Andrew W.K. on Staying Positive and What’s Ahead | Downtown Magazine | By Darren Paltrowitz
When Andrew W.K. put out his first album for Island Records in 2001, a lot of people were confused. After all, I Get Wet featured a unique hybrid of heavy metal guitars, chant-along stadium-style choruses, dance music electronics, and Tony Robbins-style positivity. While no one truly knew how to classify what Andrew W.K. did on that landmark release, he made an immediate splash with hit singles like “Party Hard,” “It’s Time To Party,” and “We Want Fun.”
A second career as a TV personality took off for Andrew in 2004 with the MTV series Your Friend, Andrew W.K., which led to appearances on plenty of other Viacom programming. This ultimately led to him hosting four seasons of the Cartoon Network’s Destroy Build Destroy. Somewhere in between those two shows, Andrew became an in-demand motivational speaker, leading many to initially discover him as an on-air personality rather than as a musician. He also was one of the partners of the popular venue Santos Party House, which had a strong run from 2008 through May of this year.