Nick Jonas TimeOut interview. On keeping The Administration a secret: It was pretty quiet. I was actually surprised that it was that quiet for that long. I was super-protective of it, and I still am very protective, just because I always wanted it to be the right setup. The way it came out was a bit of a shock to a lot of people, including us, but I think that it was kind of great the way it happened. We’re just excited now that people will listen to it, and hopefully they’ll like it.
On what a Jonas Brothers fan might think of the record: Going into the recording process, I knew it would be something different, although I didn’t know how different it would be. For the first time in my life, I think, I said, Just do what you need to do now, think about how you’re going to set it up and what the setup’s going to be like. I had about eight months to do that, to lay in bed before I went to sleep every night and just think about each step. So far, the response has been great. ‘Who I Am’ is a bridge track: It kind of has a little bit of that Jonas Brothers sound, but it definitely does introduce some new sounds.
Parts of Who I Am sound like a breakup record.. ‘I think the experience was the moment when I kind of went through the list of double meanings that I could use. So ‘The Rose Garden,’ ‘Conspiracy Theory,’ ‘Olive & an Arrow’ and ‘State of Emergency’ were basically the only ones from that list of probably 50 of these ideas that I had that stuck. And ‘Rose Garden’ being the first one, I think it did have a personal connection with me, but it was also a story I was trying to tell, a story that, yes, I did feel a connection to personally.
And there was something I could relate it to, but I also wanted it to be general, about how everyone can find their safe place in the rose garden, whether it’s a person in their life, an actual place or a thing that makes them feel safe. There are some songs that are personal, about relationships and things, but what I’ve tried to do, like my idol Elvis Costello does, is kind of put a disguise on it. We speak a little more literally in Jonas Brothers songs, and this one I wanted to disguise with a story.
On Jonas Brothers not breaking up: Well, I do my tour in January, my record comes out early February, and in mid-February we go back into production on our TV show [Jonas]. As far as a new Jonas Brothers album goes, we’ve released four in about three and a half years, so we all kind of said,
‘Let’s take our time.’ It can be expensive to be a Jonas Brothers fan with that many records out there! So we’re going to take our time on the next one. I wouldn’t be surprised if we went to a castle somewhere, stayed there for two months and just took the time to make an album that we’re really proud of.