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Mutemath's Darren King talks about working with Kanye West, his ambitious stage tricks, 'high-five drum solos' and more



Mutemath drummer Darren King is tinkering with his latest ambitious invention: the high-five drum solo.

"I've got these gloves, and the gloves have drum triggers in them," he said, calling from a tour rehearsal in Nashville. "So for a few people in the front row, they put the gloves on, and then I've got these really nasty sounds, real mean, aggressive drum sounds that I do a little solo with."

It's the latest stage trick for a guy who always brings a bag chock full of them. Since forming in New Orleans in 2002, Mutemath, who perform at the State Theatre on Saturday (click here for details), has evolved into some of alt-rock's most exhilarating and experimental performers, selling propulsive songs with wildly interactive shows.

For more of our interview with Mutemath's Darren King -- including the story on how he ended up contributing to Kanye West's The Life of Pablo track Real Friends -- click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 5:42pm]


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