AN­DREW W.K.

HE’S A LIV­ING, BREATH­ING PARTY, BUT WHAT MAKES HIM LOSE HIS COOL? A CUP OF WEE…

Kerrang! (UK) - - Gigs -

ON ROCK’N’ROLL… ASIDE FROM THE COVER FOR YOUR AL­BUM I GET WET, HAVE YOU SHED BLOOD IN THE NAME OF ROCK?

“A cou­ple of times, but not on pur­pose like that for a very long time, other than tear­ing off a hang­nail on my fin­ger.”

WHAT’S THE MOST OUT-OF-CON­TROL YOUR PAR­TY­ING MADE YOU?

“It usu­ally in­volves the de­struc­tion of some­one else’s prop­erty. Once, in the midst of that ma­ni­a­cal en­thu­si­asm that the power of par­ty­ing had gen­er­ated in me, I couldn’t see the dif­fer­ence be­tween empty space and ma­te­rial space. I was whirling around with a eu­phoric aban­don, and if I made con­tact with any type of mat­ter, be it a toi­let seat or a sand­wich, that ob­ject was likely to be dis­man­tled.”

WHERE’S THE WEIRDEST PLACE YOU’VE HAD AN EN­COUNTER WITH A FAN?

“I was walk­ing in a large, empty space by my­self, and far in the dis­tance I no­ticed some­one else. That wasn’t dis­con­cert­ing, but the per­son be­gan com­ing to­wards me, and as they ap­proached I thought there was some­thing fore­bod­ing about them. Then this per­son told me that they’d been fol­low­ing me for about an hour be­cause they wanted to tell me that they be­lieved in the power of par­ty­ing. I was re­lieved that they were just show­ing their sup­port.”

Is two peo­ple a party?

ON FAIL­URES AND FUCK-UPS… HAVE YOU EVER AC­CI­DEN­TALLY IN­JURED A BANDMATE?

“Very early on, be­fore I’d mas­tered the art of be­ing chaotic on­stage, I was do­ing a spe­cial jig which made me very light on my toes, while swirling a guitar around my throat. On one par­tic­u­larly in­tense swirl, I hit the head­stock into the other gui­tarist’s face, which cut right open.we fin­ished the show and I called an am­bu­lance. He was an­gry, as he didn’t have health in­surance, but I paid for it.”

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR WORST SHOW EVER?

“There have been sev­eral shows where I made the de­ci­sion to go against the will of the party gods and chal­lenge their good na­ture. If some­one throws a rock at you, or a cup of urine, it can take a su­per-hu­man level of pa­tience and com­mit­ment to not lash out. I’ve tried to neg­a­tively en­gage the cul­prits, and it’s been a disas­ter.”

Noth­ing damp­ens a party like a cup of hurled piss…

LIFE­STYLES OF THE RICH AND FA­MOUS… WHO’S THE MOST FA­MOUS PER­SON TO TELL YOU THEY’RE A FAN?

“I guess [TV per­son­al­ity/drag queen] Rupaul. We did an in­ter­view on a TV news pro­gramme in the U.S., and I was shocked that Rupaul was al­ready fa­mil­iar with my work.”

WHAT’S THE MOST MONEY YOU’VE EVER SPENT ON PIZZA?

“My own wed­ding day, where, late night, we bought piz­zas for all of the re­main­ing guests. I be­lieve it was 100 piz­zas, which cost about $2,000. It’s a lot more cost ef­fec­tive than a tra­di­tional catered din­ner.”

Cal­zones > canapés

ON THE HY­PO­THET­I­CAL… HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU COULD PARTY FOR CON­TIN­U­OUSLY WITH­OUT NEED­ING A BREAK?

“My en­tire life! I started par­ty­ing around four-and-a-half, con­sciously. Part of the re­al­i­sa­tion of that con­scious de­ci­sion to start par­ty­ing was ac­cept­ing that I had al­ready been par­ty­ing from the mo­ment I left the womb. Then around age 19-20, I be­came a pro­fes­sional par­tyer. I once con­sid­ered stop­ping par­ty­ing for a split sec­ond, and it was such a ter­ri­fy­ing premise that I squashed the thought. Even now, just talk­ing about that idea makes me feel nau­seous.”

WHO’S THE ONE PER­SON YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO BE STUCK IN A LIFT WITH?

“I guess my­self, if I wasn’t me.why? Be­cause I’ve al­ready spent way too much time with my­self, and it would prob­a­bly be highly un­nerv­ing and ir­ri­tat­ing.”

We’re not sure it’d be a good idea to have this whirling mass of party in a con­fined space…

SPIR­I­TUAL HEADMELTER… COM­PLETE THE SEN­TENCE: THE MEAN­ING OF LIFE IS…

“Par­ty­ing. But, as an al­ter­nate an­swer, I’d say the mean­ing of life is to try and find the mean­ing of life while you’re par­ty­ing the whole time. Let’s have both an­swers!”

It’s an un­sur­pris­ing an­swer, but what else would you want him to say?

“I BOUGHT $2,000 OF PIZZA FOR MY WED­DING DAY…” AN­DREW W.K.

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