10 Minutes with Andrew W.K. | Dose | By Barbara Pavone
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, advice columnist and music producer – phew, that’s a mouthful – Andrew W.K. does it all and when we caught up with him backstage at Heavy Montreal, he was there supporting his latest amazing endeavour as the singer of Marky Ramone‘s Blitzkrieg. We spent the next 10 minutes talking music and life advice, and even got him to pen a rather special love letter.
Every time I’ve seen you live, you’ve given fans something new — whether it be performing solo, with Nardwuar or on the same bill as Macklemore — and now you’re with Marky Ramone!
Yeah, I’ve have the pleasure of singing Ramones songs for almost two years now, but this is the first time I’m doing with him in Montreal, so it’s exciting, especially being at an impressive festival like this. Not just in the lineup, but in its organization as well and its production. You can tell that they put a lot of care into it. I have played with Marky at festivals all around the world and this is one of the nicest ones.
Do you consciously set out to find projects that are so different from one another every few years or do all the changes sort of just happen organically?
I dont think I would really know how to plan out things like this. It’s much more about existing and things happening — you make yourself available, you’re present and things can happen. I would have never said to Marky ‘Hey, I’m gonna sing for you now’, he had to give me the opportunity. I didn’t really think twice about it, except would I be able to physically do it, would I be a good enough singer, a strong enough person to take this opportunity? Can I rise to the occasion?
Thanks to his kindness and encouragement, I’ve been able to harness that and use it and it makes these experiences more meaningful, but also of a higher quality hopefully. The best gets brought out of you by the challenge.
Photos: Katherine Dydyk