"It's pretty surreal," Adam says of his success. "Having written the song just for fun in my parents basement, never did I think it would go as big as it has."
Although city-living has its allure, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter still calls Owatonna, Minn. his home, and attributes much of his achievement to his Midwestern roots. "My hometown has been responsible for preserving a lot of innocence that comes through my music, because I hadn't ever been to a big city..." he says. "It's great. I think I'll be there for a while."
Adam even drew inspiration from his quiet town when he wrote his hit single 'Fireflies.' He explains: "One late night not being able to sleep, I was writing some music and I sort of wanted to translate the sparkly dream visual of the southern Minnesota countryside dusk, you know, how it's all lit up. I kind of wanted to translate that into music."
Watch the full interview below, where Adam Young opens up about the music that inspires him, the meaning behind his sophomore album title and much more. Owl City's 'Ocean Eyes' is available in stores and on iTunes now.