“Dimebag is one of my biggest inspirations for lead guitar. He always knew how to think outside the box”: Sophie Lloyd names 10 records that changed her life

Sophie Lloyd
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Sophie Lloyd has turned Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin classics into epic works of shred, building legions of followers on YouTube, showcasing the chops needed for high-profile tours with Machine Gun Kelly, and for realizing her ambition with her forthcoming debut solo album, Imposter Syndrome.

We might already think we know how she is as a player, with her recent interview with GW charting her meteoric rise, but who are the artists who had the biggest impact on her incendiary electric guitar style? Well, read on. Here, she picks 10 albums that changed her life. And if there are a few we could have guessed, there are a few curveballs, too.

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.