Even 50 years after his death, Alan Watts’ legacy continues to thrive, influencing a wide range of audiences, from misfits and non-conformists to the top echelons of counterculture.
Known as a “philosophical entertainer,” Watts’ legacy exists in a lane of his own. Considered to be instrumental in demystifying Eastern philosophy for Western audiences, his teachings and distinct voice have found a permanent home within the electronic dance music sphere.
The voice of Watts, who died on this day in 1973, has become a trusted source for vocal hooks and philosophical reflections. For years, electronic music producers have seamlessly integrated his speeches into their tracks, turning his words into danceable mantras.
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Even today, the appropriation of Watts’ speeches and teachings within the genre continues on, symbolizing his timeless relevance and appeal within the movement.
Here’s 10 electronic songs that best encapsulate the wisdom of Watts.
INZO – Overthinker
Said The Sky – Everything
Rameses B – Meaning of Life
BLOND:ISH – It Starts Now
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Come Together
quickly, quickly – Getsomerest/sleepwell
smol – Disconnected
Gill Chang – act of FAITH
Tritonal – Born Yesterday (feat. Brigetta)
Akira The Don – Always Hoping