Ahead of the release of their new album Oh My My on October 7, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder has returned to the cover of FAULT Magazine.
As well as sharing some great shots of the frontman, he also joined FAULT for an interview and opened up about the process of making Oh My My, finding the time to work with artists such as Beyoncé, Adele and Stevie Wonder, and which British artist he has plans to work with next.
Ryan on what to expect from Oh My My:
‘The songs are crazy; they’re all over the place. It’s like a playlist. And that’s how people listen to music nowadays anyway. You listen to five artists; you don’t listen to just one artist. I work with 100 artists, so our music is reflective of that.’
Ryan on how Oh My My differs from previous OneRepublic albums:
‘With this album, I pushed the envelope as far as it could go and on some songs we probably pushed it too far. But then again, that’s how you figure out how far you can go within your own world.’
Ryan on deciding which other artists to work with:
‘You’ve got limited time in a day and you have to choose the ones that move you the most. You can’t just chase the ones that you think you’re going to have a hit with. You go for the ones that you know you’ll bring out the best in them and they’ll bring out the best in you.’
Ryan on working with Taylor Swift:
‘She is pound for pound the most talented writer of any artist I’ve ever worked with. Taylor is the only artist that I’ve worked with that has the complete skillset. She can write songs with the technical understanding of a master of songwriting, but she still taps into the emotional and personal side of the artist that she is and writes from that place. To do both at the same time is incredibly rare and I haven’t met many other people that do it. And Taylor has known what she wanted to do ever since she was 12, so there’s that. She’s a bit of a prodigy.’
Ryan on working with Stevie Wonder and planning to work with James Bay early next year:
‘I did a song for a movie with [Stevie Wonder] a couple of weeks ago. He and I were sitting in a room, going back and forth over lyrics and I had a moment where I was sat there and I wished there was a camera filming cause I was writing a song with Stevie Wonder.’
‘James Bay would be great to work with. Someone connected us and we plan on writing together at the beginning of 2017, around January. But yeah, James is my favourite newcomer.’
The full interview is available to read on the FAULT Magazine website now.
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