An Interview on the Power of Joy, the Future of Humanity, and How to Curate Your Frame of Mind | Signal Kitchen | By Alex Lalli
Andrew W.K. is the president of partying. The maestro of mirth. The answer to the question you didn’t know you asked. The bright-eyed tour guide to the worldwide upside. We got with him to talk about the power of joy, the future of humanity, and the little things we can do to make life a better experience. Read the full interview below and enjoy this specially curated Spotify playlist by Andrew himself that’s sure to turn the corners of your mouth in the upwards direction.
Signal Kitchen: What kind of difference have you seen in people’s reaction to your “Power of Partying” tour before and after the presidential election?
Andrew W.K.: It has been pretty consistent. I hadn’t really noticed much of a difference. Since we’re not discussing politics or current events so much, it’s not really that type of theme. The topics we’re discussing are sort of more perennial and more fundamental—more primal I suppose, just about life in general. I did notice there were a few places where some of the organizers thought it was inappropriate or perhaps disrespectful to be discussing positivity. And I guess I understood what they meant, but for the most part I think as people we’re always looking for ways to do our best and make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves individually or collectively. So, hopefully people are able to get something out of this, no matter how they feel otherwise.
SK: Right, that’s quite interesting that you got that feedback.
A.W.K.: Well, it reminds me a little bit of—although not nearly as dramatic, in my opinion—situations like this that I faced from time to time throughout the years, certainly after some events that people consider tragic or during struggles or adverse circumstances. People thought that things were too dire to focus on optimism. But fortunately, most people feel exactly the opposite way—that it’s during the great struggles or difficulties when we really need to call upon that inner strength to persevere and find that perhaps kind of irrational resilience—the optimism that will see us through.
SK: That’s quite a beautiful thought. It’s cool that you feel that way and I’m glad that people are reacting the way they are. Along those lines—and this is pretty broad and open—what do you think it takes to create a movement?
A.W.K.: Gosh, I really don’t know. Movement in general is that connection between an inner desire and a physical action. It’s that perfect marriage between the inner world and the outer world and taking the spirit and pushing it outside yourself. There’s also a sense that it involves more than the effort of one individual. Even if it begins with the effort of a single person, others relate to their efforts and get swept up in it, amplifying that same spirit by contributing their own energy and taking these less tangible thoughts or feelings and bringing them into some kind of physical manifestation. I really don’t know. For better or worse, I’m not particularly proud of this, but I’ve never really felt I’ve been part of a movement. I certainly haven’t been responsible for creating one. Maybe there’s sort of the longstanding movement of humanity. And I suppose that we’re all a part of that, whether we formally realize it or not.