Ookay

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Ookay
Ookay Spring Awakening 2014.jpg
Ookay performing in 2014
Background information
Birth name Abraham Laguna
Born (1992-01-10) January 10, 1992 (age 26)
Chula Vista, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • musician
Instruments
Years active 2010–present
Labels
Associated acts

Abraham 'Abe' Laguna, known by his stage name Ookay, is an American electronic dance music producer, DJ and musician.

Career[edit]

Laguna is based in Los Angeles and his father is a bassist who performed a bass solo during Ookay's Father's Day set at EDC 2015. More recently, Ookay teamed up with Diplo to remix Avicii's "You Make Me".

2014[edit]

On March 10, 2014, Showtek and Ookay released a single titled "Bouncer" via Showtek's label Skink Records.[1][2] An official music video was uploaded by Spinnin' Records' YouTube channel two weeks later.[3]

On November 7, 2014, Ookay released his debut EP Ghost via Steve Aoki's label Dim Mak Records.[4] When asked about his inspirations of creating the EP, Ookay said "I really wanted to push the boundaries of my skill. It's kind of a punch in the shoulder to my fans who get mad when I make anything other than trap. So I made an entire EP that's pretty much not trap (except Egg Drop Soup). Really trying to convince everyone that i'm not a one-trick-pony".[5]

2016[edit]

On March 25, 2016, Ookay released a single titled "Thief" on digital platforms.[6] A music video produced by Davin Tjen and directed by Rumena Dinevska for the song was uploaded onto Ookay's YouTube channel five days later.[7][8] When asked when he started working on the song, Ookay said "...a year ago right after I came back from Coachella 2015".[9] As of August 19, 2016, the song peaked at 27th on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart.[10]

On October 7, 2016, Ookay released his second extended play titled Cocoon consisting of five songs.[11] Speaking about fellow DJ and friend, Big Makk who died from a car crash in August,[12] Ookay said "I can't believe that it had to be this way and I didn't even get to say goodbye".[11] A tribute event, in which Ookay was a performer, had raised $8,000 in donations with all proceeds going to Big Makk’s family.[13]

2017[edit]

Ookay released "Stay Forever" as a single for Valentine's Day.[14] He later collaborated with Marshmello to release the single "Chasing Colors" featuring vocals by Noah Cyrus.[15][16][17]

On September 1, Ookay collaborated with English singer-songwriter Fox Stevenson to release the future bass track "Lighthouse" on Canadian independent record label Monstercat.[18] Erik of EDM Sauce described Lighthouse as "a bit repetitive at some points, which is really the only think that is holding this tune back from a higher rating. Overall though, this song is fun and well put together".[19]

Discography[edit]

  • Wow! Cool Album! (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bouncer - Single by Showtek & Ookay on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ "CODE First Play: Showtek & Ookay, 'Bouncer'". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ Spinnin' Records (March 24, 2014), Showtek & Ookay - Bouncer (Official Video), retrieved August 18, 2016 
  4. ^ "Ghost - EP by Ookay on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ Staff, Your EDM (November 22, 2014). "Ookay Ghosted His Own Production - Ghost EP, A Tour, and Some Hot New and Bonus DLs". Your EDM. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Thief - Single by Ookay on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Love Is the Answer In Ookay's 'Thief' Clip". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ Ookay (June 30, 2016), Ookay - Thief (Official Music Video), retrieved August 18, 2016 
  9. ^ "Love Is the Answer In Ookay's 'Thief' Clip". Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  10. ^ "EDM Digital Songs: Top Dance Music Chart | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Ookay Breaks Out of His Shell on New 'Cocoon' EP: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Mad Decent Artist Big Makk Killed in Car Crash". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Big Makk Tribute Event at Orlando Nightclub Raises Over $8K in Donations". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ Leopold, Adam (February 15, 2017). "Ookay Drops Diverse Track to Celebrate Valentine's Day". EDM Sauce. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ Bein, Kat (February 24, 2017). "Marshmello, Ookay & Noah Cyrus Are Living High on 'Chasing Colors': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Marshmello and Ookay Release 'Chasing Colors' Feat. Noah Cyrus". EDM Chicago. February 24, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ Kusnierek, Timmy (February 22, 2017). "FIRST LISTEN: Marshmello Reveals Ookay Collab Dropping Friday In New Vid". Your EDM. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ookay, Fox Stevenson Get Crunchy and Cute on 'Lighthouse': Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  19. ^ Erik (August 31, 2017). "Ookay And Fox Stevenson Combine Their Unique Styles For A New Track". EDM Sauce. Retrieved September 22, 2017.