The Jonas Brothers have been teasing new music since 2020, but Joe Jonas promises it will be worth the wait. “Music is entering a whole new era, I think,” he tells POPSUGAR.
In the meantime, he asks fans to respect his and his brothers’ process in developing their next album. “I don’t have much to say about it because we take our sweet time. I don’t have a date for you. I don’t really have a musical idea of what it’s going to sound like or what it isn’t,” says Joe. “All I can tell you is that it’s a work in progress and I encourage everyone to be patient with us while we Finding that out, but we’re not going to do it like other times where we’re just going to stay silent. We’re going to keep making music and playing shows and touring. I’m really looking forward to people hearing it.”
After reuniting and releasing Happiness Begins in 2019, the Jonas Brothers announced that their sixth album was on the way, with Kevin revealing in a July 2022 interview with Live With Kelly that it’s been “a few years” in the works and Ryan.” In the same interview, Nick said that the album is his “favourite stuff we’ve ever done.”
While working on their music, the brothers continue to tour. Earlier this year they held a residency in Las Vegas and recently they announced a second one planned for November, according to Rolling Stone. During their shows, the brothers make sure to honor the nostalgic aspect of their band as well as their new vision. “We tried to play a lot of older, well-known songs,” says Joe. “We played songs from our first album and then we told these stories – ‘Oh, this song is going to be 17 years old.’ I’m sure we feel old saying these things, but you know how important these songs were to our fans and their lives. They grew up with us and our music… I can be just as proud of the stuff I created when I was 16 or 17 and just as proud of the new stuff to come.”
Before the Jonas Brothers got back together and turned to their older work, they needed time to individualize and create something new. “When we broke up, Nick and I both went traveling to find out what our individual musical sound was. And that was very important to us,” says Joe. “I felt like it opened so many doors for me to explore musically, to find out what I can do on my own.” During the hiatus, Joe “really went on a journey to musically find out what my happy place was.”
As it turns out, his happy spot is a fusion of “funk-inspired elements of ’70s disco, even with some punk stuff I liked listening to when I was younger,” a fusion that led to his band DNCE. The group’s biggest hit to date – “Cake By the Ocean” – initially drew a lot of hate on social media, but Jonas says over the years he’s learned to block out the noise and protect his artistic vision. “Some people who aren’t even in the music industry will tell you what you think you should sound like, but you’re the only person who can really discover those things,” he explains.
There’s also new DNCE music in the works – in February the band returned after a four-year hiatus with a new single and video called ‘Dancing Feet’. Being in two bands at the same time, Joe says, only increases his creative abilities. “[It] just makes us more creative all around,” he explains of his brothers’ reunion after spending time on their solo projects.
This summer, Jonas also celebrates a role in the film Devotion, which premieres September 12 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Jonas plays a Navy pilot in the film, which tells the true story of elite fighter pilots Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner who fought in the Korean War. Jonas – who walked out with wife Sophie Turner at the premiere after welcoming their second child – also has an original song in the film’s end credits.
Joe may be busy and busy, but he just follows his heart. “If you’re happy with something and proud of something,” he says, “then that’s all that counts.”
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