Watts (producer)

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Austin Garrick, also known as Watts, is a Canadian record producer, songwriter, musician and composer from Toronto, Ontario. He has produced for artists such as Ghostface Killah, Redman, Method Man, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Gesaffelstein.[1][2] He is one half of synth-pop duo Electric Youth (alongside childhood girlfriend Bronwyn Griffin), who first rose to prominence upon the release of their song "A Real Hero", from the acclaimed soundtrack of the motion picture Drive.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Watts grew up in the Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood of Toronto.[5] He was born to a Vincentian musician father and a Polish-born mother (of Greek and Russian descent), a doctor. His father, who was a drummer in the reggae band Messenjah, taught him how to play drums when he was two years old, and professionally by the age of five. Nicknamed "Stixs", he would perform around Toronto regularly, opening for reggae band Third World at the age of seven and in front of a crowd of over 50,000 at the Rogers Centre alongside Nelson Mandela, at the age of 12. After his parents got divorced, he started making beats as an alternative to performing.

When Watts became serious about a career as a record producer, he made several trips to New York City. He dropped out of high school in Grade 11 after a meeting with producer/DJ Kevin "K-Cut" McKenzie (of the legendary group Main Source). In New York, K-Cut took Watts under his wing and taught him about making great records, and the music business in the U.S.[5] He later worked with Rashad "Ringo" Smith under the Tumblin' Dice Productions label.

Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ "Redman's Return". The Fader Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  2. ^ "Watts myspace page". MySpace. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  3. ^ "Austin Garrick Criterion Top 10". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  4. ^ "Electric Youth in Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  5. ^ a b "Watts Interview on HHC". Hip Hop Canada. Archived from the original on 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2007-08-12.

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