Andrew W.K. may best be known as the party king, but now he can be called the king of something else: drumming.
During this year’s O Music Awards’ 24-hour “Live Music Day,” which kicked off on Wednesday, W.K. spent the entire time drumming in an attempt to set a new world record.
After the arduous day came to a close, he was presented with a formal certificate for the Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store. (W.K. was posted up at the Oakley Store in Times Square for the duration of the drumathon.) MTV News caught up with the record holder to find out just how he got through it.
And while there was no shortage of protein bars or tacos (six hard shells, to be exact), W.K. insisted that it was the support of fellow guest drummers (some of whom included ?uestlove, Zac Hanson and Cuba Gooding Jr.), loved ones and fans that helped him endure.
But even with all the support from his peers, nothing could really prepare him for the range of emotion he felt. “Every emotion and every feeling from the most excited and happy to the most — I don’t wanna ever say I was sad, but in severe pain — like real physical pain,” he explained. “I didn’t anticipate that at all.”
“I actually never got tired because there was so much adrenaline and so many people that were especially giving so much energy. It really felt like a team effort,” he said. That team included his wife, who massaged him during the final stretch.
The Must-Follow Artist on Twitter winner told MTV News earlier this week that pizza, which he chowed down on before getting behind the drum set, would also help him get through the drumathon.
“Sort of like dangling a carrot in front of a greyhound doggie, it will keep chasing that carrot. So I may put a hot pizza just out of arm’s reach … have a fan waft the odor and aroma, and that may tantalize me as a rich reward; at the end of the 24-hour period, I get to bite down on that pizza pie.”
While he’s probably off resting somewhere now, it’s safe to say that he proudly defeated his goal. “Well, I wanted it to be a party.”