IS HE ANDREW W.K.?
One of the simplest answers to this Steev Mike issue is that Andrew WK is in fact Steev Mike. In past interveiws (please send me links) "Andrew WK" has reffered to himself or claimed that he used to call himself Steev Mike. Considering all the deliberate confusion, misinformation, and flat out lies about this situation, one would assume that the truth appears to be "Andrew WK=Steev Mike" but with a little research you see that the truth is anything but that. Andrew WK and his handlers have purposely confused the situation so that people would not know who Steev Mike really is. If Andrew WK was really Steev Mike, he could of made a public statement about it and ended it right then. As Ward points out in his excellent research on the "SM-55 Hacking" that "Andrew WK=Steev Mike" does not make logical sense:
The ANDREW W.K. Theory - One of the most widespread theories is what I call the "ANDREW W.K. Theory". People who believe this theory think that ANDREW W.K. created all the websites and the "Hacker Idea" himself. Believers also think that "Andrew W.K." is "Steev Mike" and that "Andrew Wilkes-Krier" is the inventor and creator of all ANDREW W.K. songs and images. Those who usually support this theory tend to be very passionate ANDREW W.K. fans, who tend to believe whatever paints "Andrew" in the most appealing light. I must say, as a huge fan of "Andrew W.K.", the music, and everything else, I don't necessarily support the "ANDREW W.K. Theory" as I don't find it to be a logical answer to the biggest questions. Instead, it raises MORE of the same questions we've asked earlier: "Why would 'Andrew W.K.' want to make himself out to be a fraud?"; "Why would 'Andrew W.K.' try to make people think he didn't write his own music?"; "Why would 'Andrew W.K.' want to create a website called 'AndrewWKsucks' that says he's a hired actor?" These are all very important and hard to answer questions, and each one of them makes it harder for me to believe the "ANDREW W.K. Theory". I believe it's very possible that "Andrew W.K." may be a hired actor, but I don't believe he's responsible for hacking into his own websites. And even if "Steev Mike" is the real creator of ANDREW W.K., I don't think "Andrew W.K." is trying to expose this as truth. If anything, I think "Andrew W.K." has been working hard to cover-up the truth and hide the facts which the hacker is trying to expose.
Also right after the "SM-55 HACK" Andrews official web site had this FAQ:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Who is Steev Mike?
A: STEEV MIKE is the Executive Producer and Creative Director for the ANDREW W.K. albums "I GET WET" and "THE WOLF". STEEV MIKE's contributions to ANDREW W.K., Inc. and "ANDREW W.K." personally, have proved incredibly effective, and for this reason STEEV MIKE has always been well regarded within the team.
Q: Are Steev Mike and Andrew W.K. the same person?
A: No. "ANDREW W.K." and STEEV MIKE are not the same person. In the past "ANDREW W.K." has stated that he used to call himself STEEV MIKE, however it does not indicate that they are in fact the same individual.
Q: Did Steev Mike hack into the Andrew W.K. websites?
A: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to comment at this time.
Q: Did Steev Mike write all of Andrew's music?
A: As stated before, STEEV MIKE is the Executive Producer and Creative Director for the "ANDREW W.K." albums "I GET WET" and "THE WOLF". In the music business, individual producers contribute to the making of an album in many different ways. Sometimes producers work very closely with the development and inception of an album, other times their efforts are directed towards the guiding and supervising of the production process. STEEV MIKE's ingenuity will always be respected and highly regarded.
Q: Is someone pretending to be Steev Mike and trying to discredit Andrew?
Q: Do you know if an A.W.K. fan is making all those websites?
A: There are well over 50 websites registered to ANDREW W.K., Inc. Recently there have been complications with a small handful of these sites, namely www.WeWantFun.com and www.AndrewKW.com. The decision was made to dismantle these and other related sites until further information regarding their malfunction becomes available.
Q: Is it true that someone else "made-up" or "created" Andrew?
A: ANDREW W.K., Inc. is and always has been solely responsible for all related "ANDREW W.K." output, including but not limited to recorded music, video and television, merchandise, and any other items or productions using the name "ANDREW W.K.". Statements to the contrary are false and should be ignored.