Andrew W.K. brings the party to ToledoWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A recent tweet by Andrew W.K.: “Party tip: You don’t have to understand me in order to enjoy me.”
But understand this: You had better be ready to party! The singer-songwriter has been having a blast since his 2001 debut “I Get Wet,” which included “Party Hard,” “It’s Time to Party” and “Party til you Puke.”
W.K. does what he likes and likes what he does. And he never gets tired of partying.
“I only get better at partying and stronger — and develop the ability to party even harder,” he said during a call from New York City.
“I wanted to be able to bring my energy, my life, to something that involved happiness and joy, like a real physical feeling of joy. And not only just to spread to other people, but for myself as well, and this has always been how I cheer myself up is by being surrounded by kind of positive party power.
“It’s really made my life into a fantasy in every single way.”
That dream has included recording a solo piano album, “55 Cadillac,” and a jazz album, “Sessions: One,” with the Mike Pachelli Group, hosting the Cartoon Network’s “Destroy Build Destroy” and serving as the spokesman for Playtex’s Fresh + Sexy Wipes.
He even shares that positive party power as a motivational speaker. Gigs have included New York University and the My Little Pony Fair and Convention.
“At the end of [a talk], the feeling in the air, the feeling I had and the feeling that people who attended had was the same feeling. It was just a very similar feeling to how I would feel after a show or a concert or music performance. The feeling of possibility, excitement and potential in the air — it was just this raw energy you could harness,” W.K. said.
“[Giving talks] is another way to get to that feeling, and that’s really all I’m concerned about. Whether it’s music or motivational speaking or TV, there’s all these different ways to get to that feeling of energy, joy and power, and I want to use every single one that I can.”
The frenetic rocker will bring that boundless enthusiasm to Toledo to kick off the Human Party Machine Tour.
“I’ll have my keyboard, I’ll have a drum machine, I’ll have my microphones,” W.K. said. “It’s more like a hangout jam session with songs that hopefully you love and people that are all amped up and friendly. I hope that people have as much fun as I do.”
Andrew W.K. will get an after-party going April 13 at Frankie’s Inner City. Doors open at 10 p.m. for the show that will follow the Jamboree Music Festival. Tickets — $20 or $10 with a Jamboree weekend pass — are available only at thejam