Owl City, Matt Stawski Discuss ‘When Can I See You Again?’ Video

Owl City singer Adam Young talks about the arcade game themed music video for 'When Can I See You Again?'

Adam Young of Owl City is out with behind the scenes footage from the ‘When Can I See You Again?’ music video for the track featured in the Disney movie ‘Wreck-It Ralph’. The clip features commentary from Young and the arcade game themed video’s director Matt Stawski.

“The concept of the video is sort of based around me as a 3-D physical humanoid in a 2-D world,” Young explained. “Usually when I’ve done music videos before, it’s been me in front of the camera, so it’s cool to have the other energy to work off of. You look around and there’s all sorts of people in costume having fun and enjoying it. You could hear them laughing in the background. It was a blast. The funnest thing has been actually standing in front of the arcade game controls, putting the quarter in. I feel like I’m 12 years old again in the arcade. Just being around this great set design and the whole thing – great production, great folks – they made it easy for me.”

Director Matt Stawski talks about the Owl City music video for 'When Can I See You Again?'“We do this cool effect when we shoot from the front, it looks flat like in a video game, and we shoot the camera from the side where we reveal the world and see all these workers hiding behind props and pulling ropes and pushing clouds and pushing cars. It’s actually this 3-D world that’s working, but when you see it from the front with the camera, it actually looks flat in 2-D. We took the lyrics to the song we’re playing off, when he talks about flying we’re gonna cut to (an airplane shot). A lot of the dance heads and a lot of the dance interprets some of the lyrics as well, so reading lyrics, hearing the song, it’s kind of what popped up in my head when I was picturing it.”

Watch the commentary via YouTube below the cut. (more…)

Would Adam Young Of Owl City Date Carly Rae Jepsen?

Adam Young of Owl City, seen here on the beach, talks with Z100 about whether he'd date 'Good Time' collaborator Carly Rae Jepsen, being introverted, his 'Fireflies' overnight success and more

Owl City’s Adam Young recently stopped by to chat with JJ on Z100 in New York City to talk about what he’s been up to since the release of his hit single ‘Fireflies’, his game plan for making an album, how his duet with Carly Rae Jepsen happened, if he would date the Canadian pop star and more.

Asked about where he’s been since ‘Fireflies’, Adam said, “Just kind of stayed off the radar. I’m an introverted guy so I kind of have to close the door and recharge. I kind of kept the door closed for a long time. Now that I’m back I feel fully charged and it feels good.”

As for adjusting to his fast success, he admitted, “It was really new and it was really fast, so yeah, I was chasing after this roller coaster and I didn’t know where it was going. It was hard to kind of keep up with, but I’m grateful.”

On his thought process for making a new album he said, “Doing what I do. I think it’s important as an artist to never look back at what you’ve done and never repeat yourself. For me it’s all about trying new things and experimenting and keeping the gears going and trying to stay inspired. If you do the same thing it’s like anything. If you keep doing the same thing over and over, it becomes mundane. It’s all about taking it to the next level for me.”

As for the ‘Good Time’ collaboration, he said, “Our managers grew up together… They put us together on e-mail and I introduced myself to Carly and said, ‘Hey I’m Adam. I make this music called Owl City and I have this track called ‘Good Time’ and it would be great to have you down to do it.’ She wrote back and said, ‘Yeah, I know who you are and what you do and you’ve played twice in Vancouver and I was there.’ I had now idea, so they put us together and it’s one of those things where so rarely does the final product exceed the expectation and I just dreamed as big as I could and was like, yeah it will never work out with Carly. But it happened and there it is.”

As for chances he and Carly Rae could be dating, he said, “She has a boyfriend, so no.” If she didn’t have the boyfriend, would he go out with her? “Yeah, totally.” As for getting that thought out of his mind working with the ‘Call Me Maybe’ singer on a professional relationship, he said, “Yeah, actually. That’s kind of the way I roll with every attractive female. Oh, hang on a second. I’ve got to take a deep breath.”

Watch it via Z100.com below.

Owl City’s Adam Young Discusses ‘Midsummer Station’, ‘Good Time’ & ‘Fireflies’

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Adam Young of Owl City sat down with Chris K of The End 107.9 in Sacramento, backstage at Endfest 2012 to talk about teaming up with Carly Rae Jepsen on ‘Good Time’, how his new album ‘The Midsummer Station’ is a departure from what he delivered on previous LPs, and his experience listening to his breakout hit ‘Fireflies’ on the radio for the first time.

On the Carly Rae Jepsen collaboration:

I love the song and long story short, my manager grew up with her manager. Her manager is also Justin Bieber’s manager. They grew up in Connecticut. So they kind of put us together. I remember writing an email to Carly saying, “My name is Adam. I do this thing called Owl City. Here’s this track called ‘Good Time’ that I’d be honored if you wanted to sing on it if you’re feeling it.” She wrote back saying, “I’m a huge fan. I’ve been to a couple of your shows” in Vancouver I think, and I had no idea at the time. It was kind of this worlds collide thing and it’s one of those things where if you let yourself dream too big, sometimes it can be a setup for disappointment, but this track I dreamt as big as I could and it just happened. It’s great.

On his new album ‘The Midsummer Station’:

It’s a little bit of a departure as far as the sound or genre I’m known for doing. A simplified version is, I think my mind as an artist as a creator tends to go a little bit left of center as far as lyric content. I knew when I sat down to write this record that I wanted to create something grounded in reality in a way that people could really relate to. In the past I’ve generally been known to sing about the weird, quirky things in my head, and on this record I wanted to come up with something very anthemic because at the end of the day I think music is designed to reach people. So I wanted to create something that I feel a lot of people at once from any walk of life could sing together and meet as this anthemic unified thing. That was the challenge.

On when he realized ‘Fireflies’ was going to be huge:

I still can’t really describe it. I think I was in the car driving somewhere and I turned on the radio on a whim, and it was playing. I remember seeing my name in the radio console. I think I was in Minnesota going to the mall. I turned it on and I couldn’t believe it because I wasn’t really sure the song was going to connect at radio. For a shy kid from nowhere, who was stuck in a world he couldn’t get out of. I was working for Coca Cola loading trucks. I was going to a little community school for nothing. I didn’t really have a plan, so suddenly this thing happened and it was like magic and sparks. That has never left me and I hope it never does. It’s such a dream come true.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Owl City’s Adam Young Discusses Owatonna, Carly Rae Jepsen, Burnouts

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Carlos from 91.5 The Beat interviewed Adam Young, aka Owl City. The artist talked about being from the city of Owatonna, Minnesota, teaming up with Carly Rae Jepsen on the track ‘Good Time’, doing burnouts in his Mustang GT and how he’s about to go out in front of thousands to perform when he’s introverted.

On what’s in Owatonna:

Not much. There’s 20,000 people there. There’s a lot of industrial (business). The city makes a lot of glass. It’s a small town and it’s been home forever. I love it still. I’ll be there for awhile I think.

On collaborating with Carly Rae Jepsen on ‘Good Time’:

Our managers actually called each other, and I didn’t know, she didn’t know, but my manager and her manager had grown up together, so they were mutual friends forever. I had just finished producing the instrumental track for the song ‘Good Time’, and I was thinking it would be great to get a strong female lead for verse two, and it threaded her vocals throughout. I thought I’m gonna dream big and see what happens and see if I can get Carly to sing on it. The timing just happened. She had gone to #1 and I thought there’s no way this is going to work, but I sent the track to her and it made its way to her and she heard it and was gracious enough to lend her talent to it.

On working with Carly:

She’s awesome. She’s so much fun to hang out with. She’s up for anything. Usually if you do work with another vocalist, if you send them a part they’ll say, “This is great but I have this list of things I’d like to change.” With her, she said, “I’m down, I’ll do whatever.” So that was great.

On doing burnouts in his Mustang GT:

Growing up we were kind of country kids, so it was about taking dad’s old hot rod in the back roads where no cops ever come, just a stretch of quarter mile nothing and just do burnouts and fooling around and getting into trouble.

On being a performer while being introverted:

The music, there’s this weird moment when I get out on stage. I get out there and the first song starts and it’s like all the butterflies just go away. It feels like suddenly it’s just me and the rest of the band and the music and just an empty room, even though it’s full of people. It’s like the music is a curtain I can hide behind in a way. Suddenly it feels like the music empowers me and suddenly all the shyness and all the introverted whatever goes away.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Paul van Dyk ‘Eternity’ Video Ft. Adam Young

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DJ/producer Paul van Dyk has released a new video for ‘Eternity’, the lead single from his forthcoming album, ‘Evolution’. The track features Adam Young of Owl City. The video is a post apocalyptic story that follows a group of humans on a journey to escape the now barren earth. Van Dyk’s fifth studio album, ‘Evolution’, will be available everywhere on April 3rd and can be preordered now on his official site.

Why Adam Young Calls Himself Owl City

Owl City 'All Things Bright And Beautiful'

Adam Young checked in with fans on the Owl City blog moments ago, talking about why he chose the stage pseudonym. Young writes:

After high school I moved to Minneapolis and spent the dead of winter in Minnesota working the graveyard shift at UPS. By default, everyone hated me and I hated being there so I moved home, got another dead end job and wasted a semester and a half at Riverland Community College thinking I could make something of myself (it wasn’t a waste because the college was “bad” but because I couldn’t make myself do the work and eventually got myself onto the academic probation list and thrown out). This is when I started producing music. How it all ended up working out, I’ll never know.

Mid-semester I read a short story by Ambrose Bierce for one of my required English courses, a story called “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” that had a profound effect on me. It wasn’t until later that I discovered the 1962 French film adaptation that ended up changing my general outlook, my frame of mind, my point of perspective, and my entire life from that moment on.

The entire blog post at owlcityblog.com has since been removed.

Owl City To Release ‘Live from Los Angeles’ DVD

'Owl City - Live From Los Angeles' DVD cover

Owl City is set to release a new live concert DVD with footage from his All Things Bright and Beautiful World Tour. ‘Owl City – Live from Los Angeles’ feature over 90 minutes of live performance, behind the scenes footage, exclusive interviews and more.

The DVD footage was filmed at Club Nokia this past July in Los Angeles. The full 21 track concert will be released on iTunes only on December 6th in North America. The DVD and Blu-Ray versions, to be released worldwide on February 7th, 2012, will include bonus features (backstage footage and an exclusive interview) in addition to the concert.

Track Listing:
1) The Real World
2) Cave In
3) Hello Seattle
4) Angels
5) Swimming In Miami
6) Umbrella Beach
7) I’ll Meet You There
8) Plant Life
9) Setting Sail
10) The Bird And The Worm
11) Lonely Lullaby
12) Fireflies
13) Dreams Don’t Turn To Dust
14) Kamikaze
15) Meteor Shower
16) Galaxies
17) Alligator Sky
18) Deer In The Headlights
19) Yacht Club
20) How I Became The Sea
21) If My Heart Was A House

Owl City ‘Dreams Don’t Turn To Dust’ Live From Club Nokia At LA LIVE

Owl City 'Dreams Don't Turn To Dust'

Owl City is out with a live video for his song ‘Dreams Don’t Turn To Dust’, recorded at Adam Young’s concert from Club Nokia at LA LIVE. ‘Dreams Don’t Turn To Dust’ is featured on Owl City’s third studio album ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, out now on Universal Republic. Watch the Mark Lucas directed footage below the cut. (more…)

Owl City On His ‘All About Us’ Collaboration With He Is We

He Is We

Owl City checked in with fans on his official blog at owlcityblog.com the other day, talking about his ‘All About Us’ collaboration with Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly of the Tacoma, Washington indie pop act He Is We. Adam Young writes:

I was very blessed to be involved with two artists known as He Is We and their delicate new single entitled, ‘All About Us’. The song radiates a flavor of bliss I’ve never quite tasted before and it’s one of those tracks you keep playing over and over because you want more of whatever it is that connects the emotional dots. You play it once and it feels good, so you play it again, and before you realize it, your iTunes count is over thirty but you’re still going strong.

The post at owlcityblog.com has since been removed.

Owl City ‘Deer In The Headlights’ Video

Owl City is out with the music video to his new single ‘Deer In The Headlights’, the third release from Adam Young’s third studio album ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, out now on Universal Republic. The video features Adam driving a DeLorean and includes a cameo from Canadian synthpop artist Lights as a convenience store cashier… or perhaps not. Watch it via YouTube below.