Steven Wilson takes aim at shredders: “That’s not music. That’s sport”

Steven Wilson
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Steven Wilson is no stranger to hot takes. Last February, for example, the Porcupine Tree electric guitar player ruffled some feathers when he admitted he was “never a fan” of Eddie Van Halen or of the “so-called shredder mentality” that he said Van Halen fathered.

Although he since apologized to Wolfgang Van Halen for his comments, Wilson has reiterated his distaste for shred music, saying that the whole concept of playing fast can’t be described as music, and should instead be labeled a “sport”.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.