It’s been five months since the Jonas Brothers shocked fans with their surprising split, and by now you’ve probably taken your posters down off your wall, packed away your merch and locked up all those JoBros memories in a safe place.
But all’s not lost because the brothers have been working separately on their own projects. Nick took on the job of creative and musical director on Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights Tour, Kevin has been on diaper duty as proud new dad to daughter Alena Rose and Joe’s now in the “baby stages” of his next musical project.
“I’m trying to [make it] something that I really want it to be — do music that I’m really proud of and not let too many cooks in the kitchen,” Joe told Scene magazine. “I’m really at the baby stages. I’m writing with people I like and admire, but I’m taking my sweet, sweet time with it.”
Taking his sweet time is something that couldn’t be said about his 2011 solo album, Fastlife, which he felt rushed to complete “in a big way.” So this time around, Joe’s calling all of the shots. And he’s worked with several collaborators so far, including the Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr.
“There are always stereotypes when people think of a band, any artist, that they’re going to sound like a certain thing,” Joe told the magazine. “[I hope that] when I hit the reset button and release new music, fresh ears will listen open-minded and not judge.”
The singer is still trying to figure out how his new sound will manifest, but we imagine that when it does he’ll probably have his brothers take a listen because despite the band breaking up, the guys are still very much a part of one another’s lives, if their Instagram feeds are any indication.
Joe also revealed that his strong connection with his family has kept him grounded, unlike some other young pop stars.
“I’ve had an easier route than most. The youngsters just turning 20, the Biebers of the world, are under a microscope,” Jonas said. [Bieber] is having a very tough time finding balance. I think we all saw it coming. Your dad is your party animal — that’s going to sum it up pretty quick. There’s an equation for some sort of explosion.”