As the duo began working together in the studio, bassist JinJoo Lee, who had previously toured with acts such as CeeLo Green and Charli XCX, joined the band, followed by bassist Cole Whittle, formerly of New York rock band Semi Precious Weapons, which rose to fame as the opening act on Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour. The quartet, formed two years after the Jonas Brothers’ official disbandment in 2013, was started by Jonas and drummer Jack Lawless, who was not only Jonas’ roommate in Los Angeles, but a former touring member of Jonas Brothers.
It really makes us happy.” The now 27-year-old has had a few years to let his ears heal from the relentless screams of teary-eyed audiences, which have now been replaced by a crowd that actually sings and dances along to his new, more mature funk, pop and rock band DNCE. “My ears are feeling a lot better these days,” Jonas said with a laugh during a recent phone interview. As one-third of the enormously famous and commercially successful Jonas Brothers, musician Joe Jonas is accustom to hoards of shrieking and weeping young fans. “The fans are still screaming, but it feels good that we have this fanbase now that is really falling in love with DNCE.
“We don’t go in thinking that if we lose we’re going to be devastated. We just look at it as an amazing opportunity to be in a room with all of these other artists that are working very hard and to be in that kind of realm and nominated with them is a special kind of experience.” Though DNCE had landed some major gigs, including opening for Selena Gomez on her Revival Tour in 2016, and a spot on the all-star line-up for the heavily marketed KIIS FM Jingle Ball in 2015, the group just put out its full-length self-titled debut on Nov. The band did a CD release show that same day and although some fans were very quick to learn the material to sing along, Jonas said it will be nice to head out on tour with a fresh line-up of songs that fans have had a while to sit with, as well as a few new and surprising covers. Inspired by everyone from Sly and the Family Stone and Earth Wind & Fire to the Bee Gees, Led Zeppelin and Prince, the band has reworked a bunch of new medleys to keep the energy high during its sets. 18. “We just have a good time at those things,” he said about attending award shows.
In 2015, DNCE released its debut funky pop single “Cake by the Ocean,” which took a slow climb up the charts, eventually landing in the top 10 on numerous lists. It’s also up for favorite breakout artist at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards, which will take place Wednesday at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Win or lose at the People’s Choice Awards, Jonas says, the band will be in high spirits during its gig that same night, just down the street at the Belasco Theater. Two other singles, “Toothbrush” and “Body Moves” fared much better out of the gate and the band’s undoubtedly catchy material is now being recognized at major award shows. DNCE is nominated for best duo or group of the year and best cover song at the annual iHeartRadio Awards, which will be held Sunday, March 5 at the Forum in Inglewood.