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Interview with The Great Kat
Interview by Yiannis Z., posted on 2008/04/20
When you are dealing with the "ultimate female
guitar shredder", a Heavy Metal mistress, the only thing you have to do is
bow and obey. The Great Kat whips Yiannis Z. with her
jawbreaking answers and speaks to Metal Temple about the past,
present and future of Shred/Classical music. So, all of you submissive Metal
slaves, "worship her or die!"!!!
Great Kat, first of all, thank you for
accepting my request for an interview with Metal Temple.
Bow to your Metal Messiah, THE GREAT KAT, the ONLY Neo-Classical
Guitar Shredder/Juilliard Graduate Violin Virtuoso-turned Guitar
Goddess/ "Top 10 Fastest Shredders of all Time" (Guitar One Magazine)
and "The 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes" (Classic Rock Magazine) in the
world who is updating classical masterpieces through shred guitar!!!
Do you want to start from the beginning. What do you remember from your
childhood years as Katherine Thomas back in Long Island? What was the first
musical experience you remember?
Listening to Beethovenís "Egmont" at birth!!! After hearing that, I
realized that my mission was to become a composer and musical
revolutionary!!! I began Classical piano studies at 7 and at the age of 9,
began Classical violin studies in New York.
With your classical education and all your years of violin training, in
my mind looks like you spent all your time studying the magnificent
composers of classical music. How hard was it for you to focus all your
talent on violin? When did you realize you can play really fast?
The Great Katís speed on the violin and guitar comes from practicing
hours a day, torturing my fingers with mind-numbing stretching virtuoso
runs, scales and solos and having phenomenal technique which I learned on
the violin and applied to the guitar!!!
We all first saw The Great Kat with an
electric guitar, shredding on some Beethovenís melody, while saying the
famous phrase "Worship Me Or Die!" How did you decide to leave your violin
and grab the Flying V guitar, and from the classical violin virtuoso you
became the ultimate Heavy Metal guitar goddess?
After leaving Juilliard and realizing that Classical Music was dead,
I decided to update the classical repertoire and picked up the electric
guitar and immediately began transcribing brilliant Classical violin solos,
such as Paganini, Vivaldi, Bazzini and more, to the guitar!!!! The
Great Katís ďShred/ClassicalĒ music was born!!!
In a way your Shred/Classical Metal managed to get, beautiful music
scores, to the ears of the average metalhead. What do you think your old
classical teachers would say about your Heavy Metal "slip"?
WAKE UP!!! The Great Katís transformation from Juilliard
violin virtuoso to shred guitar revolutionary is not a ďSLIPĒ!!! This
is a carefully planned mission to update Classical music for the masses and
bring the world screaming into the future with complex, fast, brilliant,
Letís talk about The Great Katís present now. If I am not mistaken your
last studio release was "Wagnerís War". I know youíre currently recording
Bachís "Brandenburg Concerto #3" and Beethovenís "5th Symphony" for a new
CD. What can you tell me about this?
The Great Kat has been recording and filming the upcoming new Shred
CD/DVD! This ground-breaking CD and DVD will feature shredding virtuosity on
"The Flight Of The Bubble-Bee" (at 300 BPM!), Paganiniís "Caprice
#24" for Violin and guitar, Bachís "Brandenburg Concerto #3" for
6 guitars, 3 violins and chamber orchestra, the most classical masterpiece
ever - Beethovenís "5th Symphony" for orchestra, band and shred
guitar and Bachís "The Art Of The Fugue"!!!!
Besides the classical masters, who else influenced your music as far
Ozzy, JUDAS PRIEST, Hendrix.
You used to have a strong dominate stage image. Will your monumental, on
stage, appearances continue? What is your opinion for bands like KISS and
WASP that still provoke with their extreme shows?
The Queen Of Speed Great Katís live show will blow you away with
whipping, abusing, shredding on guitar and violin, Slaves bowing to their
Mistress Kat, choir Of death, wild torture chambers!!!
Thatís the whole purpose art and music - to wake people up with extreme
music and images and get them out of their lethargic, pathetic lives!
Do you have any free time? Do you have any hobbies, or you surf the
internet at all?
The Great Kat is on a non-stop 24 hour a day mission to update
Classical music and bring it to the world!!!Now step aside and Let me get
back to work!!!!
How do you feel about people that download your music instead of buying
your CDs? You think Internet and downloading is a way to increase your
popularity by making your music accessible to more people? Or you think that
your work is been ístolení in a way?
The Great Katís job is to spread the genius of Shred/Classical to the
entire world through the internet, live shows, CDs, DVDs and every possible
medium there is to enforce a global society of geniuses!!!
Great Kat you have anything you want to say to your fans and to Metal
To all Kat-possessed slaves, Kat fans and Metal Temple
readers "WAKE UP AND BOW TO YOUR METAL MESSIAH KAT!" Now go to The
Great Kat web site at
The Great Kat at
Great Kat thank you very much for your time, it was an honor.
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