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Partying Hard with Andrew W.K.

By Hana Frenette

Andrew W.K. is a modern day renaissance man. He plays metal music, DJ’s, writes advice columns, gives motivational speeches and is working on his first book. He can probably fix your car and cook a five-course French meal, too, or at least talk you through it and make you feel good about the direction your life is heading. Andrew took some time out of his increasingly busy schedule, just days before playing the Hangout Music Festival, to chat with the IN about writing his book, “The Party Bible,” touring with Black Sabbath and meeting the Internet’s most famous cats. And it was inspirational.

IN: You’ve been writing an advice column for The Village Voice recently. How did you get into that? What has it been like so far?
W.K.: I started writing an advice column for a magazine in Japan in 2002. It was just a monthly advice column—really random and broad, lots of questions about life. Lots of people that are at a crossroads. They’re wondering, should I change what I’m doing or should I move? For me, it’s more about responding in an uplifting and positive way.  They asked me if I’d like to write for The Village Voice and I said yes. It’s nice to be writing and getting things out in a way. It’s challenging because this column forces me think about things that I might not have thought about or considered otherwise.

IN: What are some of the questions you’ve been getting?
W.K.: We get people writing in from all over the world, and I try to pick something fresh, something stimulating. One of the first questions that I got was from a young man, who was thinking about experimenting with same sex relations. It really takes nerve to confront those thoughts yourself, much less express them to a stranger. And then there was another guy who was wanting to try and recreate the sexual peaks in his life with his current girlfriend. And someone else who wanted to know if they should be eating meat or not, or how to protect their home without guns—and with a lot of these people, I don’t even feel comfortable telling them what to do, because you want them to be able to think for themselves, but you also want to be able to tell them it’s all going to be ok.

IN: You have your first book coming out, “The Party Bible.” Tell me a little about it.
W.K.: Writing this book might be even more challenging than recording an album. It’s a guide book about life in general and appreciating the party that life can be—really just celebrating not being dead. I thought that I should do the most fun thing that I could think of: partying. I want to do something that’s about cheering up, or that at least creates an atmosphere of general good cheer. And sometimes you can say a lot with a little.

IN: You’ve been giving motivational speeches, what are the crowds like for those and where do you usually speak?
W.K.: It often turns into more of a discussion. They ask me questions, I ask them some—it’s more engaging for everyone. I’ve got one coming up at Oxford in England soon, and that’ll be exciting. I like to see if we can conjure up that same party power just sitting and talking as you can at a show by just bringing the good cheer and the right attitude. There are people that don’t like loud rock music, and I’d like to reach them, too, in some way if I can.

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