Jonas Brothers Say They Felt ‘Frustrated’ During Their Disney Days
The Jonas Brothers are back and better than ever. They're gearing up to release a new album Happiness Begins on June 7 and have given us a taste of their next chapter through the songs "Sucker" and "Cool." They've also announced a tour to support the new project, which kicks off this summer. With so much to look forward to in the future, Joe, Nick, and Kevin Jonas opened up to Paper about their at times frustrating past for the magazine's latest cover story.
"I don't feel as frustrated now as I did then," Joe said of their time signed to Disney. "We were having to censor ourselves, I think any artist could relate. That's not fun. We were at a standstill with our TV show and the movies. We were young adults, having to pretend like we're young teenagers."
Though less than ideal at times, the trio doesn't want to seem ungrateful for their time with Disney. Joe admitted it's "such a weird mindset to get into, because we have Disney to thank for so much, they got us started in our career."
"It was sort of a rocket ship to the moon during that time. When Disney played our video for 'Year 3000,' everything changed. It all started to happen when Disney got on board. Our years doing Camp Rock and TV shows were really formative," Nick added. "... [Those years] are a major part of our story and a big way that our fans connect with us and continue to today."
"... Before this becomes an indictment of Disney and Disney culture, I think it's important to say that, though we felt limited at times, bottom line, Disney was really good for us; really good training wheels for anybody that wants to become a musician or entertainer, as far as work ethic and all the rest," Nick continued, adding that they don't consider themselves "defined" by their years at Disney. "There was a balance to it all, and we could have had it a lot worse."
In their cover story, the Jonas Brothers also discuss their reunion, upcoming documentary Chasing Happiness, and plans for the future. Read the full feature here.