Owl City Thinks California Girls Are Undeniable

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Pamela Littky
Owl City (real name: Adam Young) may not be a household name yet, but he's certainly making a name for himself opening for bands such as Maroon 5 and John Mayer. His debut, Ocean Eyes, got him recognized (think a poppier Postal Service); now he's hoping that his earliest set, recorded before he became Owl City--An Airplane Carried Me to Bed (Sky Sailing) due in November--will also meet great success. 

Young says he's shy and introverted, but we think he has a way with words that will get him far...check out the interview after the jump.

OC Weekly (Lilledeshan Bose): What's it like touring with John Mayer? 
It's sorta like when you put on a fresh pair of sweatpants right after they come out of the dryer. It's inspiring, compelling, refreshing, gripping, spellbinding, and of course leg-warming, among other things. 

Why Owl City? What does it mean?
There is a row of underground classrooms at my hometown high school and the "windows" in those rooms are at ground level. One Monday morning I was yawning my way through American Literature 101 and I happened to glance out the window to see a huge male deer blundering about outside the window. 

It must've stayed up too late the night before or eaten to much cereal that morning because it was clearly disoriented. Regardless, this is the part you'll have a hard time believing. To everyone's horror, the deer stumbled and broke into a full-on gallop and ran straight into the street level classroom window, smashing it to pieces and inevitably participating in our class activity. 

Needless to say, our teacher bellowed out the evacuation order and we all ran for our lives. The classroom door slammed closed before the deer could infiltrate the main artery of the school but it continued to thrash around in our classroom, turning over tables and chairs, rooting through backpacks, and probably doing a bit of studying as well. Thankfully, the local animal handlers were called and the poor deer was gently removed and released back into the wild from whence it came. I remember lying awake that night wondering how the scenario would've played out if it had been an owl rather than an adult deer. That's why Owl City. Am I making sense?

What did you grow up listening to? What influenced you to be a musician? 
I listened to a lot of Beach Boys. My dad was a postal worker and he and I used to ride around in his sweet mail truck and listen to The Monkeys, Herman's Hermits, The BeeGees, Alice Cooper, Credance Clearwater Revival, Megadeath, you name it. That stuff still inspires me today. 

Since you're from the Midwest, did you have any preconceptions of Southern California (LA, OC). What were they?
Have they been met or disproved? I remember having super high expectations regarding clam chowder. It's a bit odd but I have a fascination with the culinary delights of the given region I am in. A friend of mine had been to Southern California on a senior trip and had eaten a bowl of clam chowder in a bread bowl. He told me it was delicious so I expected nothing less. Upon arriving and tasting for myself, it indeed was delicious. I also really like the flora in Southern California. You guys have Birds of Paradise! Romantic little flowers, aren't they? 

Do you think California Gurls are undeniable?
Yeah, I dated a girl from Southern California once and she was the most beautiful creature I'd ever laid eyes on. Blonde hair, blue eyes, skinny and super tan. She had this charming gaze that could look into your soul and retrieve all your deepest innermost secrets without warning. She was way out of my league and I was always nervous around her. She would just glance at me and I would go weak and almost faint. Everything about her was gorgeous and I felt like a sappy idiot.


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