Andrew Watt (musician)

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Andrew Watt
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Background information
Birth name Andrew Wotman[1]
Born (1990-10-20) October 20, 1990 (age 27)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • percussion
  • bass
  • keyboards
Years active 2007–present[2]
Associated acts California Breed, Ali Tamposi, Brian Lee, Alesso, Post Malone

Andrew Wotman (born October 20, 1990), known professionally as Andrew Watt, or just Watt, is an American musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter. Watt is best known for his multiple collaborations with musicians across different genres.


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.[4] His first professional gigs came with occasionally playing the guitar with The Roots during their Highline Ballroom Jam sessions.[5] 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).[6] In 2015, John Varvatos Records offered Watt a record deal after John Varvatos, a California Breed fan, heard Watt’s solo music.[7][8] The same year, Watt recorded and released his first major label EP, Ghost In My Head..[9] 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.[10]

Watt opened for Jane’s Addiction in October 2015.[10] He also opened The Cult’s Los Angeles show in February 2016.[11] 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.[12]

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

Watt is also a producer and music director, and frequently collaborates with other musicians.[7] Since 2015, Watt often works with songwriters Brian Lee and Ali Tamposi.[13]

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


Extended plays[edit]

  • The Mulberry Tree (2012)
  • Ghost In My Head (2015)

With California Breed[edit]

Contributions and collaborations[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Credit(s)
"Sinkin' In" 2013 Cody Simpson Surfers Paradise Songwriting, production
"Neu Law" 2014 Theophilus London Vibes Songwriting
"Take and Look"
"Do Girls"
"Hit the Ground" 2015 Justin Bieber Purpose Songwriting, production
"Home to Mama" Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson Purpose (Japanese Edition) Songwriting
"Rebel Nation"[14]
(featuring Andrew Watt)
2016 Steve Angello Wild Youth Songwriting, vocals
"Let Me Love You"
(featuring Justin Bieber)
DJ Snake Encore Songwriting, production
"Beat the Sunrise"[15]
(featuring Andrew Watt)
SNBRN Non-album single Songwriting, vocals
"Feeling Whitney" Post Malone Stoney Songwriting, production
"Burning Man"
(featuring Post Malone)
2017 watt xXx: Return of Xander Cage Soundtrack Songwriting, production, vocals
"It Ain't Me" Kygo and Selena Gomez Stargazing Songwriting, production
"Open Your Eyes" Sam Feldt Non-album single Songwriting
(featuring Young Thug)
Camila Cabello CAMILA
"Lonely Together"
(featuring Rita Ora)
Avicii Avīci (01) Songwriting, production
(featuring Kranium)
Bebe Rexha All Your Fault: Pt. 2 Songwriting
"I Need To Know" Sleeping with Sirens Gossip Production
"Let Me Go"
(featuring Florida Georgia Line and watt)
Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso Non-album single Songwriting, production
"The Right Way" PartyNextDoor Seven Days Songwriting, production
"Anywhere" Rita Ora TBA Songwriting, production
"Wolves" Selena Gomez and Marshmello Non-album single Songwriting, production, guitar
"Dear Lover" Little Mix Glory Days – The Platinum Edition Songwriting
"For You" 2018 Liam Payne and Rita Ora Fifty Shades Freed (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Songwriting, production, guitar
"Youngblood" 5 Seconds of Summer Youngblood Songwriting, production, keyboards, guitar, bass
"Lie To Me"
"Better Man"
"Thru Your Phone" Cardi B Invasion of Privacy Songwriting, production
"Over Now" Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys Songwriting, production
"No Shame"
(featuring PartyNextDoor)
Future Superfly (soundtrack) Songwriting, production, keyboards, guitar, bass
(featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX)
Rita Ora Non-album single Production, keyboards, guitar, bass
(with Halsey and Khalid)
Benny Blanco Non-album single Production


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee/work Result
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Producer of the Year Andrew Watt Won
Spotify's Secret Genius Awards Pending


  1. ^ a b "Andrew Watt Talks New EP, Musical Influences and Growing Up on Long Island | Long Island Pulse Magazine". Long Island Pulse Magazine. 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Former California Breed Guitarist Andrew Watt Releases 'Ghost In My Head' Ep". 2015-10-09. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Republic Records". Republic Records. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Village Records Artists - Not (just) Another 90s Compilation". Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Mystery Lights, Andrew Watt". Bowery Ballroom. January 16, 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive Premiere: Andrew Watt Is a One-Man Band in the Video for 'Ghost in My Head'". Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  7. ^ a b "BIG ROCK NEWS! Andrew Watt To Release Debut EP + Tour". Republic Records. Republic Records. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Artist Spotlight: Mega-High Voltage w/ Andrew Watt". Republic Records. Republic Records. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Former CALIFORNIA BREED Guitarist ANDREW WATT Releases 'Ghost In My Head' EP". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Kellmurray, Beth. "Exclusive Premiere: Andrew Watt Is a One-Man Band in the Video for 'Ghost in My Head'". Diffuser. Diffuser. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Tucciarone, Matthew. "The Cult Perform at the Tower Theatre". LA Weekly. LA Weekly. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Appleford, Steve (2016-02-13). "Surviving Doors, Alt-Rock Royalty Celebrate Ray Manzarek". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  13. ^ "Andrew Watt Talks Writing Hits for Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez While Taking Inspiration From Pearl Jam". Billboard. 2017-04-28. Retrieved 2017-11-20. 
  14. ^ Middleton, Ryan. "Steve Angello Releases "Remember," 'Wild Youth' Tracklist, Release Date". Music Times. Music Times. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Medved, Matt. "SNBRN Teams With Andrew Watt on 'Beat the Sunrise:' Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Andrew Watt Ghost In My Head Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 

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