Venturing out of a successful family act into an even bigger solo career worked for Michael Jackson, but there aren’t many other examples.
Yet Joe Jonas, of the multi-platinum, multimedia Jonas Brothers, professes not to worry that much about meeting the high expectations set by his first band. He looks at his solo tour with British R&B singer Jay Sean, which hits House of Blues on Sunday, as a throwback to the days before the stadiums and screaming fans.
“It’s kind of nice right now,” Jonas said on a recent teleconference interview. “I’m doing the solo project, so I know that it’s kind of like starting over. I’m excited because I know that it’s a nice way to start this whole process.”
Jonas’ solo debut, “Fast Life,” is scheduled for Oct. 11 release. In addition to being one of the songs, the title also reflects the pace of the singer’s existence.
“It’s kind of explaining where my life has been for the past year,” Jonas said. “I feel like January of 2010 was yesterday. My life has been so crazy-paced and quick. I kind of wanted to take everybody and show them a little bit more of what I’ve been up to.”
Obviously, new songs such as the lead single “See No More” will be considered against the yardstick of the Jonas Brothers’ phenomenal appeal. Jonas won’t be judging the music that way, though.
“I just put pressure on myself to make this record something that I was really proud of and something that was different for the audience,” said Jonas, adding that some performers he admires have advised him to “make music that takes your fans on a journey. So I wanted to create something that was a little bit different for them to listen to. Obviously there’s going to be people saying, you know, ‘Can he do it?’”
Although there was the potential option of collaborating with his brothers, Kevin and Nick, that idea ultimately was rejected.
“Nick and Kevin both kind of did say to me they wanted me to be able to take the time to find my own sound, and they were particular about me being able to just do that on my own,” Jonas said. “I feel like, you know, if I wrote with them then the stuff might sound like the Jonas Brothers stuff. So we were just kind of like, let’s all do our own things right now and see what we can come up with.”
For Jonas, it’s not about competition.
“I’m never the kind of person that is too much disappointed about what size venues or how many records are sold. The fact that I have the opportunity to play music and to tour and to be an artist that does what he loves, that makes me happy. All the rest will come with it if it does. And if it doesn’t, I mean, I’m still going to be thankful for what I have.”
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Joe Jonas, with Jay Sean
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: House of Blues, Downtown Disney,Lake Buena Vista
COST: $39.50 advance, $44.50 day of show
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