Andrew WK Explains How Partying Will Sooth Your Brain and Save Your Life

To be clear, we’re not talking simply drinking a million beers and staying up late. For musician and writer Andrew W.K, partying is a way to overcome dread and terror to find peace and pleasure. This message, alongside his very good music, has seen him emerge as an unlikely motivational and self-help figure; standing in stark contrast to the crystal-gripping types who usually hold those titles.

Despite being the poster boy for having a good time, his experience with mental health has been more complex than you’d assume. Feeling overwhelmed by his own smallness and “realising the impermanence of everything is so overwhelmingly bleak,” he didn’t succumb to nihilism. But rather embraced the little control we do have—to be happy, to be loved, to get loose.

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