Jack in Paraguay on the South American leg of the “From Here To Now To You” Tour
foto: Tigo Paraguay
"Good evening Mexico City, this is our acoustic set, love you, thanks for coming tonight, we hope you enjoy it", said Filkins in his perfect Spanish, as Tedder said in English “I could have said all of that, but I refer him to”, which provoked laughs and screams.
Article in Milenio, translated by me.
1.You guys are touring now — what’s been the best part of the tour so far?
I love playing my hometown, so playing Denver was the highlight for me. The mayor and the governor came out. It was a highlight, for sure.
2.What’s your favorite song to play live?
My favorite song to play live is probably “Everybody Loves Me” off the new album. I get to play three instruments and run all over the stage. It’s just so energetic. It’s an absolute blast and it’s so different for OneRepublic.
3.What’s your favorite song on the new album?
It’s a tie between “Secrets” and “Missing Persons.”
4.How has your sound changed on the new album?
It’s way more energetic, up-tempo, and more exciting overall. It’s not as mellow as the first album. It’s got a lot more energy and a lot more edge to it. There are some beautiful, dreamy-type songs but it’s a lot more up-tempo material.
5.What was the writing process like for this album?
We wrote all over the world on tour last year — South Africa, Germany, the UK. We brought it all back to Denver and finished it all together. I wrote all the lyrics and melody and a lot of the music, but we collaborated on some songs. I ended up producing this one, which is a change, so that was fun. We took our time over about eight or nine months. We tried to create a new sound and something we could live with for years to come and something to separate us from everyone else out there.
6.Where were you when you wrote the first single off the new album, “All the Right Moves”?
It was written in a hotel room in Luxembourg, like at 3 a.m., and then recorded a few days later by the whole band in Germany in Munich. And then six months later, back in Denver, we re-tracked some of the stuff and that was pretty much it. We always knew we wanted it to be the first single, regardless of what else we wrote, just because of the energy and the hook was so strong. It just felt right.
7.What’s your favorite lyric in the song?
My favorite lyric is “The sun is shining every day but it’s far away/all the world is dead.” That’s probably my favorite line.
8.You’ve worked with so many awesome artists. Who was one of your favorite collaborations?
My favorite so far is Alicia Keys. Just her persona, her personality. She’s just a great person.
9.Who would you love to collaborate with in the future?
Paul McCartney. Easy question, easy answer. Paul McCartney at some point in my life.
10.What’s been your craziest fan encounter?
At this point I was, like, 28, I think, and the lady and her daughter who must’ve been 14 was standing to take a photo next to me. The mom grabbed my butt, leaned over and asked me if I would hook up with her daughter. Like, flat-out asked me. And her daughter was standing right there. We were taking a picture together, and I was just like, “What in the world?” She’s like, “It would make her year.” That was in Indianapolis.
11.So you’re never going back to Indianapolis.
Yeah, it’s crazy.
12.What’s one song out right now that you wish that you had written?
Every time I hear “Umbrella” from the first time I heard it I was like, “My God, why didn’t I write that?” That is my ultimate “wish I had written” song.
13.What music are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to Sgt. Pepper’s — I just bought it again for like, the third time at a truck stop in Morgan, California. So I’ve been listening to that and Revolver. I try to balance my intake of music so I’ll listen to a bunch of really cool credible stuff like that and Sigur Ros — I’m a huge fan — and Regina Spektor. But also because I write and produce a lot, I listen to what’s on Top 40.
14.What’s one song that we’d be surprised to find on your iPod?
I’ve got Britney Spears’ “3” on my iPod. That’s probably shocking.
15.Is that one of your most-listened to songs?
No, when a song like that comes out I’ll listen to it almost to study it.
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