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Released late August, Owl City's The Midsummer Station debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 and the single "Good Times" sold over 1 million copies in its first week out. With catchy dance tunes like "Speed of Love" and collabs with pop rockers like Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Adam Young, the mastermind behind these beats, brings indie dance pop full force. From Indonesia to France to the Philippines, Young's fan base is expansive and even includes starlets like Taylor Swift.
In anticipation of the September 8 show at Revolution Live, we chatted with Young while he was in Nashville, Tennessee, about The Midsummer Station, and some pretty silly stuff we found on Adam's blog.
New Times: The vibe of The Midsummer Station is a bit different than Owl City's past albums, how did that come to be?
Adam Young: It was pretty intentional. I think just 'cause If you repeat yourself forever and just keep doing the things you've always done, you know, we just wanted to try something new. And yeah, I think experimenting and it being a little more poppy and a little more dancey it's just more fun.
During the recording of "Good Times" with Carly Rae Jepsen, did you guys happen to sing a little "Call Me Maybe" together?
No, we never did unfortunately.
Well, will you sing a couple bars for us now? We know you know it, everyone knows it.
I would, but I'm scared.
What! Don't be scared!
Oh, trust me. I'm shy.
Well fair enough, we'll hear you sing live on Saturday, so it's all good.
In other collab appearances, would you say working with Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 fame was a dream come true?
Yeah, definitely. I've been a huge fan of Blink forever and everyone said to me, "don't meet your idol!" and I was pretty scared because I sort of do idolize Mark in a healthy way, I guess. [Laughs] But, I met him, and he proved that wrong. Mark was so down to Earth and so kind and funny, and gracious. He is who you think he is, and it was really amazing to work with him.
Did you guys happen to jam out to any old school Blink songs?
Nah, I didn't want to be like, "Hey, Mark can we sing all of your songs?!" Somehow, I was able to contain myself.