Andrew W.K. Chats Everything Andrew W.K. | Music Remedy | By Colleen Johnson
I’ve spoken to this next guy before but this interview stands out as my favorite so far. Andrew W.K. is an icon. Not only as a musician but as an inspiration to many. He does a weekly radio show as well as touring the country playing shows as well as speaking at seminars, spreading his untouchable energy. I was able to grab a few minutes with him post performance in Cambridge where he had just played a sold out keyboard set. It was a pleasure to just watch Andrew’s contagious energy during the interview and I think it’s one of my favorites I’ve done as yet. Read on!
Music Remedy: I know it’s been a while since you’ve played Boston in a headlining position from what I believe, correct me if I’m wrong.
Andrew W.K.: I mean, I don’t know how long. I’m not actually really sure.
MR: Well you said this show was really good, a good vibe. How did the show go?
A.W.K.: I had a very fun time! I mean I enjoyed myself. I enjoyed playing keyboard. I’ve always loved playing these songs more and more as time goes by. Tried some different dance moves tonight which is always challenging but usually rewarding. Tonight was definitely on the rewarding side. There was fatigue. There was adrenaline. It was a dynamic experience for me personally. There was moments of failure. I had sort of a moment of I’d say mental failure at one point. I just sort of couldn’t think. I could only exist but it only lasted for maybe five, six seconds so that was good but it felt strange. There were moments of fear when I was watching Blake over there doing some of his moves. It was also inspiring and most of all, I was just very moved and very pleased at the other people that came to be here. I mean they wanted to be in that room and gave of themselves. So all that really matters to me is if they enjoyed themselves. I mean I could enjoy myself very much and it could still not necessarily be a very good evening for someone else. Or I could have a nice time doing some dance moves with someone else maybe thinking it was of very poor quality. So that’s always the risk. You hope that people enjoy themselves and felt like they had a memorable, invigorating time. What I would like more than anything is people to leave with some kind of feeling of inner power. That they actually can retain so maybe even tomorrow when they get up, assuming they go to sleep, that it stays with them. They can refer to it and hold onto it. Then it’s not something necessarily that we made or created together here tonight but maybe reinvigorated what was already in them. In each other. Reminded ourselves of that good feeling and maybe it won’t be as difficult going forward to keep close to it.
MR: I know you play the Mixtape Festival tomorrow as well.
A.W.K.: Yes, that’s correct! It’s an after party related to the festival.
MR: Related to the festival and you have a lot of solo dates coming up in September and October. Is it going to be the same set up as the show you played tonight?
A.W.K.: Yeah, largely. I mean we have a variety of shows coming up. Some full band shows. Some shows like tonight’s, a solo show. Also some lecture events. Just speaking with no music. So yeah a good blend of different events. Different nights, different days. I mean I think some of the events are daytime. Should be fun. It’s always sort of a variety of contrasting qualities. Hopefully it all one way or another, my goal and I don’t always meet it, is to get to that feeling. Even in what we’re doing right now. It’s to try to get to that feeling of pure energy.
Photo by Alyson Colleta