read: jeepneys), I find that the middle Jonas is his own man, with tricks up his sleeve and the drive to break away from the Disney tag.
YOUNG STAR: Okay, so let’s start things off with the reason you’re here: What made you sign up with Bench? I’m sure you get a lot of offers and the Philippines is so far away from L.A. What about the brand made you go the extra mile?
JOE JONAS: I signed up with Bench because it was such a great partnership. They have such great clothes, first of all. It’s also my first trip to the Philippines. It’s the first time anyone’s ever invited me over here and me and my brothers, we always wanted to play concerts over here.
That’s right, you have a pretty big following here.
Yeah, it’s really exciting, you know. You go to a city like… I went to Africa and I didn’t know what it’d be like and people had (Jonas Brothers) T-shirts! It was the same thing with this.
I was so shocked at the (Bench) stores, I was just all smiles because I was so overwhelmed having that kind of response here. The fans are so supportive and I didn’t even know I had fans here.
I remember early on, you and your brothers used to rock a kind of preppy look with the suits and the button-downs. Now I see you being more street, with the sneakers and the T-shirts. How would you describe your style? It seems like a constantly evolving thing.
Yeah, definitely evolving… Me and my brothers were so young at the start of all this so we kind of told ourselves that we wanted to be taken seriously so we really dressed up. We had suits and all that and we liked dressing that way. But you know we’re older now and we have facial hair and we can’t help it. (Laughs)
We don’t really focus on that anymore. Let’s just have fun with clothing. Let’s have bright colors. Me, personally, I’ve always liked bright colors and I’ve always loved to take risks onstage. When I look at clothing, I always see if I can use it onstage, whether it’s a sneaker that could be comfortable but kind of pops, or a jacket that would be nice to wear. I’m always looking for something different from the normal.
You went to the store yesterday, right? What kind of items did you check out? Any favorites?
I think the polos are really cool. I like how everything’s really fitted well. That’s something people are starting to capture in the US too. People are liking clothing that fits well.
I thought the shirts were really cool too. I’m a T-shirt kind of guy. T-shirts and jeans are basically all I have. So when I see a good T-shirt, I jump on it.
Yeah, with some American brands, the shirts are a bit billowy.
Yeah, that’s true… And the clothes (from Bench are made from) good fabric. They’re really comfortable and it’s just nice to wear.
It’s been three years since (the last Jonas Brothers album) “Lines, Vines, & Trying Times” and it seems like you guys are really taking control of the music now.
Yeah, it’s really exciting because now it’s all about creating the music. Being able to get in the studio again with my brothers has just been an exciting process.
What kind of direction do you think you guys will be going in?
Direction? I think we’re still exploring the process right now. We’re not really sure exactly yet whereabouts that will go. I think it could be dance, it could be rock, it could be pop but we wanna challenge ourselves as musicians and also give the fans something they’ll like… though of course it’s gonna be different from years ago because it’s been so long.
Yeah, I mean your solo album “Fastlife” (released last year) was a bit more clubby and Nick’s doing Broadway. So with all that, and such a long time after the last Jonas Brothers album, which Jonas Brothers song do you not mind playing and which song are you like, ‘Oh God. We need to play this one?’
(Laughs) I like that question.
Yeah, you were so young. I mean, I wouldn’t wanna be doing what I was doing when I was 16.
Yeah, for me, to be really honest, the songs that made your career when you were younger are the ones you kind of, from playing it so many times, you get tired of?
For a while, Year 3000 was a song that like, okay, can we not play this anymore? And me and my brothers were looking at each other and like, okay, guys, we have to play the hit song for the fans. So we change it up a little bit. We’ll do acoustic or a little more rock or a little more funky, just to keep us excited.
A song I love to perform, right now, is a song called I’m Sorry. It’s a song I was really able to pour my heart out in. I just felt really passionate about it. And with my brothers, it’s When You Look Me In The Eyes. That’s a song where people’s eyes really water up and you see couples holding hands. You see how a song has touched them and for me, that’s an amazing feeling.
Well, for me, you just have to play Much Better and Love Bug, which is one of my shower songs. My not-so-guilty pleasures.
Oh, I love it! Those are some of my favorites too. That’s awesome. Thanks, man… Love Bug was also one of my favorite videos to film. It was so much fun.
You went a bit more club-oriented with “Fastlife.” Was it because you were going out more and stuff like that?
Yeah, it’s really a mixture of that and it’s just really a coming-of-age record for me. As I got older, I was able to hang out and hang out with friends and discover music on my own. I felt like that was the kind of vibe I was feeling. I was really proud of that record. I was really happy to create something different because I’d been with my brothers for so long.
The nice thing, again, with creating new music with my brothers is we’ll be able to pull those different inspirations together. Nick and the theatrical stuff he’s done, the club music and dance records that I did, even the inspiration of Kevin… I mean, he’s gotten married since last we wrote. There are a lot of things he’s gone through and is going through — good and bad — and he’ll be able to put that in the music. We’ll all be able to put it together.
A long way from the Year 3000 days.
Okay, so you’re doing (the dating show) The Choice, right?
Yeah, I did one episode. I think people thought it was like The Bachelor a little bit but it really was just for fun and something like The Voice.
(Laughs) The Choice and The Voice?
Exactly. (Laughs) I can’t give away too much but it’s a dating show with a bunch of really nice girls and they have an opportunity to go out on a date with celebrities. So it was a lot of fun. At first I was a little bit, I don’t wanna do a show like this. It’s not really me. But I had so much fun and I think America and maybe the world will think it’s great.
Hopefully, you guys get it over here?
Yeah, we usually get a lot of the shows. Doing a reality show though and your brother doing (the reality show) Married to Jonas kind of opens your lives up to the public. Why the decision to let the public into your lives?
That’s a good question. Yeah, sometimes it’s nice to be able to say you don’t want to talk about this or that in an interview because that’s one thing you keep to yourself. For Kevin and Dani, a lot of the world’s gonna see every second of their life, whether it’s them brushing their teeth or them getting into a fight. Me and Nick are gonna be in and out of the TV show. It’s not really about us. It’s more about their marriage.
But obviously, you know, the one time time I see Kevin five days ago, there were cameras. There’s gonna be a lot of me and my brothers but I think it’s good for Kevin and Dani because they’re really fun to watch. Me and my friends are always laughing because the arguments they get into and the situations and the trips they take are just so elaborate and so funny, we always say, “You need a TV show. You guys are too hilarious.”
For instance, in the trailer, Kevin’s taking longer to get ready than Dani.
Hey he has curls, right? Cut him some slack.
Exactly! I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun to watch.
Okay, after all the press and appearances, what’s one thing you’re looking to do before you leave the Philippines?
See, I don’t know if this still happens but I heard you can get soda in a plastic bag here. (Laughs)
You can. (Turns to Joe’s team) You need to take him there.
And I wanna ride one of those g-peas…
Jeepneys! I need to get in on one. I think I have to. And also the motorcycle taxis, the tricycles. Yeah, I’m down for anything. I think we’re doing that (Intramuros) walking tour today (with Carlos Celdran). And then obviously we’ll be bouncing around the city so I’m just going to try to eat as much food as I can. (Laughs)
JOE! JOE! JOE!” the press conference has barely startled and the fans—mostly teenage and pre-teen girls—are going insane. Without a live band, even without his brothers to share stage duties, Joe Jonas has the crowd in the palm of his hand. Serving up energetic versions of solo songs like Just in Love, he proves to anyone doubting the power of a solo Jonas that where teenage girls are concerned, he can still make theme scream.
“I bumped into my theater student and she was crying!” Young STAR’s Christopher De Venecia tells me, when I bump into him. “She was in line for the meet and greet but she didn’t make it to the cut-off. Lines, vines, trying times, and tears? It was definitely an emotional moment for the Jonas faithful. Preview girls Eunice Lucero and Isha Andaya actually ended up taking photos for some of the fans who were too far from the stage to get a good photo. “You’re my husband, Joe! You are!” and “You’re so hot! You’re hotter now!”—out of the mouths of babes.
By Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 05/23/2012 5:49 PM | Updated as of 05/23/2012 5:57 PM
MANILA, Philippines – American singer Joe Jonas is in town for his endorsement of local clothing brand Bench, which has already recruited international stars like Lucy Hale of “Pretty Little Liars” and “American Idol” finalist David Archuleta.
Wearing a shirt that says “Have fun in the Philippines” under his black jacket, Jonas performed before the press and a select number of fans at the Makati Shangri-La hotel on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s my first time in the Philippines. I’m happy to be here,” he said.
Jonas rose to fame as the lead singer of Jonas Brothers, his pop-rock band with siblings Nick and Kevin. This time, however, he sheds his teen heartthrob image and dishes out dance and R&B hits from his solo album, “Fastlife.”
“The big difference is in the sound. You know, me and my brothers, we have different inspirations and personalities. Me, I love R&B music, I love dance music. I’ve always been trying to add that on to the Jonas Brothers’ music,” he explained in between screams of fans composed of mostly teens and college kids.
“Now, I’m really focused on dance and R&B,” he added. “Me and my brothers are very supportive of each other’s projects.”
Jonas shared that he knew about Bench via the Internet while he was in the United States, describing its products as “really cool.”
When he was tapped to become the clothing brand’s newest ambassador, the American singer said he agreed right away.
“I’ve never been to the Philippines, so I said yes right away,” he said. “I got to meet the fans, I get to travel and see your beautiful country.
“Your place is fun and warm, and the food is amazing. Beautiful women, too.”
Asked about his personal style, Jonas said: “I like to take a risk in clothing, to stand out a bit. I like to express my personality through clothing.
“I always tell my male friends to try different clothes and to try a new color.”
Fans at the event noted that Jonas will add an edgy feel to Bench, which is known for its basic tees and jeans.
They added that the American singer will be a refreshing addition to its roster of endorsers, who are mostly hunks and sexy actresses.
Bench is currently the top brand among Filipino teens, according to a study titled “The Teen Research Unlimited: 2012.”
Aside from its long list of local celebrity endorsers such as Richard Gomez and Kim Chiu, the 25-year-old company has recruited a handful of international stars such as Jonas and “The Vampire Diaries” actor Michael Trevino.
Rivalry with Penshoppe
However, Bench still faces tough competition as other local brands have been doing the same as well.
Rival Penshoppe, for instance, has tapped Trevino’s co-star, Ian Somerhalder, as one of its latest endorsers. A press conference for the actor was held in Manila the same day Bench had the event for Jonas.
Penshoppe’s other endorsers include “Gossip Girl” stars Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick, and Hollywood actor Zac Efron.
Alex Mendoza, Penshoppe’s brand director, explained that Penshoppe has “leveled up” — first in terms of merchandise and second, through a redesign of its flagship stores.
He explained that the reason behind the foreign endorsers is to give Penshoppe “external validation.”
“It’s our way of saying that Penshoppe has made it globally and that the clothing is being worn by these big stars,” he said during the Somerhalder press conference.
Kamiseta, a popular local brand of ladies’ apparel, meanwhile has Katie Holmes as its endorser.
Beyond the competition, however, is the fact that Filipino brands are slowly gaining a spot in the global market – the same way foreign labels are trying to adapt to local tastes by tapping Filipino celebrities to endorse their products.
Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo, for instance, has chosen Kapamilya stars Iza Calzado and Nikki Gil, basketball player Chris Tiu and Parokya Ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda as its “Philippine cast.”
The company is set to open its first store in the country next month with the help of retail giant SM.
Even before he entered the hall, the fans were already screaming and chanting his name.
When award-winning American singer-songwriter and actor Joe Jonas stepped into the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La, they went absolutely wild.
Joe was officially launched as the newest international endorser of homegrown lifestyle and clothing company Bench on Wednesday. A number of Pinoy Jonas fans—known as JBnoys—went to the show to support him in his latest solo endeavor. Most of them had been waiting six years to catch a glimpse of the musician in person.
Joe Jonas is the lead singer of the Jonas Brothers, an American pop-rock band which has produced four albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2011, he released his debut solo album “Fastlife.”
Dressed in jeans and a white shirt with the slogan “Have fun in the Philippines” under a black jacket, Joe sang his hit singles “Love Slayer,” “Just In Love” and “See No More” to the delight of his fans, who sang along with every song.
After his performance, Joe gamely answered questions from the press and several fashion bloggers.
Joe said that the hospitality he has received while in Manila has been very warm. He has learned the phrases “Mabuhay’ and ‘Mahal ko kayo.’
When asked what else he’s learned, he said, “The food’s amazing!”
He added, “You have a lot of beautiful women here,” which earned appreciative shouts from his female fans.
Noting that the JBnoys were shouting marriage proposals, Joe was asked how many he has received so far. “I think if I said yes to every marriage proposal, I’d be married a lot of times,” he replied, smiling.
Also known as a fashion icon, Joe shared, “I like to take risks in clothing and try new things.
“It’s also nice to express your personality through your clothing. It’s something I always do and always tell my friends to do,” he said.
Aside from endorsing Bench, Joe said he wanted to visit the country to meet his fans in the Philippines for the first time.
Joe is doing a solo endorsement, without his brothers. Asked how different it would be compared to doing a project with Nick and Kevin, he responded, “I think that no matter what, me and my brothers are really supportive of each other’s projects.”
After the press interviews, Joe posed for photos with fans. He will be in the country until Sunday to meet his fans and visit Bench stores in TriNoma, Glorietta 5, and Ayala Center Cebu.
American singer and actor Joe Jonas of the popular group Jonas Brothers, arrived in Manila on Tuesday, May 22, for a series of promotional activities and mall shows.
Joe was welcomed by a large group of fans at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, who waited for his arrival at 6 AM. It was definitely more fun in the Philippines following the arrival of foreign artists this week, such as Lady Gaga, Ian Somerhalder and Mario Maurer.
Joe first tweeted about his visit to the Philippines on May 18, “Very excited for my trip to the Philippines! Woo-Hoo!”
Clothing brand Bench also announced on Twitter on the same day that Joe is their newest brand ambassador. Joe joins their roster of international endorsers such as Bruno Mars, Lucy Hale, David Archuleta and Micahel Trevino.
“A warm welcome to @joejonas, the newest member of our ever growing family! #JoeJonas4Bench,” Bench posted on their official Twitter account.
Upon his arrival in Manila, Joe tweeted, “Hello Manila! @ Manila International Airport / Philippines,” together with a picture of his view from the airplane. Joe also gladly posed for photos with his fans, who patiently waited for him early morning.
On his first day in Manila, Joe visited a Bench store in Makati, where he was again welcomed by his fans. Overwhelmed by their support, Joe tweeted, “Fans are awesome here!!,” together with a photo of his fans holding posters.
The Jonas Brothers, composed of Joe, Nick and Kevin, are known for their songs “When You Look Me in the Eyes,” “SOS” and Disney’s “Camp Rock.”
What blockbuster Brit singer crossed all genre lines to make Skrillex, Zac Brown Band and Kelly Clarkson’s lists of the best albums of the year? Which rapper tag-team won Joe Jonas’ heart? Which international darlings insisted that some 2010 albums were still where it’s at? Find out as we ask 11 artists from the worlds of pop, country, rock, and dance which records reigned as their favorite albums of 2011. The answers will surprise you. View the other artists’ top 11 albums at the source.
1. “21″ – Adele
2. “Watch the Throne”- Kanye & Jay Z
3. “Nostalgia, Ultra” – Frank Ocean
4. “Undun” – The Roots
5. “Torches” – Foster of the People
Joe Jonas admits to miss working with Bros: Jonas Brothers reuniting?
By Jodi Jill, National Celebrity Headlines Examiner
November 20, 2011
The American Music Awards had the best of the musical world walking the red carpet, including the newly solo artist Joe Jonas. While the entertainer appears to be enjoying life, on Sunday night, during the red carpet show the entertainer talked about working with his brothers.
“It is great to work with my brothers,” said Joe Jonas. “I do miss writing and recording with those guys.” After answering the question every fan has to be asking, the entertainer flashed is noted smile to the camera.
Joe Jonas stopped short of saying the three entertainers in the band – Kevin, Nick and Joe would get back together any time soon. Since taking a break from touring together, the intense question every fan wants to know is if there is any chance there will be any music anytime soon.
With one of the brothers on Broadway and Joe working on a movie, it might be a while before the Jonas Brothers returns to a stage with new music. And with any true Jonas fan, waiting won’t be a problem as the best music takes time.
Written by Shahlin Graves
Monday, 17 October 2011 14:41
JOE JONAS sounds exhausted. The twenty-two-year-old is on the line from Toronto, Canada, where he’s been allocated less than twenty-four hours to talk his way through today’s promotional duties for his debut solo album ‘FASTLIFE’, before being whisked away to Los Angeles for more press.
After six years of being swooned over as the middle Jonas [dreamboat] Brother, Joe began working on solo material early last year with pop/dance, hip-hop, techno and house music influences in mind. Joe says that he “wanted to make this album something a club DJ would listen to” and that the experience was “liberating… in a way, but also a challenge, to finally be able to say 100% of what I wanted in a song.”
He further explains: “I realized that music is my one opportunity I have to just get out there and say something that I’ve been holding back. A song is like a safe zone, and if I need to get something off my chest, music is what I turn to. So I’ve been forcing myself to write really honest lyrics, which is not always easy. But this time, there’s holding nothing back. This is what I’m all about now.”
When he wasn’t busy writing or recording new songs, Joe would hunt for musical inspiration in Los Angeles and Miami night-clubs: “We’d go out and just experience what every club was about. We’d listen to certain DJs and see how they worked the crowd. It was so new to me. What was so cool was that the music and vibe would vary from city to city – Miami clubs and L.A. clubs are totally different. But with this project, I wanted to find a sound that was universal.”
Unsurprisingly, Joe credits his twenty-first birthday last year also as a main influence on the sound and direction of his solo debut: “It has a lot to do with coming of age. You’re older, you’re able to go out with your friends, kick back, dance, whatever you wanted… but just get out there and have a good time. And this is the music I associate with that feeling – it’s the sound that lifts me up.”
…and a few words of wisdom from a musical icon never go astray either: “Being able to grow as an artist is really key. I actually got to meet Mick Fleetwood in Hawaii recently and the piece of advice he gave me was: ‘Take your fans on a journey, musically, and always test yourself by trying new stuff, so your fans ears will be accustomed hearing fresh things.’ That really stuck with me when I was making this record. I thought, ‘I’m not going to be nervous about trying new things, and I tried to keep that in mind the whole time.”
COUP DE MAIN: I interviewed your ‘JONAS’ co-star Chelsea Kane [Staub] recently, who said that the songs you had played her from your solo album were amazing. Are you happy with the feedback that you’ve had so far from your friends and family?
JOE JONAS: It’s been great! And to be able to have the album now finally done and to play for people – it’s been a great feeling and it’s taken some time but now I will be able to perform the music and play it for people. It was really cool being able to play Chelsea some of the music early on in the process – and not all the music that I played her made the record, but a good majority of it did.
CDM: And your brother Nick covered ‘See No More’ last week, which is a great compliment!
JOE: Yeah, he covered ‘See No More’ which was awesome – he played a little show out in L.A. and it made me really happy to see that he played the music.
CDM: Do you think that you have a different approach to songwriting than your brothers?
JOE: Yes, I think me and my brothers… we all collaborate individually differently on music, and that’s what keeps us all creatively, that works together well – we all are inspired by different things, so we have each other to come up with different ideas and relate with different things. I love working and writing with them.
CDM: Was it scary at first writing lyrics as a solo artist?
JOE: It was interesting… I had to push myself for a while to really be honest in the lyrics, because every time I would want to say something in a song I would go: “Oh I don’t know if I want to say that just yet… I don’t know…” It’s a scary situation to go there, but luckily, I am very happy with the end result.
CDM: Which song on ‘Fastlife’ was the hardest to write?
JOE: I think the song called ‘Sorry’ – at that time in my life I ended a relationship a little early and I wanted that somebody back in my life. I was really, really trying to be honest when I wrote that song.
CDM: You’ve said that you wanted to find a sound that was ‘universal’. Was that sort of your mission statement in regards to your solo career?
JOE: Yeah it was, I’ve always been inspired by music from all over the world and so I just started working with artists and different writers that pushed me as an artist, because I really wanted to go and create a new sound for people to listen to.
CDM: It sounds like you did quite a lot of research when writing the album – checking out DJs in Los Angeles and Miami. Was that quite important to you?
JOE: Yeah! I wanted to listen to some of the stuff that DJs were doing and between recording me and my friends would hang out and go out and listen to some of the DJs. I’ve just really been inspired by people like Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5 and some of the really incredible DJs and what they are doing – so to have stuff to listen to and be inspired by has always been incredible.
CDM: Last night, you performed four songs from your solo album live for the first time. What was that like?
JOE: The response was amazing, to see all the fans respond so positively – it was a dream come true. It’s interesting whenever you play new music, they just sit there and watch
so it was pretty cool to see them into it.
CDM: What can you tell me about the song ‘Love Slayer’ – it seems like your fans are really excited for that one?
JOE: ‘Love Slayer’ is a fun song about a girl that is in a club – or a girl that you meet – who is usually the bad girl that everyone wants to be with sometimes… and it’s
just one of those songs.
CDM: Which songs on the album are you most excited for your fans to hear?
JOE: I would have to say a song called ‘Kleptomaniac’, I’m excited for the fans to hear.
CDM: Do you have a favourite song on the album?
JOE: It changes all the time, but right now it’s got to be ‘Fastlife’, I love it.
CDM: Why did you decide to name the album after that song?
JOE: I felt like it just represented my album best, it was a fun, upbeat record and my music is… I like to have a good time in life and enjoy it even though it’s crazy busy – so that’s why I named it ‘Fastlife’.
CDM: Last year you tweeted that you were in the studio with Robert Schwartzman [of Rooney]. Did you work on songs together for the album?
JOE: When I first started working on the album he was one of the first producers and writers I worked with, he’s such an awesome guy and me and him are friends still – unfortunately it didn’t really work out for the album this time but the songs are still there so we might use them for something else later on.
CDM: What was it like going to a Vampire Weekend show as a fan and then being invited to guest-star in their ‘Giving Up The Gun’ music video?
JOE: Amazing! I’ve been a big fan of their music for a while and I’ve always really loved their music and the fact that they wanted me to be in their music video was so cool and we had such a great time that day we filmed it.
CDM: I see that you’ve been loving Foster The People a lot lately… who knows, maybe they’ll be next?
JOE: Hey, maybe… they’re a great band and I love their music so yeah if they want me to be in their music video, I’m up for it!
CDM: True or false – you’ll be opening on Britney Spears’ next tour?
JOE: False, unfortunately. It would have been real cool but it didn’t work out this time but hopefully we’ll try to figure something out.
CDM: I’ve seen you reply on Twitter to ‘news’ headlines like “Joe Jonas feels insecure about his thighs!” – when people create stories like that is that still crazy to you, or have you gotten used to it?
JOE: I kind of laugh these days, I just laugh it off. I find it pretty funny when people make up rumours like that.
CDM: This is normally the time when I ask you when you’ll be coming to visit New Zealand… but apparently you’ve already had secret adventures here?
I really hope to go to New Zealand [again] soon! I’ve been there once on vacation so I would love to go there to perform music!!
CDM: What did you get up to when you were here?
JOE: We went to Auckland and to Queenstown, so we were able to just travel around and to see some of the beautiful cities and it was really fantastic.
CDM: True or false – there’s a rumour that you have a best friend that lives in New Zealand?
JOE: No, unfortunately I don’t!
…and with that, an overworked but appreciative Joe Jonas, is onto his next ten-minute call of the day.
JOE JONAS’ debut solo album ‘Fastlife’ – featuring the singles ‘See No More’ and ‘Just In Love’ – is out now!
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Joe explains what each song on “Fastlife” is about.
THU, 27 OCTOBER 2011 AT 12:30 PM
Joe Jonas heads back to his hotel for the night after hanging out with pals at Eclipse Bar in Knightsbridge, London on Wednesday (October 26).
The 22-year-old musician is currently on tour with Britney Spears throughout Europe.
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Joe recently chatted with the Press Association and under dream duets, he listed Adele!
“[My dream collaborations would be] Maybe British artists like Adele, Tinie Tempah, then Kanye West and Foster The People, something a little different from what I’m used to. That way it shows a different side to the music that I am making,” Joe shared.
WOULD YOU LIKE to hear a duet between Joe and Adele?
Oct 19th 2011 8:30PM
Are you enjoying rocking out to Joe Jonas’ debut album ‘Fastlife’? Get ready to listen to some sweet remixes of “Love Slayer” from the album.
Cambio recently joined forces with Indaba music to find the best remixes of Joe’s song “Love Slayer.” After many submissions, the 3 winners have been picked, with the grand prize winner receiving $2500 and the chance to be on an upcoming Hollywood Records release.
Take a listen to the three winning remixes below. To hear the 10 honorable mention remixes, go here.
Congratulations to the gorgeous Joe Jonas who is today’s MUZU.TV Irish Daily Star ‘Video of the Day’ with his new single ‘Just In Love’. This is the second track from his forthcoming album, Fast Life, which is due out TOMORROW!!!
Also, MUZU.TV is doing a contest where you can meet Joe Jonas in person and win tickets to see him perform LIVE at the O2 on October 24th, CLICK HERE now for more details. Deadline ends real soon, so don’t miss out on your chance to enter!
Tue., Oct. 18, 2011 7:00 AM PDT by Marc Malkin and Brett Malec
90210 star Jessica Lowndes is no “Fool” when it comes to making music.
In fact, the 22-year-old just shot her very first music video this week and is performing her new single “Fool” on tonight’s episode of the hit CW show.
Read on for what the actress-turned-songbird recently dished to us about her hot new singing career. Plus, what she’s saying about teaming up with Joe Jonas…
What can you tell us about your performance tonight?
This week, they’re holding a benefit to raise money for Raj’s [Manish Dayal] cancer treatment. It’s a talent show, and at the last second she takes someone’s place even though right now Adriana hates fame and she hates every thing associated with it.
Kellie Pickler guest stars on the episode, do you sing together?
We don’t sing together, but we’re both singing at the same talent show.
Is Kellie someone you would want to work with in the future?
I’m not opposed to any kind of collaborations. I just love music in general, so yeah. She’s a sweetheart.
Are there any other celebs you’d love to have on the show?
It was so fun working with Joe Jonas last year…He was cute.
Did you and Joe talk about music?
We did. [Mostly] each other’s projects really. It was inspiring to talk to him because he was working on his solo stuff and I’ve been working on my solo stuff. I’ve taken like a year and a half to really get it right.
Is there any chance of you collaborating with Joe?
I mean, I feel like he’s supertalented. I would be lucky to work with him. That would be cool.