DETROIT (Billboard) - He’s a hit-writing machine for his own band (OneRepublic) and for a slew of other pop artists, including Leona Lewis (“Bleeding Love,” “Happy”), Beyonce (“Halo”) and Jordin Sparks (“Battlefield”). He’s also moving into the country realm with an upcoming Rascal Flatts collaboration.
Now Ryan Tedder tells Billboard.com that he’s set his sights on conquering another territory — films.
“I love movies. I’ve always loved movies,” Tedder, who’s currently on the road with OneRepublic, opening for Rob Thomas to promote the band’s second album, “Waking Up,” which comes out November 17. “I used to want to be an actor, but that’s never gonna happen, so I might shift into writing moves at some point. I’ve had a couple screenplay ideas I’ve been toiling over for the last two or three years. I’ve already pitched one of them to a buddy of mine who’s a producer, and he thinks I could get it made.”
The Timbaland protege says moving into movie making represents “another challenge” that fits his “goal-oriented” personality. He also acknowledges that such an endeavor may lead him to “slow down the songwriting,” something he says may be in the offing anyway.
“I might reach a point with music when I’m kind of like, ‘OK, I’ve done what I set out to do and I don’t know if I’m gonna beat where I’m at,’” explains Tedder, who’s written recently for Adam Lambert and Natasha Bedingfield and plans to work with Katy Perry in 2010. “It was just pure luck that the first two hits I wrote broke every freakin’ record. I’ve always been the kind of person who...half the fun is getting there and I just move on to something else rather than being like, ‘OK, I want to play king of the hill and see how long I can stay up here.’ I don’t want to turn into friggin’ Madonna or whatever, where you’re constantly fighting to maintain some kind of pole position. It’s that eternal pressure to maintain it that drives people mad and starts killing people.”
Tedder, who trained in songwriting in Nashville, says that writing for country artists is “refreshing” but still thinks he’s “gonna start slowing down...in the next couple of years.”
But he’s still wholly engaged in OneRepublic, whose new album he feels has “a lot more energy to it, a little more fun and a little more attitude” than 2007’s gold-certified “Dreaming Out Loud.”
“We didn’t want to chase ‘Apologize’ or chase ‘Stop and Stare,’” Tedder explains. “We wanted to do something fresh and different, forge ahead and create a new sound that was specific to OneRepublic. Our songs are bigger than we are up to this point, and we became keenly aware of that while touring. So this album aims to remedy that and really create an identity for who this band is.”
In addition to touring with Thomas and into 2010, OneRepublic will celebrate the release of “Waking Up” with a November 17 appearance on NBC’s “Biggest Loser.”