OneRepublic shot into the spotlight in 2007, powered by their debut album Dreaming Out Loud and the single “Apologize,” which topped album charts all over the world, also went triple platinum in the United States. The band hasn’t slowed down since, racking up hit after hit and performing in front of sell out crowds in the process.
Covering other artists during their live show is one of their most cherished moments on stage; though the deciding whose hits to perform isn’t exactly the easiest. Fresh 102.7/New York found out just how difficult the song selection process can be.
“Somehow picking the songs we cover is the hardest part of being in this band,” guitarist Drew Brown said, before Tedder jumped in. “But it’s one of the most fun things.”
The band likes to sprinkle covers in during their show, giving their set an ebb and flow.
“We’ll go into a song that maybe you know … then all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Wait a minute … is this Scissor Sisters?’” Tedder said.
The band has covered everyone from Rihanna and Adele (whom Tedder co-wrote “Rumour Has It” with) to Ben E. King and Oasis, but one of their most beloved covers is “Sabotage,” from New York City’s hip-hop greats Beastie Boys.
“That is one of my favorite covers we’ve ever done,” Tedder recalled.
The cover has also become revered amongst fans, with several live versions finding their way to YouTube.
Outside of the band, Tedder has written with a who’s who in the industry, including Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and many more. Tirelessly writing with others has helped OneRepublic churn out hit after hit, something he feels can hinder artists when they spend too much time away from their craft.
“You try and come back and turn that switch back on … that’s kind of like not working out for three years and then trying to go run a marathon,” Tedder said.
His motto for keeping his songwriting fresh and creative: “If you get lazy, your stuff starts to suck.”
OneRepublic looks to continue making music that doesn’t suck with the release of their next album, currently without a confirmed title or release date. But the first single, “Feel Again,” will hit airwaves tomorrow August 22.
-E.J. Judge, CBS Local/Fresh 102.7