Since he was just five years old, music fascinated Mike Birnbaum. Now he is better known as D. Gookin, the groove-inflected, sound-manipulating solo artist from New Haven, Connecticut.
After learning piano, guitar and drums as a kid, he set off to school for music production, where he found Aphex Twin and Squarepusher's IDM, DJ Shadow's collages, and jazz. In 2008 and 2009, D. Gookin released his first EP, When You’re Lonely, Everybody’s a Celebrity, and self-released an LP, How 2 Deal.
Just yesterday, he released his first full-length album for Moongadget Records, titled Spiral Style, which lists inspirations as wide-ranging as, “slam-dancing, Fat Boy Slim, general grooviness, vocoders, PacSun, and the feeling of freedom that comes with a wandering mind." After you give it a spin, check out D. Gookin’s answers to our “Five Questions,” and his self-chosen playlist, Music that Moves Me.
Five Questions with D. Gookin
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
D. Gookin: Female from New Haven, CT
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
DG: Juiceboxxx's soon to be released 1st full length, I Don’t Wanna Go Into the Darkness.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
DG: "Bad Hair Day" by Weird Al Yankovic.
- We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
- We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
DG: Sizzling parking lots by the beach.