Joe Jonas is at the beginning of a new avenue in his career. After the stratospheric success of his former band comprising his fellow siblings, The Jonas Brothers, and a short spell performing solo, the pop singer is now fronting a new band, DNCE.

The new ensemble has been coming together over a few years as the four musicians (Jonas, Cole Whittle, JinJoo and Jack Lawless) crossed each other's paths and became friends while touring with The Jonas Brothers; JinJoo met Jonas while playing lead guitar for Jordin Sparks during 2009 world tour while Jack Lawless played drums for the band full-time. Whittle is the co-founder of Semi Precious Weapons who toured extensively with Lady Gaga. It's no surprise that with the pop credentials between them they have made a debut EP of feel-good and infectious pop.

Andrew Darley talked to Jonas about why he enjoys working in a band dynamic and how he sees DNCE as a way starting a different chapter.

DNCE has been in the making a number of years. When you all finally got together, how did you want your to sound?

It was about creating music that represented all of us and what we like. We wanted to come up stuff that made crowds out there feel good. We all really like funky music and pop-rock so we tried to blend those two together.

You've all known each other for a few years now and even lived with Jack at one point. Did being friends beforehand help shape the direction of DNCE?

Absolutely. We talked about doing a band for years. Even when I was touring with my brothers, we had ideas of doing something together whether it was just a side project or a band. The time was perfect for us to start the band and take time doing it. A lot of musicians rush into the studio, create something and then evolve musically a few months later. I wanted to take a step back and make something slowly I could be proud of.

Was the idea to make fun music as an antidote to the times we live which can be so serious?

Some artists take themselves very seriously but we like to have fun with our music. We make music that's serious to us - we don't just joke around. It's music that we want people to let go and let loose.

Did your experience being a solo artist impact your decision to start up the band?

I had a short time of doing the solo thing. It just wasn't for me. I prefer working with other people and being in a band is important to me.

You prefer the mentality of working as a collective rather than on your own?


You must feel comfortable being the frontman of a band?

I really do love it! Being a frontman is always a good time. I enjoy performing and being able to look my left and right and see the band rocking out behind me.

Is there a certain responsibility that comes with being the face of a band?

There's a bit of a leader role that you have to take on and you have to encourage the band. There's a lot of busy schedules and crazy days. Sometimes you have to step in and say "Alright, let's do what we came here to do." That motivation is something I've learned being with my brothers for so many years. We did that for each other.

Was releasing an EP a way of testing the waters before you made a full-length record?

We just wanted to release music really quickly to an audience. We only had a short amount of time to make and release an album so we said we'd put out an EP instead and see what people like from it. The album is really coming together and we're almost done with it. We've been playing the new songs on tour, which is really helpful because it makes you add things and change it.

'Cake By The Ocean' has received huge success worldwide. After spending so much time writing a song, does it feel removed from you when it becomes that popular?

It feels like a long time ago when we created the song but also feel like it has a long-lasting life. Now we're going into summer and it's still carrying on. We're glad people are still into it. I'll be happy if people still like it next summer!

Would you say things are more free now and can make a more adult sound in DNCE compared to The Jonas Brothers who may have had a younger audience?

I think it's a combination of both. Fans have grown up with us and obviously I'm a little bit older. Musically, I've grown as an artist. In DNCE we've continued to grow and become something other than just poppy music. We have lyrics that maybe not be easy for majority audiences to listen to but that's just who we are. It's probably just a part of growing up.

Considering the level of popularity The Jonas Brothers achieved and how well-known you are, do you feel equipped to deal with that level of fame?

It can be overwhelming at times. Now it's a little easier because I've gone through it before so I know what to expect. I know what comes with fame which is helpful for my band members. I'm able to help them when they're having a difficult time or people are talking shit. I'm pretty good at handling those things now.

Starting this band, were you conscious of being type-cast as a 'Jonas Brother'?

DNCE has felt like hitting the 'refresh' button - I've gotten to try something new. I feel like I'm able to say something fresh now. When 'Cake By The Ocean' came out on some Spotify playlist and we started getting played on radio, people didn't really know I was part of a band. Seeing it do well has helped me a lot. I'm really proud of the years I had with my brothers and I don't shy away from it. We had some amazing experiences. Now it's time for me to try out something new.

DNCE's debut EP SWAAY is out now.