Why the Jonas Brothers Had to Break up to Save Their Relationship

In a time when we all feel divided by politics, it’s a good feeling to see the Jonas Brothers able to iron out their differences and reunite as a band. This reunion was a bit of a miracle when you look at it in depth. Considering it was a group of brothers who had a natural tendency toward sibling rivalry, it’s even more eye-opening.

The Jonas Brothers
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No doubt it gives hope to other bands who’ve dealt with similar internal problems to find common ground and make music again. More so, the story of the Jonas Brothers shows us a roadmap on how to deal with sibling relationships so things never turn ugly.

Take a minute to see what you can learn from them in how they repaired their creative partnership.

Making music for no reason

If you go by recent interviews with the Jonas Brothers, you begin to see an interesting view into why all bands ultimately break up. They now cite their lack of creative kinship in why they split, or what could be known as creating music on automatic pilot.

For creatives, there’s nothing worse than creating just because you’re there and because fans expect you to. For a band that wants to keep pushing creative boundaries, creating an assembly line hit machine can start to become rote, to a point where it all becomes meaningless.

The Beatles seemed to feel the same way when they broke up almost 50 years ago. To this day, nobody can argue what they created in eight years will stand the test of time and might have gone stale had they kept going.

Then you can look at the flip side to the benefits of being apart for a while to clear the air. The Jonas Brothers found this the most beneficial out of all. Ultimately, their band trajectory truly does somewhat resemble the Lads from Liverpool.

Someone always feel betrayed in the band that breaks up

According to official interviews, Nick Jonas was the one who pulled the trigger on ending the group back in 2013. You could liken it somewhat to John Lennon saying he was breaking up The Beatles, then everyone scrambling on how to announce it to the world.

You can argue the Jonas Brothers hadn’t hit Beatles level in 2013. Their record sales had even leveled out somewhat, hence why making music felt so empty. Nonetheless, Nick basically antagonized his brothers by breaking them up, despite Kevin making it clear they had issues to iron out.

Maybe fans will debate who exactly broke them up. One thing was clearly different from The Beatles, though: the brothers had already done solo turns when they initially reunited in 2012. With that, we see how much individual creative identities matter to bands with larger than life egos.

Reuniting through a documentary

Yes, it’s true the Jonas Brothers can’t entirely be compared to bands like The Beatles or similar groups. However, there is one other interesting similarity related to the recent Jonas reunion.

Had it not been for a documentary, Chasing Happiness, about the Jonas Brothers, the bros probably wouldn’t have gotten back together. Working on this project helped give them a chance to look at their differences and provide a bit of sibling therapy.

The surviving Beatles more or less did the same thing when they reunited to do two new songs in 1995 for their Beatles Anthology.

Within ten years time, maybe this reunion of the Jonas Brothers will be looked at as an anomaly in the history of the music industry. We see a lot of great lessons other bands can use here. They should use this as an example, so we don’t have to hear about creative discord anymore. Part of that should arguably be a form of band therapy while together/on tour so everyone can air grievances early without waiting to find reconciliation years later.