Aidin Vaziri | Owl City mastermind Adam Young recorded “Ocean Eyes,” his group’s breakthrough first album, in the basement of his parents’ Minnesota home between shifts working at a Coca-Cola warehouse and attending community college. With a little help from MySpace, the 24-year-old songwriter scored one of the biggest hits of the year with “Fireflies.” Now Young is on the road with Owl City, alternating tours with Maroon 5 and John Mayer, and promoting a new album by his pre-Owl City project, Sky Sailing, called “An Airplane Carried Me to Bed.”
Adam Young of Owl City
Q: You’re touring with John Mayer and Maroon 5. Do you expect to see a lot of Owl City fans’ parents out in the crowd?
A: Unfortunately, I’m pretty nearsighted and I don’t wear glasses onstage because they inevitably get flung off. The funny thing about playing shows with artists like John Mayer and bands like Maroon 5 is that generally there are so many people crammed into the given venue or arena that it’s hard to really make out anything past the microphone. My guess is: probably.
Q: What do you imagine the scene is going to be like backstage?
A: I feel like there’s going to be a lot of pizza.