OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder on writing with Adele: "I chased a lot of ghosts with her"
OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder has revealed that writing with artists like Beyoncé and Adele is amazing, and he always tries to bring unfinished songs to them because he knows they have the potential to write incredible parts and contribute unique ideas.
Chatting with Billboard magazine, Tedder admitted that working with huge names has its ups and downs, but one of the most important things to be sure of before walking into a session is making sure you have identified the sound because uncertainty can create problems:
"It can be a godsend because, if lightning strikes, you can end up defining the sound of an album. The downside is, if the sound has not been clearly identified yet -- the direction -- you can end up chasing a lot of ghosts."
The hitmaker went onto talk about working with Adele on a song named "Remedy", adding:
"I chased a lot (of ghosts) with Adele [on 25]. 21 was so catastrophically big that nobody, including herself, quite knew what to do to follow that. I walked into the session with “Remedy” already started. I don’t like to walk in with a finished song — it’s kind of offensive if you do that when somebody is as talented a writer as Adele. I played it for her, and she was like, “I want to write this now and I want to record this now, and this is going to be about my son.” It immediately resonated with her."
Check out Adele's "Remedy" here:
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