OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder is no stranger to the difficult process of making it in the music business. The singer/songwriter/musician/producer recently blogged about his personal journey in the industry and shared many of the obstacles heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s faced along with the tricks heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pulled along the way.
“I would call the complaint hotline phone #Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s on the websites of record labels,” Tedder explains. “When the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcomplaint departmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ would answer I would say Ã¢â‚¬ËœIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry, I must have been mis-connected to you, I was being connected to the human resources department. They would then reconnect me to the actual human resources department (whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s #Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t ever listed) and I would tell the receptionist I was returning a call from the head of the department… Eventually Dreamworks (Universal music) hired me (for free) to come work in their Nashville publishing department.Ã¢â‚¬Â Nearly ten years later, after landing that summer internship, Tedder is just wrapping up an international tour with OneRepublic in support of their sophomore release, Waking Up.