Ian Hill is an English musician, best known as the bassist of the heavy metal band Judas Priest.
Hill learned how to play the double bass from his father, a bass player for local jazz acts. His father died when he was only fifteen, but his contribution to Hill was the foundation for years to come. In 1970, together with schoolmate K.K. Downing, Hill formed pioneering heavy metal band Judas Priest. He has been playing bass with the band ever since, and is the only remaining original member following Downing’s departure in 2011.
Hill is known for his solid and melodic bass playing, which proved to be the ideal background for the dual guitars of K. K. Downing and Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford’s operatic vocals. During the early years of the band, he played bass by finger-picking, but he began later playing with a pick, which he feels adds “attack” to the songs. On rare occasions, he still plays with his fingers.
Judas Priest is a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1970. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. MTV ranked them the second greatest metal band of all time.