Cole Whittle wouldn’t call DNCE is super group; it’s more of a super team.
Sure, the band is helmed by no-less than Joe Jonas, a guy who has been playing stadium shows since he was a teenager. And yes, the members come to the band having already established careers in the music biz. Whittle was in the alternative dance band Semi Precious Weapons; guitarist JinJoo Lee played for Jordin Sparks (and Charli XCX and CeeLo Green) and is pretty much a virtuoso and drummer Jack Lawless played for Jonas and his brothers full time from 2006 until the band’s demise (he also toured with the Night Terrors of 1927 and Soft Swells).
But the formation of DNCE was kind of an “happy accident,” says Whittle, who was introduced to Jonas before he even knew the singer was putting together a new band.
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“We hit it off an a friendship level,” he says.
Whittle was the new guy in the band. Jonas had known the Lee and Lawless for a decade or more. But the moment the four played together, the chemistry of DNCE was obvious.
“We just collided in this crazy explosion of energy,” Whittle says.
“Everyone was moving in this symbiotic flow.”
In a way, the band Jonas’ personality, incarnate, Whittle says. It’s bouncy, fun loving and (just a bit) innocent, but also totally serious when it comes to its musicianship.
“It’s his entire personality on a plate.”
For awhile, the band intentionally kept to playing small clubs and theaters, Whittle says, because they wanted to approach the music as completely new thing.
That didn’t last long. In February, Gomez’ announced the band would join her on her summer tour; just a month after the band released its first radio single, “Cake by the Ocean.” That song exemplifies the DNCE’s brand of bright and poppy dance rock and landed in the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart (it’s now at No. 24). The video views are close to 80 million.
“There’s a lot more DNCE classics on the way.”
DNCE, opening Selena Gomez’ “Revival” tour
- 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8
- Save Mart Center
- 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com