Paul Stanley Or Gene Simmons: Who Really Drives The Sound Of KISS, David Ellefson Explains

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson opened up about the bass guitars during an interview with Premier Guitar and apparently, he learned how to use the bass guitar as a driving force in the band from KISS bassist Gene Simmons who is the leading sound in the band, according to Ellefson.

As many of you know, the member in KISS that directed the sound of the band has been an ongoing question among fans since its frontman Paul Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons who founded the band in the early 1970s. While some believed the driving force behind the iconic band has always been the rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist Stanley, there are also a number of people who saw the legendary bassist and co-lead vocalist Simmons as the sound leader of the band.

While there are a number of people who always see the bassists as the leading role when it comes to the sound of a band, as a bassist himself, David Ellefson also revealed he agrees with this opinion during a recent interview. Apparently, Ellefson thinks Gene Simmons is the one that drives the sound of KISS and carries the band in a further direction.

In addition to this, Megadeth bassist stated that he does the exact same thing with his own band and when he comes up with a sound, he’s the driving force and leads the other members of the band including drums which are something he possibly learned from the KISS bassist.

Here is what Ellefson said:

“In a lot of ways, Gene’s bass playing is what really drives the sound of KISS, even more than the drums- more than anything. His part really pushes the band.

I probably have learned the same thing. Even in the song ‘Symphony of Destruction,’ by Megadeth, where the riff is just *plays*. So I pick up the riff, and I go to the drums, giving that drive, pulsating push all the time.

Maybe subliminally or intentionally I learned some of that from Gene’s parts. Sometimes it’s not always the flashiness of the note, it’s the cleverness of the note and constant torque and push of the bass inside of the band.”

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