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By Andy Argyrakis
OwlCity adds electro-pop element to
tour with Maroon 5 and Neon Trees
Monday, April 1, 2013
Best known as the artist behind the one-man band OwlCity, a mere five years ago, Adam Young was just a shy, soft-spoken 21-year-old guy, making music in the basement of his parent's home in Owatonna, Minnesota. He might have stayed there had he not posted his contagious electro-pop tunes on MySpace and other social networking portals, instantly catapulting the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist into the spotlight and forever changing the course of his life in a matter of months.
"It's certainly been a roller coaster," says Young "but for me, I have two areas of my life: one of them is at home and one of them is on the road. At home, life is very much like it's always been. I'm still surrounded by the same people that I feel like keep me very grounded and I have that sort of security net. If ever I'm feeling bummed out or worn down or whatever, I have friends and family, who've always been there and been my refuge. On the other hand, when I'm on the road things are so different. I had never toured before this whole career laid its path out for me, so it's certainly been a crazy thing. I'm playing MadisonSquareGarden one year and the next year I'm supporting John Mayer and there's all these different things going on that I can't even figure out what they mean!"
Even though he's just a few years into a burgeoning career, Young seems to have his personal and professional rhythm down pat, maintaining those aforementioned relationships, while continuing a feverish recording and touring pace, which finds the fresh face joining Maroon 5 and Neon Trees this spring supporting his latest long player "The Midsummer Station" (Universal Republic). Though OwlCity's insanely catchy ethos remains at an all-time high, the project takes an increasingly noticeable Top-40 feel, dabbling in everything from four-on-the-floor dance beats to pop/punk to straight up commercial confections (thanks in part to duet partners like blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Carly Rae Jepsen).
"This full-length is a bit of a departure from a sound and I wanted to give people the heads up for that," explains Young. "Sometimes when my favorite bands take a left turn and they don't tell anybody, you're kind of left to piece it all together and figure it out for yourself, whether you like it or don't. I wanted to say 'here's where my mind's going.' This is not the record label putting pressure on me to write songs that sound more commercial. This isn't from anyone else except me. It's still very much 'me,' but it's a little different and it might take some people some time to get used to and kind of warm up to it."
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