The Power of Partying, Brought To You by Andrew W.K. | Spare Change News | By Jason Greenough
For Andrew W.K., life is a party. Not in the sense of partying to ditch responsibility or wreck your parent’s living room. No—partying, for the Ann Arbor, Michigan, native, is a lifestyle.
“It’s sort of a crucial understanding that our survival depends on an essential appreciation and gratitude toward existence,” said W.K. “It’s pretty hard to survive, in any situation, if you don’t think that surviving is worthwhile. So, if you celebrate something that you’re thankful for, it helps when you celebrate your own existence, with the foundation of appreciating all that are involved.”
“The power of partying,” as W.K. calls it, is something that he brought to his fans all over the world through music, with tunes like “Party Hard,” “Party Til You Puke,” “It’s Time to Party” and many others that, while not including the word “party” in their title, certainly serve as an uplifting assistant to the partying experience. However, while he is most well-known for his party jams, Andrew W.K. has also brought his message of a positive “partying” lifestyle to the masses through spoken word engagements, with the first of these lectures taking place in New York City at NYU’s Skirball Center, in 2006. W.K., who brings his “Power of Partying” speaking tour to Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on November 28, sees his music as a more elaborate form of getting across a message that he feels is very blunt and straightforward when presented in the form of a speech. And to go even further, W.K. feels that if it weren’t for the speaking tours, he may not have been giving the chance to meet and interact with as many people as he does.
“Doing these speaking tours has allowed me to meet and interact with people, and party with people, who I otherwise don’t think I would have had the chance to party with. My whole mission is to uplift and energize enthusiasm,” said W.K. “To me, music is different. Music is a way of cutting right to the chase, and affecting people immediately. It brings about a visceral sensation that very few other things can do, and it creates a really beautiful mechanism for accessing this feeling, this core truth that is very difficult to describe or construct using language,” he continued. “But I have found spoken word and language to also be very effective. It’s very literal. It’s literally literal. It’s just a different way of conjuring up that same raw energy, using discussion. I am aiming [with this tour] to leave everyone in the room, myself included, with even just a shred of new energy and new excitement.”
You would think that a tour that brings a man to every single state in the country in just under three months would either drive someone insane due to travel or completely inflate their ego to the point where they lose the meaning of what they originally set out to do. But for the former Cartoon Network personality (he was the host of “Destroy, Build, Destroy”), humility is the cornerstone of his journey to bring the power of partying to every direction on the compass.