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Dan Konopka: OK Go Drummer Checks In, US Tour Dates

Video Link for "The Writin's On the Wall"

Drummer Dan Konopka from the LA-based band, OK Go—whose one-take videos have become legendary (watch the video for “The Writin’s On the Wall” here)—have released a new EP, Upside Out, which they offered to fans free. The EP is a preview their new album, Hungry Ghosts, which is due out this fall via the band’s Pledge Music project site. Upside Out is available in several packages at different pledge levels. Currently on the road, Dan checked in with Drumhead on what he’s currently enjoying playing, both physically and on his iPod, and what he’s been working on technique-wise.

Heather Smith: What's you new favorite piece of gear?

Dan Konopka: I just switched over to DW this year and am totally excited about my 6.5” Edge snare. It's very loud but very characterful. 

HS: And what is your favorite music in your iPod—new to you, or new new?

DK: Lately I've been enjoying lots of electronic music. I check out everything from the label Mad Decent. There're fantastic drum concepts throughout their music. 

HS:  Something you have been practicing/focusing on lately; something in your drumming, a technique or rudiment?

DK: I've been focusing a lot on general dynamics while playing in the studio and live. It’s easy to forget to be balanced and musical when you have in-ear monitors on. I'm always trying to find the sweet spot volume-wise with all of my limbs, while keeping the pulse and groove happy and balanced.

Catch OK Go on the road across the US through October. Complete list of dates below. Watch the band perform their song “Here it Goes Again” at The Kennedy Center here. For more information on OK Go, visit

7/22/2014 The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA

7/23/2014 The Echo, Los Angeles, CA

7/24/2014 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA

8/08/2014 The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT
8/09/2014 Gothic Theater, Denver, CO
8/12/2014 The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
8/13/2014 Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
8/14/2014 Deluxe, Indianapolis, IN
8/15/2014 Lincon Hall, Chicago, IL
8/16/2014 Fine Line, Minneapolis, MN

9/04/2014 Santa Monica Pier Twilight Series, Santa Monica, CA

9/13/2014 The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
9/14/2014 Bluebird, Bloomington, IN
9/16/2014 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
9/17/2014 Paradise, Boston, MA
9/18/2014 Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
9/19/2014 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
9/20/2014 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
9/23/2014 Headliners, Louisville, KY
9/24/2014 The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
9/25/2014 Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC
9/26/2014 Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
9/27/2014 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
10/13/2014 Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA
10/24-26/2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, NV

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