I would describe my bass style as classic hard rock/metal played with the fingers: speedy root notes carrying the rhythm, with a few fiddly bits chucked in for good measure. I do not play five- or six-string basses. A bass guitar has four strings. I suppose the style of metal we play doesn’t require five strings. I do not slap, because I can’t do it. It’s not something I’ve ever really tried and, to be honest, I don’t think it would fit in with the style I play.
The secret of playing bass well? I guess the old clichés of practice makes perfect and take your time. When I first started I may have launched my bass into space a few times, purely out of frustration. But you get through that in the end. My first bass was a Yamaha RBX 270 in cherry blossom. Not, I repeat not, pink. Cherry blossom. That was my only bass for eight years or so, purely because I loved it so much and it played so well.When it was time to upgrade and I bought myself a Rickenbacker. A considerable upgrade.
My bass heroes are Cliff Burton, Steve Harris, Geezer Butler and Geddy Lee – the great rock fingerers. If I could get the bass tone of any album ever released, it would probably be from a Maiden album because I use a similar tone to Steve Harris, which guarantees that the bass won’t be hidden under the drums and guitars. Our debut album is out now, and in 2013 we are on tour supporting the awesome Dorje and the Drills on their UK tour in late winter/early spring. So keep your eyes peeled super sharp for dates.