Speaking to rock journalist Mitch Lafon, Iron Maiden mastermind Steve Harris explained his thoughts about what makes him a great bass player.
“What makes you a great bass player and what are the things that you look for in your playing?”
Steve Harris responded:
“Well, I don’t know… I don’t really consider myself a great bass player. I would rather consider myself a good songwriter than a bass player, to a certain degree.
I mean, I don’t really analyze what I do. I think my bass tech could probably tell you more about my gear in my sound than I could. But playing-wise, it’s just… I suppose it is a little bit different to other ways people play – that’s what everyone tells me.
But to me, it is totally natural. I don’t think too much about it, really. I just play a song naturally the way I play it. It’s not like a technique I’ve sort of tried to perfect or anything like that – it’s just a very natural thing for me.
People are going on about the gallop and all that, but again – that’s just evolved from two or three songs when I was young and became the thing that people sort of aligned with me. But I don’t really think too much about it.”
Two months ago, he talked about the possibility of retirement and said:
“People have been asking us that from 20 years or more ago. We’re still doing it, and we’ll still do it while we can still do it. And we’re still enjoying it, and we’ll carry on as long as we can. But who knows how long that’s gonna be?
Something else might decide something for us; you just don’t know. But, again, I don’t like to think about things too much, because we’re enjoying ourselves at the moment, and you don’t really sort of wanna be thinking like that, really.”
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