If you’ve made your way through Fallout 4’s final DLC, Nuka-World, you might have noticed one particular character that, no matter what time of day, is ready to party. RedEye, the voice of Raider Radio, is voiced by the King of Partying himself, Andrew W.K.
We recently caught up with Andrew W.K. to discuss his thoughts on videogames in general, and his unique method for preparing for the role of RedEye. (Hint: It might involve partying.)
How did you get involved with Nuka-World?
One night, I had a dream that I had experienced an apocalyptic event and somehow survived. It was like a nightmare, only I was actually able to have some fun in this horrifying land, and even though my surroundings were pretty bleak and desolate, I was still partying. Less than a week after I had that vision, I was contacted by the Bethesda team and asked if I wanted to do a voice for the game. The craziest part was, before I was even told what game it was for, I had this strange premonition that it was part of the Fallout series.
I couldn’t believe it when that’s what it turned out to be. Not only because of my dream, but also because of the incredible legacy of the Fallout series. It’s one of the biggest and best games – everyone realizes that, even if you don’t know a lot about the videogame world. And to be asked to be part of the Fallout universe and legacy is an incredible privilege – a real dream opportunity! I’m really amazed I get to be a small part of it.
Without any inside knowledge, some Fallout fans guessed it was you. Is RedEye the perfect in-game representation of your personality?
It must be! I couldn’t believe how quickly I started seeing people ask if I was the voice of RedEye in Nuka-World! I mean, we had only finished my recording sessions a few weeks before – I didn’t even realize it was out yet – and within hours people were asking if RedEye was me. I hadn’t mentioned or hinted at my involvement at all! I even had to sign a confidentiality agreement. I didn’t tell a single person! I didn’t even tell myself! I guess I really must have been RedEye in a past life, or he must be me in a future life – somehow people heard my voice in this character, and that’s a real compliment. I never thought people would be able to tell it was me just by hearing it. That blows my mind – in a Nuka kind of way.