Ryan chats with Yahoo! India

In an exclusive chat with Yahoo! India, lead vocalist Ryan Tedder talks about their influences, future plans and expectations from their fans in India.

OneRepublic is known for their gospel, pop, rock sounds. How important do you think is sound/music evolution as a band?
We focus less specifically on the sound and more the sentiment of the lyrics and feeling of the music. We try to connect human to human in each song… as if we were sitting at dinner together talking about real life issues.

As a band, you has been on countless tours. How has that experience influenced your music?
I think a lot of music (not just pop music –across many genres) has started to sound very programmed, and that works for some artists.  For us, we are still a band who tours live very heavily.  Having live instrumentation in our songs is important so fans are hearing what they anticipated at a live show.

Who has it been most fun collaborating with?
I could talk about music for days. If you’re just a one trick pony and you stick to one style then you’re going to phase out eventually, it’s inevitable. I’ve worked with such a diverse range of artists recently. I did a session with Camila Cabello for her album and was super happy with how “Into It” turned out. The Paul McCartney stuff I’ve done is all really exciting – that was my favourite session ever. I’ve been in the studio with Charlie Puth and have done some stuff with Logic and Martin Garrix so there’s lots to come!

Which has been the most memorable gig/concert so far?
A defining moment was performing ‘Counting Stars’ for one of the first times ever in Tel Aviv. We’d never seen such a strong reaction to such a new song before.  That was really special.  We have such dedicated fans that have been supportive since the very beginning – they are an everyday reminder of why we do what we do, and to keep making music!

What are you most excited about the Asia tour?
We are psyched!  We have never had a chance to explore until now. We’ve actually been pushing our booking agents to find us a show in India for a long long time… years. So, the deal clincher was finally getting an offer that made sense and lined up with other dates in that part of the world.  I’ve personally wanted to go to India since I was a little kid, I’m fascinated by the country.

nt of the lyrics and feeling of the music. We try to connect human to human in each song… as if we were sitting at dinner together talking about real life issues.

As a band, you has been on countless tours. How has that experience influenced your music?
I think a lot of music (not just pop music –across many genres) has started to sound very programmed, and that works for some artists.  For us, we are still a band who tours live very heavily.  Having live instrumentation in our songs is important so fans are hearing what they anticipated at a live show.

With your first time in India, what are you planning to try out?
I honestly have no idea what to expect from fans in India. Very few American artists have played here so I haven’t been able to ask too many people what the concert crowd is like.  I’ve been researching for a couple weeks on places to eat and coffee shops and neighbourhoods to visit, I’ve gotten to be friends with Diplo recently so I’ve been asking him advice on places to visit in Mumbai. I have a pretty detailed list of places I plan on visiting for coffee and food and some of the more obvious tourist destinations. I will also check out some art and music while we are there; we’ve even hired  a tour guide for the second day.  We will be documenting the whole experience as well.

It’s been more than 10 years since OneRepublic has been around. How do you, as a band, envision the next 10 years?
Playing and connecting with more people than ever!

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