At this year’s Bonnaroo, AQ caught up with socio-musicologist and supremely fucking rad weirdo-extraordinaire Reggie Watts to discuss the finer things in life (read: cheese) along with how to handle stalkers and the power of music. Let the comedian/musician hyphenate further school you and act as your very hairy shaman. Below, Reggie Watts on…
His duties as a socio-musicologist:
It’s really an idea of doing experiments for different purposes and interviewing people in different places. We launched a balloon at Bonnaroo and got great footage from it. A guy who was an alien abductee talked with us and told us about his experience too. He’s been through memory regression therapy. It was intense and I believe him. I never doubt anybody.
The power of music:
I enjoy music in its essential form and all its amazing, discoverable effects. For our experiments, those are mandated but I’m still interested in knowing if music can solve problems, especially mental issues: Aspberger’s, ADD, depression. It’s just incredible and aligning; music makes neurons fire and receptors respond.
Comedians who play banjo:
It’s really cool but would I ever take up banjo? [laughs] I’ll let other people do that.
There was a Brazilian guy at Bonnaroo who just kept popping up everywhere. I saw him at the UE booth and really all over Bonnaroo. He ended up at the same airport gate when I was saying goodbye to my lady. He was right at that gate. I’m not sure if he was taking the same flight or what. I should’ve asked him straight-up, like, “hey, are you stalking me?”
(Editor’s note: I also spotted Reggie at the departure gate. No, I am not Brazilian. -JF)
Learning new skills:
I’ve been doing a lot more video projects. I’m really trying to get more into that. Really, you’ve just got to keep doing it and just throw yourself into it. It’s challenging but I keep practicing. I’m doing shorts for now because I’m still not completely confident as a director but I’d love to keep learning a lot more.
The best cheese in the world:
That’s easy. It’s [thick Dutch accent] gouda.
This summer as part of a broad based music initiative, the YouTube Channel JASH Network and its noted music expert, Reggie Watts, along with partner Ultimate Ears, have launched a new original digital video series entitled, The Social Music Experiment – a lighthearted examination of the effect music has on people in social environments.
Reggie plays the role of UE’s first ever “Head of Socio-Musicology” putting his social music theories to the test in a series of hilarious real world experiments. Can music get you naked? Can music get you laid? Can music get you high? In each episode Reggie will take his crazy hypothesis to the streets to understand the effects that social music has on everyday people in everyday places.
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Photo: Brian Nevins/Ultimate Ears