Michael David “Mike” Watt (born December 20, 1957) is an American bassist, vocalist and songwriter.
He is best known for co-founding and playing bass guitar for the rock bands Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose. He is also the frontman for the supergroup Big Walnuts Yonder, a member of the art rock group Banyan and involved with several other musical projects. From 2003 until 2013, he was the bass guitarist for The Stooges.
CMJ New Music called Watt a “seminal post-punk bass player.” In November 2008, Watt received the Bass Player Magazine lifetime achievement award, presented by Flea.
Il Sogno Del Marinaio
Stefano Pilla and Mike Watt first met in 2005 while Watt was on tour in Italy with Raul Morales and Paul Roessler. Pilla was acting as a road manager for the three musicians. Pilla and Watt kept in contact and, later in November 2009, Pilla invited Watt to Florence where Pilla introduced Watt to his friend, drummer Andrea Belfi. Watt decided to name the trio “Il Sogno del Marinaio”, which translates to “The Sailor’s Dream”. Watt chose an italian name in honour of his mother’s and band member’s italian heritage as well as his father’s maritime service as a sailor. The band began a short tour of Italy almost immediately after its formation, and recorded its debut album “La busta Gialla” between shows only a week after the band’s inception […] After the second album “Canto Secondo” (2014) and several tour in Europe and US, in 2017, Belfi decides to leave the band to devote himself to his solo project. Paolo Mongardi has replaced him on drums sailing for the “Nuovo Spirito Tour 2017″…
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