I’m a wee bit obsessed with this song right now. Something about it is haunting and upbeat at the same time. I love how when it comes on in the car, my three and five year old instantly glaze over and go into their head bobble mode. Something about it speaks deeply to them, and that makes me happy.
So I dug into Owl City a bit, to discover that it’s the brainchild of Adam Young, a shy kid from Minnesota. He was tinkering with electronic music in his parent’s basement, while working at a Coca Cola distribution plant. In a Rolling Stone Daily interview, he says, “It allowed me to sort of dream up these projects. One wound up being Owl City. I thought through how I wanted it to sound, how I wanted the records to look, everything. Sometimes working in a monotonous environment can really free up your imagination.”
Having once stuck labels on vitamin packages in a factory night shift, I can attest to that.
But Adam’s music didn’t stay in the basement- on Myspace, one of his songs racked up over six million views, which helped land a traditional record deal with Universal Republic records. That label released Owl City’s debut, “Ocean Eyes”.
Check it out, let me know what you think!
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