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Interview:
OneRepublic Is Happy, Not Satisfied
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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OneRepublic is enjoying the gold certification for its debut album, “Dreaming Out Loud,” and the enduring life of its hit single, “Apologize,” which also appears on producer Timbaland’s “Timbaland Presents Shock Value.”

But frontman Ryan Tedder says the Los Angeles band is hardly satisfied yet.

“I’m happy,” says Tedder, 28, “but we’ve definitely set our sights a lot farther than that and a lot bigger than that. So we’re just gonna keep on trucking and try to put out as much good music as possible and play as many live shows as possible and see as much of the world as possible.

“But this business is funny. Things turn on a dime, so the second you’re congratulating yourself, all of a sudden you’re watching yourself take two steps back. We don’t want to let that happen.”

The Oklahoma-born Tedder — who’s also written and produced songs for Jennifer Lopez, Natasha Bedingfield, Chris Cornell, Hilary Duff, Blake Lewis and others — says the worldwide success of “Apologize” is “a good problem to have — but still a problem.” He’s pleased that the group’s current single, “Stop and Stare” is also climbing the charts, while “Dreaming Out Loud’s” opening track, “Stay (All I Need),” is on the runway to follow it.

“We’re excited to get to the rest of the album,” Tedder explains. “It’s an album built on songs and not just one single, and I think that’s critical for all artists to have a future and long career. You can’t just write one good song; you’ve got to write 10. And then you’ve got to show people that you have them.

“It’s definitely very taxing, but hopefully, it sets us up for a career and not just an album.”



OneRepublic and Josh Kelley perform at 8 p.m. Friday (Feb. 22) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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