Since 2010, Jonas Brothers fans have been desperately awaiting new music and another world tour. With Kevin, Joe, and Nick each busy with solo projects, is the band ready to hit the ground running yet?
Wetpaint Entertainment recently sat down with Joe Jonas at an event for the ACUVUE 1-Day Contest in New York City to find out when more Jonas Brothers music will drop, learn about Joe’s mysterious new film project, and get the lowdown on which songs mean the most to him.
Missed the first part of our exclusive interview with Joe? Catch up here!
Wetpaint Entertainment: Of all the people you’ve worked with, who had the biggest impact on you?
Joe Jonas: My dad. Not only personally, but musically as well. He can play pretty much any instrument. [He’s] a huge encouragement. When things go wrong or things go bad, he’s there. He knows how to [separate being] dad, manager, vocal coach, and musician.
Which tour was your favorite?
The tour that we did in the round – the world tour. That was incredible. It was so much fun. To be surrounded by fans was kind of crazy.
Which of your songs means the most to you?
I would say the songs that I did on my solo project. There’s a song called “I’m Sorry” that I wrote that I really connect with live and [I] really love performing it. With [my] brothers, there’s a ton of them, but if I had to pick one, I’d probably say “When You Look Me in the Eyes” because every time you perform that it seems like the fans get really emotional. It’s just a cool time in the show.
You’ve talked about doing a movie. Anything in the works?
I would love to do a movie. It’s kind of on-hold right now just because of shooting [The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep]. When you say “yes” to doing a movie, they take so much longer than making an album. You can make an album in one week. Movies take six months to a year to plan out. If the right time comes around, then I definitely will work on a project. I’m creating a project with a producer friend out in L.A., so we’ll see what happens with that.
Can you give us any more details on the L.A. project?
It’s about a young artist and the craziness that he has to deal with finding himself. I’m really excited to create it, make it, and film it. I think it will be a little longer before we do it.
Will it be scripted?
Yeah, it will be scripted. It will be pretty dark, I think. It’s exciting. It’s one of those things that when I want to go focus on acting, then I’ll make sure I do it at the right time.
How far are we from the Jonas Brothers dropping another album?
I’m not really sure. The good part is that in our careers right now, we’re able to pick and choose where we want to put the music or how much music we want to give away. We are kind of on the fence about saying – I wish I could put it out there right now, but we’ve got to critique and make things different on the record. We’ll see. Probably later this year, I’d imagine.
What do you think will be different about the next Jonas Brothers album?
The biggest difference is the life experiences we’ve been able to have for the last two to three years that we’ve been able to pull together, write about, and talk about in this album. The sound obviously is different, but lyrically there’s gonna be a lot more inspirations to pull from.
What’s your favorite part about working on a Jonas Brothers album, or even a solo album?
Being able to be with my brothers again is really fun. When I did the solo project, I started to realize how much pressure it is to do all of that by yourself. Sometimes it’s the travelling, or it can be even simpler like doing a phone [call] in the morning. It’s a lot on yourself. When it’s three guys, it’s easier to point and pick. We have a lot of fun together. So, I’m glad we can get the band back together.
Will you be going on tour anytime soon?
I have a couple of shows that I’m going to be doing, but [I’m] focused now on making music again with my brothers. We’ve been in the studio. Every time that we have time off together, we’ll just get into the studio and record. We’re in a good place now, so probably later this year you’ll start to hear more about that.
It’s been a couple years since the Jonas Brothers released new music, and fans of the trio finally have something to look forward to.
Joe Jonas, 22, took some time to talk to PARADE at an event for the ACUVUE 1-Day Contest in NYC about his upcoming role in the new CW music talent show, The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep, teaming up with his brothers on a new album, the latest crop of boy bands, and more.
On what makes The Next different from other competition shows.
“The difference is that we’re moving in with these people. Gloria Estefan, Nelly, John Rich, and myself, literally knock on your door and say, ‘Hey! We have 72 hours to get you ready to perform for a national audience.’ I’m pretty much moving in and rehearsing whenever we can. And it’s just hilarious. We have to take on their jobs and chores around the house while they prepare. Seeing Gloria Estefan on a lawn mower is just really funny. It’s like The Simple Life and a music show put together. I just got back from Orlando, which is our first city, and it was a lot of fun. I worked with a young talent who is fantastic and I’m really excited for people to see this show.”
On reuniting with his brothers on a new album.
“I’ve been working with my brothers again. We’ve been recording the past two months while Nick’s been at his show on Broadway, we’ve been taking the time when he’s not on stage or when I’m not traveling doing concerts. We’ve been in the studio and we’ve got ten or so songs that we’re feeling really confident about. I can’t wait to release it and let the fans hear it.”
On going solo vs. working as a team.
Reuniting with my brothers musically has been really incredible. When you’re by yourself, you realize how much pressure you’re under and how much work you have to do. When you’re working [in a group], its so easy to say, ‘Ok, I’m tired this day, Nick you take this interview’ or ‘Kevin, you take this vocal part of the song,’ but when its all on you, its crazy. It’s a lot of pressure, so being back with them is fun.”
The Jonas Brothers had some of the most devoted fans. Are they still with you despite the hiatus?
“Definitely! It feels like they never went away. It’s cool to see that the fans are reacting so well. I see them on everyday on Twitter and they can’t wait to hear new music. The fans are so supportive.”
On the new crop of boy bands.
“I’m a big fan of certain new acts. I love any genre of music, and I think it’s really great to see that there are new artists coming through. It’s kinda funny to think that I’m like the old man on campus now. But I’m really happy for groups like One Direction. I think they’re really good guys.”
On his older brother Kevin’s upcoming reality series, Married to Jonas, which documents married life with wife Danielle as well as his work with the JoBros.
“I think the fans are going to learn a lot about Kevin and even more about Dani because she is kind of behind the scenes in his life. People don’t really know their relationship and what’s behind the curtain. It’s cool for me and Nick to sit back and laugh because of the drama that people are going to see because that’s reality TV, but I’m happy for them. They’ve made this show a lot of fun. I saw the pilot and it was just comical.”
On his experience as a celebrity mentor in the Acuvue 1-DAY Contest.
“It’s been really great to work with different people and help them out with their individual dreams. Spending time with my these young people and seeing them achieve their dreams has inspired me. I’ve accomplished a lot, but I still have more dreams that I want to achieve.”
Joe Jonas performs at Philadelphia’s Welcome America 4th of July Jam on July 4th, 2012!