Ken Andrews

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Ken Andrews
Andrews performing with Failure in 2014
Andrews performing with Failure in 2014
Background information
Birth nameKenneth Andrew Doty
Born (1967-06-18) June 18, 1967 (age 56)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • audio engineer
  • mixing engineer
Years active1990–present

Ken Andrews (born Kenneth Andrew Doty; June 18, 1967)[1][2] is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Andrews was born in Seattle, Washington, and attended film school in Los Angeles before his band Failure received a record deal from Slash Records.


He is best known as co-founder, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter of the alternative rock band Failure. He has also played in Replicants, a cover band side project that also included members of Tool. After the breakup of Failure in 1997, he also recorded music under the moniker ON, and later assembled and fronted the band Year of the Rabbit. He has performed as a solo artist, as well as collaborating in a self-described "digital band" called Digital Noise Academy with Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Sharky Laguana (Creeper Lagoon), Jordon Zadorozny, and Charlotte Martin (whom Andrews married in 2005), among others. In 2014, Andrews reunited with Failure members Greg Edwards and Kellii Scott. They embarked on a North American tour, which included two dates performing alongside A Perfect Circle and Puscifer for the celebration of Maynard James Keenan's 50th birthday.

Apart from his work as a musician, Andrews has also produced and/or mixed material for many artists, such as Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Lostprophets, Pete Yorn, A Perfect Circle, Tenacious D, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Candlebox, Mae, and others. Also notable is his participation in the production of "You Know My Name", the theme for the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale, performed by Soundgarden/ex-Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell.

In March 2007, Andrews released Secrets of the Lost Satellite, his first solo album under his own name, and helped oversee its release via his own label, Dinosaur Fight Records. The initial inspiration for the album came when he was invited by Beck to contribute to songs that he and his backing band were working on for the Nacho Libre soundtrack, recording sessions which Andrews described as "one of the most exciting of my life". Beck's live musical director, session musician Justin Meldal-Johnsen, was already a friend of Andrews', and shortly afterward, they and other members of Beck's band (including Matt Mahaffey of Self) began working on material that eventually became the album. Andrews also brought in another old friend, Jordon Zadorozny of Blinker the Star, to assist with songwriting and arrangements, and Zadorozny also ended up playing various instruments on some songs, as well. Both Meldal-Johnsen and Zadorozny are listed as co-producers of Secrets of the Lost Satellite. Andrews went on tour that spring for the first time since 2003, with the opening band, San Diego's First Wave Hello, also serving as his backing band.

The members of Failure and Tool have been friends since the early 1990s; the two bands toured together repeatedly, and some members collaborated occasionally. Andrews is often credited for directing the music video for Tool's "Hush", but this is incorrect. He did, however, edit the video for their later single "Prison Sex". Andrews is also mistakenly credited with involvement in the post-grunge arena-rock band Neon Steam Dreams; that Andrews is a different musician by the same name. In May 2014, the Cinquanta concert with Tool, A Perfect Circle and Failure was held as a 50th Birthday Celebration for Maynard James Keenan, who asked for the band to reunite for that concert. Keenan stated, "This was the perfect opportunity to tick off one of my bucket list items in the form of a Failure reunion. What better birthday present could one ever hope for?"[3] Failure, however, performed their first reunion show at the El Rey Theater on February 13, 2014, before the event.[4]

He was featured on an episode of WIRED Science discussing the pros and cons of digital vs. analog recording. Andrews argued that more can be done (with greater ease) with digital while Steve Albini argued that he can accomplish just as much with analog.

On the October 28, 2020, Andrews released a five song EP entitled What's Coming. This was his first release of new solo work since 2007's Secrets of the Lost Satellite. Single track "Sword and Shield" has a music video directed by Andrews, which stars David Dastmalchian. This video is intended as a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump, opening with a shot of a MAGA drum kit, with Dastmalchian lip syncing to the song dressed as Trump.[5] Andrews himself stated that this was the very first overtly political song he had ever written.[6]


With Failure[edit]

With Replicants[edit]

With ON[edit]

  • Soluble Words – EP (1999)
  • Shifting Skin (2000)
  • Make Believe (2002)

With Year of the Rabbit[edit]

With Digital Noise Academy[edit]

  • Synemy (2013)


Works as a producer or mixing engineer[edit]


  1. ^ Kenneth A. Doty, 1967– (Ken Andrews, pseud.)
  2. ^ USA People Search
  3. ^ Press Site. "CINQUANTA: A special evening with Puscifer, A Perfect Circle and Failure plus special guest Neil Hamburger". Nederlander Concerts. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Chelin, Pamela (February 14, 2014). "Failure Shake Off 16 Years of Rust With Ease at L.A. Reunion Gig". SPIN. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Ken Andrews of Failure Surprise Releases Solo EP What's Coming and Rebukes Trump in New Video for "Sword and Shield" -". mxdwn Music. October 28, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Failure's Ken Andrews Releases New EP "What's Coming", Gets Political With "Sword And Shield" Video". October 28, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Common Courtesy (Digital booklet). A Day to Remember. ADTR, LLC. 2013.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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