A motivational speaker and a record producer, as well as a recording artist and live performer, Andrew W.K. was born in Stanford, California, in 1979. Soon afterwards, his family departed to Michigan where he was raised and began to take an interest in music. A songwriter and singer who is probably best known for his two stand-out singles, “Party Hard” and “We Want Fun”, Andrew W.K. is, in fact, the stage name of Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier. The performer also has an alter ego named Redeye; a character who runs the Nuka-World Radio Station in the video game Fallout 4.
Andrew W.K.'s musical career
The son of a legal academic, Andrew W.K. began playing music at the age of 4. He studied classical keyboard as a schoolboy, before moving on to focus on jazz in his teenage years. In 1993, Andrew W.K. joined his first band, then named Slam. An early song written by the singer was released on a compilation album named Plant the Flower Seeds. However, the young musician never really found his niche in Michigan, despite playing in a number of metal, rock and punk groups.
Andrew W.K. moved to the Big Apple in 1998 and began producing solo work. Some tracks were released under the Ancient Art of Boar banner and some as Andrew W.K. He made a soundtrack recording around this time for a film by the name of Poltergeist. In 1999, he relocated to Florida to start a band with Donald Tardy, a drummer who went on to form the death metal outfit Obituary.
It was only in 2000 that Andrew W.K. began making a name for himself. In that year, he released his EP Girls Own Juice on Bulb Records. He also started remixing tracks by bands such as Wolf Eyes around this time. The singer's big opportunity came when Foo Fighters offered him a support slot for a show in San Francisco, which was readily accepted. This led to some major label interest. However, Andrew W.K.'s second EP was also released on the independent Bulb Records. Entitled Party 'til You Puke, it featured the Nigerian-born drummer Tony Allen on percussion.
In 2001, Andrew W.K. put out I Get Wet on Island Records. It spawned two hit singles, including “She Is Beautiful”. The Wolf and Close Calls With Brick Walls both followed, the latter a Universal Records release. In 2009, 55 Cadillac came out, marking something of a shift, with several New Age elements to the music. The musician continues to tour as a speaker and as a singer.