By Tess Eyrich | August 8, 2016 | Culture
Nick Jonas teams up with his longtime pal Demi Lovato for their Future Now tour.
Nick Jonas is the first to admit it’s downright “crazy to think about” just how long he’s known his closest friend and fellow pop singer, Demi Lovato. The former child actors turned best-selling musicians, who met on the set of Disney Channel’s smash-hit film Camp Rock nearly 10 years ago, have remained confidants and collaborators throughout their rollercoaster ride to superstardom. Now the cofounders of their own label, Safehouse Records, the duo will hit the stage at MGM Grand Garden Arena in August for the Vegas installment of their co-headlined Future Now tour, a cross-country extravaganza supporting Lovato’s Safehouse-released fifth studio album, Confident, and Jonas’s latest effort, Last Year Was Complicated, which debuted in June. Before landing in Vegas— where some of their favorite hangouts include SW Steakhouse, XS, Hakkasan, and Shadow Creek Golf Course—we chatted with Jonas and Lovato, both 23, about balancing friendship with creative success.
You’ve known each other for almost a decade. Which qualities in each other are you most inspired by?
NICK JONAS: I think one of Demi’s best qualities is the fact that she’s fearless and always willing to tell the truth and be honest, in her work and as a person.
DEMI LOVATO: I tend to want to rest and be more of a homebody, so I really admire Nick’s drive in general and his excitement to go out and explore the cities we go to.
What inspired you to found your own label, Safehouse Records?
NJ: We kind of looked at each other a couple of years ago and said we each had our own journey with not feeling safe enough to create, and as an artist you have to be vulnerable to do your best work. It’s about a community of people feeling comfortable to release things they want to release.
DL: Safehouse is about creating an environment in which the artist feels supported emotionally. It feels great to be building that—for us and for other musicians.
Has founding Safehouse also made you more confident in your songwriting?
DL: I think, as with anything, life experiences inspire songwriting, and a lot has happened in the past few years.
NJ: Right—we’ve both been making music for a long time, and our music has evolved as we have. And especially now with Safehouse, we love being able to have creative control of everything we’re doing. It’s important for us to be authentic to ourselves in our music. August 13. MGM Grand Garden Arena, 866-740- 7711; ticketmaster.com
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