- THE GREAT KAT:"THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!"
TMC: It is a pleasure for us to interview The Great Kat. What is the Great Kat doing right now?
TGK: THE GREAT KAT IS SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF SHRED/CLASSICAL TO THE WORLD!!!!!
The Great Kat Shred Guitar Virtuoso is:
“Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time” (Guitar One Magazine)
“50 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time” (Guitar World Magazine)
“The 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes” (Classic Rock Magazine)
“12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists” (Elle Magazine)
Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso/Concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra
Winner of the Artists International Competition on Violin/Carnegie Recital Hall Debut on Solo Violin
The Great Kat’s NEW “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD is NOW on iTUNES. Great Kat Shred/Classical Music Videos include: “The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee” (Kat Shreds Guitar at 300 BPM), Beethoven’s “5th Symphony”, Paganini’s “Caprice #24” and Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #3” (Kat Shreds 6 Guitars!)
TMC: How do you define your music?
TGK: “SHRED/CLASSICAL” MUSIC: The Great Kat’s unique mixture of authentic Classical Music (Beethoven, Wagner, Vivaldi, Paganini, Bach, Rossini, Sarasate, Liszt, Chopin, etc.) with virtuoso shredding guitars, raw, vicious metal arrangements for band, blistering violin virtuosity, orchestral instrumentation, insanely fast tempos, and outrageous imagery!
TMC: Why did you change the violin for the guitar? When did you start playing guitar?
TGK: After graduating from The Juilliard School as a violin virtuoso I decided that Classical Music was DEAD and desperately needed to be UPDATED for the MASSES!!!! After listening to popular music forms, I discovered metal and quickly picked up the electric guitar. I simply took my PAGANINI-STYLE violin technique (a special left-hand technique I learned at Juilliard) and transposed it to the guitar. I added VICIOUS STRONG accenting and attacks which is used in BOTH METAL and BEETHOVEN’S MUSIC. Then I began transcribing EXACT Classical Music scores for the guitar and band. NOW GO AND GENIUSIZE with The Great Kat’s DEMONIC GUITAR and VIOLIN VIRTUOSITY on PAGANINI’S “CAPRICE #24” and “THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE-BEE” from “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD.
TMC: Some people think that Great Kat is one of the 80’s icons. Do you agree?
TGK: Yes!! The Great Kat is one of the ICONS of the 80’s and of TODAY!!!!! The Great Kat is the ONLY GUITAR GOD SINGLE-HANDEDLY and SYSTEMATICALLY UPDATING CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR THE MASSES and BRINGING this genius music to the WORLD.
TMC: Vivaldi, Paganini, Beethoven… All of them played at the speed of light! Does Great Kat love classical music and velocity? Is this the best “marriage”?
TGK: YES, YOU MUST BE A VIRTUOSO to COMPOSE EXCITING CLASSICAL AND METAL MUSIC!!!!!!!!!! The Great Kat is a VIOLIN AND GUITAR VIRTUOSO taking POWERFUL, EXCITING CLASSICAL Music from VIRTUOSOS like Vivaldi, Paganini and Beethoven and EDITING and ARRANGING their COMPLEX, POWERFUL, INSPIRING music for the WORLD to HEAR!!!!!
“BEETHOVEN’S GUITAR SHRED” DVD PRESS REVIEWS:
Guitar Player Magazine Brazil: "Great Kat almost makes sparks out of her fingers. For those who like speed, she bangs!"
MEVIO Music: "Probably the fastest female shredder on the face of the earth. 'Flight Of The Bumble-Bee' at 300 Beats Per Minute. It does not get any faster than that."
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Online: "This lady is hard core. She plays Beethoven's symphonies the way he always intended: incredibly fast and covered in blood."
Classic Rock: "Heavy Metal Beethoven. Ya gotta see (and hear) this one to believe it."
TMC: From your point of view, which is the best Great Kat album?
TGK: ALL GREAT KAT CDS AND DVDS are MASTERPIECES and REVOLUTIONARY, CONTROVERSIAL, GROUNDBREAKING WORKS OF ART.
TMC: Do you think “Metal Messiah” is the greatest Great Kat’s hit?
TGK: The Great Kat’s “METAL MESSIAH” from “WORSHIP ME OR DIE!” CD is BRILLIANT and a TOTAL METAL ANTHEM. “I’M YOUR SAVIOR! I’M YOUR GOD! WE SHALL OVERCOME!!! METAL! METAL! METAL MESSIAH!” That was the BEGINNING of The Great Kat’s SHRED GUITAR WORLD DOMINATION!!!!
TMC: Which are your favorite guitar players?
TGK: Hendrix. Rhoads and THE GREAT KAT!
TMC: How the Great Kat shows were in the 80’s and what can we see in a Great Kat show nowadays?
TGK: The Great Kat’s Shred Show has always been an INSANE and OUTRAGEOUS Live Show, featuring WHIPPING, BEATING, THRASHING, SHREDDING, HEAVY GUITAR RIFFAGE, INSANE VIOLIN DEMONIC VIRTUOSITY, SCREAMING, ABUSING AND TOTALLY RABID KAT-POSSESSED SLAVES BOWING TO THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF GUITAR SHRED GREAT KAT!!! Stay tuned to the Kat web site for all Great Kat Tour News!
TMC: Lots of fans and press consider you as one of the fastest guitar players of the world. Do you still train your velocity?
TG: The Great Kat practices a variety of virtuoso and speed building techniques with scales, arpeggios, etudes, etc. on the guitar AND violin. I also transcribe violin scores from Paganini, Sarasate, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Wieniawski, etc. to the guitar and shred these genius masterpieces on BOTH guitar AND violin. I build speed SLOWLY using a metronome and work up the tempo with total precision and accuracy.
TMC: Do you think the 80’s metal scene was very male chauvinistic?
TGK: The Great Kat KICKED the BUTTS of all those MALE CHAUVINISTS by being a HIGHLY-TRAINED VIOLIN and GUITAR VIRTUOSO with IMPECCABLE TECHNIQUE!
TMC: Tell me your opinion about these guitar players:
Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro), Slash, Paco de Lucia, Marty Fiedman, Gary Moore:
TGK: THE GREAT KAT IS GOD!
For more information about The Great Kat visit her web site: http://www.greatkat.com
Jordi Zelig Tarrega