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Joe Jonas: 'New artists should embrace the Internet'

Published 25/04/2016

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Singer Joe Jonas is all for being able to listen to anything on the go through streaming, but has mild concerns about artists getting paid correctly.

Joe Jonas thinks musicians have to "adapt or die" when it comes to control over their music.

The 26-year-old singer is currently fronting band DNCE, whose debut single Cake by the Ocean has already gone platinum in the United States and is set to be a hit in Europe soon. Having found fame in 2005 with his siblings Nick and Kevin in group Jonas Brothers, Joe has been in the industry for over a decade now. During this time he's noticed a change of attitude towards music over the years and the star understands how new artists may struggle with the difficulties of fans streaming their tunes.

"It’s great to live in a generation where you can listen to anything... you don’t carry round CDs or tapes anymore, and it’s encouraged to have a huge taste in music," he told Britain's The Independent newspaper. "I think it’s kind of adapt or die. We live in a world where everything’s online, whether it’s going to be stolen or bought or streamed so it’s important to be a part of it in some way.

"Obviously there’s concern and a lot I’d agree on, like with artists getting the right payment for what they put out there. But ultimately for us we just want to create music that we want to share with the world, so whatever that way is..."

Joe is joined by bandmates Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle, and JinJoo Lee in DNCE and together they listen to a variety of artists for inspiration, from Weezer to Sly and the Family Stone.

Cake by the Ocean is a catchy pop song from their first EP, Swaay. The group hopes that fans will get a preview of their world by listening to the material, and they're hoping to drop an album in August (16).

"There are going to be a couple of songs that are a little bit more descriptive and maybe heavy, but even when we’re heavy we’re still DNCE and still fun," Cole added. "I think it would be a lie to not say we wanna be the biggest band in the world. But we also made a pact not to think too much, and be the band we wish existed.”

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