Adam Young says he’s “maybe 80, 85 percent done” with the next Owl City album, which finds him working for the first time with a number of other songwriters.
"It’s exciting. It’s kind of a new process for me," Young tells Billboard.com. "I really haven’t ever done much co-writing or collaborating with other producers or writers. But that’s what the last few months have been for me, doing different sessions with different people and experimenting. It’s coming together nicely."
Though he’s not yet sure which songs will be recorded or make the album, Young says he’s been working with Dr. Luke, Stargate, JR Rotem, Brian Kennedy and Emily Wright.
"It was a little bit scary at first, because I don’t have a history of actually doing it," Young reports. "But there’s something to be said about feeding off of another person’s energy in the room and having another soul in the room to say, ‘Here’s what I hear — what do you think?’ How ideas evolve can be loads better that way than if it’s just me by myself, second-guessing myself all the time."
The album may include “I Hope You Think of Me,” a new song that popped up during later live shows during the tour to promote Owl City’s 2011 album “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” “That was just a song that came up mid-tour last time we were out,” Young says. “I was really inspired at the moment and came up with it in the back of my tour bus. It may end up on the record, but it wouldn’t bum me out if it didn’t ‘cause there’s other songs I’m even more excited about that are even a little bit better.”
Young says he’s shooting for a “smack dab in the middle of summer, late June or early July” release for the new album, with a first single in mid-May. Until then, fans can check out the new DVD/Blu-Ray “Owl City — Live From Los Angeles,” which was filmed at Club Nokia and also includes backstage footage and interviews. Young is particularly pleased that the video captures the expanded live band he put together for the tour.
"(The video) actually was kind of a spur of the moment thing," Young notes. "My manager said to me that the live show had come so far from where I initially began, which of course was just me and a laptop — the most boring show in the world! (laughs) It came into it’s own and became a cinematic sort of experience. So he said, ‘Why don’t we get a film crew and…capture it. It would be kind of a shame to have this great (show) put together and not have anything to remember it by after the tour was over.’ So we did it, and it really worked out great. I’m really glad we have (the show) preserved)."