"I'm a pretty big nerd," says Joe Jonas, sitting in the L.A. house he's newly dubbed "the Shaq-teau." If you're wondering why, check out the life-size cutout of NBA great Shaquille O'Neal that greets you upon entrance. Jonas – who just released his debut LP with his disco-pop crew, DNCE – has come a long way since his teen days as a sitcom star on the Disney Channel. But he's kept a boyish sensibility, even as he's become a little more rugged and sophisticated with age.
"As a band, we've always been attracted to fashion and our own versions of that," he says, "My bass player [Cole Whittle] would, like, find a vest from a guy who's doing scaffolding work in the Lower East Side. Whatever lets you be yourself." For Jonas, that means having a house stocked with childhood memorabilia, as well as fine art and a wardrobe that mixes leather and letterman jackets in vibrant, dime-store comic-book colors.