16 Facts About Andrew VanWyngarden


Andrew Wells VanWyngarden was born on February 1,1983 and is an American musician.


Andrew VanWyngarden was born in Columbia, Missouri, and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended Lausanne Collegiate School and White Station High School.


Andrew VanWyngarden was active in YMCA outdoors programs, and the family frequently went canoeing, camping, and fishing.


Andrew VanWyngarden was influenced by the music he listened to with his sister, Nirvana and Ween in particular, and often went through his parents' record collection in the attic where he found Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, etc.


Later on, Andrew VanWyngarden was in a band called Accidental Mersh with future MGMT guitarist Hank Sullivant who would later introduce him to James Richardson, MGMT's future live guitarist.


Andrew VanWyngarden invited Ben Goldwasser to play the keyboard for Mersh during the summer of 2002.


Andrew VanWyngarden attended and graduated in music from Wesleyan University, where he met fellow band member Ben Goldwasser in his freshman year.

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Andrew VanWyngarden said he planned to study the natural sciences of astronomy, but meeting Goldwasser changed his whole life course.


Andrew VanWyngarden was on NMEs Cool List in 2008 at number 3, just below Jay-Z and Alice Glass.


Andrew VanWyngarden came up with the title of MGMT's 2010 album Congratulations while making Oracular Spectacular.


Andrew VanWyngarden is in a project with Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal called Blikk Fang.


Andrew VanWyngarden appeared in The Heart is a Drum Machine, a documentary film about the nature of contemporary music.


Andrew VanWyngarden released a cover of "I'm Alive", a song originally by Peter Howe.


Andrew VanWyngarden has previously dated models Camille Rowe and Andreea Diaconu.


In March 2020, Andrew VanWyngarden endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders's second presidential bid.


On November 30,2020, Andrew VanWyngarden released the Fanta Se EP under the DJ name Gentle Dom.