Jeff D'Agostino, known professionally as the recording artist Oekiin (stylized as OEKIIN; pronounced "owaken" or "awaken") is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He signed to Rock Mafia Records in 2011, and was signed to Interscope Records by Co-Founder and former Chairman/C.E.O Jimmy Iovine in 2012. He has collaborated on songs with artist/producer Timbaland and DJ/producer Illenium. The music for Oekiin is a mix of Electronic Rock, Dubstep, and EDM.
|Birth name||Jeffrey Frank D'Agostino|
|Genres||Electronic Rock • EDM • Dubstep|
|Occupation(s)||Singer • songwriter • musician • actor|
|Instruments||Vocals • electronic music production • guitar|
|Labels||Interscope • Rock Mafia • Astralwerks • Dilemma Music Inc.|
|Associated acts||Timbaland • Illenium|
Born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, D'Agostino started singing, acting, and performing in theater when he was eight years old. After becoming an established TV and film actor, D'Agostino began a career in music. He started writing songs as a hobby and was eventually discovered by Rock Mafia Records' Co-Founder and record producer Tim James. Before working with Rock Mafia, D'Agostino was the lead singer of a pop-punk rock band. His bandmates included Jake Pitts, lead guitarist of Black Veil Brides. They toured regionally and were offered a record deal at Stand and Deliver Records. The band broke up before signing.
2010-2011: Rock Mafia Records Deal
D'Agostino signed a production deal with Rock Mafia Records, Tim James, Antonina Armato, and Paul Palmer (Co-Founder, Trauma Records). After recording at Rock Mafia Studios in Santa Monica, CA, D'Agostino formed the live band with several friends. They toured the West Coast and built a strong fan base. Their music was a mix of rock, electronic, and hip hop.
2012-2017: Interscope Records Deal
Rock Mafia Records presented D'Agostino's music to Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine. Timbaland accompanied Iovine to the meeting and loved what he heard. He asked to be featured on a song with D'Agostino, which he later recorded. After the meeting, Iovine offered D'Agostino a deal with Interscope Records. D'Agostino signed and recorded one album with the company. Timbaland and Jimmy Iovine left their roles at Interscope and the album was never released. The deal was terminated in 2017.
2018-Present: OEKIIN, song "All Together" with DJ./EDM Producer Illenium
D'Agostino then wrote and recorded new songs independently, which allowed him to maintain creative control and ownership of his recordings. He re-branded his artist name as Oekiin and showed Tim James at Rock Mafia his new project. James then played one of Oekiin's songs to EDM DJ/Producer Illenium (Nicholas D. Miller), whom he was working with at the time. Illenium loved Oekiin's song "All Together," and asked to add some production to the track. Oekiin's song "All Together" was scheduled for release August 16, 2019 on Illenium's third album, "Ascend," distributed by label Astralwerks/Capitol Records/Universal Music Group.
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