Owl City

Owl City


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'.

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.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Owl City - Unbelievable ft. Hanson (Animated)

Owl City - Verge ft. Aloe Blacc

Owl City and Aloe Blacc graduate in the video for the former's single 'Verge'; the first release from his forthcoming fifth studio album 'Mobile Orchestra' which will be released on July 10th 2015 through Republic Records.

Aloe Blacc - Verge [Lyric]

Owl City is set to release his fifth studio album entitled 'Mobile Orchestra' on July 10th 2015 through Republic, and now unveils a lyric video for the first single 'Verge' featuring vocals from Californian crooner Aloe Blacc.

Owl City - Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time (Audio)

Getting into the festive spirit is Owl City, whose fun new single 'Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time' has now been made available ahead of the holiday celebrations. Owl City is set to tour Japan in May 2015.

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Owl City - You're Not Alone [Lyric] Video

Owl City is joined by Britt Nicole on his latest song 'You're Not Alone', for which he has now unleashed a lyric video. Owl City has also released a song entitled 'Tokyo', which comes ahead of his Japan live dates next year.

Owl City - Tokyo (Audio)

The audio for Owl City's new single 'Tokyo' has now been released featuring Japanese rock band Sekai no Owari. Owl City has three dates lined up so far for Japan in May next year, with dates in Tokyo, Osaka-Shi and Nagoya.

Owl City - This Isn't The End

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, 2014 and reached number 30 on Billboard's 200 list.

Owl City - Up All Night

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 his fans.

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

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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 the once fashionable social media site Myspace aided in elevating singles, such as the once ubiquitous nasal strains of “Fireflies”, to chart-topping domination.

Adam Young In TorontoYoung's marketing ploy offers rewards for the amount of online exposure fans give the new E.P

Young’s marketing campaigns have always proved their savviness when it comes to tailoring them around the latest online outputs and social media sites and Young has always maintained a prevalent online presence. After all, it was his incessant blog posts and dedication to answering enquiries from fans that sparked such interest and adulation from his followers, cultivating a reputation that helped propel the multi-instrumentalist into the wider public sphere. But the tactics used to promote the release of new E.P Ultraviolet, the first in a line of E.P’s Young has stated he would release instead of a standard long playing album, posits a cynical turn in the exploitation of social media by artists.

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Owl City - Shooting Star

Picture - Owl City's Adam Young , Wednesday 12th September 2012

Owl City - Owl City's Adam Young Wednesday 12th September 2012 tours the Empire State Building's 86th floor observatory

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Video - Matthew McConaughey Is Snapped Along With Mindless Behaviour At Arthur Ashe Kids Day - Part 1

Prodigy, Princeton, Ray Ray and Roc Royal from Mindless Behaviour arrive on the red carpet at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Singer Rachel Crow also makes an appearance along with Owl City frontman Adam Young, MTV's 'Total Request Live' host Quddus and 'Magic Mike' actor Matthew Mcconaughey.

A number of tennis legends also showed up to participate in the event including Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Kim Clijsters, Mardy Fish, Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens

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

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen is photographed on her arrival at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day in appropriate tennis style shoes and holding a gigantic tennis racket. She is soon in front of the cameras by Olympic Gold Medallist Missy Franklin who shows off her medal in full sporting gear.

Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Max George, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes from The Wanted also show up for press photos finding the giant tennis racket and ball amusing photo props. Adam Young from Owl City is also seen in high spirits with Carly Rae Jepsen on the red carpet

Picture - Owl City's Adam Young and... , Saturday 25th August 2012

Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen - Owl City's Adam Young and Carly Rae Jepsen Saturday 25th August 2012 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day 2012 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

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2nd August, 2015