Steven Wilson talked about the key aspects of being a top-notch musician, telling Team Tock:
“When Mikael [Akerfeldt, from Opeth] says he’s a mediocre singer or guitarist, I understand what he’s saying – I say the same thing.
“But he’s a great musician – and that has got nothing to do with ability. Great musicians are people who are brilliant musical thinkers.
“Brian Eno is one – he can’t play anything, but he thinks about music in a brilliant way.
“Roger Waters, arguably the worst musician in Pink Floyd, is another – he’s responsible for most of their groundbreaking music. Mikael is in the same category.
“I’d like see [Akerfeldt] make a record that really focuses on his songwriting, because he’s a fantastic songwriter.
“I’ve just made a record [‘To the Bone’] where I’ve stripped away a lot of the more conceptual elements and focused on my songwriting.
“I’d like to see him do the same, because I think he is really underrated as a melodicist, a songwriter and arranger. I think that would be a challenge for him but one he’d absolutely rise to.”