NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Tedder has been the mastermind behind hits for Adele, Beyonce and Leona Lewis, but on his band's new album, the Grammy winner gets help from other hit-makers.
Tedder's name is all over the credits on "Native," OneRepublic's third album, released Tuesday. But other players helped shape the band's latest sound, including Benny Blanco, who co-produced hits like Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," and Jeff Bhasker, who produced fun.'s Grammy-winning breakthrough album, "Some Nights."
"I was very clear with them," said Tedder, who added that taking a back seat to other producers was both "scary and exciting."
"I was like, 'We're not Maroon 5. We're not fun.'"
OneRepublic's lead single, "If I Lose Myself," was co-produced by Blanco, and Bhasker adds his drum-filled sound to "Can't Stop." The album also features producer Philippe Zdar, best known his work with French critical darlings Phoenix.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Tedder, 33, talked about collaborating with other artists, the state of rock music on Top 40 radio and "Native," which OneRepublic recorded in Greece, Paris, London, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Canada, and Colorado.
AP: You've produced for many acts. What was it like having others come into your musical space?
Tedder: I happened to work with Benny and Bhasker in the middle of, probably the both of them, the greatest run of hits in their lives. ... I don't want the one time I go outside my box and collaborate with somebody be the song that doesn't work. You're always like slightly terrified. ... No offense to them, but I didn't want their palate or their sound to then define us.
AP: So how did you work everything out?
Tedder: The one Bhasker did and one of the two Benny did, I knew fundamentally I'm not the guy to do this. I'm not the right producer to do this record. I'm not getting it right. This record sounds like such a huge, huge, important moment and I'm missing it.
AP: It's been almost four years since the band released an album. Why?
Tedder: (It) never was our intention. We thought two years most between album cycles, but to be honest, the last single we put out on our second album, 'Good Life,' became this, it just kept going. ... And every time we turned around, we'd get another offer to do this and play this show or do this gig or do this TV thing ... but that's just the nature of this band. Our songs, just in America for some reason, take twice as long as they do everywhere else to do their thing. ... We don't have that kind of Rihanna, Bruno Mars luck.