Austin Garrick, better known as Watts, is a Canadian record producer from Toronto, Ontario. He has produced for artists such as Ghostface Killah, Redman, Method Man, and Joe Budden.
Early life and career:
Watts grew up in the Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood of Toronto. He was born to a Vincentian, musician father and a Polish-born mother (of Greek and Russian descent) who is 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 opened for the reggae band Third World at a concert when he was seven years old. He also performed 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 decided to become a producer, and he started making beats.
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. He currently works with Rashad "Ringo" Smith under the Tumblin' Dice Productions label.
"College & Electric Youth - A Real Hero" - Drive (Music from the Motion Picture),
"Baby" - Ghostface Killah feat. Raheem DeVaughn (Def Jam) (Produced with Rashad Smith),
"Do My Thing" - Kid Cudi feat. Snoop Dogg (Universal Motown) (Produced with Rashad Smith),
"Exclusive" - Foxy Brown feat. Stacey (Black Roses),
"Blow Treez" - Redman feat. Method Man & Ready Roc (Def Jam),
"Jingle Baby" - Joe Budden (Def Jam),
"Jingling Baby" (Remix) - Joe Budden feat. Coke (Def Jam),
"Jingling Baby" - Coke (Def Jam),
"Something About You" - In Essence (Sony BMG Canada),
"All Night" - In Essence (Sony BMG Canada),
"Getting It On" - Jacksoul (Sony BMG Canada)
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