What's musician/party god Andrew W.K. doing for the Grammys? Crashing anarchic image-board 4chan by "partying too hard"—that is, hanging out and answering questions, apparently. W.K. popped by the site's music board /mu/ (bearing a site-standard identity-verifying photograph) and answered a few questions over two different threads, in the process slowing the whole site down and causing brief outages. The first one, which was locked is here; the second is here.
(Standard disclaimer: This could theoretically be a guy who looks a lot like Andrew W.K. and has gotten his speech patterns and party-hardness down really well [especially give the "Steev Mike"/identity crisis weirdness that's been passing around the internet for a while]. And it's 4chan we're talking about. My guess is that it's really him, though.) According to W.K.'s verified Twitter account, it's really him.
The first question posed to W.K.: "How does one BECOME the party as you have?" To which he answered, after thanking 4chan founder moot:
Andrew W.K. ## PARTY HARD 02/13/11(Sun)19:08 No.15551280
First of all, I'm so happy to be here and I'm really grateful to 4chan, moot, gingermod, and shut for having me. And thank you to EVERYONE at 4chan for making this place what it is.
To answer your question about BECOMING a party, if you have to ask, you already are.
In response to a question about any upcoming albums:
Andrew W.K. ## PARTY HARD 02/13/11(Sun)19:22 No.15551908
Thank you for asking. Since 2005, I've been working on an album called Young Lord, an album called The Carrier, and an instrumental rock and roll album. And I absolutely want to record another album of piano music, but it won't be like 55 Cadillac - that album was a one-off for many reasons both personal and professional (or unprofessional).
I've put many of these long term recording projects on hold while I've focused on other musical efforts. Right now I'm recording for my new album. It's party rock.
On why he's on 4chan ("BASEDMODS" is a reference to his "new favorite meme," rapper Lil' B and his nickname "based god"):
Andrew W.K. ## PARTY HARD 02/13/11(Sun)19:31 No.15552254
Why would be here? At this shit hole? Because this place rules and I'm just blown away by how intense 4chan is. I've been very grateful that moot and the BASEDMODS invited me to do this. I'm a big believer in this board. 4chan is one of the most important human achievements of all time.
The greatest moment of his life:
How he feels about music piracy and digital music:
Andrew W.K. ## PARTY HARD 02/13/11(Sun)19:54 No.15553141
When it comes to downloading music without paying for it, I understand people's concerns, but it's been hard for to ever really feel upset personally. I think of downloading kind of like the radio. All I want is for people to listen to what I'm putting out there. Everything else will take care of itself.
Andrew W.K. ## PARTY HARD 02/13/11(Sun)20:04 No.15553516
I used Napster and Limewire a lot when they first came out. I loved that I could think of any song and then get it. Then I used iTunes from time to time, but over the years I've been downloading less and buying more CDs, which I didn't expect would happen. I guess the reason I prefer CDs is that almost anywhere I go in the world, whether in a car, or in some office building or someone's house, I can most likely find a CD player, and that's all I care about - being able to hear music where I am.
His opinion on Jersey Shore:
The "most bad-ass president":
On the experience of being alive:
Andrew W.K. ## PARTY HARD 02/13/11(Sun)20:12 No.15553714
I think staying positive all the time is kind of un-fun. Life has all kinds of feelings to offer and I'd like to experience as much as possible. One of the reasons I like 4chan is because it's not all positive. I love negativity very much and every feeling between happy and sad.
Overall, the experience of being alive is inherently positive, and within that why not enjoy your emotions - just remember that at the end of the day, everything about existence is completely absurd. But of course 99.9999% of 4chan users already understand this essential truth.
And on how he feels about "crashing 4chan":
Finally, his parting words:
I want to say THANK YOU so much to everybody here, and I mean EVERYBODY for dealing with me and making this so amazing. 4chan is one of the most awesome, intense, and party things ever and it's been a genuine honor to do this chat today. I'm sitting here across from moot and I must commend him for creating this amazing place. But it's everyone here who really makes it SWAG.
PARTY PARTY PARTY HARD FOREVER.
P.S. Someone requested a picture with a shoe on my head, so there you go.
Way better than watching the Grammys, right? Also, please enjoy these two animated GIFs, which W.K. posted.