The Kaje talks going solo to Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas rose to fame back in 2006 alongside his brothers Nick and Kevin and is already a world famous showbiz veteran despite his tender years – he turned 22 in August. Having experienced acclaim on stage and on screen – he has taken his brave baby steps towards solo success with debut album “Fast Life”. Already being hailed as the new Justin Timberlake, whose solo work has easily eclipsed his days in both N Sync and the Mickey Mouse Club, The Kaje jumped at the chance to find out if “Fast Life” spells the end for the Jonas Brothers….

You’ve only been here a couple of days but how are you finding the UK so far?

It’s been great. I always love coming over to Europe, the response is always great. I did the BBC Teen Awards and that was a great time – its good to be back!

The BBC Teen Awards were at Wembley Arena; did that give you a taster and make you a little bit more excited to be back at the same venue later this month?

Yes, it’s always an incredible feeling to play there. It was a great taste tester of what it’s going to be like back here at the end of the month.

After being in a group it must be a little bit daunting going out by yourself, is it a bit like starting from scratch?

Sometimes – it’s cool to be back and to be able to do my solo stuff here. It’s a little bit sometimes scary to be up there by myself but I’ve been getting great support and the band support so overall I’m just happy.

In America you’ve just finished touring with Jay Sean who’s from London – how was the tour?

It was great, he’s such a good tour partner and I’m really happy and thankful to have been able to do that tour. Jojo was the opener too and that was a lot of fun. Jay Sean is a really cool guy so we had a great time.

Did he offer you any advice coming from a solo artist?

We sort of both gave advice to each other, just to go out there and have a good time and to really enjoy every second, every moment as it can move by so quickly.

As mentioned earlier you performed at the BBC teen awards yesterday, did you get a chance to check out any of the UK talent that performed? What’s your opinion on the current music scene?

The current UK music scene is really amazing, it’s definitely getting better and better. Every time I’m here I find new artists and things that I really love listening to. I got to meet the One Direction guys and thought they were really nice, really cool and I’m really happy for them. Pixie [Lott] is a good friend of mine and I love her music and her new stuff sounds incredible.

One Direction came from a program called the X Factor, which you appeared on their sister show the Xtra Factor on Saturday (8/10), how was that experience for you?

It was really fun! It was a little bit interesting as it was the first time I was learning about the program, I didn’t want to necessarily mess up any of the names – I definitely ended up messing up someone’s name! I said Lucy instead of Janet so that was a little bit of a funny moment but I think they understood that it would have been out of the norm for me to know everybody. I definitely want to keep up with the series; I’m really interested to see who wins. Funnily enough I got to watch the show for the first time in the studio and the ones who got kicked off were the ones who I thought were going to be kicked off except for one person – I felt pretty proud of myself for knowing my stuff!

Now you’re coming back in the UK to tour with Britney Spears, that’s gotta be something that must be a little surreal?

It’s definitely surreal! I grew up listening to Britney Spears – it feels good to be back here but to be doing this tour is just so incredible. Britney was the first CD I ever bought so I’ve listened to her stuff since I was really young and continued to listen to her music for many years so it’s very exciting.

Britney is well known for having a massive live show, really theatrical, big stage set up. What can we look forward to with your set?

Very high energy! Fun show! I almost like to make the crowd feel like they’re in a club, I just want to get them dancing, get them standing up. I feel like I’m not doing my job unless everyone’s standing up and rocking out. Have a really good time with it and hope everyone else does too.

Your debut album “Fast Life” is out now in the UK, and with this album you collaborated with many different writers, producers and artists such as Chris Brown and Lil Wayne. Has working with these artists been important in your musical transition to a more R&B influenced sound?

Yes definitely – it’s always a good feeling when you work with artists that are that incredible. I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to work with some really amazing artists and some amazing songwriters. You know, I guess it depends I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to work with producers and writers that I personally really look up to. So, it really kind of almost is helpful to be able to work with artists who are accepted into that genre because it means that people that listen to that kind of music have a newfound respect I think for artists that do that.

Who would be your dream collaborations to work with in the future?

Maybe Kanye West, British artists like Adele, Tinie Tempah, then Foster The People, something a little different from what I’m used to. That way it shows a different side to the music that I am making.

How different was the creative process with making an album as a solo artist in comparison to making an album with your group [Jonas Brothers]?

It took a WHILE! I wanted to really spend time on this album – to take my time to make sure I made music that I was really proud of; that I wasn’t holding back from anything necessarily. I didn’t want to just rush this album at all so I was very pleased with taking the time, and really finding the sound that I wanted to go with. There’s been some times with my brothers that we’ve done some things and really just rushed them, like making records quickly and I wanted to take my time with this one.

Have your brothers been supportive of your solo career?

My brothers have been very supportive. They’re incredible and I’m really thankful for the fact that they’re happy for me to take my time and do my thing, it’s the best feeling.

Throughout your music career you’ve also been dipping your toe into a bit of acting, is this something that you would like to do more of in the future?

Yes I would love to; I really enjoy doing movie roles or acting roles. I’m actually working on a project with a friend of mine out in LA, we’ve just got a writer involved so it’s very very exciting. I’ve got a few plans for next year – at the beginning of the year I may be making this movie that I’m thinking about creating and then I think what it’s looking like right now is that we may try and do a world tour of some sort and definitely make more music. I’ll definitely be coming back soon to do my own tour – I’m not exactly sure when but it’s in the works.

If everything goes to plan with your solo career would that mean you would have to put the Jonas Brothers on hold?

No we’re still going to be doing Jonas Brothers stuff, nothing yet is plan, no specific stuff for when we’re going to make our next album, we’re just taking our time with it. My brothers are doing their own individual things – Nick is going to be on Broadway next year so we may end up making music in New York but it all depends on what our schedules look like.

Finally, what sort of music are you enjoying at the moment? Any artists that you would like to champion?

You know what, I’m really liking One Directions stuff. I think they’re doing a great job and their stuff sounds really great so I can definitely see myself checking out more of their music. As well as them I love all different kinds of music, I love dance music, I love pop music, I love a lot that DJs are doing. I think Pixie Lott’s new stuff is great. To get inspiration I pull from all different types of music, everything from dance music to hip-hop music, you name it, I probably listen to it! I always try to pull from all of those different influences and experiences for inspiration.

Words: Jenny Entwistle

LIVE REVIEW: Britney Spears, LG Arena (Birmingham), 30/10/2011

Bleach blonde Barbie doll Britney meets Christina duo Desiree and Paris have the difficult task of warming up an almost empty LG Arena for tonight’s big act. It is not their fault, the ticket states an 8pm start and only those, who like me, stressed about potential crowd problems, arrive early enough to see the extremely enthusiastic duo. There is nothing wrong with the poptastic partners, whose frenetic approach appears wholehearted to its manufactured core. Whether the pair will go on to set the musical world alight is yet to be seen, but there is no denying their vocal prowess or their go get it attitude.

While Desiree and Paris made the most of a difficult situation, Disney hunk Joe Jonas struggles despite the screams that greet his very presence. Clearly wanting to emulate Justin Timberlake, Jonas lacks the aforementioned’s panache even if he has the vocal dexterity to carry him through. Jonas is sadly forgettable and as the screams wane, he resorts to flexing his muscles to win over the fluttering teenage hearts.

After a half an hour break, Britney bursts onto the stage to the beat of recent single “Hold It Against Me”. The pounding pulse sets the tone for the first half of the ‘Femme Fatale’-heavy set and even Britney herself seems to be struggling to have a good time. With barely a word uttered, Britney takes herself through the motions, with the whole event seeming mechanical and methodical. While “Gimme More” gets the crowds suddenly screaming for more, it is the “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)/S&M” remix that gets the crowd roaring and Britney to relax.

Once in her comfort zone, Britney excels. Gone are the stiff movements and in their place, a bold, confident performer appears centre stage. The crowd finally find their feet as Britney closes her initial set with the addictive “Womaniser”, and they rise once again as Britney returns for an encore of “Toxic” and “Till The World Ends”.

With the first half wasted and unwanted by both performer and audience, it is a shame Britney did not focus more on the hits the hardy fans craved. That being said, the beaming audience chanting “Womaniser” as they walked out of the Arena, were far from disappointed. And as for this hardened fan – well, I concede – I am, and no doubt always will be – Team Britney.

Reviewer: Jeremy Williams
Rating: 3/5 

Another amusing YouTube cover…

After posting the Top 10 Lady Gaga cover versions yesterday, The Kaje received a few suggestions of other magical YouTube moments to share with everyone. At the top of the pile was this wonderful cover of Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” by Gail and Lail Arad.

Funnily enough a few weeks ago, we received a promo copy of material from Lail Arad‘s forthcoming debut album – which we all got equally excited about! Look below for a sneak peek:

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