Matt Watts is an American songwriter and performer from Montana currently residing in Brussels, Belgium. He is the son of a catholic priest and mother with Cherokee roots in the Carolinas.
He first began using the electric organ to write songs and also recording them on cassettes when he was 11 years old. He has never had a formal musical education. When he was 13 his mother bought him an electric guitar from a pawn shop in South Carolina. Using a karaoke machine as an amplifier, he began writing and performing and recorded his first album at age 15 in a small studio in the back of Rod’s Music & Sound in Great Falls, Montana.
In addition to writing and performing his own music, he began performing and touring with various local Punk & Noise bands.
In 2007 when he was 19 he moved to Antwerp, Belgium to live with a woman named Sarah.
Since his arrival he has worked and performed with Zita Swoon Group on their production The Ballad of Erol Klof (2016), become a rotating member of Rudy Trouvé's I H8 Camera, formed The Calicos as a one time backing band, worked with many artists and songwriters, and toured and released various solo albums. His latest album How Different It Was When You Were There (2017) was produced by Nicolas Rombouts (ex-Dez Mona) and featured guest performances by Nathalie Delcroix and Bjorn Eriksson of Eriksson Delcroix, and Stef Kamil Carlens (ex-dEUS, Zita Swoon).
His solo project has since its incarnation become a collective of many artists and each album a different and true collaboration around Watts' songwriting.
His upcoming 5th album Queens will be released in early 2020 and is produced by Stef Kamil Carlens and Nicolas Rombouts.