Varsity Arts Presents
1308 4th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55414
Doors 6:30PM / Show 7:30PM
This event is all ages
When it came time to record Adam Young’s third album as Owl City, the Minnesota native set himself the following challenge: ”Over the past several years I'd become fascinated with trying to capture magic in a jar through simple, concise pop songs,” he says. "I saw it as a great challenge to try to come up with catchy, unique, and memorable songs because‘ it was a new method of songwriting I'd never approached before. I believe artists should never look back or repeat themselves and this was a new frontier for me.”
To create the instantly memorable, feel-good moments he envisioned (like first single "Shooting Star"), Young sought out co-writers and outside producers for the first time, enlisting his friend Matt Thiessen (Relient K), Stargate (Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa), and the team of Josh Crosby, Nate Campany, and Emily Wright (the latter known for her work with Dr. Luke). "I made my first two records on my own without any outside help and learned that it's easy to overthink what you do by allowing yourself to become too emotionally invested in what you're doing,” Young says. "Initially, I was anxious about letting other people co-pilot the solo endeavor I'd always played close to the chest, but it was exhilarating not having 100 percent control over what happened. In the end for me, it's all about trying new things as an artist. Working with other writers taught me to care about a song as a piece of art created to reach people versus worrying about getting the final say or having my own way. Collaborating kills off a lot of ego and pride issues and that's a really healthy thing."
The process enabled Young to tap into collective human experiences in his lyrics and connect on a larger scale. "I'm known for creating music based on whimsical ideas and concepts from my own headspace, and another set of parameters I set for myself was to write about things people might relate to better,” he says. "Dementia” documents the "crazy, schizophrenic thoughts and feelings” Young dealt with in the wake of the success of his chart-topping 2009 platinum debut album Ocean Eyes, while songs like "Shooting Star" pulsates with euphoric dance beats that will appeal to fans of house, trance, dub-step, and other styles of EDM. grew up listening to dance music and I've always wanted to make a dance record," Young says. “European dance music has so much influence over pop right now, so it made sense to me. I admire a lot of the great trance DJs of the past ten years, guys like Armin van Buuren, ATB, Above & Beyond, Tiésto, and Ferry Corsten.” Other tracks follow on the more r0ck—in5pired sounds that Young began to explore on his second album, 2011’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. "Dementia" even features guest vocals by one of Young's heroes, blink-182’s Mark Hoppus.
The Shooting Star EP featuring lead single “Shooting Star” will be released by Universal Republic on May 15"‘, 2012, with the full-length album to be released Summer 2012.
Hi! I'm Jayme. Bio's ordinarily bore me so if you don't mind, I'll spare you the drabness and try to maintain a certain level of wittiness along the way ;)
I enjoy long walks in South Central Los Angeles. Since I attend the University Of Southern California, I am lucky enough to roam the streets so close to my abode. Might I add, I keep pepper spray and a pocket knife on me at all times.
I hate cats. Sorry for all you cat enthusiasts who build shrines for your felines but I just don't like them. They are sneaky, conniving, mini lions I tell you.
My guitar is my best friend. But really. I have no friends other than my guitar.
Amy Winehouse is my idol. Except for the cocaine addiction, binge drinking, rehab, tattoo's, abusive relationships, jail time, etcetera. Other than that, she's great!
I don't like flowers. or nail salons. or pink. yuck.
I would kill a man for anything chocolate. A day without chocolate is a day without sunshine. When no one understands me, chocolate is there to listen.
I love initiating awkward situations. They make me feel happy for some obscure, unknown reason.
My favorite food (other than chocolate, but that is more like an element necessary for life) is watermelon. If you're thirsty, it quenches. If you're hungry, it fulfills. What a perfect combination.
I think that sums it up.
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