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Andrew W.K. On How to Get Over Heavy Amounts of Partying

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The party God delves into early years of partying…and more partying.

Andrew W.K. On How to Get Over Heavy Amounts of Partying

Wherever there is Andrew W.K. there is always serious amounts of partying. We got to hang with him on the high seas during this year’s ShipRocked. When we got to speak to him on the sandy beach of a private island of the Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, he spoke about partying at a very early age, how he’s immune to massive amounts of partying and much more.

We also had fun picking his brain on what artists he would want to listen to if he were stuck on the island, he has some very eclectic and awesome musical picks. Check out our interview with the almighty Andrew W.K below!

When did you first realize you enjoyed partying?

Probably around age three or four – that’s the earliest I can remember. I was running around in a circle very fast and realized just doing that and the fun of it was an event unto itself. You didn’t need to accomplish anything in particular – I mean I guess it was exercise but I wasn’t doing it for that purpose.

There were things in life that you could do just purely for the joy of doing them – it wasn’t a task, it wasn’t an assignment, it wasn’t practicing at anything or working towards anything. It was just pure, true fun.

So you developed your circle pit skills early on then.

Yes, it definitely ties into that - a little whirlpool action, spiraling out. 

Talk about the most memorable or messiest night of partying and did you have a partying partner?

Well there’s usually someone there but I’ve also enjoyed solitary partying which I think is quite powerful unto itself. It’s a great skill to be able to entertain yourself.

The ones that I can’t remember are probably the best ones. I remember that I forgot but other than that and as far as what happened, who knows? It’s like it goes into this strange oblivious state where something must have happened because you didn’t die.

How do you cope the next morning after heavy amounts of partying?

Most of the time it’s never been a really big problem for me... just out of luck. Some people just have different constitutions and different makeups – my dad I think I got it from him. He just never really had that kind of physical aftermath to deal with. I guess it’s metabolism, people react different ways…it’s like allergies some people get it really bad.

The best way to deal with it is to keep partying, just don’t stop. I think when you stop, it’s like your body starts to shut down and you just got to keep going and keep the adrenaline up.

Whether you’re on land or not, it’s always a party when you’re around. If you were stuck on this island and you could have the discographies of a few artists who would it be and why?

You would want to pick someone with a lot of music, if you get the full catalog. I would probably go with some people who were very prolific, I would go with Johann Sebastian Bach the original one – he has a lot of music, probably hundreds of hours of music.

Who else? I love soundtracks, maybe if you’re stuck on an island, it’s kind of like your own movie or something. Maybe get some John Williams in there, a great soundtrack composer.

Let’s see, maybe Judas Priest – they have a pretty good amount of material as well and they’re still going too, I’d put them on there to change it up, just to have a little dynamic and contrast.

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