Balancing between pop and alternative-rock influences, combined with their anthemic lyrics, American band OneRepublic have become a regular hit, not just on the charts but also with the masses since their debut with ‘Apologize’ in 2007. The band comprises of lyricist and lead vocalist Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Eddie Fisher, Drew Brown and Zach Filkins.
Currently on their big Asia tour, OneRepublic is set to hit the stage in India for the very first time. According to Indian Express, they also intend to experience a glimpse of Mumbai with itinerary including a visit to Elephanta Caves, Gateway Of India, Victoria Terminus, Kala Ghoda and Haji Ali among tourist spots in South Mumbai. A meeting with the dabbawalas is also planned and the band will also be given a ride in an auto-rickshaw and a bus. Their meals are also customised with dishes like dal makhani, dum aloo, mutton/chicken biryani, gobi paratha, rajma chawal, butter chicken, palak paneer, chola bhatura and mutton rogan josh, apart from idli sambhar, masala dosa, poha and tomato upma, as well as sweet delights like gulab jamun, rasgulla, kheer, shrikand and jalebi.
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 a sound/music evolution for a band?
We focus less on the sound and more on the sentiment of the lyrics and feelings 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 have 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 the first time 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 who 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.
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!
OneRepublic will perform on Saturday, 21st April 2018, at NSCI Dome in Mumbai. Opening act features ONEmpire and closing acts are DJs Zenith and Axonn. Tickets can be bought on Kyazoonga and BookMyShow.