Anybody who’s ever watched a reside efficiency by Reggie Watts is aware of the person doesn’t wish to be pigeonholed.
The actor, performer, comic, musician and beatboxer is unquestionably one among a form.
All through his youth, Watts immersed himself in hashish and psychedelics-infused experiences which, he claims, allowed him to discover completely different points of his consciousness and encounter his personal true self.
In the present day, Watts is prepared to share this knowledge with the world, within the hopes of encouraging others to seek out and pursue what makes them distinctive. However, because it was simply presumed, his strategies are, let’s say…unconventional.
In an beautiful dialog, the artist informed us the whole lot about his first encounters with hashish, his days of acid tripping in a grunge basement within the early 90s Seattle, and his newest journey into tech entrepreneurship along with his personal cellular app.
First Illuminating Experiences
Watts entered the world of hashish across the age of 16. Looking back, after all, he acknowledges it’s finest to attend till the mind is absolutely fashioned earlier than beginning to eat hashish.
“It has been simply an incredible form of journey with it. Now I do principally edibles as a result of the smoking form of irritates me,” he informed us. Watts considers himself a giant advocate for hashish, pputting ahead the various constructive results it may convey to customers.
For him, utilizing hashish is a form of chemistry experiment.
“Each time you are taking it, it is a possibility to see one thing otherwise or to attempt to obtain one thing otherwise. I do not actually like to make use of it as an escape, essentially. I consider it as a possibility, each time that I do it, to find one thing new about myself.”
This type of cannabis-induced aware exploration of his inside self, is one thing Watts has utilized to psychedelics as nicely.
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Additionally in his youthful years, Watts turned fascinated about LSD. Nevertheless, for a teen boy in Nice Falls, Montana within the late 80s, psychedelics weren’t a straightforward factor to come back by.
His first expertise with acid concerned a really intense journey out of city with a gaggle of associates. Whereas it was principally a enjoyable expertise, Watts additionally remembers it as trascendental.
“It was only a very loopy evening, nevertheless it undoubtedly opened my thoughts in a method that unveils much more to the universe, or self understanding, for certain.”
‘Have a Good Journey: Adventures In Psychedelics’
Seven years in the past, Watts was approached by author/director Donick Cary, to take part in a undertaking the filmmaker had within the works: a documentary about celebrities and their adventures in psychedelics.
“I did not actually know the place it was gonna go or what was going to occur with it. I simply did it as a result of I believed it was one thing enjoyable to do,” confessed Watts.
The film finally developed right into a feature-length documentary referred to as “Have a Good Journey: Adventures in Psychedelics,” which premiered on Netflix earlier this yr and contains hilarious anecdotes from Sting, A$AP Rocky, Carrie Fisher, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Anthony Bourdain, and plenty of others.
Watt’s experiences with psychedelics marked a interval of intense self-exploration whereas dwelling in Seattle within the early 90s, in a home he shared along with his bandmates.
“The drummer, he acquired a maintain of like a sheet of acid. We just about stayed in the home for every week,” he recalled.
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The 2 younger musicians spent seven days in the home’s basement, experimenting with sound mixing strategies, like creating tape delays utilizing two quarter-inch reel-to-reel machines.
“So we mainly ate a sheet of acid inside seven days or eight days. Generally folks would convey us meals and we’d simply hand around in the basement recording.”
A Psychedelics-Induced Non secular Awakening
The years that adopted have been crammed with music, experimentation and plenty of reworking experiences utilizing LSD and psilocybin mushrooms.
Watts remembers his final main journey as a tipping level in his life, at age 24. It concerned a model of “super-clean” LSD referred to as Jack the Shiva.
“I turned vegetarian due to it. I began stepping into sacred geometry and all types of arithmetic regarding sacred geometry. Mainly, I went into a brand new age section, researching issues about consciousness and aliens and all these items. It was form of like a giant awakening time for me.”
After that, he gave psychedelics a relaxation for a number of years.
“As I acquired older, after I acquired into my thirties, I did not actually do psychedelics as a lot. And now I not often, not often do them. Like, perhaps I’ll do mushrooms or one thing like that after each three or 4 years.”
Watts mentioned he considers himself an advocate for the guided use of psychedelics in a therapeutic setting too.
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“Having a guided side of it for self-discovery and form of working by issues and so forth. I am down with it. I simply need the schooling to be excessive and the data to be available to folks,” he voiced.
Watts App With Reggie?
“WattsApp. It’s an App, by me. My final title is Watts,” says the artist ever so eloquently within the app’s promotional video.
No, not that WhatsApp. That is one thing completely different. Watts’ quest to stroll outdoors the norm and discover his personal path propelled him to interrupt free from a pressure that has most public figures in chains today: social media.
“It is much like what you are able to do with different social media platforms. But it surely’s my very own platform,” he informed us.
By means of the app, Watts shares his personal eccentric inside universe with the surface world – in his personal phrases, by his personal guidelines. He posts footage, movies, and reside streams. There’s even an internet retailer the place he sells his handmade experimental digital gadgets.
Watts mentioned he’s notably happy with the possibility of deciding the aesthetics of the platform, as a substitute of getting to depend on the “horrible esthetics” of Fb or Instagram, as he places it.
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“Nobody’s getting tracked. There isn’t any there isn’t any knowledge being shared. There isn’t any social side of it. It is only a place to see what I am doing and tune in to particular occasions.”
Watts calls it a multi-media channel, the place folks can log in every so often and see the content material he’s creating. Whether or not it’s a brief movie, a digital dance occasion, an interview or a pretend, made-up TV present, WattsApp is a spot the place unique content material can premiere earlier than hitting different mainstream platforms.
The artist defined that, sooner or later, the app may turn into half of a bigger platform for different artists to premiere their stuff, too. However, for now, it’s a Watts factor.
“My hope is that if different artists need to do it, there is a template for them to make their very own app and encourage them to take management over the way in which their media is perceived. You may have this distributed community of apps that are simply particular artists doing their content material. That is the later angle.”
Natán Ponieman co-authored this text.