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Iron Maiden
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Background

Education

  • Leyton County High School
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STEVE HARRIS - Bass guitar, Synth - Member Biography - Iron Maiden Bulgaria
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Birth name Stephen Percy Harris
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Stephen Percy Harris or 'Arry to his fans is the bassist and primary composer Iron Maiden. He founded the band as a teenager in 1975. He is the only original member of the band that still remains, over thirty years on.
He used to work as an architectural draftsman in the East End of London but gave up his job upon forming Iron Maiden. During the mid 1970s he was a youth team footballer for West Ham United. He is a talented football player, and his bandmates say that if he did not play bass he would definitely have had a career in professional football. A self-taught bass player, Harris's first bass was a copy of a Fender Precision Bass that cost him about ?40 when he was 17 years old. He went on to use a signature Lado "Unicorn" model and a late 1950s Fender Precision with RotoSound strings. He now uses his own signature RotoSound flatwound bass strings. This is surprising because flatwound strings do not sound clanky and bright. In fact, Steve's signature clanky bass tone comes from the metallic noise of the strings hitting the frets.
Harris has been influenced by other bass players such as Chris Squire of Yes, John Deacon of Queen, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Geddy Lee of Rush, Andy Fraser of Free and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Martin Turner of Wishbone Ash, Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, and John Entwistle of The Who.
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After Smiler, Harris went on to create Iron Maiden. Steve Harris got the name from seeing an iron maiden, a type of torture instrument, in the movie The Man in the Iron Mask.
Steve Harris is Maiden's principal composer and lyricist. Harris's songwriting has been noted for, a galloping bass pattern (see below)and long, epic songs that feature many tempo changes. Influenced by 1970's progressive rock bands like King Crimson and Genesis, Harris frequently writes lyrics about mythology, history or topics inspired from books and movies. Harris has commented on the difference between 1970s progressive music (called "progressive") and contemporary progressive-style music (known as "prog"), a distinction which is becoming recognised.
Steve Harris is often considered among the best and most influential heavy metal bassists. He frequently writes bass lines with a 'gallop', a pattern consisting of three rapid notes one eighth and two sixteenths which he plays with three fingers. Before playing, Harris often greases his fingers, to make such 'gallops' easier to play, as shown on the bonus DVD for the A Matter of Life and Death album. Besides this he is very adventurous on the bass and and plays intricate accompaniment in many of Maiden's songs. He also uses power chords, which are relatively unheard of on bass, on several songs. Harris has also stated that he never uses a pick and that he never warms up before a show.
He plays a specially-painted bass guitar which has featured on every Iron Maiden album recorded. It is currently sporting the West Ham United F.C. logo. The guitar has gone through three colour changes since construction. Originally being white, it was then changed to black, then blue, and is currently cream with the rim done in West Ham's light-blue, and the club's logo on the body. The pickguard is metallic. He is also known to use a West Ham United football scarf to cover his strap.
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Steve Harris has been Iron Maiden's principal keyboardist (other than at live shows and on a few songs where the work has been done by Michael Kenney) since keyboards were first used by the band on the album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
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Though since that album keyboards have played less of a role in Iron Maiden, the complexity and speed of the playing has increased as Steve has improved. For the first time, on the A Matter of Life and Death album he was credited for 'bass guitar, keyboards' rather than keyboards getting a small reference in the main credits.
While he has proven skill with keyboards and at producing a synthesised sound, Steve Harris has apparently shown a lack of ability at drumming. At times he has been known to demonstrate to Nicko McBrain what he wants Nicko to play.
Steve Harris is also known for playing an increasing role in mixing Iron Maiden's albums as well as producing them, and has done the work himself since Fear of the Dark. Steve also directs and edits many of the band's music videos, particularly live ones. He also owns a farm with music recording facilities.
Steve has also been involved in backing vocals for Iron Maiden songs.
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Harris designed Iron Maiden's first logo which used the current Maiden Font, seen in all of their album-releases.
Given that Harris had been the centre of attention in Maiden's early gigs The addition of Bruce Dickinson to the band's line-up originally caused small scuffles between the two as they both wanted to be at the centre of the stage.
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Stephen Percy Harris (born 12 March 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England)
He is the bassist, band leader and primary composer of the Iron Maiden. In addition, he plays keyboards, and sings backing vocals. He founded the band as a teenager in 1975. He and Dave Murray are the only members of the band to have appeared on all of the band's albums, and Harris is the only member to remain in the band throughout its duration. Steve Harris- Perth
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Steve Harris during the Somewhere Back In Time Tour
He used to work as an architectural draftsman in the East End of London but gave up his job upon forming Iron Maiden. During the mid 1970s he was a youth team footballer for West Ham United. He still is a talented amateur football player and often has the crest of West Ham on his bass, and he has stated his first ambition in life before music was to become a professional footballer.
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Harris is a self-taught bass player. His first bass was a copy of a Fender Precision Bass that cost him £40 when he was 17 years old. He went on to use a signature Lado "Unicorn" model and an early 1970s Fender Precision with RotoSound strings. He now uses his own signature RotoSound flatwound bass strings. The strings that Harris uses, SH77, have a brightness not usually associated with flatwound strings. The Bass has no Tone control and Steve taps his head or body to cue the tech for treble or bass adjustments. lso Steve Harris is the inventor of galloping bass techinque
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Harris' first band was named first Influence then Gypsy's Kiss. He later joined Smiler, of which all the band members were several years older than he was. He ended up leaving, as the members of the band made it clear that they did not care for a bassist who leapt around the stage and wrote songs. After Smiler, Harris went on to create Iron Maiden, getting the name from seeing an iron maiden, a type of torture instrument, in the movie The Man in the Iron Mask.
Steve Harris is Maiden's principal composer and lyricist. His songwriting typically showcases his trademark galloping bass patterns (see below)[4] and features long songs with epic lyrics that feature many tempo changes, influenced by 1970's progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Harris frequently writes lyrics about mythology, history or topics inspired from books and movies.
Steve Harris is often considered among the best and most influential heavy metal bassists.[5] He is most known for his "galloping" bass lines - usually an eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes at fast tempo (e.g., "The Trooper") - which he plays with two fingers. Before playing, Harris often chalks his fingers, to make these fast patterns easier to play, as shown on the bonus DVD for the A Matter of Life and Death album. Besides this he is very adventurous on the bass and plays intricate accompaniment in many of Maiden's songs. He also uses power chords, which are unusual on bass, on several songs. Harris has also stated that he never uses a pick and that he never warms up before a show.
He plays a specially-painted bass guitar which has been featured on every Iron Maiden album. The guitar has gone through three colour changes since construction.
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Steve Harris has been seen with different bass guitars during his career, mostly Fender P-Basses. This list may not contain every bass, and most of them are retired, and the first ones in this list are from his earliest days from his career as a musician.
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In addition to bass playing and writing music/lyrics for Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has taken on numerous other roles to support the running of the band such as:
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Steve Harris has been Iron Maiden's principal keyboardist (other than at live shows and on a few songs where the work has been done by Michael Kenney who doubles as his bass technician) since keyboards were first used by the band on the album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
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Though since that album keyboards have played less of a role in Iron Maiden (usually), the complexity and speed of the playing has increased as Harris has improved. Initially he was not even credited for it in the band credits, just the album ones.
For the album Somewhere in Time, Harris made his first experimentation with synthesised sounds, playing the bass synth (later on the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album referred to as 'string synth'). He has also done so on subsequent albums, although it has not featured as much as it did on Somewhere in Time because of the band's less synthesised sounds and also the use of keyboards.
Steve Harris is also known for playing an increasing role in mixing Iron Maiden's albums as well as producing them, and has done the work himself since Fear of the Dark. Harris also directs and edits many of the band's music videos, particularly live ones. He also owns a farm with music recording facilities. Harris' land has been used to write Maiden's albums on numerous occasions it was also used to film the music video for the song Holy Smoke.
Harris has also contributed backing vocals on Iron Maiden records and concerts since the band's inception, though he is not always credited on the sleeves.
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Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) are proud to announce the release of Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris' debut solo/side project album titled British Lion. Set for release on September 25, 2012, British Lion is comprised of ten songs that Harris and his collaborators have been working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and releases, and is an album that will surprise and delight music fans the world over.
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Karma Killer, with its dirge-like muscularity, and Us Against The World, with its massive chorus, demonstrates just how far British Lion has flexed Steve Harris' considerable musical muscle.
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Supercharged by Steve Harris' inimitable style, there's an un-cynical vibe here that's as refreshing as it is out of place in today's all-too-categorized music industry.
And as far as the name British Lion; "I've always been proud to be British," explains Steve, "I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be. It's a massive part of being me. It's not like I'm flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It's like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound."
With Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has become one of the most recognized and successful ambassadors for British music on the world stage. Having released 15 studio albums, sold over 85 million records worldwide and played more than two thousand gigs in 58 countries in the band's thirty-five year career, his appeal is truly global.
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