Producer Ryan Adams invites Depp to sessions
A behind-the-scenes video on the making of Butch Walker‘s recently-released album Afraid of Ghosts has revealed input from actor Johnny Depp.
Filmmaker Noah Abrams captured the moment in a short film available to view online, via Rolling Stone. Click above to watch.
Alt-country musician Ryan Adams served as producer on the LP and invited Depp to the sessions, only telling Walker that his “buddy J Dizzle” would be coming by the studio. Much to Walker’s surprise, the J Dizzle in question was the Hollywood A-list actor, and the video captures Depp playing a guitar solo on the track ’21+’.
“He was everything you’d expect him to be: coming in, just hat down, ripping a solo and then leaving very mysteriously,” says Walker.
Depp and Adams have collaborated on a number of projects together in recent months. In September, the Pirates of the Caribbean star joined Adams onstage for two nights at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, playing guitar on a cover of Danzig’s ‘Mother’ and ‘Kim’ from Adams’ 2014 self-titled album. Depp also appeared on a number of recent Adams studio recordings, including ‘No Shadow’ and ‘Aching For More’.
But despite moonlighting as a musician, Depp has insisted he has no intention of ever making music into a second career. “That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick,” he told reporters at the Berlin premiere of his latest film Mortdecai in January. “I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records and it’s still going. Music is still part of my life. But you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”