hollywood daily interview.
IN: How are you today? Thanks, so much for taking the time to sit down and chat with us.
JB: No problem, thanks for having me. I’m doing good – I’m doing really good.
IN: It’s been awhile since you’ve done an interview; what have you been up to?
JB: Well, I have a kid now – I guess that’s not really news now, but you know…he’s getting so big, he keeps me and Cece pretty busy. [Laughs] The guys and I are working on a new record, that’ll be out here in the next few weeks.
IN: Oh yeah, can you tell us anything about it? We’ve heard the first three singles off of it, and a lot of people noticed they’re very different from each other, and from what you guys normally do.
JB: Yeah, we’re getting that a lot actually. But there’s a purpose, I promise. So we’ve been doing this together for a long time now, and usually when we work on an album, everything’s very much – a collaborative. And that’s not to say this record doesn’t have a lot of that in it, you know, but we kinda wanted to have….some songs on there represent more of Casey’s style. Some songs that represent more of Isaiah’s, and then some that represent more of mine. So like, the latest song that just came out, Don’t Let Me Down, I wrote it…and I kind of told everyone what I wanted with it and the guys did the same with me and the songs that they wrote. Because like – right now, each one of us is kind of on our own journey, and we kind of wanted a chance to tell our stories like…separately, but together.
IN: Yeah, you do have to do things to change it up. And you guys now are…you’re growing up, you’re going down separate paths, it’s understandable. Has it been challenging?
JB: Challenging, in the sense that like….woah, we all have a lot of issues. [Laughs] No but…yeah, it was challenging. I like to have a lot of humor to what I do – that’s what makes me happy, that’s what makes me want to create. But, trying to find that balance between humor and like…that all of these songs are coming from a really, really deep place, it’s been kind of a challenge. Normally, I have one of the guys to like…reel me back in if I start to go too off the rails, and now I have to keep in check myself. It’s – it’s tough, for sure. But it’s been really, REALLY rewarding. I think it’s going to be really cool to hear what people think of it.
IN: Did your singles get a good reaction from the fans?
JB: Well, like you said, they did notice some differences. And I’d say that’s a good thing – I think, generally the reception’s been really positive. We’re really lucky to have so many dedicated fans that trust us, even when we want to do something crazy. We just hope it’s worth all the hype! [Laughs]
IN: I bet it will be. So speaking of getting a little off the rails – I wanted to ask you…Casey Caverly, he was in the news the other day getting a ‘little’ bit crazy. And we saw some of your fans were very vocal about the incident. What did you think? Did you see the backlash?
JB: Okay, well…listen. [Laughs] Casey, he’s – I just don’t know if I’m the right person to ask this, ‘cuz we have conversations all the time about how much we hate the paparazzi. [Laughs] And I get where our fans are coming from, but I think it’s really easy, sometimes to forget that we’re human, and we have moments and bad days. It’s like – it’s just our bad moments are all over the internet and stuff. I don’t know. I get it, but I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing on a ‘bad day’ too.
IN: Yeah, it’s tough. It’s hard to be in the public eye all the time. Is that harder to manage now that you and Cece have a baby?
JB: Yes and no. It’s hard like, when we go out and we take August somewhere and paparazzi wants to like…rush to snap pictures of us with the baby. But at the same time, like…I dunno, there are so many cool things about being a dad, I forget about like THAT aspect of it sometimes.
IN: So, you took to ‘dad life’ pretty well?
JB: Yeah, well…I always knew I wanted to be a dad, so yeah I was just happy when it happened. There are gonna be a lot of moments that are really hard, but for the most part it’s just…something really special to be a parent, I’ll gladly take the bad for the good.
IN: That’s amazing. Okay, Mr. Brooks, we are just about out of time. Do you have anything else you want to say?
JB: Thanks for having me. Everyone buy and stream Color Theory when it comes out, May 20th!