Andrew Watt (musician)

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Andrew Watt
Andrew Watt2.jpg
Watt in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAndrew Wotman[1]
Born (1990-10-20) October 20, 1990 (age 28)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • percussion
  • bass
  • keyboards
Years active2007–present[2]
Associated actsCalifornia Breed, Post Malone

Andrew Wotman (born October 20, 1990), known professionally as Andrew Watt, or simply Watt, is an American musician, guitarist, singer and record producer.[4] Watt is known for his collaborations with musicians across different genres.[5]


Watt grew up in Great Neck, New York.[1] As a teenager and while studying at NYU, Watt started gigging around the New York City area.[6] His first professional gigs came with occasionally playing the guitar with The Roots during their Highline Ballroom Jam sessions.[7] At the beginning of his career, he was also a guitar player for Jared Evan, Cody Simpson, Justin Bieber and other acts.

In 2013, Watt was a founding member and guitarist of the rock band California Breed alongside Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) and Jason Bonham (Foreigner, Led Zeppelin).[8] In 2015, John Varvatos Records offered Watt a record deal after John Varvatos, a California Breed fan, heard Watt’s solo music.[9][10] The same year, Watt recorded and released his first major label EP, Ghost In My Head.[11] Red Hot Chili PeppersChad Smith and Queens of the Stone Age’s Joey Castillo played drums on the record, while Watt played all the other instruments himself.[12]

Watt opened for Jane’s Addiction in October 2015.[12] He also opened The Cult’s Los Angeles show in February 2016.[13] In February 2016, Rolling Stone praised Watt's vocal performance of "L.A. Woman" on stage with Robby Krieger during The Doors tribute to Ray Manzarek.[14]

Doors tribute to Ray Manzarek with Andrew Watt singing as special guest.

Watt is also a producer and frequently collaborates with other musicians.[9][15][16]

He is also known for working with rapper Post Malone, both producing his songs and touring with him as a guitarist.


Contributions and collaborations[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"Sinkin' In" 2013 Cody Simpson Surfers Paradise
"Hit the Ground" 2015 Justin Bieber Purpose
"Home to Mama" Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson Purpose (Japanese Edition)
"Rebel Nation"[17]
(featuring Andrew Watt)
2016 Steve Angello Wild Youth
"Let Me Love You"
(featuring Justin Bieber)
DJ Snake Encore
"Beat the Sunrise"[18]
(featuring Andrew Watt)
SNBRN Non-album single
"Feeling Whitney" Post Malone Stoney
"Burning Man"
(featuring Post Malone)
2017 watt XXX: Return of Xander Cage Soundtrack
"It Ain't Me" Kygo and Selena Gomez Stargazing
"Open Your Eyes" Sam Feldt Non-album single
(featuring Young Thug)
Camila Cabello Camila
(featuring Kranium)
Bebe Rexha All Your Fault: Pt. 2
"Let Me Go"
(featuring Florida Georgia Line and watt)
Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso Non-album single
"Lonely Together"
(featuring Rita Ora)
Avicii Avīci (01)
"Anywhere" Rita Ora Phoenix
"The Right Way" PartyNextDoor Seven Days
"Wolves" Selena Gomez and Marshmello Non-album single
"For You" 2018 Liam Payne and Rita Ora Fifty Shades Freed: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Youngblood" 5 Seconds of Summer Youngblood
"Lie To Me"
"Better Man"
"Thru Your Phone" Cardi B Invasion of Privacy
"Over Now" Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys
"No Shame"
(featuring PartyNextDoor)
Future Superfly (soundtrack)
(with Halsey and Khalid)
Benny Blanco Non-album single
"Jet Lag" Juice Wrld and Future Wrld on Drugs
"Hard Work Pays Off"
"Fast" 2019 Juice Wrld Death Race for Love
"Doin' Time" Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell
"Call You Mine" The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha World War Joy
"Easier" 5 Seconds of Summer TBA
"Señorita" Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
"Hate Me" Ellie Goulding and Juice Wrld
"The Lay Down"
(featuring H.E.R. and watt)
DRAM (musician) Non-album single


Year Title U.S.
Hot 100

2016 "Ghost in My Head" 30 Ghost in My Head EP
2017 "Let Me Go"
(by Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso
featuring Florida Georgia Line and watt)
40 14 Single
"Burning Man"
(featuring Post Malone)
40 Single


Watt won the "Producer of the Year" award at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.[20] Watt won a Grammy in 2019 for his work on Cardi B's album Invasion of Privacy which won Rap Album of the Year.[21]


  1. ^ a b "Andrew Watt Talks New EP, Musical Influences and Growing Up on Long Island | Long Island Pulse Magazine". Long Island Pulse Magazine. February 10, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Former California Breed Guitarist Andrew Watt Releases 'Ghost In My Head' Ep". October 9, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Republic Records". Republic Records. October 12, 2015. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "Meet the Songwriter Behind Hits for Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez and More". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Who is Andrew Watt? BIG songs by the producer you might already know". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Village Records Artists - Not (just) Another 90s Compilation". Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Mystery Lights, Andrew Watt". Bowery Ballroom. January 16, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Exclusive Premiere: Andrew Watt Is a One-Man Band in the Video for 'Ghost in My Head'". Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "BIG ROCK NEWS! Andrew Watt To Release Debut EP + Tour". Republic Records. Republic Records. Archived from the original on October 9, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Artist Spotlight: Mega-High Voltage w/ Andrew Watt". Republic Records. Republic Records. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "Former CALIFORNIA BREED Guitarist ANDREW WATT Releases 'Ghost In My Head' EP". Blabbermouth. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Kellmurray, Beth. "Exclusive Premiere: Andrew Watt Is a One-Man Band in the Video for 'Ghost in My Head'". Diffuser. Diffuser. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  13. ^ Tucciarone, Matthew. "The Cult Perform at the Tower Theatre". LA Weekly. LA Weekly. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  14. ^ Appleford, Steve (February 13, 2016). "Surviving Doors, Alt-Rock Royalty Celebrate Ray Manzarek". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Andrew Watt Talks Writing Hits for Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez While Taking Inspiration From Pearl Jam". Billboard. April 28, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "For 'Havana' & 'Youngblood' Co-Writer Ali Tamposi, A Career Surge After Sobriety". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  17. ^ Middleton, Ryan. "Steve Angello Releases "Remember," 'Wild Youth' Tracklist, Release Date". Music Times. Music Times. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  18. ^ Medved, Matt. "SNBRN Teams With Andrew Watt on 'Beat the Sunrise:' Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  19. ^ "Andrew Watt Ghost In My Head Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List Of Nominees & Winners". Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  21. ^ "2019 grammy awards nominations complete nominees and winners list". Retrieved July 30, 2019.

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