Owl City

Biography

Owl City (started 2007)

Owl City is the synth pop alter ego of Adam Young. Owl City rose to fame with the release of 'Fireflies'.

Owl City: Starting Out

Owl City was formed when Adam Young started to make music in his parents' house, whilst he had a job at a Coca-Cola factory. He started making music to distract him from his insomnia.

After uploading his songs to his MySpace page, the popularity of the tracks spread and Young eventually signed to Universal Republic.

The debut release from Owl City was an EP entitled Of June. This was followed by the debut album, Maybe I'm Dreaming.

Owl City then released 2009's Ocean Eyes, which debuted at number 27 on the main US album chart. Of the four singles from the album ('Hello Seattle', 'Strawberry Avalanche', 'Fireflies' and 'Hot Air Balloon'), 'Fireflies' was by far the most popular. The song reached number one in the US and Canadian charts and eventually did the same when it was released in the UK.

Owl City's backing band consists of Breanne Duren (backing vocals and keyboards), Laura Musten (violin), Hannah Schroder (cello) and Matthew Decker (drums). The vocalist from Relient K, Matt Thiessen can also be heard singing backing vocals on 'Fireflies'.

Owl City's track 'Sunburn' was featured on Soundtrack 902010, the musical accompaniment to the TV series 902010, which stars Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds and Ryan Eggold. Other artists to feature on the soundtrack include OK Go, Adele and The Raconteurs and N*E*R*D.

Previously, Owl City has toured with Brooke Waggoner and The Scene Aesthetic as well as being chosen to open for John Mayer. He was also shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2010. The poll was topped by Ellie Goulding and also featured Delphic, Joy Orbison and Marina and the Diamonds.

Young lists Boards of Canada and Imogen Heap among his biggest inspirations for making music.

Adam Young also leads four other projects, Port Blue, Seagull Orchestra, Insect Airport and Windsor Airlift, though none of the projects retain the popularity of Owl City.

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Owl City - This Isn't The End

29th August 2014 -

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The video for the Owl City song, 'This Isn't The End' has been released. The song is featured as track on the forth extended play from the artist, 'Ultraviolet'. The EP was released in July,...

Owl City - Up All Night

1st August 2014 -

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Having released his four-track EP earlier this summer entitled 'Ultraviolet', Owl City has unleashed a video for track two 'Up All Night'. He celebrated this latest release recently with an all night Twitter chat for...

The Problem With Owl City's Marketing Tactics For The New 'Ultraviolet' E.P

10th June 2014 -

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Owl City, the one-man bedroom project success story from the mind of Adam Young, is an act who owes his career to the internet for disseminating his music across the globe. A huge following on...

Owl City - Shooting Star

26th October 2012 -

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28th August 2012 -

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Carly Rae Jepsen And The Wanted Pose With Large Tennis Props For Press Photos At Arthur Ashe Kids Day - Part 2

28th August 2012 -

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Owl City - All Things Bright And Beautiful

22nd August 2011 -

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Also known as Adam Young, Owl City may be a familiar name to music fans in the UK, likely due to the chart-topping 'Fireflies' at the beginning of 2010. Its parent album 'Ocean Eyes'...

Owl City - Ocean Eyes

25th February 2010 -

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Review of Owl City's album Ocean Eyes released through Universal RepublicWith the popularity of single 'Fireflies' and a host of sold out gigs awaiting him, Owl City, better known as Adam Young, brings us his...

Owl City - Fireflies

22nd July 2009 -

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