Turnip Boy 2, Super Raft Boat Together @ PAX, Okinoth LP, Poetry & MORE 2023
Turnip Boy 2 + Super Raft Boat Together = PAX East
What? Okinoth Album in the works? I thought he quit lol. Who is Okinoth? Oh James? the turnip game music guy? Ok go off I guess, weird name tho
There is nobody to blame for the unsustainable, self-destructive grindset I developed in college that led to me starving myself and working 18 hours a day to become a multiplatinum producer. I was extremely driven and it put a barrier between myself and my family/friends that only began to weaken after the pandemic simmered down. (The drive was admirable but naïve)
From 2017 (Todd Forest iykyk) to 2021 I devised the Okinoth solo project to trim away everything that didn't matter to me creatively and boil down my vision, at least I thought that's what I was doing
My environment in college warped my view of reality and instilled a massive fear of failure in me, I saw peers drop out and switch majors and developed anxiety over never making my music dreams come true. I felt aimless and spent a time where most people try to find their purpose brute forcing my way through every obstacle by acting like a gigachad music producer and it killed all the parts of me that loved making music. I was trying to scum my way into higher stream numbers, literally watching a number go up, trading view for view on every song. K1N taught me how to polish up my sound to be more palatable and though I still made weird shit anyways (lol) I was definitely trying to appeal to strangers on the internet because I was afraid of being a failure.
This shit got so bad that when Turnip Boy dropped I didn't even feel good, I felt like ass, because the quirky gamer music that I wrote just for fun and as a favor to a good pal of mine was absolutely demolishing the tryhard EDM I was busting my ass just to make 0 money on. I spent like 3 weeks tweaking 'Blacklight', which is still DEAD on the Okinoth catalog, whereas I recorded 'a fertile wood at heart' in like 2 hours. The numbers speak for themselves for these tracks.
I've been making music for almost 16 years, I don't need to bend over backwards to make something interesting. Effort =/= Outcome.
Though I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this on the blog before, I am re-falling in love with music and art these days. Naturally this creative resurgence has led to me working on my first fully solo LP ever
OGs know this but lets review my actual releases in my lifetime:
- Todd Forest - 'Depression Pop' (on youtube only) 2017
- Todd Forest - 'Aizuri-e' (Murdered it off the internet for some reason) 2018
- Okinoth - The tryhard era (a bunch of singles and features) 2019
- Okinoth + K1N - 'Starry Docks' (botched release cus covid pretty much) 2021
- Okinoth - 'Alive by Spite' (electronic music for a buddy's twitch stream, I actually love these) 2022
'Beyond Glass Worlds' & 'Poem 29'
Overall I been at the gym, writing, making music, and waiting patiently for fishing season. My 'resolution' this year is to get out in nature more, maybe I'll even blog about my trips. This summer I'll be fishing for stripers off Prince Edward Island while staying with Mitch and his family, my first time leaving the USA.
Oh also I started collecting vinyl records, pray for my wallet
Love, peace, cya,
your internet boyfriend, Jake (Okinoth) the WROR superstar - and please - think of the children!!!