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Birth name: Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier.
Born: May 9, 1979 in Stanford, California, USA.
Andrew W.K. biography (bio):
Andrew W.K. was born in Stanford, California, and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
At age 4, he began learning classical piano at The University of Michigan School of Music. He attended the private college preparatory Greenhills School for middle school before attending the alternative Community High School from 1993-97, where he studied jazz keyboards. His father is Professor James Krier, a well-known legal scholar at the University of Michigan Law School and co-author of the widely used Dukeminer & Krier Property casebook.
Andrew got his start in music in the year 1993. In between 1993 and 1998, the year his first solo album under his own name came out, he was in many bands. During a failed attempt at a career in music, Andrew began acting. With the purpose of creating an underground buzz and gaining "street cred," he began performing solo and sending demos to independent labels. Andrew's first release under the name "Andrew W.K." was in 2000, on the now-defunct Michigan record label Bulb Records. Andrew released two EPs on that label, and a full length album was planned, but never released. Andrew's big break came in 2001, when he was signed to Island Records.
Andrew's first ever track released on anything officially was titled "Mr. Surprise". It was on a compilation of music done by young artists (Andrew made the song at 13), and was released on the Westside Audio Laboratories label out of Ypsilanti, Michigan (now known as Ypsilanti Records). From there on, Andrew was in a plethora of other bands, most of them with the same rotation of friends. The first band Andrew was in was the band Lab Lobotomy, in 1994. That same year, he started a solo project, titled Ancient Art of Boar (also known as A.A.B.). Some of the other bands Andrew was in are The Pterodactyls, Music Band, Mr. Velocity Hopkins, Kathode, The Portly Boys, Kangoo, The Beast People, Stormy Rodent and the Malt Lickers, Isis and Werewolves, Sucking Coeds, and it has been said that brief periods, Andrew was in the bands Galen and Wolf Eyes. It has even been said that Andrew made solo recordings under the Wolf Eyes name, thus creating a different "branch" of the band.
His first official solo release (under his own name) was on Hanson Records, a record label out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was released in 1998, titled Room To Breathe. The release was cassette-only and only 35 copies were made. Another tape, titled "You Are What You Eat" was supposed to be released shortly after, but the masters went missing (and still are to this day), so the tape went unreleased. That same year, he appeared on the Hanson Records compilation Labyrinths & Jokes. The track appearing on the compilation was a portion of the soundtrack Andrew made for the movie made by Aaron Dilloway and himself, titled "Poltergeist". The whole soundtrack is now missing.
In 2000, he released his first EP, AWKGOJ on Bulb Records. He released one more EP on this label, Party Til You Puke, before moving on to Island Records and releasing his first major label album, I Get Wet.
"I Get Wet":
Andrew released his first major label album, I Get Wet, in 2001 on Island Records. The album is primarily known for its recognizable cover art: a photo of Andrew W.K. with a large stream of "blood" running from his nose, down his chin and onto his throat. Andrew has stated that he attempted to create the nose bleed with a self-inflicted blow from a piece of a cinder block; however this proved unsuccessful and he created his nosebleed using a bottle of pig's blood acquired from a butcher's shop. Many music retailers that feared that the cover was too graphic to be shown in public covered the image with a black sticker which only enticed fans to look into the true meaning of the photo.
I Get Wet soon rose to the #1 position on Billboard's 'Heatseekers' list. Andrew W.K. joined Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest that summer. The opening track, "It's Time To Party", was featured in commercials for the video game Nascar Thunder 2004, Hotwire.com, Coors Beer, Expedia.com, and several movie and TV soundtracks. "She Is Beautiful" was used in early Gamecube commercials. His track "Don't Stop Living in the Red" is featured in a Target commercial. It was also featured during KSDK-TV's coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005. He also recorded an original song for KitKat chocolate wafers entitled 'Gimme a Break'. In 2002, he re-recorded his song "We Want Fun" from AWKGOJ for the soundtrack of Jackass: The Movie which also had a video made, filmed and directed by Spike Jonze.
In late 2003, W.K. released The Wolf. The album featured Andrew playing all the instruments on the recording (he had his full live band play on I Get Wet), and was a product of three years of work (some of the songs on the album Andrew had been working on since since 2000). It spawned the singles "Tear it Up" and "Never Let Down" (a phrase Andrew has liked to use since his early days on Bulb Records) in the US (both had videos made, but only Tear It Up had a full retail single released) and the song "Long Live the Party" was a minor hit in Japan. There was a special promotion with this album. The original release of the album came with a little card with a code on it. The card instructed to go to Andrew's old site, http://awkworld.com, to register to receive a personal phone call from Andrew. 1000 people were going to be called, but not all 1000 were. A list of people called, and audio recordings of some of the calls were made available at AWKworld, but that site has since been taken offline.
"The Wolf" is known for it's many, many overdubbed instrument parts. It has been said that one guitar track on one song could have as many as 100 overdubbed parts on it. Andrew later used this technique, also known as "Synch Stacking" on his live DVD, "Who Knows?".
The Wolf was not as commercially successful as "I Get Wet", but fans thought of it as good or better than "I Get Wet". On tour for "The Wolf", Andrew was injured on stage and broke his foot. After the concert, he signed autographs from the ambulance. Not wanting to let his fans down, he performed the remainder of the tour in a wheelchair.
"The Wolf"'s original title was set to be "Blow Your Bone", but briefly before the album was released, unknown conflicts arose, so Andrew was forced to change the name. Although the title was to be different, the songs on the album were still going to be the same (although during the "Blow Your Bone" sessions, many songs were recorded that were never released and might be released on future albums).
Andrew W.K. released a live-concert movie entitled, "Who Knows?" and presented five screenings of the movie in New York City and Hollywood, in February and April, 2006. His father presented a screening of the movie in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the University of Michigan Law School. Although Andrew's father, law teacher James E. Krier was said to be the host of the event, Andrew was present at the screening also.
"Who Knows?" was released on DVD on February 7, 2006. It features 16 live performances and some behind-the-scenes moments with W.K. and his band.
Close Calls With Brick Walls:
Andrew WK's album Close Calls With Brick Walls was released in Japan and South Korea in July 2006. During an interview on Japanese radio, Andrew explained that the title related both to his life and music as he narrowly avoided hitting a dead end and instead sought new horizons in his work. The album contains 18 tracks (the Korean version includes an additional 4 bonus tracks, while the special edition Japanese version contains a bonus DVD with footage found nowhere else) .
Andrew was also involved in filming the Japanese promotional video for "Not Going To Bed" in a Pennsylvania hotel.
The album was to be released on June 19, 2007 in the U.S. on vinyl-only on Load Records, but that release was postponed to August 18, 2007 for reasons unknown.
In March 2006, during an episode of Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones' radio show, "Jonsie's Jukebox", Andrew W.K. debuted the song "Vagabond", which did not appear on Close Calls. It is said to be appearing on his next planned album, "Young Lord", as for other tracks, such as "We're Not Going To Get Old".
Outside of his solo work, Andrew W.K. also performs with and produces music for the avant-garde ensemble To Live and Shave in L.A.. He first appeared on the band's 2004 release "God and Country Rally!". W.K. co-produced their 2006 studio album Noon and Eternity, and appears on the group's other 2006 release, the "chronological remix" project Horoscopo: Sanatorio de Moliere. He will accompany TLASILA to Canada and throughout the United States on promotional tours for both albums.
In mid 2006, soon after Close Calls was released, Andrew posted on his website the coming of new things. He stated that 2 new albums are in the works, as well as two new websites and a new TV show. The new albums are going to come out in 2007 and 2008.
In late 2006, Andrew re-worked his song "Fun Night" into a theme song for the Sundogs, an Arizona hockey team. The song was titled "Sundogs (It Just Got Hotter)". The song also appeared in the film Old School during one of the party scenes.
Recently, Andrew has been added to the live line-up of Current 93, and will play bass for them in their upcoming concerts.
Andrew has stated in various interviews that he is planning to release a solo piano album sometime in the future, and he has even said that he will be releasing an EP in the UK.
In August 2007, Andrew will be releasing his album Close Calls With Brick Walls in the U.S. for the first time, on vinyl only, with bonus tracks. It was be released on Load Records.
In May 2007, Andrew announced on his official site that he will be release another album (along with his 2 new albums, and a solo piano album) titled "Eberwhite". Nothing is known about the album at this time.
On July 7th, 2007, Andrew WK played drums as part of the Boredoms 20th anniversary show with 77 drummers. His look was drastically different, as he cut his hair short, had no beard, and wore very different clothing from his usual attire. However, pictures from Andrew's official site conflict with the fan pictures, as the pictures from Andew's official site show him with medium, shoulder-length hair. It is suspected that the fan pictures have been editied or doctored to remove some of Andrew's hair.
On July 28, 2007, Andrew played a solo piano concert in Lansing, Michigan. At the concert, he had short hair covered with a baseball cap. Also, he wore orange sunglasses throughout the entire set.
On August 4th, 2007, Andrew performed at Highline ballroom in New York City. He was in his normal attire, and had his full length hair, esentially proving that Andrew does have short hair, and is wearing some kind of hairpiece.
TV and Movie Appearances:
In 2004, Andrew had a television show on MTV2 titled Your Friend, Andrew W.K.. In the series, fans would write letters to Andrew, asking for his help, and Andrew would pick certain letters and go help out the fan who sent the letter asking for help. The series only lasted 1 season, and had 9 episodes. The actual episodes were actually only about 9 or 10 minutes in length, because MTV wanted to play music videos in between the segments of the show. Andrew himself could not pick the videos, and was not happy about it. During the filming of the show, Andrew was in a car crash but sustained no serious injuries. The show is no longer shown on television.
Andrew has said that he is going to have a new television show. He stated that it will be on New York Public Access television. It will also appear on the internet, and on DVD. He has not stated the format of the show, but he has said that it will be very different from YFAWK. On February 3rd, 2007, during an interview, Andrew stated that the new show would be titled "Smoke Show" (also the name of a deleted scene on his live DVD Who Knows?). He would not state anything else about the show. Andrew has also appeared in the 1998 UK Miniseries Ultraviolet. He played the part of "Vampire Boy".
Andrew has performed on TV numerous times, performing on shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly, Saturday Night Live, and the Spike TV Video Game Awards. His most recent performance was with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He recently had a cameo in the show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, playing himself. He had no speaking parts, just a part singing a modified version of 'Long Live The Party', The song was released on Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters the Soundtrack. Andrew's only confirmed movie role is in the movie "Punk Rock Holocaust", playing himself, but he is said to have played a part in the film D-Day Remembered.
Andrew was also featured on the finale of the third season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List as Kathy's date in New York. The two attended one of Andrew's performance art shows.
Rumors claim that "Andrew W.K." is an actor, a "front man" hired to play the role and perform the A.W.K. music and that before there was an "Andrew W.K.," the press was holding interviews with a "Steev Mike," whose image and sound are the same as "Andrew W.K."
The first appearance of "Steev Mike" was inside the pages of the UK magazine "Dazed & Confused." An issue from early 2000 allegedly featured a full-page story on "Steev Mike," but it's nearly impossible to find this back issue.
Steev Mike was later listed as "Executive Producer" on Andrew's album "I Get Wet". Steev's name was not listed, however, on Andrew's second album, "The Wolf". Three years later, Steev Mike was listed again on Andrew's DVD "Who Knows". And on Andrew's third album, "Close Calls With Brick Walls", Steev Mike was again listed as "Executive Producer".
Andrew himself has said very little about the matter. He has not claimed that he is Steev Mike, but he has not claimed that Steev Mike is another person.
In 2005, Web sites directly linked with Andrew W.K. started appearing on the Internet, containing strange pictures and lines of code related to Steev Mike. These pages are now all off-line.
Many people have been said to be Steev Mike, mainly Andrew himself, but also James "Twig" Harper of the group Nautical Almanac, Chicago musician Little Howlin' Wolf, and even Andrew W.K.'s father, James E. Krier.
In March 2006, an alleged 1992 Bulb Records 7" 45 recorded under the name Steev Mike was discovered. The record was spotted on eBay, and the auction stated the records (the seller had 25) were found at a garage sale in Ann Arbor (Where Bulb Records was founded). The auction was for only 1, but the buyer had the option to buy more. Several weeks later, a UK record shop, Volcanic Tongue, was selling copies of the record in their online store. That Web site did not have a lot of copies in stock, and soon after the page was found, the site was out of the records, and the page was later taken down. The tracks on the record were found to be the same as Bulb band Couch's first EP, except for the last track, which was Couch's track Old Man instead of the track (Is This) Time Travel Man, the track which was listed. This could be a possible mistake by the bootleggers. On the back of the Steev Mike record, Andrew W.K.'s father, James Krier, is listed. When recently asked about this record, it has been noted as a "bootleg" and "phony" by Couch founding member James Marlon Magas. In one email to a fan, he said "I guess people wanna sell records!". It is unknown at this point in time who is behind the record, but there are suspects.
Most likely, Steev Mike is just another name Andrew goes under. Andrew was very close to going under the name "Steev Mike" for his major-label carreer. It has been suspected that Andrew was the one who made the website with the strange pictures and code, just to confuse his fans, and to make something bigger out of the not-so-complicated situation.