SPIN mag must be pulling a late April fools or smoking some serious A-grade as they have just named dubstep producer Skrillex as one of the best guitarists of all time – although having never actually played guitar under the moniker.
Even though he came in at #100 the chart doesn’t use his real name Sonny John Moore – and actually points to the bass drop in “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”?
Still not convinced? Take a read of the full spiel;
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!
Most Heroic Moment: Korn’s “Get Up,” even if Munky technically plucked the strings.
Nope… we’re not convinced.
Shame on you SPIN.