Andrew W.K. is best known for partying. The self-proclaimed party king recently was given the opportunity to show another side of him through the Village Voice blog with an advice column where people submit their questions and Andrew gives some hard-hitting answers. Since 1998, we have seen a very narrow side of Andrew W.K. that primarily depicts him as an excessive partier who does only that. However, this column gives him a forum to express what he’s learned through his experiences. He uses his own life lessons to instill some wisdom on people struggling with day-to-day life. Today, we decided to show the softer, more serious side of mr. W.K., if you will, with his advice to some questions that involve partying maybe a little too hard, or some situations that aren’t a party at all. Andrew answers questions every Wednesday and you can submit your own to [email protected]
An individual who signed off as High Right Now writes to Andrew about his experience with getting a batch of OxyContin and debates the desire to explore drugs a little deeper. The basis of the question is whether or not the submitter should try heroin. Andrew puts aside his party mentality and gives a really reinforcing answer. “So, should you become a heroin user? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t think less of you if you did. And that scares me, and I hope it scares you too. One of my best friends who did heroin said he realized ‘humans aren’t meant to feel that good.’” He also explores the details of the vicious cycle of life and that maybe it’s not a bad thing to question that.
Andrew W.K. also touches base on suicide. A person who signed off as Suicidal Tendencies asked whether or not they should end their life. Andrew takes an approach that some may call unorthodox; he explains it’s okay to explore the other option because it might be the exact thing that saves your life. “As far as we’re aware, being dead is an impossibly unimaginable experience anyway. It might not even be an experience at all, but rather the total void of non-experience. When I’ve been in pain, sometimes non-experience sounded pretty good.” He goes on to explain that maybe if we gave our lives more meaning, we wouldn’t worry about alternatives.