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Owl City On Duet With Carly Rae Jepsen: “It’s 110% Better Than I Dreamed It Would Be”

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(courtesy Universal Republic)

(courtesy Universal Republic)

When Owl City’s Adam Young started to write “Good Time” he knew he needed a strong female lead.

“It’s one of those things where if you dream too big are you setting yourself up for disappointment? Usually yeah, for me,” Adam told CBS Local. “Usually you spend too much time dreaming too big and you get shot down just because schedules are different and things don’t work out the way you envision.”

But, for this track he kept optimistic and his dream lady was Carly Rae Jepsen.

“I remember thinking, ‘Yeah, but I don’t care. I’m going to dream as big as I can and see if I can get Carly Rae because she’s perfect for the song,'” he said. “It’s a duet. It’s not featuring her per say, it’s me and her singing together. But how can I make this work?”

Lucky for Adam the stars aligned and through a connection between his and Carly’s manager the collaboration came together.

“Low and behold, my manager had grown up with her manager and they put us together over email and I remember introducing myself typing out, ‘Hey, I’m Adam. I make this music called Owl City. This is what I do. I have this track that I think would be perfect for you. What do you think of this?'”

Turns out Carly Rae was a fan of Owl City and even caught two of his performances in Vancouver.

“I had no idea. So it was this meeting of the minds, worlds collide thing and so rarely does the final result exceed the expectation, but not this,” Adam said. “It’s like 110% better than I dreamed it would be.”

The duo shot the music video for “Good Time” earlier this month in upstate New York but the initial discussion for the clip came in the form of a conference call between both artists, managers and the director.

“We all got together on the same phone call and were throwing around ideas and the camping, outdoor, woodsy, carefree thing was it,” Adam said. “The music video was a lot of fun. It has a very summery, laid-back kind of chilled out camping vibe. It takes place out in the woods. People are hanging out, having a good time. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to wrap your mind around it.”

Pleased with the results and excited to work with Carly Rae in person, Adam said he had fun.

“I feel like we did a good job of capturing visually and interpreting what the song feels like when you play it back. How it feels in your ears. I feel like we did a good job of capturing it with cameras, that vibe, that kind of magic in the song.”

Join Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen as they escape the city for the woods in the video for “Good Time” below.

-Annie Reuter, CBS Local

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