Owl City covered Manila with a blanket of fireflies

It was a night filled with luminous glitters that resembled Fireflies as Owl City performed live at AyalaÆs newest haven for live concerts located at the Mindanao Open parking at Trinoma mall last March 14, 2010. A crowd of more than 4,000 music lovers graced the venue with spectators ranging from kids, adults, couples, families and many more! Not only did people come as spectators but they were also eager to sing along to their favorite Owl City hits!

The show was a breath of fresh air with innovative dance steps and moves both from the band members and Adam Young. The fusion of sound that the band exuded during the show gave a new meaning to the word bass, beats, and melodies. It was an arrangement and combination of sound that was so rich in texture, if the sound system of the venue could talk, it would speak of an experience that words canÆt even describe.

Owl City, headed by Adam Young who wore an unlikely moustache during the concert started in his lowly basement which he affectionately calls his bat cave with five of his friends. He originally grew up as an only child in a small town called Owatonna in Minnesota where he and his friends, who eventually became his band created music. During the concert, he played with a violinist, a cellist, a keyboard player and percussions. Adam Young interchanged playing his synthesizer and electric guitar.

Being an only child in a small town, and having no musicians in his immediate family, Adam is hard pressed to say how it all started. Explaining that he always had a ôpushö to be creative, Adam picked up his first guitar in junior high school. Growing up in a ôsheltered bubbleö and being one of the more shy kids around the neighborhood, Adam seemed compelled to lend his time and creative ideas to music. ôIÆve always been the shy guy, I donÆt see that changing, but I definitely feel a lot more comfortable than I anticipated. I can hide behind the music.ö

So one has to ask: how did this Owl City phenomenon begin? How does a young artist writing songs underneath his garage, acoustic foam and books everywhere, reach an audience of millions? ôIÆm still trying to figure it out,ö Adam laughs. ôBack in June of 2007 it kind of started on a whim. My parents were away for the weekend, and wanting to be loud and make some noise and whatever, I began writing versions of what became my first, self released digital EP û Of June. I put it up on MySpace the following month and didnÆt tell anyone.ö Word of mouth began to spread for AdamÆs music, with demands coming from various parts of the country for an album. Maybe IÆm Dreaming, released digitally in March of 2008, was Owl CityÆs full-length debut. The album has garnered great critical praise and is a clear representation of Owl CityÆs progression as an artist.

Adam has become a phenomenon on MySpace with more than 7 million profile views and 40 million plays, which is outstanding in such a short span of time. ItÆs clear that Owl City is making a colossal impact on the music scene. As listeners on MySpace climb into the tens of millions, Owl City gets set to release his latest creation, Ocean Eyes. Loaded with amazing loops, catchy pickups, and lyrics that soothe the mind and touch the heart, Adam Young has once again created a lush listening experience. Owl CityÆs trademark desire to escape in dreams, oceans and sky abound on this, his first official CD, in songs that he sung during the show with a set list that catered to every Owl City fanÆs musical ears: Umbrella Beach, Bird and the Worm, Tip of the Iceberg, On the Wing, Air Traffic, Fireflies, An Enchanted Evening, Meteor Shower, The Technicolor Phase, Saltwater Room, Dental Care, Hot Air Balloon, Cave In, Vanilla Twilight and with an encore of Hello Seattle.

Get a copy of Owl CityÆs debut album, entitled Ocean Eyes now available in all major record bars in 1CD and 2CD editions. Also available now is Owl CityÆs previous records, Of June and Maybe IÆm Dreaming!

Owl City and his albums are exclusively distributed by MCA Music Inc.

Photos by Joel Garcia