D. Gookin

D. Gookin

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
SoloEDMSinger/Songwriter

D. Gookin is the alias of producer/songwriter/drummer Mike Birnbaum. Simultaneously being the drummer, lead vocalist and composer of his own music, the resulting vibes and music are exclusive to Gookin’s vision. The sound has been known to vary dramatically – from 80s flavored, alt electro-rock, jamtronic, optimistic, pop to digital reggae. The live show is intended to make one “thrash” and “get elevated.”

Biography

New York-based producer, songwriter and percussionist D. Gookin (aka Mike Birnbaum) is on a mission. Think of it as retaliation against a recession both economic and emotional. While his peers delve ever deeper into sonic murk, Gookin flips lifes unsavory bits into maxed out, genuinely uplifting music. Combining the adventurousness of modern electronic innovators like Tobacco and Len, his sound is as propulsive as it is melodic and as freewheeling as it is meticulously orchestrated. His first two records2008s LP How 2 Deal and EP When Youre Lonely Everybodys a Celebrity (Moodgadget)are steeped in 80s electro and Italo Disco and yet oddly melancholic. In 2009, Gookin released From Here the Wall of Undoing EP where he took a different tack. He pushed his drums and vocals to the forefront, adopting a psychedelic, rock-driven approach. Meanwhile, he developed his kinetic live show to match, both locally and on the road. In 2011, he returned with Spiral Style, which covers a broad swath of styles while staying true to Gookins goal. From the anthemic electronica of opener Way 2 Grow, to the beaming optimism of Spirit Link, to the chopped chipmunk soul of closer Stealing Sun Chips, the Spiral Style EP is a candy-coated feel-good affair that effectively wrings good vibes out of the bad stuff that too often slows us down. In October of 2012, Gookin released Prey on the Prize, a collection of hypnotic digital reggae pop dealing with topics of confusion and longing, tragic love, partying and insanity that comes with staying in one place for too long. New Yorks Time Out says the EP's song Tastebuds "might be the most fizzy-fun single we've heard in 2012."

Lyrics

Doesn't Matter

Written By: D. Gookin

I HEARD YOU SAY
'IM AT THE BOTTOM'
COME ON GET REAL
THATS NOT MY PROBLEM
GIVE ME A HEAD WOUND
FILL ME WITH LAVA
SO I DONT WAKE UP
UNTIL THE SUMMER

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU SAY
LEAVE ME ALONE
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK
LEAVE ME ALONE
AND THERES NOTHING LEFT TO TAKE
LEAVE ME ALONE
IT DOESNT MATTER

Freak On a Cloud

Written By: D. Gookin

THE SUN KEEPS TURNING AROUND
AS IM LAYING ON THE GROUND
IM NOT TRYNA BE PROFOUND
IM JUST A FREAK ON A CLOUD

FLOATING ABOVE THE SKY
SAILING INTO THE LIGHT

IM NOT TRYNA BE PROFOUND
IM JUST A FREAK ON A CLOUD

LOOK UP YEA THATS ME
IM ON A CLOUD WHERE I FEEL FREE
BUT I KNOW ILL GET CAUGHT
FOR TRESPASSING ON THEIR LAWN

FREAK ON A CLOUD
NOT COMING DOWN
ILL NEVER FALL
BOUNCING MY BALL

Spirit Link

Written By: D. Gookin

ONCE, WHEN WE CAME BACK TO REST
AND RECLAIM OUR VOICE FROM THE SILENCE
THAT HAD HELD US FOR SO LONG
IN THE RAYS OF THE POISONED LIGHT

WE HAD KNOWN THE PATH WE WERE ON
THERE WAS A FEELING OF REMORSE
AND THE SEARCHER HAD NO NAME
BUT WE CALLED OUT FOR OUR CHANCE

TO RECLAIM IT
NO NAME

FOR WE HAD FEARED HER DREADFUL WRATH
ONE KISS AND IT VANISHED TO THE VOID
THE PROTECTIVE GATES WILL OPEN
SOON WITH OUR 8TH ACTIVATION
AND OUR FACETS WILL COMBINE
ONE BEING WELL DRINK OUR FILL
YOU MUST LEAVE THESE FETTERS BEHIND
DRAIN THE FAUCET BEFORE IT’S GONE

ALL GONE
IT’S OUR CHANCE

WE CRY
LOOK HIGH
COMBINE
TRACE SIGNS

THE LIGHT WE SHARE AND THE LIGHT WE SEEK, THEY ARE BOUND IN THE SPIRIT LINK

Stealing Sun Chips

Written By: D. Gookin

STEALING SUNCHIPS
FEELING SLOW & DUMB
STEALING BAGS OF CHIPS
TAKE THE FREEWAY
BEHIND MY EYELIDS

I GET SO CLOSE
WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS
THEY'RE GIVING CLUES OUT
BUT I DON'T GET IT

STEALING SODA
STEALING SIP BY SIP
IN THE FREEZER
I'M HIDING MY GRIN
GETTING WALLED UP
BET THEY’LL LOCK ME IN
THEY’LL PUT A SIGN UP
“COME APPLY WITHIN”

BEFORE I AM GONE
I GOTTA SPLIT MY TIPS
I WARNED EVERYONE
I'M GONNA SLIT MY WRISTS

Unbraid the Knot

Written By: D. Gookin

WILL I EVER UNBRAID THE KNOT
WHEN WILL I KNOW IT’S TIME
I KNOW YOU CAME HERE TO FAKE ME OUT
YOU DO IT ALL THE TIME

GOING BACK 2NITE
WOULDN'T THAT BE NICE
TURN ME BACK TO DUST
DONT UNBRAID THE KNOT

I’M STUCK FIGURING OUT KNOTS
UNTIL THEIR UNBRAIDED
IM NOT GIVING UP UNTIL MY
ARM IS DISLOCATED

I FEEL SO SORRY

Way 2 Grow

Written By: D. Gookin

IT TOOK A WHILE TO LET IT GROW
BUT THIS PLANT IS RUSTED
IT DOESN’T MATTER ITS JUST THE WAY IT GOES
GUESS ILL GROW IT AGAIN

IT TOOK A WHILE TO LET IT GROW
BUT THIS PLANT IS RUSTED SHUT
IT DOESN'T MATTER JUST THE WAY IT GOES
GUESS ILL GROW IT AGAIN

HEY WHEN I SAY I MEANT IT, HEY, I MEANT IT

THIS WAS THE WAY TO GROW
THE FIGURE 8 IS GLOWING
I FEEL THE PAIN OF KNOWING THAT THE DAY IS GONE

I CAN’T STAND THERE AND I WON’T LET IT GO
SEEN IT ON A REGULAR BASIS ENOUGH TO KNOW
ILL RUN OUT TO THE PLACE WHERE I CAN GO
LAY ON DOWN AND I CLOSE MY EYES
GOT TO FEED MY FLY TRAP INSIDE

TOOK A WHILE TO LET IT GROW
DONT KNOW HOW TO LET IT GO
IT'S 11:11

Black Magic

Written By: D. Gookin

IT’S THE NIGHT TO
START DOIN WHAT U LIKE TO
IT’S DELIGHTFUL WHEN
EVERYTHING FEELS RIGHT

YOU’VE GOT THE MAP TO
MY HEART INSIDE UR CASTLE BUT
I NEED PAINT TO DRAW A
STENCIL OF UR HEART

chorus
YOU GOT THE POWER TO SERVE IT NOW
U NEED A FRIEND TO SHOW YOU HOW
AND WE CAN WORK AND MAKE IT TRU
CAUSE BLACK MAGICS A PART OF YOU

chorus -
black magic
fag rabbits
jam sandwich
rad cabbages
ass salad
cat magnets
snap jackets
it’s whatever

cause it’s
black magic
fag rabbits
jam sandwich
ass palace
it’s whatever!

Glad I Met You

Written By: D. Gookin

GLAD I MET YOU -
WHEN I MET YOU AND YOU TOLD ME
THAT YOU COULD NEVER OWN ME
WELL I BET YOU
THATS NOT THE STORY

WHEN I LEFT YOU AND YOU TOLD ME
THAT YOU HAD NEVER KNOWN ME
GLAD I MET YOU
WISH YOU HAD SHOWN ME

Inside

Written By: D. Gookin

INSIDE -
I KNOW JUST WHAT TO SAY
BUT EVERYTHINGS INSIDE
& I JUST KEEP RUNNING

THE SURFACE WORDS ARE LAME
AND IM ALL BUGS INSIDE
MY THOUGHTS KEEP PASSING

I KNOW ITS HARD TO SAY
JUST WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND
JUST TRY IT OUT OF HABIT
I KNOW JUST WHAT TO SAY
BUT EVERYTHINGS INSIDE
& I JUST CANT GRAB IT

Discography

Prey on the Prize (2012)

Moodgadget Label:
Albums:
When You're Lonely, Everybody's a Celebrity (2008)
Spiral Style (2011)

Single: Black Magic (2009)

Self published:
How 2 Deal (2008)
From Here the Wall of Undoing (2009)