Interview with The Great Kat
Brendon and I - we shouldve seen it coming.
But (oh, sweet ignorance!) we realised WHY all interviews The Great Kat does are so damn
short only after we hung the phone up. Most of the articles consist of two-three questions
and the rest is the authors personal thoughts on the subject - we never took notice
of that. But maybe it really was a good thing? We were prepared for a 20 minute interview
with The Guitar Goddess and we were not backing up!! The brave and strong Metal
journalists that we are
The following is a detailed transcript of our interview with The Great Kat
- unedited and uncensored, just the way it went.
We would like to thank Karen Thomas of Thomas Public Relations for her
help with organisation of this conversation and The Great Kat, the Queen of everything,
for the most unforgettable experience of our miserable lives.
Kat Yeah, this is The Great Kat, whos this?
Max Hi, this is Max from New Zealands House Of Noizz
Kat Whats up?
Kat Are you doing an interview or what?
Kat Good. Whats your first question?
Max Yeah, huh
Sorry, before I start, theres Brendon
Williams here with me, hes a co-producer of the show.
Kat What? What did you say?
Brendon Im here too, dont hurt me!
Kat Whats your name?
Brendon (giggles) My names Brendon, mistress.
Kat OK, what do you want?
Max OK, aaah
Kat OK, my first question to YOU: (screams) WAKE UP, NEW
ZEALAND!!!!!! THE GREAT KAT IS GOD!!! Have you seen the website, www.greatkat.com?
Kat And did you hear The Great Kats shred-classical music?
Kat How does it make you feel??
Brendon (giggles) Horny.
Brendon (still giggles) Horny.
Kat No-no-no, wait! Is it Brendon on the background saying Horny?
Cuz if it is, youve got about 3 seconds left of your interview, man! OK, I want you
to be serious! See, the same way you take Metallica seriously and Slayer seriously, youre
gonna take The Great Kat seriously, because I have proven myself! The Great Kat, the
fastest shredder of all time! The Wagners War CD got brilliant reviews
all over the world - from Guitar World magazine, from Spin
Magazine, from all over the world, brilliant reviews, alright?! Shred/classical music must
be taken seriously, The Great Kat is a new Beethoven! Get it?
Brendon (not giggling anymore) We get it!
Max Oh my god!
Max So, I heard you do research on journalists who interview you?
Kat I did research on you, Max, and I realise that you want the
ideal of Heavy Metal, right? Thats what The Great Kat is all about! IM HERE TO
SAVE HEAVY METAL!!!! OK???!!! The Great Kat is Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso. Taking
classical music into the new millennium. I take classical pieces - Wagner, Beethoven,
Bach, Mozart, Paganini - I take this music, energise it, edit it, re-arrange it for the
21st century. Then I mix it with Heavy Metal, BRINGING CLASSICAL MUSIC INTO THE NEW
MILLENNIUM! BRINGING HEAVY METAL INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM!!! WHAT ELSE? Is there anyone
else, whos saving Heavy Metal and Classical music? Only The Great Kat, RIGHT??!!!
Kat Let me ask you about the Wagners War CD.
Youve heard it. So what have you heard?
Max Well, the whole thing
its like 11 minutes long
Kat OK, what did you like?
Max The whole thing. All of it.
Kat How does the song War make you feel?
Max Its very strong
Kat RIGHT!! BUT HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL??!!
Kat And did it make you want to get out there and do the killing?
DOESNT IT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE GOING TO WAR???!!!! Let me ask you a question: do you
realise whats happened on 9/11?? Do you realise whats going on in this world?
I mean, were not talking about New Zealand with ALL THESE LITTLE HOBBITS RUNNING
AROUND, ALRIGHT?!! WE GOT NEW YORK CITY, PLANES GOING INTO BUILDINGS, KILLING THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE!!! This is what Im talking about. Do you realise whats Wagners
War is all about?
Max (frightened) Yes, maam
Kat Ok, this is what its all about. 9/11, man! People
coming in, taking our planes and driving them into the buildings that are just a couple of
miles away from where The Great Kat lives in New York, OK?! Im a New Yorker, I live
in New York city, and a couple of miles down the road we got 9/11!!! THATS THE WHOLE
POINT!! THE TERRORISTS HAD COME INTO OUR COUNTRY, INTO MY CITY, NEW YORK CITY, AND STARTED
THE WAR!!!! THATS WHY WAGNERS WAR IS HERE!!!
Max OK, in general, what influences you to write this
music. Sorry, masterpieces. The masterpieces.
Kat What influences me is Beethoven. Taking classical music and
bringing it to the new millennium. Using Beethoven and using classical music. Thats
what influences me, OKAY?
So, if Beethoven heard your interpretations of his
music, what do you reckon hed say?
Kat Basically, hed be bowing to The Great Kat. Hed be
saying that The Great Kat is God and that The Great Kat is the new Beethoven of the 21st
century. Thats what hed be doing if he was around today.
Brendon How do you feel about the music coming out at the moment,
Kat? The pop music of today?
Kat (yells) WHAT POP MUSIC?!! ITS ALL CRAP!!!
SHRED-CLASSICAL IS THE ONLY MUSIC!! WAKE UP!!
Max Are there any bands on the modern scene who can come even clo
Kat (interrupts) NO!!!
Kat Its all crap, its all boring!! You wanna get into
the past - listen to that crap. You wanna get into the 21st century - listen to The Great
Kat! What Im doing is actually taking classical music and energising your brain with
classical music. Thats what The great Kat is doing! OK?! Im actually taking
the violin virtuosity and the classical geniuses, and energising it. See, we dont
Are you on Internet? Yes, obviously you are! Do you wanna go slower? NO!
You wanna speed your brain, right? So why would you listen to boring slow music? Have you
seen The Great Kat Guitar Shredder from Hell music video?
Max No, actually
Kat WHY NOT???!!!
Brendon We dont have it in New Zealand unfortunately.
Kat Okay!! Well, what we have to do is all go to The Great Kat
website, www.greatkat.com, g.r.e.a.t.k.a.t. dot com!!!!! Were all gonna go to The
Kat website, were gonna get energised, were gonna go, check out the music
video, theres photos, theres guestbook, theres music, therere
videos, the Kat-store, articles
in fact theres a review from YOU, Max, saying
that Wagners War is rated 10/10!!! Saying Wagners War is yet
another masterpiece from the FASTEST GUITAR-GODDESS ALIVE!!! The new album is bound for
ETERNITY!!! OKAY???!!! Therere all these goodies. I want everybody on the
website RIGHT NOW!!!! Were gonna see you energising, and my goal right now is to
take you, Max and you, Brendon, and were gonna make you geniuses, bowing to The
Great Kat! Youre gonna be playing Kats music 24 hours a day! Were gonna
make the Kat channel right there, OK??!! The music The Great Kat is composing right now is
for the new video game for X-Box and Intendo - so youre gonna go get that, go to the
Kat website, get all the information, thats what youre gonna do right now!!
And youre gonna play some music!! Youre gonna play Zapateado,
right?? WHAT YOU GONNA DO???
Kat (yells) COME ON!!! WAKE UP!!!!!
Brendon Yeah, we gonna play The Great Kat. Im very excited
Kat (not listening) Heres what youre gonna do - youre
gonna play Wagners War, youre gonna play The Ride of the
Max Yeah, alright. But I got more questions here
Kat WHAT ELSE???!!
Max You were named one of the Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All
Time. Why not THE fastest shredder?
Kat Because these people see The Great Kat as female! They think
she cant be better than guys!!! See, the problem is, when youre female you got
to sit around, wait for them to understand that females can be as good and BETTER than
guys!! So I have to play twice as fast, I have to be a Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso.
I have to go and be Beethoven!! I have to be violin virtuoso and a guitar virtuoso!! I got
to be better, I got to be faster, I got to be more brilliant and more outrageous - thats
why The Great Kat is GOD!!! Now, when theyll get up and wake up, and UNDERSTAND it -
maybe theyll put me to number one! I DONT CARE!!!! IM NOT DOING THIS FOR
THE NUMBERING!! IM DOING THIS TO WAKE YOU UP!!!!!
Brendon How long did you spend perfecting your art?
Kat I studied for several years, before going to the college,
then I studied for 6 years, played concerts throughout the United States, discovered that
the classical music is DEAD!!! And discovered Heavy Metal through Judas Priest and Ozzy.
Then I discovered that Heavy Metal mixed with classical music is the way to the future. I
took classical music, I mixed it with Heavy Metal, picked up the guitar, systematically
transcribed all my violin solos to the guitar and changed history!
Brendon But do you still listen to Judas Priest and Ozzy?
Kat I listen to it once in a while, when I come across it. Yeah,
I listen to it. But Im already too far beyond it! Those guys are still on their
first level of Heavy Metal. What else?
Max All of your compositions are very short. Why is that?
Kat Its short and to the point! Its like Internet -
fast, short, to the point!!
Max A word of wisdom from you to the young guitarists. What
should they do to be able to play like you? Actually, is it at all possible - to play like
you? A word of wisdom from you to the young guitarists. What should they do to be able to
play like you? Actually, is it at all possible - to play like you?
Kat GIVE IT UP!!! (giggles) You cant be a violin and guitar
virtuoso, man!! You can not do it!! Because people who play violin dont have
possibilities to play guitar, and people in Metal dont have the genius to play
violin! Do you know how hard the violin is? Go listen to it!! I play Zapateado
faster than anyone ever played it! Its extremely hard! Thats why my playing is
incomparable! You wanna compare all those other guitarists - thats fine, lets
go and compare them. But The Great Kat is not comparable to anybody! WAKE UP!!!!!
Brendon For you to play these instruments, they surely must be
crafted by master craftsmen. Who do you endorse as being good enough to make these
Kat The Great Kat plays a variety of instruments. I play a bunch
of different guitars, I play a bunch of different violins, I have Italian violin, German
I dont endorse anybody right now, because when theyll come and
say The Great Kat is God, and well let you take all of our company over and
DOMINATE THE WORLD!!! - then maybe Ill talk to them. WHAT ELSE???!!!
Max Is there a difference between The Great Kat and Katherine
Kat (yells) NO!!!! I AM THE GREAT KAT, GET OUT OF MY WAY!!!!
Brendon Have you ever been arrested for assault?
Kat NO! MOVE!!!!
Max (nervous laughter) Oh, shit, Im running out of
Kat OKAY!! YOU GOT ONE QUESTION LEFT! WHAT IS IT??!!!!!
Max Your message to the New Zealand fans of The Great Kat?
Kat Heres my message: I want YOU, Max! Youre gonna go
and spread the word of The Great Kat! Youre alright guys, you just need to be guided
correctly! The guiding Im gonna give you is this: Spread the word, youre gonna
play shred-classical all day, youre gonna promote The Great Kat on your website as
The Great Kat is promoting you on The Great Kat website! You, Max and you, Brendon - were
gonna take over the world! RIGHT??
Kat WERE GONNA TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! Were not only
gonna update Heavy Metal and classical music, but were gonna update all those idiots
who think that Hip Hop and all that crap-Rap is gonna be saving the planet! WAKE
UP!!!!!!!! ITS CRAP!!! We gotta get everybody into shred-classical music, were
gonna play the Wagners War!! The Great Kat is the fastest guitarist in
the world!! This is the future!! Youre gonna energise everybody. And heres my
last words to you: WAKE UP!!!!! OKAY??!!!
Kat SAY IT!!!!! SAY THE GREAT KAT RULES!!!!
Max The Great Kat rules!
Brendon The Great Kat rules!
Kat SAY IT WITH ENERGY!!!!
Brendon THE GREAT KAT RULES!!!
Kat HERE YOU GO!! TAKE CARE!!
Max Thank you very much for doing this interview for us!
Kat NO PROBLEM, BYE!!
© 2004 HOUSE OF NOIZZ. Max Thrasher, Brendon Williams.