During an appearance on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, Iron Maiden bassist and bandleader, Steve Harris, was asked to single out the key elements of his playing style.
When the host asked, “What makes you a great bass player and what are the things that you look for in your playing?”, Steve replied (transcribed by UG):
“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.”