Andrew W.K.

May 9, 1979

Andrew W.K. Artistfacts

  • Born in California, he was raised in Michigan, around the Detroit area.
  • His sound is basically death-metal with pop melodies. He feels that he shouldn't limit his taste in music and writes what he feels.
  • Began his classical piano lessons at age four. Unlike most, he never quit, but moved on to drumming in death-metal groups as a teen.
  • His first EPs were released on Bulb Records, home to such wonderfully obscure artists as Quintron, Ass Baboons of Venus and 25 Suaves.
  • As a one-man show, he played a couple of opening slots for Foo Fighters in the early 2000's.
  • When he finally formed a band, it was with three guitars, a bass and a drummer. One of the guitarists is Jimmy Coup, who played with thrash band Coup de Grace. The drummer, Donald "D.T." Tardy, was in the death-metal group Obituary.
  • Upon the release of his debut album, NME (a popular British music magazine) dubbed Andrew "The Saviour of Music."
  • Early shows featured no more than Andrew onstage with a CD player, keyboard, and microphone.


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