WATT On Working With Ozzy, Miley, Dua Lipa & More Ahead Of His Solo Debut LP | Up Close & Personal
WATT is having a such a watershed year, and not even a pandemic can slow him down. In 2020 alone, the versatile producer has enjoyed the release of his work on Ozzy Osbourne's triumphant return, Ordinary Man, and Dua Lipa's retro spectacular Future Nostalgia, plus he's made an album with Miley Cyrus and has a solo debut album of his own on the way.
In the latest edition of GRAMMY.com's Up Close & Personal, WATT talks about all his latest projects, plus his 2018 marquee collaboration with Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello on their smash hit "Señorita." It seems everything WATT touches turns to gold (or platinum). So what's his secret to making so many successful records?
"People are choosing what they want, and they can see through the fakeness," WATT said. "So if you don't make what's real to you, it will come throught. That's very important."
WATT comes from the highest rock and roll pedigree, co-founding the power trio California Breed with rock royalty Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham in 2013. When the unexpected opportunities to be a touring musician and writing songs for other artists arose, he flourished where many others might have stumbled.
"You might think you're gonna be in the next Pearl Jam, which is what I thought, but then you get an opportunity to do something else if you're really living your craft and you decide there's nothing else you can do besides [music]," WATT said.
His committment to the craft led to big-time writing and production credits with Bebe Rexha, Selena Gomez and Post Malone. As his resume as a go-to collaborator grew, so did his willingness to explore and experiment. He poured all of the experiences into his forthcoming, collab-heavy solo debut album. Now, with the wind at his back, WATT is primed to transition from a behind-the-scenes magic-maker to a household name in music.
"Someone once said to me long ago, 'luck is when preparation meets opportunity.' and I really live by that, because if you take your craft seriously, play as much as you can, and are the best version of whatever that musician is you want to be and then some, when an opportunity comes around, you'll be the one that gets it," he said.
And WATT got it. His young career has been defined by a collaborative creativity as boundless as his ability to adapt.
"And then from there, its just being able to pivot... You have to be open," WATT said, when asked about the twists and turns his career has taken from playing in touring bands to writing and producing with some of the world's biggest artists. "I love what I do. I'm in the studio right now, i have guitars on the wall. Every day I get to make music. I didn't see this is as where I would be and what I'd be doing, it's just the way the wind blew."
Watch WATT's full Up Close & Personal video interview above to learn more the makings of his impressive success.