Ryan’s interview for Schön! Magazine


If you make the effort to flick through the credits of your favourite chart-topping track, chances are Ryan Tedder is listed in them. The Oklahoma native is the mastermind behind some of the biggest hits from the likes of Beyoncé, Adele, Maroon 5, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande… the catalogue is extensive, and it keeps growing. A singer, composer, songwriter, and producer, he’s amongst the most highly esteemed figures in pop music, both behind the curtains, and as the frontman of the pop-rock band OneRepublic. After awing us with his heartfelt Facebook open letter 3 months ago, Schön! caught up with Ryan to talk about the changing face of music, collaboration, and what the future holds for the 38-year-old polymath.
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Ryan Tedder wants to invent a new album model


Ryan Tedder is ready to invent a new album format.

After OneRepublic nearly burnt out while promoting their last album Oh My My in 2016, Ryan says he doesn’t see them putting out a traditional full-length any time soon.

As of right now, they’ve decided to just release singles — like the dance-y tune “Rich Love” — whenever they want to. But Ryan also has ideas to shake up the music industry with a new model.

“An EP is too small, so I’m thinking like seven songs, call it a CP: Condensed Play,” he says.

Tedder adds, “I think that should be the new model for albums. That’s what we’re gonna do. And I’m calling it a CP and if other people wanna jump on the bandwagon they can do that.”

His other idea for a title might not be as catchy.

“The other one would be ELF: Extended Limited Format, but that just sounds ridiculous,” he says. “And you think of the movie, which doesn’t really help.”