Andrew W.K. on His Philosophy of Partying | Miami New Times | By Crossfade
There’s nothing new about looking to a rock star for inspiration. From Bad Brains singing about positive mental attitudes (PMA) to Pink and Katy Perry singing about female empowerment, it happens all the time.
What is surprising is that a guy with songs called “Party Hard” and “Party Til You Puke” could turn out to be a rock ‘n’ roll Joel Osteen with partying as his religion instead of Jesus.
Andrew W.K. has spent the last decade and a half rocking crowds, giving speeches, writing books and an advice column, hosting television shows, and generally spreading happiness and satisfaction in life by talking about his philosophy of partying — which he says can mean literally whatever makes you happy.
W.K. has played all over South Florida during all those years, but he will come to Miami proper for the first time since 2002 when he blows the roof off Grand Central on January 31. So we at New Times got him on the phone to chat about partying, politics, and perpetual positivity.
New Times: Your Facebook page is absolutely one of the most positive things on the Internet. It’s built around your concept of life as partying and keeping a positive outlook on everything around you. There’s no way everything can always be awesome. What inspires that outlook for you?
Andrew W.K.: I don’t know. I have tons of great things in my life. I usually just think of one of those things — a friend or family member, a song I like, anything good — it usually just takes one thing, and it shifts my immediate mood. There’s times when you’re supposed to be in these moods and you’ve got to just embrace it. Most of my work, that was me trying to cheer myself up. Ninety-nine percent of all of this effort with partying and everything was all initially to make myself feel better ’cause I was so angry or depressed or struggling with bad feelings. So I wanted to have something I could work on that made me feel better about being alive. If anybody could feel good from it, that’s an added bonus, and if other people like it, we can cheer each other up and cheer each other on.