PREVIEW: Phoenix Gets Ready to Party with Andrew

Andrew W.K. on Doing You, Winging It, and Speaking From the Heart | Phoenix New Times | By Amy Young

If there’s one thing we know about Andrew W.K., it is that he likes to party. Hard and often.

We didn’t have to strain to get to that conclusion; he’s been telling us as much since the early 2000s, when his music career blew up with the hit “Party Hard.” Other songs like “We Want Fun,” “Long Live the Party,” and the goal-oriented “Party ‘til You Puke” further emphasize his message.

W.K.’s encouragement to party goes far beyond the one-dimensional message it might imply. It’s not just a missive to get wasted and act the fool, unless that’s what you want to do. And that’s precisely it — the “party” can be anything you want it to be, he’s just encouraging you to explore it, embrace it, and dive into it like a champ. It’s the “Whip It” of the 21st century.

"I can’t say there was a lot of ambition or purpose or planning in this, or in other things I’ve done."

In some ways, he’s more of a one-man mobile cognitive behavioral therapy unit than a musician, using psychotherapy's technique of creating change through replacing staid thoughts with different, positive ones. He is continuously fostering the power of positive thinking via his encouragement to party. His social-media presence offers some pretty sound therapeutic tips on the regular, and for a couple of years, he penned an advice column for the Village Voice, where he displayed a lot of empathy along with his constructive feedback.

Currently, W.K. is on the road with his Power of Partying tour, speeding through the country at a breakneck pace to meet friends, fans, and interested folks, and collectively examine whatever life issues are on their minds. Each night, he kicks the event off with a talk, and then the conversation flows freely from that point. For him, it’s as much of an effort in self-exploration and growth as it is a forum that he hopes can help people do the same. He’ll be at the Phoenix Masonic Temple on Monday, October 17. We caught up with him to see how it’s going and what we can expect.

New Times: Your Power of Partying tour is in motion. How has it been so far?

Sometimes you have to crush your soul to unleash those spiritual party juices. That''s been the experience so far. It’s quite mind-blowing, to be honest.

What prompted or motivated you to put this into action?

Probably some amount of confusion and the feeling of losing my mind. Sometimes when you feel like you’re losing your mind, you have to go on a quest to find it. I didn’t really think too much about it. I think if I had, I would have talked myself out of doing it altogether, because it is overwhelming. When you dive into the power of partying, the power of partying dives into you — with intense results. Sometimes you have to fling yourself towards destiny and see where it takes you.

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Photo by Melissa Fossum

This news item was posted on: October 13, 2016

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