NEW INTERVIEW: Travel Channel Talks Travel Partying with Andrew

Roaming With: Party Rocker Andrew W.K. | Travel Channel | By Alex Weatherly

For many of his fans, the name Andrew W.K. is synonymous with “party” – the hard-working musician has made a mission of spreading his good-time message for nearly two decades through live appearances, TV shows and advice columns. Andrew recently completed “The Power of Partying” U.S. tour, a run of speaking events that hit all 50 states over the course of eight weeks. Roam caught up with the "Party King" to ask about his travels and the philosophy behind the party.

Alex Weatherly: You started your career in music – what made you decide to do a speaking tour, and was this the first time you’d done something in that vein?

Andrew W.K.: This was a combination of seminar, discussion, Q&A and lecture. I’ve done these sorts of events primarily as one-offs over the past 10 years. With any kind of one-off event, it can be frustrating – if it goes well or doesn’t go well, there’s a strong desire to want to do it again, to apply what you learned as immediately as possible. It’s very satisfying to take those lessons from each night and put them towards another attempt the next night.

Alex Weatherly: How do you prepare for something like this and what was the response from the audience like?

Andrew W.K.: Most of what I’ve done, for better or worse, has not involved a lot of preparation or careful analysis ... if I did that I would probably think myself right out of doing anything at all. I hoped it was going to be uplifting, but I didn’t put a lot of thought into it beyond that – just trying to speak from my heart each night about celebrating life. I was a bit intimidated, of course. I can never fully anticipate how people will respond or how a lecture or event like this will go over, or what people expect or even what I expect. I tried to do my best to sum it up in a kind of raw, energized enthusiasm that, hopefully, people can relate to. I hoped that what we discussed each night would confirm feelings [the audience had] within themselves, and amplify them in an encouraging way – that we could kind of cheer each other on in life.

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This news item was posted on: February 01, 2017

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