Because Andew W.K.’s fans see him as more pal than idol, he gets gifts such as mix tapes, poems and demo CDs. “I try to save everything I get,” he tells Andrew Miller of the Kansas City Pitch. “It’s a wonderful thing to have people want to make you happy. They just paid money to see us play, and I want to thank them, and here they are thanking me again. It really moves me. The fact that other people are counting on my music makes it way easier to get up in the morning. It gives me reason to be alive. That might sound really heavy or even corny, but it’s absolutely true.”
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