With the Jonas Brothers now a thing of the past, Nick Jonas has accepted a day job: He's the Musical and Creative Director of Demi Lovato's Neon Lights tour, which kicks off February 9th in Vancouver, British Columbia. "I'm overseeing video content, wardrobe, lighting and staging," he tells Rolling Stone. "And then I'm extending into the musical side of things, which includes creating the arrangements for the songs. I'm building what Demi wanted, which is a show without stops and starts."
Jonas began working on the tour a few months ago, right around the same time the Jonas Brothers announced their split. "Demi and I have the same manager," Jonas explains. "I was immediately excited when I was offered the position. The relationship that Demi and I had over eight years really gives me the insight into how to best communicate with her and her team."
The show will feature songs from all four of Lovato's studio albums, going back to 2008's Don't Forget. "I've been in rehearsals with the band for the last two weeks," he says. "The biggest challenge has been just trying to rethink some of the music and see how we could compliment it with lights and video. I sat down with the band and said to them, 'You need to step into this like it's a new gig. None of these arrangements are going to sound like the originals, so you need to have an open mind.'"
Rehearsals were held in Los Angeles over the last few weeks and the whole team is about to head up to Vancouver to prep for opening night. "I won't be at every single show," he says. "I'll get the tour up and running, make sure it's running smoothly, and then check in every few weeks."
Once the tour gets off the ground, Jonas will turn his attention towards his upcoming solo project. "Some of it is done and ready to be released," he says. "I've got a lot of things in the pipeline right now and I'm waiting to release some news about my music and my next steps. It isn't quite locked in yet, but I have started making some music and now it's all about lining up the pieces."
The Jonas Brothers have only officially been apart for four months, but there's no desire to even talk about any sort of future reunion. "At this moment we're all focusing on ourselves and the things we want to accomplish," he says. "That's especially true with Kevin, whose wife just gave birth. That's a major life change for him and a priority. Joe and I are really excited for him as well as the music we're making. I can't say that I know when [we might reunite] because there's lots of excitement about what we're making as individuals."