OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” may sound like a YOLO anthem, but as frontman Ryan Tedder shares in an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the set, the song has a darker origin.
“It’s actually about my buried, latent fear of flying and going down in an airplane,” he says. “Having that moment of sheer panic, looking out the window, seeing your life pass before you and somehow finding comfort in the fact that the person next to you is experiencing the same traumatic event.”
The phobia hasn’t kept him from touring the world, however, and the behind-the-scenes footage from the “If I Lose Myself” video captures how the band create a different kind of trip to visually represent the song.
“This is kind of a first for all of us, including the director,” Tedder says. “The video storyline was inspired by [the films] ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘The Matrix,’ follow the white rabbit.”
The band’s third album, “Native,” is due March 26. OneRepublic’s first two albums, “Dreaming Out Loud” and “Waking Up,” have sold 1.1 million and 562,000, respectively, with the new set arriving in the wake of Tedder’s 2012 Grammy win for his contributions to Adele‘s chart-dominating “21.”
Watch the official video for OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” below: