Andrew Watt (record producer)

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Andrew Watt
Watt in 2020
Watt in 2020
Background information
Birth nameAndrew Wotman[1]
Also known asWatt
Born (1990-10-20) October 20, 1990 (age 32)
New York City, U.S.
OriginGreat Neck, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instrument(s)
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active2007–present[2]
Labels
Websitethisiswatt.com

Andrew Wotman (born October 20, 1990), known professionally as Andrew Watt or under the mononym of Watt, is an American record producer, singer, songwriter and guitarist.[4][5] As a songwriter he signs Wotman, while as a producer he signs Watt.

Watt won the 2021 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.[6] He has produced albums for Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop and many others. Watt is also the guitarist of the Earthlings, the backing band for Eddie Vedder's solo performances. In 2023 Watt was announced as producer for The Rolling Stones' upcoming album, Hackney Diamonds.[7]

Career[edit]

Watt grew up in Great Neck, New York. He attended John L. Miller Great Neck North High School and graduated in 2008[8] from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. "One of the greatest aspects of growing up in Great Neck, Long Island, was that it was literally 30 minutes from Manhattan," Watt said.[9] His first professional gigs were playing guitar for Jared Evan, Cody Simpson, and Justin Bieber.

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).[10] In 2015, Watt recorded and released his first label EP, Ghost In My Head.[11][12] Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Queens of the Stone Age's Joey Castillo played drums on the record.[13]

Watt opened for Jane's Addiction in October 2015. He also opened The Cult's Los Angeles show in February 2016.[14] In February 2016, Rolling Stone praised Watt for his vocal performance in a rendition of "L.A. Woman" performed live with Robby Krieger as part of a tribute to The Doors' Ray Manzarek.[15]

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

Watt then rose to further fame as a music producer.[12][16][17] Watt produced Ozzy Osbourne's album Ordinary Man which was released on February 21, 2020.[18]

Watt won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year in March 2021.[19] He contributed to the tribute album The Metallica Blacklist, released in September 2021, by backing Miley Cyrus on a cover of the Metallica song "Nothing Else Matters".[20]

Watt produced Eddie Vedder's 2022 solo album Earthling and will produce Pearl Jam's upcoming studio album.[21] Beginning in 2022, Watt became the guitarist of the Earthlings, Vedder's touring band for his solo shows. The Earthlings also feature Chad Smith on drums, Chris Chaney on bass, and Josh Klinghoffer on guitar.[22]

Consequence named Watt the "Producer of the Year" in 2022.[23]

Watt produced Iggy Pop's nineteenth album Every Loser, released in January 2023.[24]

Discography[edit]

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"[25]
(featuring Andrew Watt)
2016 Steve Angello Wild Youth
"Let Me Love You"
(featuring Justin Bieber)
DJ Snake Encore
"Beat the Sunrise"[26]
(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
"Havana"
(featuring Young Thug)
Camila Cabello Camila
"Comfortable"
(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
"Youngblood" 2018 5 Seconds of Summer Youngblood
"Lie To Me"
"Better Man"
"Thru Your Phone" Cardi B Invasion of Privacy
"Over Now" Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys
"Stay"
"No Shame"
(featuring PartyNextDoor)
Future Superfly (soundtrack)
"Eastside"
(with Halsey and Khalid)
Benny Blanco Friends Keep Secrets
"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
"Fuck It, I Love You"
"Call You Mine" The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha World War Joy
"Easier" 5 Seconds of Summer Calm
"Teeth"
"Hate Me" Ellie Goulding and Juice Wrld Brightest Blue
"The Lay Down"
(featuring H.E.R. and Watt)
DRAM Non-album single
"Señorita" Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Shawn Mendes
"Shameless" Camila Cabello[27] Romance
"Liar"
"Die for Me"
(featuring Future and Halsey)
Post Malone Hollywood's Bleeding
"Take What You Want"
(featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott)
"Mother" Charlie Puth Non-album single
"I Really Wish I Hated You" Blink-182 Nine
"White Mercedes" Charli XCX Charli
"Always You" 2020 Louis Tomlinson Walls
"Straight to Hell" Ozzy Osbourne Ordinary Man
"All My Life"
"Goodbye"
"Ordinary Man"
(featuring Elton John)
"Under the Graveyard"
"Eat Me"
"Today Is The End"
"Scary Little Green Men"
"Holy For Tonight"
"It's a Raid"
(featuring Post Malone)
"Me and My Guitar" A Boogie wit da Hoodie Artist 2.0
"No Shame" 5 Seconds of Summer Calm
"Old Me"
"Best Years"
"Not in the Same Way"
"Lover of Mine"
"Thin White Lies"
"High"
"Prisoner"
(featuring Dua Lipa)
Miley Cyrus Plastic Hearts
"Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)"
(featuring Stevie Nicks)
"Midnight Sky"
"WTF Do I Know"
"Plastic Hearts"
"Angels Like You"
"Gimme What I Want"
"Night Crawling"
(featuring Billy Idol)
"Hate Me"
"Break My Heart" Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
"Kids Again" Sam Smith Love Goes
"Anyone" 2021 Justin Bieber Justice
"Hold On"
"Peaches"
"Can't Be Myself"
"Deserve You"
"Die For You"
(featuring Dominic Fike)
"Hailey"
"Talk You Down" Charlotte Lawrence Charlotte
"You"
"Slow Motion"
"Cowboys"
"Why Do You Love Me"
"Only Wanna Be with You (Pokémon 25 Version)" Post Malone Pokémon 25: The Album
"Can't Leave You Alone"
(featuring Juice Wrld)
Maroon 5 Jordi
"Tender Mercies" Glen Hansard and Eddie Vedder Flag Day (soundtrack)
"Forgot About You" OneRepublic Human
"Finish Line" Elton John and Stevie Wonder The Lockdown Sessions
"Simple Things" Elton John and Brandi Carlile
"Stolen Car" Elton John and Stevie Nicks
"E-Ticket" Elton John and Eddie Vedder
"Always Love You" Elton John, Young Thug and Nicki Minaj
"Hate The Game" Young Thug Punk
"Fifth Day Dead"
"2step" Ed Sheeran =
"Long Way" Eddie Vedder Earthling
"The Haves"
"Invincible" 2022
"Power of Right"
"Brother the Cloud"
"Fallout Today"
"The Dark"
"Good and Evil"
"Rose of Jericho"
"Try"
"Picture"
"Mrs. Mills"
"On My Way"
"Wings of Stone" Adam Levine The Bubble (soundtrack)
"Thousand Miles" The Kid Laroi TBD
"2step" Remix Ed Sheeran and Lil Baby =
"Wrapped Around Your Finger" Post Malone Twelve Carat Toothache
"Patient Number 9" Ozzy Osbourne Patient Number 9
"Immortal"
"Parasite"
"No Escape From Now"
"One of Those Days"
"A Thousand Shades"
"Mr Darkness"
"Nothing Feels Right"
"Evil Shuffle"
"Degradation Rules"
"Dead and Gone"
"God Only Knows"
"DARKSIDE BLUES"
"Hold Me Closer" Elton John and Britney Spears TBD
"Frenzy" Iggy Pop Every Loser
"Strung Out Johnny" 2023
"New Atlantis"
"Modern Day Ripoff"
"Morning Show"
"The News for Andy (Interlude)"
"Neo Punk"
"All the Way Down"
"Comments"
"My Animus"
"The Regency"
"Die 4 Me" Halsey TBD
"How Long" Ellie Goulding Higher Than Heaven
"Middle Ground" Maroon 5 TBD
"Seven" Jungkook Non-album single
"Forever and Again" The Kid Laroi Barbie: The Album
"Don't Understand" Post Malone Austin
"Something Real"
"Chemical"
"Novacandy"
"Mourning"
"Too Cool to Die"
"Socialite"
"Overdrive"
"Speedometer"
"Hold My Breath"
"Buyer Beware"
"Landmine"
"Green Thumb"
"Laugh it Off"
"Middle Ground (feat. Mickey Guyton)" Maroon 5 TBD
"Angry" The Rolling Stones Hackney Diamonds

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
Pop
U.S.
Rock

[28]
U.S.
Alt
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 Non-album singles
"Burning Man"
(featuring Post Malone)
40

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
Grammy Awards 2019 Invasion of Privacy Best Rap Album Won [33]
Album of the Year Nominated
2021 Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Won [19]
Future Nostalgia
Best Pop Vocal Album Won [34]
Album of the Year Nominated [35]
Hollywood's Bleeding Album of the Year Nominated
2022 Justice Album of the Year Nominated [36]
Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated [37]
"Peaches" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best R&B Performance Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
"Anyone" Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated
2023 Patient Number 9 Best Rock Album Won [38]
Patient Number 9 (song) Best Rock Song Nominated
Best Rock Performance Nominated
Degradation Rules Best Metal Performance Won

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Communications, NYU Web. "NYU Alumni and Faculty Take Home Five Grammy Awards". www.nyu.edu. Retrieved September 5, 2023.
  7. ^ Halperin, Shirley; Aswad, Jem (February 21, 2023). "Rolling Stones Recording With Paul McCartney — and Ringo?". Retrieved September 5, 2023.
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  25. ^ Middleton, Ryan (November 2, 2015). "Steve Angello Releases "Remember," 'Wild Youth' Tracklist, Release Date". Music Times. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
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