The awesome folks over at Billboard featured Andrew in two articles recently. Check out both below or HERE and HERE and learn a little more about the party king and his new kids show, Meet Me At The Reck.
This weekend, eternal party lord and sometime musician Andrew W.K. will begin hosting a children’s show on Maker.tv. Set at a Los Angeles recreation center, the six-part web series is called Meet Me at the Reck and seems to follow a Bill Nye the Science Guy–ish approach — have fun first, ask questions later. It’s hardly a surprising move for W.K., who has worn as many different hats as a recording artist can wear since releasing 2001’s I Get Wet.
“I’m really open to anyone being on the show, as long as they’re nice and have something to offer the viewers and it’s something fun,” W.K. told Stereogum of the new endeavor, which will feature appearances from Jack Black, NASA scientist Michael Meacham, The Office/Silicon Valley actor Zach Woods, skateboard veteran Eric Koston, and Matt Sweeney, a guitarist who’s recorded with Johnny Cash, Cat Power, and Neil Young. “It’s great to be able to learn something while we’re doing all of this. I didn’t really know how to do most of the things we featured on the show until I was taught. That was exciting!”
The new preview clip for Meet Me at the Reck looks like good silly fun — Sesame Street meets W.K.’s rock ‘n’ roll, party hard aesthetic:
W.K. says he watched lots of Disney shows and cartoons as a kid, which helped him prepare for his own kids’ show. (Maker.tv is owned by Disney.) “I also liked watching lots of game shows,” he says. “As far as my part in Meet Me At The Reck, I just did the best I could to be myself — Andrew W.K. — and to fulfill the desires of the folks I was working with. Making the show was a deeply enjoyable experience.” The show, W.K. says, was made to help kids “think for themselves and to keep an open mind about the world and their own lives, and that it’s good to do what you want and what you’re told. And that having fun and being joyful is OK, even when life is hard. You know, just enjoy life right now and that it’s good if we don’t always think too hard about problems all the time.”
In other words: “when it’s time to party, we will party hard.”
Photo by Jatnna Nunez
On Saturday (Oct. 4) afternoon, we joined Andrew W.K. on Reddit for his second ask me anything (AMA).
The “king of partying” is the brains behind new children’s show on Maker.tv called Meet Me at the Reck. Episodes feature pals Jack Black, comedian Bobby Lee, actor Zach Woods, digital superstar Joseph Garrett, YouTube artist Mary Gutfleisch, pro skateboarder Eric Koston, guitar hero Matt Sweeney and NASA scientist Michael Meacham.
Here are 10 things we learned from the session:
10. He went through a rough patch. “I had always struggled with severe anger and depression and just general bad feelings for most of my life, and especially between age 13 and 17. When I moved to NYC at age 18, it got even worse and I knew I had to do something or something awful would happen. So that’s when I decided to do something as big as I could. I met my managers and they basically taught me everything about how to think and look at the world so that I could feel good and not bad. And I’m still learning today. But I really must give credit to all their teachings. Deciding to work with them was the best thing that ever happened to me and probably saved my life and spared the lives of other people.”
9. A new album is a possibility in the very near future. “I’ve been stock-piling new songs for several years. I really want to make a new album as soon as possible.”
8. The original title of his second album was Blow Your Bone before it became The Wolf.
7. He parties with “the Bronies” and became an honorary furry. He also wants to attend more conventions.
6. In regards to adding more ink to his body, “I have these lines and they don’t mean anything. I was thinking of getting a skeleton or something, but then I just got these lines.”
5. He hopes to bring back regular live video party chats.
4. If you’re feeling self-conscious about partying and can’t let go, Andrew can help. “You don’t have to let go. Being self-conscious is highly underrated. Many of us have an image in our mind of what a “cool party person” is, and that they are really loud and free and wild and just super uninhibited. But that’s just one type of person. It’s perfectly OK to party the way you want and that feels natural and good to you. Going out of your comfort zone is a good idea, but it’s not something you always have to do. Being aware of yourself is good. And if you feel compelled, just prance around and over-jump a few times in front of the mirror and then you might feel more free. But some people don’t need to feel free to party. Trust yourself, follow your instincts, and occasionally go against them.”
3. In regards to his amazing hair, he credits his body’s natural oils, since he almost never washes it! “The only conditioners I use are my own. I believe that when I sweat and head bang, it is basically like my body’s own built in shower. I just party it and it shines.”
2. He enjoys sandwiches, bread and layering soft meats and cheeses. “I enjoy sandwiches immensely because I love breads. And I love to layer soft meats and cheeses inside of different breads. The tallest sandwich I ever made was a type of Dagwood that had salami, ham, turkey breast, chicken breast, pepperoni, liverwurst, onion, tomato, and cheddar, swiss, and American cheeses. I also put on some Italian herbs and oils, a very small amount of Dijon mustard, and a little bit of mayonnaise and olive paste. I really believe that the best sandwiches can be made by anyone at their home. But ANY sandwich counts and can be wonderful from any sandwich shop.”
1. Best party tip? Party. Oh, and he first realized that he loved to party when he was born.
Does this guy know how to party or what?!