Nardwuar is the stage name of John Ruskin. He’s also known as Narduwar the Human Serviette and is a Canadian interviewer, media personality, musician, singer, and songwriter. His work in the media began in the 1980s just shortly after he was accepted into the University of British Columbia. Since 1985, he has been hosting his own talk show on the radio station CITR 101.9 FM in his hometown Vancouver, Canada. In addition to this, he’s also the keyboardist and lead singer for the band “The Evaporators”.
How did Nardwuar earn his net worth?
In addition to being a singer and songwriter, Narduwar has been one of the most commercially successful radio personalities, which helped him earn a lot. As of now, his net worth is $15 million and continues to grow. In 1986, during his time at the University of British Columbia, he met John Collins and Lisa Marr with whom he decided to form the garage rock band “The Evaporators”. The three were later joined by David Carswell, and Scott Livingstone in the early 1990s and began releasing their own projects. Their first single is “Welcome to the Castle”, which was released in 1992.
By the end of the 1990s, Nardwuar’s group released three very successful studio albums. He played an important role in the success of the rock band as he was already a rising star in the media. By 1995, he was able to receive over $150.000 from his two professions. Towards the new millennium, he focused his attention on the radio and began interviewing a lot of musicians and public figures. Primarily because of his eccentric and absurd styler, the radio sensation was often on the verge of receiving physical threats and verbal attacks by multiple celebrities, including Sebastian Bach, Quiet Riot, Alices Cooper, Lydia Lunch, and Harlan Ellison.
Why is he so famous?
Nardwuar became famous when he formed the garage rock band “The Evaporators”. John was born on July 5, 1968, in Vancouver, British Columbia. His father, Vernon, was an engineer, and his mother, Olga, worked as a local journalist, historian, and high school teacher. During his pre-teen years, he was exposed to local history by his mother who brought him to local historical society meet-ups. During his time in elementary school, he won a few public speaking competitions.
After attending the Hillside Secondary School, where he was a member of the student council, John developed the stage name Nardwuar and began booking music bands for school events. In 1986, he was accepted into the UBC (University of British Columbia) and at that time, began volunteering to join the CITR (campus radio station). In 1990, he earned his bachelor’s degree in history from UBC.
What makes him so successful?
Nardwuar’s success comes from his multiple professions and international fame. Throughout the past few years, his work in the radio has been covered by the media and newspapers both in Canada and the United States as it caused a lot of controversies. Some of his most talked-about interviews in the 1990s were with Courtney Love after he was able to sneak into her dressing room twice and with the best-selling band Nirvana. Some of his most memorable interviews in recent years were with the likes of Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, and Drake, where he used his extensive research to impress, confuse, and scare his guests.
Another thing that boosted Nardwuar’s popularity and wealth was the 2004 interview with the former Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin. During the interview, which was conducted in June that year, the radio host asked Martin to play a quick came titled “Hip Flip”. Since then, the so-called hip flip game has been one of the most talked-about games that continue to be performed every now and then by premiers and prime ministers during elections. Some of the influential figures that have done that are Justin Trudeau, Christy Clark, Andrew Weaver, John Horgan, and most recently, Jagmeet Singh.
Nardwuar began his career as a radio personality in the mid-1980s during his twenties. Around the same time, mainly because of his love for rock music, he formed his own garage rock band with his friends titled The Evaporators, in which he’s both a songwriter and lead singer. Ever since the 1990s, he has been one of the most triumphant radio stars not just in Canada but in the United States.