Steven Wilson: “I Am A Bit Bored Of The Guitar Right Now”

Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson spoke in a recent interview with Under The Radar Magazine and talked about the current state and the future of rock music.

In the conversation, Steven admitted that he is a bit bored of the guitar right now and touched upon the fact that we are all living in the electronic world, which also means that all the sound we hear daily is electronic.

Furthermore, Steven mentioned that the instruments like guitars, bass guitars, drums, and many more things are getting less interesting in this period and revealed that the music is going in a direction that is not as familiar to him.

Additionally, Steven pointed out the popular mainstream genres back in the days and stated that the first half of the 21st century is definitely coming down to the music that has a strong electronic element.

Here is what Steven Wilson said:

“I am a bit bored of the guitar right now. But I think there’s a broader thing here, which is we live in the electronic world now. All the sound we hear on a daily basis around us is electronic.

My kids, they don’t hear guitars unless they actually go and specifically listen to a guitar song. Everything around them from the sounds that their iPad makes, to the sound coming from the TV, to the doorbell chimes.

What place does the guitar or the bass or the drums have in the world like that? Well, increasingly less and less. I like the idea that music continues to evolve and continues to upset old people like me because it’s gone in a direction that is not as familiar to us.”

Steven Wilson continued:

“I think the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll music, rock music, classic rock music that prevailed for about 50 years – from the 1950s through to the end of the 20th century – is going the same way that jazz music went.

Because jazz music was the popular mainstream music of the first half of the 20th century. And classic rock and rock music was the popular mainstream music of the second half of the 20th century.”

He added:

“I believe the music of the first half of the 21st century ultimately is going to come down to the sound of urban music, electronic music, R&B music – or at least music that has a strong electronic element to it.

I’ve increasingly felt myself bored by guitar. I feel like I’ve kind of exhausted the possibilities, at least that I’m capable of exploring, on that instrument.”

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