Yes, you read the title right. In SPINs recent “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, Skrillex was named the 100th best. From what we know Skrillex has never played the guitar, even with his former band “From First To Last,” so why did SPIN give Skrilly this honor? Check out what they had to say below.
“Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life. But no contemporary musician has a more primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs than dubstep mosh ambassador Skrillex. Somewhere between the unfiltered piston-pumps of nü-metal and the twinkling emocore melodies that weaned him is a gaping sarlacc of yawping melodies and buzzsaw edges. The bass drop to “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” might just be this generation’s “Smoke on the Water” — look no further than the obscene number of “Skrillex guitar cover” videos on YouTube!”
Should Skrillex be on this list? From the looks of the comments left on SPINs article, most people would say no. What do you think?
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