TIFF 2017: ‘Maybe the guitar is dead’, says Eric Clapton, holds forth on EDM, bass, etc

Legendary singer-songwriter Eric Clapton does not seem to be too bothered by the gradual death of the electric guitar, judging by declining album sales.

The 71-year-old musician admitted to having lost track of the rock music business as it continues to face challenges in the digital era, reported Billboard.

“I’m out of touch. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know where it’s going to go. I think anything that has a natural process will end up where it’s supposed to be. I don’t know. Maybe the guitar is over. Good question though,” Clapton quipped at a press conference.

The Slowhand was present at the screening of his documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.

On how he saw the future of R&B genre as teenagers are shifting to EDM, brass, woodwinds and strings today, Clapton said all music is “good”.

“My kids listen to classic rock, but that may only be because of me, because that’s what I’ve played to them. I mean, from the time of their conception, they’ve been listening to music through the womb.

“I played them playlists, just brainwashed my kids, and at the back of it was always the guitar or some kind of solo instrument or a singer. My belief in music is it’s all good.

It’s all good. Even stuff that doesn’t appear to be so, it’s all good,” he said.

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