Rocker Andrew W.K. has been named the cultural ambassador to the Middle East by the US Department of State, according to Pitchfork.
The musician intends to bring a message of “partying and world peace” to elementary schools, music venues, and universities during his trip to Bahrain. Needless to say, Andrew W.K. is quite excitement about his upcoming trip into the Middle East.
“This is a tremendous invitation. I’m very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity to visit a place I’ve never been before,” the musician explained on his official website. “And I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying.”
He added, “I can hardly wait for this adventure!”
Andrew W.K., otherwise known as Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier, was born in Stanford, California way back in the year that was 1979. He released his first album I Get Wet back in 2001. The rocker’s debut disc would prove to be quite popular thanks to the singles “She Is Beautiful” and “Party Hard.”
The singer recently reflected on the album during an interview with Pitchfork back in September. His philosophy on partying and music don’t seem to have changed much since his debut over 11 years ago.
“Everything is always going through changes in terms of attitudes or mood, but it does seem like partying is a more common theme in music and culture [now]; colorful attitudes and excitement and positivity are more embraced,” Andrew W.K. explained.
“I remember trying to make a band the first time around [..] people didn’t like that there were keyboards in the music,” he added. “They said it sounded too corporate. They also didn’t like that it had this four-on-the-floor club beat. But it’s interesting because now the club/dance beat is in lots and lots of songs. I was very happy with how things have come around.”
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