By now, Adam Young's journey from his parents' basement to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 is pretty well-documented. And while it's a pretty amazing story, the trick now for the man known as [artist id="3055386"]Owl City[/artist] is to do it all over again.
Young — who still lives in his tiny hometown of Owatonna, Minnesota (though he's got his own place now) — is already at work on the follow-up to his breakout Ocean Eyes album. And yes, he freely admits to feeling all the pressure that comes along with the task. Though, unlike many, he's channeling the increased focus to make his new songs even better.
"I think it's kind of a good pressure, in a way," Young told MTV Radio. "Because I think through the upcoming singles, or singles from the new record that's upcoming, I feel like now that I have a bit of an audience, there hopefully will be a few more ears willing to listen the next time around. [So] it's kind of a good pressure, as far as having a bit more purpose behind the writing."
And while Young wouldn't reveal what the new Owl City tunes are sounding like — it's still sort of early, after all — he did admit that he's finding solace in writing them. After all, the time he spends working on new stuff is about the only "personal time" he has in his increasingly hectic schedule.
"Currently, the wheels are turning, so I'm really excited to get off the road here in a couple of weeks and get back down into the studio and kind of hide away and be kind of an evil genius for a little while and see what happens," he said. "People are always telling you where to go, but ... here and there I get a stab of inspiration, so I try to run to the laptop and type it out, or kind of demo it out on guitar."
The plan, Young said, is to continue working on the album between tours (his headlining jaunt runs until May then resumes in August, when he'll open for John Mayer) and have the album out by the end of the year. That's assuming everything goes according plan — something Young knows might not happen at all.
"I'm excited to have a lot of time to mess around in the studio, and when I feel like I'm getting a bit stir-crazy, I'll be able to get back on the road. So I'm excited," he said. "Who knows, though. I'm kind of that perfectionist guy, so currently, I think the plan is for a new record in December, so a bit of a ways off but should be fun."
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