Inside Andrew W.K. – An interview with the Party King

[Yet another contribution from roving reporter, Andrew Epstein. Shot and edited by Chris Tungsta. -AC]

March 25, 2014 – Andrew W.K. is a renaissance man of hard rock and heavy metal. Aside from making music with a pizza-shaped guitar and bashing the keyboard like Little Richard, he’s parlayed his positive party philosophy into a rather eclectic career that reaches far beyond music. Over a decade after his debut smash album “I Get Wet” and Andrew W.K. himself continues to be a bit of an enigma. Some say his ultra-positive public side is just an act, while others make the extreme claim that he doesn’t even exist at all.

After an intense solo show in Toronto (and a brief discussion about Arnold Schwarzenegger), I got to explore the mystique that has risen around one of rock’s most prolific entertainers. What I found was an individual whose rock persona seems to share his body simultaneously with his real personality. He’s Jekyll and Hyde working in perfect harmony to create someone who can be your friend and your idol. So when it came to talking about the recently departed Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus of Gwar, Andrew W.K. became realer than I could have ever expected… whoever he might be.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Inside Andrew W.K. – An interview with the Party King

  • August 18, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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    Yet another great interview with the party messiah himself, Andrew WK. What an inspiration! Thanks for the great video!

    – Sean WK

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