Andrew W.K. Sets World 24-Hour Drumming Record at O Music Awards
Andrew W.K. is mostly known as a frontman, which makes his latest feat all the more impressive. The musician stepped behind the drumkit Wednesday in New York as he attempted to set a world record for playing the drums over a 24-hour period. The stunt was part of the Internet-centric O Music Awards.
While playing the drums solo can be a bit monotonous, especially for 24 straight hours, W.K. was bolstered en route to the record by being able to play with a number of noteworthy peers. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, the legendary Marky Ramone, The Roots and Jimmy Fallon house band leader ?uestlove, Hanson’s Zac Hanson, former Billy Joel percussionist Liberty DeVito and actor Cuba Gooding Jr. all dropped by to help keep the beat throughout. Video footage of the musician enjoying a funky jam with ?uestlove and Zac Hanson can be seen here.
It was a big day for W.K. who was also voted as the “Must-Follow Artist on Twitter’ by those voting for the O Awards. During the event, Andrew’s twitter account remained active with updates. “My hands and back are hurting … I need some party love to keep me going,” the account stated at one point. He later added, “WE DID IT. 24 HOURS OF DRUMMING!!! Remember … I didn’t do it, WE did it. You were with me every beat. I feel very emotional and party.” Early Thursday morning, W.K. added, “At the airport, feeling sore but stoked, on my way to play a show tonight at the Majestic in Detroit for a skateboard party. #CantStopWontStop.”
Other winners of note at the O Music Awards included Linkin Park for Best Interactive Music Video (‘Lost in the Echo’) and Jack White for the Analog Genius Award. To see all the winners, click here.