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DIGITAL CITY'S INTERVIEW
WITH THE GREAT KAT
"THE GREAT KAT WILL
TEACH YOU HOW TO SHRED"
Carly Milne, AOL's
Great Kat Will Teach You
How To Shred
Oct 19th 2009 9:30AM
By Carly Milne
The Arts - Interviews
Being a writer means many things. Often times, it means doing a great
lot of interviews, and while each one is unique and awesome in their own
way, there are those that stand out from the crowd.
The Great Kat would be one of
Upon first glance, you wouldn't think The Great Kat was a
classically-trained musician, but she is - and one with killer accolades
to boot. She is a graduate of Juilliard (a violin virtuoso),
concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, winner of the
Artists International Competition on violin and made her Carnegie
Recital Hall debut on solo violin.
And then she picked up the electric guitar.
Blending the showmanship of metal with the intensive musical
construction of classical, Kat has carved out a name for herself in
musical history by shredding some of the greatest musical works of our
time. And now she has a DVD out that can show you how to do the same.
We e-mailed The Great Kat some questions, and boy, did we get answers!
The sheer awesomeness and passion of her responses need to be fully
experienced. And so, here in its entirety, is our interview with The
You've had a ton of amazing accolades – one of the 50 fastest
guitarists, one of the top 10 fastest shredders, one of the 12 best
female guitarists... which one means the most to you and why?
ALL OF THEM!!! THE GREAT KAT EARNED THEM AND DESERVES MORE!!!!!!
THE GREAT KAT, "Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time" (Guitar One
Magazine)/"50 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time" (Guitar World
Magazine)/"12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists" (Elle Magazine)/ "The
100 Wildest Guitar Heroes" (Classic Rock Magazine)/Juilliard Graduate
Violin Virtuoso-turned Guitar Shred Virtuoso is GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How do you go from being a Juilliard graduate to becoming an electric
After graduating from Juilliard as a Violin Virtuoso, I realized that
Classical Music needed to be UPDATED for the MASSES. After searching
popular music, I found the CLOSEST form of popular music to Classical
was METAL! I picked up the electric guitar and simply took my "PAGANINI"
violin technique (a special left-hand technique I learned at Juilliard)
and transposed it on the guitar. I then added VICIOUS STRONG accenting
and attacks which is used in BOTH METAL and BEETHOVEN'S MUSIC!! THAT'S
HOW THE GREAT KAT GUITAR GODDESS WAS BORN!!!
SEE The Great Kat's amazing GUITAR and VIOLIN technique on "THE FLIGHT
OF THE BUMBLE-BEE" from "Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD
So was it that background that inspired you to do an electric guitar
take on classical masterpieces?
The Great Kat's SOLO and ORCHESTRAL training from Juilliard allows me to
technically be able to take ACTUAL ENTIRE MUSIC SCORES of Beethoven,
Wagner, Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, etc., and TRANSCRIBE, ARRANGE,
REORCHESTRATE and RECOMPOSE these masterpieces for ORCHESTRA, BAND,
SHRED GUITAR AND VIOLIN!!!!!
Tell me about the DVD. For people who want to buy it, what can they
"Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD is a total showcase of GUITAR
PYROTECHNICS, INSANE IMAGERY, OUTRAGEOUS SCENES, AND MIND-BLOWING GUITAR
MUSIC VIDEO CLIPS from "BEETHOVEN'S GUITAR SHRED" DVD:
BEETHOVEN'S "5th SYMPHONY"
Paganini's "Caprice #24"
"Brandenburg Concerto #3
More DVD Video Clips
REVIEWS OF THE GREAT KAT'S GENIUS:
-"Beethoven's music performed by The Great Kat, a Juilliard-trained
musician and one of the fastest 'shredders' of all time. Beethoven's
Fifth that is played with absurd velocity on an electric guitar.
Beethoven can never have found himself in odder company than that of The
Great Kat, and I amused myself thinking what he would have made of it
all. I like to imagine one of his furious temper tantrums. But Mozart, a
more ribald soul, would surely have found it hilarious." - Financial
-"She possesses a prodigious talent, a virtuosic precision that allows
her to play classical transcriptions on her guitar at upwards of 300
beats per minute. The Great Kat is one of those outsize performing
personas as well as a masterful musician." - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Wow! Very rarely does a DVD come along that inspires the old 'You'll
have to see it to believe it!' But such is the case with The Great Kat's
Beethoven's Guitar Shred, an amazing display of speedy guitar wizardry.
Kat slices and dices the Paganini composition with precision on guitar
but she also plays a violin part that makes Charlie Daniels' fiddle-off
with the devil on 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' look like a
molasses-dripping contest." - ANTIMUSIC.COM
-"Move over, Jamie Foxx. The Soloist's insanely genius Juilliard
apprentice is up against some formidable competition, and she's female.
The Great Kat is basically showing the male competition how it's done,
better and faster. Her raging, fast forward in real time Beethoven's
Guitar Shred is like nothing that has come before. A mix 'n match medley
of Beethoven, Bach, Abu Ghraib and Islamic insurgency. A classical/metal
lovers everywhere wakeup call, these mini-musicals for guitar, violin
and machete could very well blow your mind." - NewsBlaze
Any fun behind-the-scenes stories on the making of the DVD?
One of the most fun music video shoots from "Beethoven's Guitar Shred"
DVD is filming the "TORTURE TECHNIQUES" Music Video, where The Great Kat
spent an ENJOYABLE day TORTURING, ABUSING, WHIPPING, CHAINING,
DOMINATING, KICKING and INFLICITING MASSIVE PAIN TO MY WILLING MALE
SUBMISSIVES!!!! AND THEY LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!
Check out a clip of "TORTURE TECHNIQUES"
MUSIC VIDEO CLIP.
Although the playing field has been leveled in a lot of ways when it
comes to metal music, do you ever find yourself still having to deal
with sexism and "good for a girl" kind of commentary?
THE GREAT KAT IS A GUITAR AND VIOLIN VIRTUOSO SHREDDING EXACT
NOTE-FOR-NOTE CLASSICAL MUSIC SCORES ON THE GUITAR and NO INFERIOR MALE
CAN COMPETE WITH THE TECHNICAL TRAINING and UNSTOPPABLE FORCE THAT IS
THE GREAT KAT!!!!!!!!!!!
For someone who's looking to get into guitar playing, be they male or
female, what are some of the most important things they need to know?
IF POSSIBLE, LEARN TO READ MUSIC!
If you could remake any song into an electrically-shredded opus, what
song would it be and why?
The Great Kat ONLY SHREDS Classical Masterpieces from the Masters and my
own original Opuses.
On the NEXT Shred/Classical DVD, The Great Kat will be SHREDDING one of
THE MOST TECHNICALLY DIFFICULT AND DEMANDING VIOLIN VIRTUOSO PIECES ever
written: NICCOLO PAGANINI'S "MOTO PERPETUO" on the GUITAR and VIOLIN,
along with works of BACH, MOZART and MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What's the best part of doing what you do?
SINGLE-HANDEDLY CHANGING THE FACE OF HISTORY by BRINGING GENIUS
CLASSICAL MUSIC to THE MORON MASSES THROUGH SHRED
GUITAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!
What's the best advice you've been given?
PRACTICE YOUR BUTT OFF AND BE A VIRTUOSO!!!!!!!!!
THE GREAT KAT IS GOD AND THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!!!!!! BOW,
PEONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHRED ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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