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Gig & Concert News - Owl City Returns To New Zealand In November

10 July 2012 - 1 Comment

Following the success of his east coast tour in 2011 off the back of the 5 x Platinum & ARIA #1 single Fireflies, Chugg Entertainment are today thrilled to confirm that indie-synth-pop sensation, Owl City, is returning to New Zealand and Australia for a series of headline shows this November. The highly anticipated The Midsummer Station World Tour will be kicking off around North America and Europe in September, before finishing up with a string of shows in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney this November.

The Australasian dates for singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, Adam Young, will start in New Zealand on Friday 16th November at Auckland’s Powerstation (Licensed All Ages), followed up by two Melbourne shows on Sunday 18th November at The Corner Hotel; one Under 18s show in the afternoon and an 18+ show in the evening, finishing up in Sydney on Tuesday 20th November at the Metro Theatre (Licensed All Ages).

Back in May of this year, details of Owl City’s new full-length album, The Midsummer Station (available to pre-order now on iTunes), were announced for an August release.  When it came time to record The Midsummer Station, 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.”

Owl City took a bold step forward on the new album by choosing to work with co-writers and outside producers for the first time, enlisting the help of Matt Thiessen (Relient K), Stargate (Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa) and Robopop (Maroon 5), and the team of Josh Crosby, Nate Campany, and Emily Wright (Dr. Luke’s engineer).

In addition, Young is joined by two very exciting guests on the new album.  On Dementia, Young is joined by one of his heroes, blink-182’s Mark Hoppus.  The song documents some of the more psychotic thoughts and feelings Young dealt with in the wake of his platinum debut album Ocean Eyes and one of the more rock-inspired cuts on the new album. And on the album’s first single, the incredibly infectious pop gem Good Time (written and produced by Adam Young, with Matthew Thiessen and Brian Lee as co-writers), Young is joined in a duet by Call Me Maybe star Carly Rae Jepsen.

Good Time debuted this week on ARIA charts at #15, hit #1 on iTunes and the RIANZ charts in New Zealand, and is also a Top 5 US iTunes hit.  When asked about working with Jepsen, Young said “I love Carly’s song Call Me Maybe.  I remember hearing it for the first time and immediately became a huge fan of hers – it is absolutely contagious. A bit later, I actually found out that she had known of my music for a while and even went to a couple of shows of mine in Vancouver so I definitely knew I wanted to collaborate with her.  And Jepsen had this to say about working with Young “This song is pure, sweet summer. Big thanks to Adam for letting me sing on it.  I hope it makes people smile. Abandon all plans and take an impromptu road trip!”

Though the songs were written during various sessions in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville, Young recorded The Midsummer Station at his own Sky Harbor Studios in Owatonna, as he has all of his albums. “I've learned a few tricks over the past few years as a producer that have allowed me to better capture the sounds I envision in my head, and I think this album sounds a lot more polished than my previous records and it's been great to see the evolution of Owl City as a project with an aesthetic change over time and evolve from one thing into another,” he says.

Indeed Young has come a long way since his days posting his musical experiments on MySpace and YouTube, launching both an online savvy and radio-friendly career that the New York Times called “a textbook illustration of how the music business needs new and old forms of media to make an artist a star.” Before becoming an Internet sensation, Young, the only child of a mechanic and a schoolteacher, attended community college and worked dead-end jobs, including one in a warehouse loading Coca-Cola trucks. He began creating melodies and beats on his laptop as a way to combat insomnia and eventually self-released an EP, 2007’s Of June and an album, 2008’s Maybe I’m Dreaming, both of which reached the Top 20 on Billboard’s Electronic Albums chart. 

Come experience Owl City’s catchy tunes and experimental beats this November. 

TICKETS ON SALE : MONDAY 16TH JULY, 9AM

OWL CITY : TOUR DATES

Friday 16th November @ Powerstation, Auckland (Licensed All Ages)
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/ (09) 970 9700

For more information go to:

http://www.chuggentertainment.com/

http://www.owlcitymusic.com/


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Shade 25 Sep 2012 17:47:25
Following the success of his Australasian tour in 2011, indie-synth-pop sensation Owl City, is returning to New Zealand with The Midsummer Station World Tour. Currently on the North American leg of his world tour, Owl City has confirmed that 19 year old singer-songwriter Jamie McDell will be the special guest for his Auckland show on Friday 16th November at the Powerstation.

Hailing from the northern surf town of Mangawhai, Jamie McDell has always surrounded herself with the simpler things in life, never straying too far from the beach, or her guitar. With a voice and lyrics that display an emotive, earnest nature similar to Taylor Swift and a song-writing style reminiscent of Hawaiian acoustic guitar folk-man Jack Johnson, Jamie McDell’s songs showcase a talent of one of the country’s most promising, up-and-coming songwriters. Her fast-moving online popularity and the success of her debut single ‘You’ll Never Take That Away’ was a revelation and confirmed the NZ public’s approval of her summery, honest pop songs.

After its release in February 2012 ‘You’ll Never Take That Away’ swiftly climbed to #9 on NZ’s overall airplay chart and spent 4 weeks at #1 on the NZ Singles chart, subsequently certified as a Gold single. Followed up with the release of her debut EP ‘All That I Wanted’ which debuted at #8 on the NZ album chart, with her current single ‘Rewind’ sitting at #2.

Now, as events have transpired and the planets align, the timing couldn’t be better and is perfect for Jamie, as Friday 16th November is also the same day that she releases her debut album ‘Six Strings and a Sail Boat’.

Be one of the first to see and hear Jamie’s new album live, and experience Owl City’s catchy tunes and experimental beats from his new album ‘The Midsummer Station’. This combination of fresh exciting talent in one of Auckland’s favourite crowd-pleasing venues is a show not to be missed!



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