Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien talked in a interview with Music Radar and uncovered his musings on “guitar’s place in music today”. Here’s the announcement:
“I was contemplating this yesterday – it’s strange, in light of the fact that in the event that you need to have a cultural impact as a child, it’s most likely not through a guitar; it’s on decks, would it say it isn’t? Jimi Hendrix these days would most likely be a DJ, and doing unprecedented things. However, I figure the guitar will always be there because it’s such an expressive instrument, and it’s exceptionally old. The guitar goes back thousands of years; it backpedals to the lyre, you’re plucking strings. It’s something, exceptionally key.
I have a ngoni, from Mali, and it’s four strings and it’s a shell of a body with a bit of round wood, and there’s something simply exceptionally primal about it. People are continually saying it’s the demise of the guitar, yet it’s clearly thriving. There’s more metal around, there’s more rock, and there are individuals doing extraordinary things with it.
For me, band-wise, I love Savages. I think what Gemma [Thompson] does as a guitarist is splendid, and its sound, and I adore that band. What’s more, I adore Warpaint. I love what they do.
Once more, it’s not about guitar heroes; it’s about delightful guitar lines, textures, sounds. In any case, at that point additionally I extremely like what Michael Kiwunuka is doing, and what Jimmy [Smith] and Yannis [Philippakis] do in Foals – I think they have an awesome thing going on; I love their style.
I think guitar is as significant as ever, truly; it may very well be that there are more alternatives, musically, to convey what needs be nowadays. You consider 50 years prior, it was organ and pianos and keyboards; synths hadn’t really come in, so in another way, synths come in, and there’s additional on your palette. What’s more, now all the DJ stuff.
More people are most likely playing guitar and playing instruments since instruments are less expensive than they were and more available than 50, 60 years prior. You’ve recently got more individuals making music, which must be something to be thankful for. I think you have the open door now to make some phenomenal commotions and sounds, on the off chance that you can be arsed.”