MANILA, Philippines – Joe Jonas, member of pop trio the Jonas Brothers, has described going solo as “a journey.”
“It’s been exciting. It’s been about a year since I made the record (‘Fastlife’), and there’s been a lot of traveling. It’s a lot on me, you know, I realized how much I depend on my brothers because I’ve done this for so long with them. When I’m doing [things] by myself I was, like, I’m realizing how much I appreciate having them around,” he told “Paparazzi” host Ruffa Gutierrez in an exclusive taped one-on-one interview aired on May 26.
Online reports say that the band is currently on hiatus.
Jonas then compared being a solo artist to being a band member.
“I think it’s just a different mindset. You have to kinda speak up a little bit more. With your brothers, there’s opportunities to lean on each other and say, ‘Okay, you know what, you take this interview,’ or phoner or something like this.
“Me, personally, by myself, I had to make all these decisions and you have to really say ‘yes’ to this, or, ‘I want my stage to look like this,’ and have really a say. It’s definitely a learning process,” he said.
Jonas admitted not feeling any pressure coming from a popular group, but added, “I think I put the pressure on myself to do the best I could do and to make sure that I really focus. Luckily, I come from a family that [has] kept each other grounded for so long…”
Meanwhile, asked what it would take to impress him, the singer replied, “probably an incredible talent.”
He related, “I think I’m most impressed by people that are either musically-gifted or gifted in any way, I mean, if it’s acting [or] if it’s some sort of talent. I’ve always been impressed by… when I see fans do that, they’re like, ‘Hey, can I show you… can I sing for you?’ I’m like, ‘Sure!’
“Confidence is always impressive,” he points out.
Jonas has been in the Philippines since May 22 for his activities as local clothing brand Bench’s latest international endorser, and one thing that has left an impression on him is the local cuisine.
“I had some pork, some local fish… All the food was incredible. I’m a fan. And it’s funny because the pork was a lot smaller than us Americans are used to. I was, like, thinking that that was just the appetizer, not the whole meal,” he said.
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