Bruce Dickinson says he has no problem with Iron Maiden being seen as “dinosaur rock” in terms of how the band makes albums.
With the group’s 17th album Senjutsu Fresh out, Sirius XM’s Eddie Trunk asked the singer why the icons of NWOBHM continue to work with producer Kevin Shirley, who has now been involved in six of their studio projects.
“Kevin is a very good producer; a very good, knowledgeable technical producer, ”Dickinson said. “But we are difficult to work. I haven’t worked with that many bands, but I’ve worked with quite a few musicians, and I generally know how people tend to work. No one works like us. We are definitely unique. “
He added that Maiden pulled together a number of “eccentricities” when it came to creating music, and suggested that other bands that had achieved notable longevity had done the same. “I’ve done solo albums and stuff… and you work in a more traditional way,” he continued. “But we, as a band, have to get together and play in a big hall and make a lot of noise… I mean, that’s old-fashioned stuff.
“And when people say, ‘You’re kind of like a dinosaur rock,’ I’m like, ‘Yeah. Yes. It’s good.’ And that’s not a bad thing. How many dinosaurs are left in the world? If you wanna be a dinosaur, you wanna be a T. rex. What do you feed a T. rex? Anything he wants. And it’s kind of like that when you’re an Iron Maiden producer – you’re part of the team but you have to play by our rules. And there are a lot of producers who couldn’t cope… they would quickly run up against a brick wall with some of our opinions and practices in the studio.
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