Steven Wilson: “I wanted to make an album that was more reflective of the electronic world we live in – the guitar is there, but it’s used in a different way”

Steven Wilson
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Steven Wilson fans may have noticed a very familiar voice narrating a shopping list halfway into Personal Shopper, the lead single from the English singer-songwriter/super producer’s sixth solo album The Future Bites

The luxury items – consisting of first-world conveniences such as teeth whitener, volcanic ash soap, fake eyelashes and branded water – serve as a stark reminder of the things we love but don’t really need, a scathing critique playfully disguised as a love-letter to modern-day consumerism. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).