Interview: Andrew W.K. | BostonSka.net | By Alex Chiasson
We here at Boston Ska are huge fans of Andrew W.K., the party-rock hitmaker turned motivational speaker who has spent the last decade and a half ailing the world of it’s party deficiencies. Calling Andrew the human embodiment of partying is somehow still an understatement, as even a casual glance at his very active Twitter account and his other seemingly random adventures paint the picture of a man who has made it his life’s goal to spread the positive message of partying to everyone he meets. Since his debut, 2001’s I Get Wet, Andrew’s influence has grown considerably, to the point where he was at one point all but confirmed to be a Cultural Ambassador to The Middle East for the United States. Recently, Andrew has been on a world-wide tour celebrating the anniversary of the release of I Get Wet, the last leg of which is set to conclude a few months into 2015.
That’s why when we found out that Andrew was opening up for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on the third and final night of this year’s Homedown Throwdown, we were beyond excited. Frothing at the mouth, we emailed Andrew asking if he would like to talk to us about just about anything at all, while worried onlookers at the coffee shop we were sitting in became more and more attentive of our increasingly erratic behavior. Then, when he responded saying he would love to answer some questions, we convulsed excitedly, to the point of which said onlookers began calling emergency services. The following is a short form interview reflecting the questions we could type out before the paramedics arrived:
Alex: First off, whats the story of how you ended up on this bill? Had the Throwdown been on your radar previously?
Andrew: I’m amazed we got asked to play at this show! I’ve heard of the Throwdown before, and was super honored that the Mighty Mighty Bosstones asked us to be part of it. It’s got such a good holiday spirit – a really great way to party in the New Year, too!
AC: Do you have a personal relationship with ska, or any other Jamaican music? Any favorite tracks/albums/artists?
A.W.K.: Well, I’ve always loved Ska music, even though it’s not really the style of music I’ve played in my own band. My only other connection to Jamaican music is that I produced an album for Lee “Scratch” Perry a few years ago called “Repentance“. It was a life-changing experience. He is a master of masters.
AC: What is your songwriting process like? How has it progressed since I Get Wet?
A.W.K.: I just try to make music that has an intense energizing feeling to it! Nothing has ever really progressed beyond that. Just try to get a spirit conjured up using the music and sound!