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Q&A with Owl City’s Adam Young

Q&A with Owl City’s Adam Young

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Q&A with Owl City’s Adam Young

Adam Young of Owl City.

Owl City began in Adam Young’s basement.

Young, the sole creative force behind Owl City, spent nights making music, which eventually culminated in 12 songs of sing-along electronic pop.

Almost four years later, Young is still at it. He took on a few collaborators for his latest album, “The Midsummer Station,” including “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Relient K’s Matt Thiessen, who co-wrote many of the album’s songs.

As Owl City, Young is now on tour as a supporting act for Maroon 5. We called young after his show in Cleveland to talk about the tour. — Kevin Coffey

Q. You had to cancel a few performances because of your voice. How are you doing now?

A. It’s pretty tired. It’s in a little better shape now. I was a little afraid that I had vocal polyps, which would require surgery. Thankfully, it was not that. We played last night in Cleveland — played a headline set — and it was great.

Q. How has the tour been with Maroon 5 and Neon Trees?

A. Really good so far. We’ve done four or five shows. We had to cancel a few because of my voice, of course, but they’ve been really great. They’re all super great guys. I feel honored to be up there with them. It’s like a free pass to watch these two other great bands every night, and all I have to do is play a few songs. It’s definitely great to be out here.

Q. A lot of the shows are sold out. What’s that been like?

A. It’s cool. It’s so different playing for your own crowd of 1,500 people in a club versus someone else’s crowd of 20,000 people in an arena. You feed off the crowd a lot more than you realize, but it’s such a great challenge. Headlining and supporting, I love both sides.

Q. Have you been playing some dates on your own?

A. We have so many days off on the Maroon 5 tour, so we can do our own shows in between. It’s nice when you have a mix of headlining and supporting dates on a given tour.

Q. What have you been playing during the sets?

A. Mostly stuff from the new album. We’re trying to make sure we put together a little bit of a dynamic for 30 minutes. If you’ve been a fan for a long time, there will be one or two songs that you know that are older. It’s just kind of a good 30 minutes with a lot of energy. It’s fun to hit it hard and run off.

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