DYLAN on how her guitar journey was kickstarted by a DIY plywood acoustic and why her upcoming Meteora model might be Fender’s boldest-looking offset yet

(Image credit: Theo Batterham/Dylan/Instagram)

It’s an early summer afternoon and DYLAN – aka British singer-songwriter Natasha Woods – takes to the stage to soundcheck at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium as she prepares to open for Ed Sheeran. Flanked by her backing band – comprising guitarist Rosie Botterill and drummer Connor Hopkins – DYLAN feels a familiar riff on her fingers and, with the crew’s encouragement, begins to serenade the stadium’s 90,000 seats with AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.

As she confesses on our call, Thunderstruck is more than just a riff for DYLAN. Instead, as she explains, it embodies what life is like for the emerging electro-pop artist at this point in time: “I ignored my band and went for it. All the crew was cheering me on. That song is everything. That's what my life is like right now!” 

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.