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Why modern rock isn’t authentic, according to Keith Richards

Digital characteristics of contemporary music leave the guitarist of the Rolling Stones reticent about the future of the style

Keith Richards it’s as legendary as it is heartfelt. The guitarist of Rolling Stones is not the type to refrain from giving opinions on music and even colleagues in the business, having criticized David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Armas e Rosas, Oasis, metallicaamong many others.

As one would expect from a veteran of the field, Richards not very happy with the current state of rock. For him, contemporary style lacks authenticity.

The reflection was shared in an interview with Rolling Stone USAin 2020. At the time, he promoted a box set that re-released his solo album Main Offender (1992). Therefore, the reflection between past and future has become relatively natural.

There is no new rock ‘n’ roll. It’s useless. There are great musicians and some great singers and whatnot, but unfortunately, for me, everything in the music was synthesized to death,” he stated.

Keith, then, positioned himself against the use of digital elements in the musical creative process. He even directed his comment to the synthesizer, an instrument that, although electronic, has been used for decades.

“Once you start synthesizing things, you don’t get the real thing”, punctuated the artist. they are cheap and tacky.”

Keith Richards
Keith Richards (Photo: MJ Kim / Team / Getty Images)

Not everything is bad for Keith Richards

Some people might even find Keith Richards somewhat grouchy because of this positioning — and others —, but the guitarist from Rolling Stones Don’t think that all is lost.

In addition to recognizing that there are great artists today in the interview with Rolling Stone USAhe highlighted in 2016 when The Quietus who admires the work of one of the biggest pop stars of the last decade: Ed Sheeran. the folk star james bay was also cited.

Nowadays? Wants to know? Ed Sheeran it’s very interesting to me… Yes, yes. Adorable guitar. And he’s a one-man band at the moment, but he has potential. AND james bay. They are the two that immediately come to mind.”

At the end of 2022, members of the Måneskin revealed that they received support from Richards backstage at a concert Rolling Stones, in Las Vegas. The Italian band performed the opening performance.

According to the vocalist damiano david (via IgorMiranda), Keith reacted this way: “It was one of the best interactions ever, because he said, ‘Okay, guys, I don’t know who you are, but someone told me that you play guitar. Very good. Keep it up.’ And then disappeared.”

Source: Rollingstone

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