The Guardian | By Andrew W.K.
In the slight chance I may have something of value to offer this world, it seems it will be the most useful in places where there isn’t already a surplus of it.
Ever since I was a teenager, I had a fantasy – however naive it may’ve been – of partying with people who had nothing to do with me. The intimidating athletes, the cool older guys, the popular and pretty girls, the computer and tech wizards – even when they were mean or dismissive, it didn’t make me hate them, it made me want to find a way to become friends with them.
Maybe it was based on my insecurity, my need to be liked – or maybe just curiosity – but I had a dream that someday, I could get all these random people in a room together, having fun and laughing and dancing with me, and all the superficial divisions and bad feelings would melt away and we’d just party.
That became the main concept of my life’s work, and the main reason I decided to devote my life to partying – with the hopes that someday I would look over at the person next to me and realize we were both having the greatest time together despite having no rational reason for getting along at all.
Throughout my life, the people who left me out of their scene became the people I grew most fascinated with and determined somehow to understand. I’m not exactly sure why – I was just intrigued by the unfamiliar and the off-limits places you “weren’t supposed to go”. I wanted to see behind the curtain – to gain access to this forbidden world – and decide for myself.
Rather than simply build my own scene and get revenge by leaving out the people who didn’t include me in theirs, I felt it would be more satisfying to invite them all to my party – and take delight in their shock and surprise that we were all having fun together. Maybe they would sheepishly think back to when we allowed our petty differences to divide us and feel embarrassed and perplexed by how pointless it all was. That is still my dream – a way to exist together in a sort of elevated human harmony. Besides, I never really liked hanging out just with just people who only reminded me of myself.