10.21.09 | Andrew W.K. | CMJ Music Festival



Andrew W.K. spoke today as the keynote speech for CMJ Music Festival. He began by coming to the podium and proceeding to speak for about 5 minutes in the most awkward and disjointed manner. All starts and stops and silences. You could feel the audience squirming uncomfortably, not sure if it was real or not. (It wasn't). He then spent about 10 minutes doing what can only be described as interpretive dancing with a chair. He raised it high above his head and shook it. He air punched through the legs. He shimmied across the stage on it. He ended with ripping the seat out and tossing it to the other side of the stage. With that out of the way, he took to the podium and accepted questions. I sat through the entire production wavering between really confused and mildly bemused. But after it all, I admit I was inspired and somewhat motivated. He really emphasized the importance of giving 100% to whatever you aspire to do, especially your career. Many questions came from struggling artists and he encouraged them to give everything if it's something one really wants. The presentation ended with a musical riddle on the piano: G-A-B-B-A G-A-B-B-A _______. And a piano rendition of "Party Hard". So let's get a party started!
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yvonne
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October 25, 2009 at 12:54 AM ×

Sorry for the obvious. Who is this Andrew W.K.? The person befoe the piano looks like you. Is it you?

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gk
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October 25, 2009 at 10:53 AM ×

Andrew W.K. is a musician, and that is him at the piano. I am the one taking the picture.

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