Upcoming event: September 24, 2013 at Planet Rock in Battle Creek
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Andrew W.K. is the KING OF PARTYING. Infamous for his bloody nose, famous for his high-life attitude, beloved for his songs like, "PARTY HARD", "WE WANT FUN", and "YOU WILL REMEMBER TONIGHT", Andrew's true will is to use al l forms of entertainment to create feelings of pure joy, fun, love, freedom, and possibility.
Born in California in 1979, Andrew W.K. is a multi-faceted musician and performer. Starting his musical career at age 4 with classical piano lessons, then exploring experimental and fine art interests, Andrew went on to create his own brand of extremely high-energy rock 'n' roll. His father, James E. Krier, is a Law Professor at the University of Michigan, and Andrew grew up in the open-minded Midwestern city of Ann Arbor. At age 18, after being accepted into The Art Institute of Chicago, Andrew decided instead to move to New York City and pursue art and music on his own.
With the release of his first full-length album in 2001 - the controversial, "I Get Wet" - Andrew was quickly recognized not only as a powerful musical performer, but also as an exhilarating and uplifting personality for a new generation. Using his feel-good abilities, Andrew released many more albums, singles, videos, a DVD, and expanded his work to include T.V. shows on MTV and VH1, motivational speeches at Yale, New York University, The Cooper Union School, and Carnegie Mellon, and a monthly advice column and book in Japan. As he continued to record and release his own music, he also began producing musical recordings for other artists, including the Grammy Award nominated album, "Repentance", for reggae music legend, Lee "Scratch" Perry.
In 2008, Andrew and his friends opened a large downtown New York City music venue and nightclub called, Santos Party House - the club won numerous awards in its first year. In 2009, Andrew began his own record label, SKYSCRAPER MUSIC MAKER, based in London, England and released an album of all instrumental piano improvisations called, "55 CADILLAC". In June 2009, he started filming Cartoon Network's hit live-action TV show, "Destroy Build Destroy", currently enjoying its second season. And in March 2010, Andrew released a 2-CD album, containing his "lost third album", "CLOSE CALLS WITH BRICK WALLS", as well as a 2nd disc of rare and unreleased material called, "MOTHER OF MANKIND".
2010 and 2011 will see Andrew hitting the road with his full band, as the headliner on the entire summer 2010 Warped Tour. This will be Andrew's 2nd time on the Warped Tour, and his first North American concert tour since 2005, when a variety of legal and personal issues first turned Andrew's life upside down and took him off the road. With his past behind him, Andrew is very excited to finally have another chance to play with his band and bring the party back stronger than ever.
Due to the variety of his pursuits, Andrew continues have an impact on an extremely diverse range of mainstream and underground culture. As Andrew continues to push the boundaries of entertainment and his own life, he brings into play a wide range of ideas, all the while working to create a joyous experience for his audience. Andrew lives in Manhattan, New York City. He's currently recording a new rock 'n' roll album and a book for 2011. He has never been more ready to party.
Andrew has made multiple appearances on MTV, MTV2, and VH1, hosting shows such as The Most Outrageous Frontmen, with Johnny Knoxville and Backstage Pass at the Warped Tour. Andrew was the focus of a televised live performance at Cleveland's Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, broadcast on MTV. He's also made appearances on the shows, I Love The 90's, I Love The New Millennium, Black To The Future, I Love The Holidays, The Great Debate, Best Week Ever and The Osbournes. Andrew was also featured on a popular MTV show called Crashing With Andrew W.K., which documented Andrew's visit to a girl's dorm at North Carolina Central University. In 2004, Andrew had a television show on MTV2 titled Your Friend, Andrew W.K.. In the series, fans would write letters to Andrew, asking for his help. Andrew would pick certain letters and go to visit them. The series lasted for 11 episodes, each about 9 or 10 minutes in length. During the filming of the show, Andrew was in a car crash but sustained no serious injuries. Andrew has performed on TV shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly, Saturday Night Live, and the Spike TV Video Game Awards. His most recent performance was with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He recently had a cameo in the show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, singing "Party Party Party", a song that combines elements of multiple previous Andrew W.K. songs. The song was released on Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters the Soundtrack. Andrew's only confirmed movie role is in Punk Rock Holocaust, playing himself. Andrew was also featured on the finale of the third season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List as Kathy's date in New York. The two attended one of Andrew's performance art shows. Late Night with Conan O'Brien has twice featured Andrew as a sit-down interview guest-the first in 2003 to speak about the Your Friend, Andrew W.K. show, and then again in 2007, to speak about his motivational performance tours. Andrew is a frequent guest on the Fox News late-night program, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Andrew has also been a featured interviewer and guest on The Daily Show, DirecTV, and mobile telephone network, GoTV. Andrew also appears on the vocal-instructional DVD The Zen of Screaming. In the Summer of 2009, the Cartoon Network announced that Andrew would be hosting and creating music for a new live-action TV program called, Destroy Build Destroy. The show features Andrew working with two teams of teenagers, competing to "blow stuff up and use the wreckage to build amazing machines". The show premiered on June 20, 2009. Cartoon Network also used Andrew W.K. in a video about the network's shift away from cartoons toward live-action shows. The song and video, "Hearing What I Say" (adapted from his 2006 song "Not Going to Bed") aired on YouTube; it also aired extensively on Cartoon Network and later was replaced by another bumper. Destroy Build Destroy's Second Season premiered on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 8:30PM, ranking #1 in their timeslot among boys 6-11 on all television.
2013 has certainly been shaping up to be a legendary year for Andrew W.K. Most recently, he set a world drumming record after manning a kit in Times Square, NYC for 24 hours. The mega-drumming session was live-streamed in its entirety by MTV during its O Music Awards and saw W.K. joined by high-caliber guest drummers such as ?uestlove (The Roots), Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers), Chad Smith (The Red hot Chili Peppers), actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and non-human internet celebri-cat Lil Bubz.
In addition to the Sabbath tour, Andrew W.K. is also playing shows around the world with punk drumming icon, Marky Ramone (as singer for his Blitzkrieg band). Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg (featuring Andrew W.K. on vocals) will play several European festivals this summer before U.S. tour dates in the fall.
On the other end of the spectrum, The Human Party Machine Solo Tour (which just wrapped) saw him tour intimate clubs and venues armed with only a microphone, a keyboard and his unstoppable urge to party.
Courtesy: Andrew W.K.