OneRepublic headlines Dew Tour |

OneRepublic headlines Dew Tour

summit daily news

For about five years, OneRepublic singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder sat on a hit, while record labels refused to take a chance.

He went through a period of self-doubt, he said, but he also had vowed to not take a job outside of the music industry – a vow he’s kept for the last seven years. And deep down, he knew OneRepublic’s song, “Apologize,” was exceptional.

Finally, one label picked the band up – after the outfit independently garnered 100,000 plays a day on MySpace – then dropped the crew. But in 2007, OneRepublic released “Dreaming Out Loud,” which included the single, “Apologize,” on Timbaland’s Mosely Music Group imprint via Interscope Records.

Teddy had drawn Timbaland’s attention when Teddy, at age 21, performed on a singer-singwriter show on MTV in 2000. Timbaland called, asking Teddy to work with him. Under Timbaland’s tutelage, Teddy learned the importance of thinking freely – where anything goes – while still maintaining simplicity in a song’s structure, he said.

When “Apologize” hit the air waves, it became a hit. While most bands tour for years before creating a No. 1 tune, OneRepublic had the opposite experience: The musicians didn’t have much experience touring, and after 15 months of playing “Dreaming Out Loud” live, they realized they needed songs with a little more energy.

“I always felt so much more energy inside than I was able to get out,” Teddy said, adding that OneRepublic stopped just short of producing dance tracks on its latest album.

Last year, the band played 240 shows in 27 countries – an experience that fueled its latest songs. Tedder said he used the pulse of different locales, from Tokyo to Paris to their home-state Colorado, to inspire him to create “a soundtrack to people’s lives.”

Though OneRepublic plays two shows in a row in Breck this weekend, Teddy said each with be different – and both come with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.

“I never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s a ski town; it’s just gonna be fun as hell – and probably one too many beers.”

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User