Exclusive Premiere: Andrew Watt Is a One-Man Band in the Video for ‘Ghost in My Head’
Last month, Andrew Watt made his solo debut with the Ghost in My Head EP, which saw the singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer recruiting a host of distinguished collaborators with resumes that boast Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age among their collective credentials. However, Watt’s music video for the EP’s title track finds the musician juggling every single aspect of his no-frills, straight-up rock all by himself.
In the video (which Diffuser is proud to present), Watt multiplies so he can tackle guitar, bass, drums and lead vocals. Not unlike the soulful rock heard in the song, the video embraces similarly time-tested images ranging from drumheads kicking up dust to the smashing of guitars.
While Watt is indeed a talented musician on all fronts, for his EP, he received a helping hand from some famous friends. Both Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Watt’s California Breed bandmate Joey Castillo (formerly of Queens of the Stone Age) played drums on the record, while Alain Johannes (QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures) produced. Needless to say, Watt comes pre-approved from some of your favorite bands -- but just in case you have any lingering doubts, the RHCP drummer is happy to vouch for the New York-born, L.A.-based musician.
“Born in the ‘90s and raised on the ‘70s, [Watt is] a modern man, but knows where the s--- comes from,” Smith said. “He’s a truly dedicated musician who’s not only smart, funny and handsome, but this motherf----- gets it done.”
For Watt, working with his idols was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Having Chad and Joey play on my record meant more to me than I could describe,” he said. “These are players I idolized and learned the beginnings of what I do now from. They were just as excited as me to be there… that was really the coolest part for me. The energy exuding from the live room was absolutely insane.”
As for the video, Watt told us this was the first song he wrote for the EP and he always had a feeling the video would be largely performance-based. "Lyrically, this song delves into the all-encompassing trip of a life on the road and the struggles it brings when readjusting to any kind of a 'normal' life. I had a blast shooting this video and I hope you dig."
The four-track Ghost in My Head EP is out now on John Varvatos Records/Republic. You can grab it now on iTunes.
After opening for Jane’s Addiction at the end of October and a handful of dates with the Struts since then, Watt has two more stops on the horizon. He’ll play a show in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Nov. 13 followed by a gig in Las Vegas the next night. Find ticket information at Watt's website.