By Oussama Zahr | February 21, 2017 | People
In this web extra from our exclusive interview with Joe Jonas for the cover of Gotham’s Spring issue, the DNCE frontman tells us about the material the band is performing on tour—from Prince covers to a breakup song inspired by an ex-girlfriend he won’t name.
Cole Whittle, Jinjoo Lee, Joe Jonas, and Jack Lawless of DNCE at a celebration of music with Republic Records, in partnership with Absolut and Pryma.
How has the tour been going?
JOE JONAS: We have just been having a blast, it’s been kind of insane. The crowds have been amazing, and the shows have been sold out, so we feel really blessed to be able to get onstage and play for these fans who have been waiting so long since we’ve been opening up and touring with other artists.
How does it feel to have an entire album of songs to share with fans now that your new record, DNCE, is out?
JJ: It’s awesome. That was one of the things we were so pumped about—getting on stage and performing, doing these new songs—because we’ve been playing off of an EP [the four-track Swaay] for so long and doing like 10 cover songs. We didn’t have a lot of material to play. We’d have to fill up a 60- to 70-minute show, but now we actually have the material to do that.
I personally am a huge Prince fan, and I spent the past year on a huge Prince binge, obviously. I feel like you guys are just keeping the party going with this album.
JJ: Oh, I appreciate that. Yeah, I absolutely love Prince, and we’ve kind of grown up to his music, and we’ve had a lot of other musicians and producers that would play us his music throughout the years. We’ve actually covered a few of his songs on tour here and there, and we were working on a rendition of “Purple Rain,” maybe for the summer run. He definitely is a hero of ours. But thank you, that’s a compliment and a half.
There are a couple of ballads on the album, too. What does the song “Almost” mean to you?
JJ: To me, it definitely was an understanding in a relationship of maybe you weren’t the right person for that certain someone, and kind of accepting that and being okay with it. You know, trying to find some closure. For me it was very therapeutic.
Are you going to tell us who it’s about?
JJ: I’ll have to keep a few things quiet.
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