Joe Jonas admits he feels less pressured as a member of DNCE – alongside JinLoo Lee, Jack Lawless and Cole Whittle – as he feels he can be more honest and less “crazy.” However, the star acknowledged that getting older also makes the recording process more manageable.
He told TMRW magazine: “I think it really helps [being with friends] – not having to sugar-coat anything. We’ve all be in situations before where the smallest creative criticism can turn into a huge fight. We’re honest with each other and we can communicate in the right way.
We’re lucky to have each other and just get it. We all support it and together want to make it the best that it can be.
I mean, I did it with my family – that alone is enough to make it explode. Then you add working together and performing together on top of that and it’s like even crazier. We’re honest. There’s less pressure [with friends], but where I’m at in my life helps too. I’m older, I make my own decisions.
I don’t have to think ‘Oh my parents are in the room, can I say the word f**k in this song?’ It feels good to do it this way.”
The group released their first single, Cake By the Ocean, to great success. But prior to making the new band known, they tried to keep everything highly secretive so that preconceptions wouldn’t ultimately influence their popularity.
Cole explained: “Strategically, we kept the band like a ninja secret at the beginning.
Nobody said anything. Nobody said anything about anything. No one knew Joe was working on anything. No one knew anything at all.
It was amazing at the beginning, seeing people like ‘oh DNCE, that crazy new band with the cake song!’, and then people realizing it was Joe, or me, or any of us.”
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