Ozzy Osbourne has found a creative way to let off steam during the pandemic, although it can be slightly dangerous. That’s what the legendary metal singer’s producer learned when Osbourne pulled out a few BB pistols to practice with his own hand-painted targets.
The producer in question is Andrew Watt, the popular collaborator and musician known as Watt, who has been Osbourne’s benchmark in recording lately. He produced Ozzy’s 2020 album Ordinary man and already started work on a follow-up with the “Madman” which had 15 songs in April.
The story of BB guns, one of the few that Watt said he could “tell on the air” about his time with Osbourne, was brought up in a conversation with the host of 95.5 KLOS, Marci Wilder, last month.
Watt recalls: “During the pandemic, we were doing this [new Ozzy] album. I went to his house. And he draws. He is in fact a great painter and designer. So I came and I came to sit down. He was drawing something, and he was using a lot of reds and stuff. So I was just talking to him while he was doing it. And he was drawing a bunch of circles and stuff like that. ” [via Blabbermouth]
How artistic. The former Black Sabbath singer and influential solo artist wasn’t just drawing for fun, however. No, he was making a target to shoot not one pistol, but two.
Watt continues, “He takes that big sheet of paper and goes out with it, on his Ozzy walk, and puts it in front of a tree. And then he says,” Okay, sit here. “And he’s coming out with two BB guns. Ozzy holding two guns – I mean, anyone holding two guns – but Ozzy holding two BB guns is a scary thing.… And he was shooting targets during the pandemic.”
It’s one way to surprise your producer.
“He didn’t miss a single target,” adds Watt. “You think what you think – he just comes down to do it and, boom, perfect shot. Every circle he hit – he hit them all.”
Listen to the full interview below.
Legendary producer Andrew Watt chatted with Marci about all of his musical projects. Not only does Watt produce, but he also plays guitar, sings, and writes songs. Watt has worked with an impressive roster of superstars, including Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Post Malone, but recently collaborated with Elton John and Eddie Vedder.
Andrew Watt interview with Marci Wiser – September 28, 2021
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