Last year, Owl City was riding a huge wave of success, buoyed by a multi-album major label deal and collaborations with GRAMMY award–winning producers. It was hard to imagine that Adam Young’s star could rise any higher. Leave it to him to prove us wrong. Since we last spoke to the singer-songwriter, his electropop project has gotten even bigger. He recently teamed up with pop queen of the moment Carly Rae Jepsen to record “Good Time,” a chart–topping summer smash, and released his fourth studio album, The Midsummer Station in August. We caught up with Young to chat about the collaborative process with Jepsen, his love of Dutch DJs, and his literary inspirations.
OS: “Good Time” was a huge hit this past summer. Did you go into the studio with that goal in mind, and how did the process of collaboration work?
AY: I definitely didn’t expect the reception the song has been getting. It is an honor when you see and hear such positive feedback. Carly was an absolute pleasure to work with. It turned out she was a fan of my music and our managers knew each other, so I asked her to be on the song, sent her the stems, and within a day she sent her parts back to me.
OS: “Good Time” has the lyric “What’s up with this Prince song inside my head?” Which song are you referring to? As a fellow Minnesotan, are you a Prince fan?
AY: “Purple Rain” and yes, massive fan. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Owl City Talks EDM, Touring, and Purple Rain’