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The Great Kat - Interview with The Great Kat mar 01 2004
The Great Kat is one of these atypical and unclassifiable figures in the Heavy Metal
world. Considered as a marginal character in her debut, she has succeed, in 15 years and 5
albums, to be imperative and obtain the recognition of her peers, the proof being her
recent nominations in the specialized press where she was elected in the top 10 of the
fastest guitarists/shredders of all time by Guitar One Magazine or the fastest female
guitarist of the world and the scariest shredder of all time by Spin Magazine. Graduated
from a prestigious school as violinist, reconverted a little bit after in the guitar, she
built herself an image, a high in colors character around a style of her own: the
Hyperspeed, a speed death metal of her invention using cheerfully of the classical
repertoire, all of it accompanied by a strong visual as extreme as gore. In other words it
was time that HMU meet this character self-proclaimed The Guitar Goddess !
Your two first records (worship me or die, Beethoven on speed)
were distributed worldwide allowing fans to discover your unique music. Since then, you
choose to self distribute your newest productions but even though online ordering is the
21st century distribution mode, don't you think that it's exclusive and difficult to
conquer new fans especially without any distribution of any kind (especially online labels
retail stores, press CD samplers, broadcasting...)
That's why it's up to web sites like you, heavymetaluniverse.com, to spread
the word of the Great Kat's genius "Shred/Classical" music !! Now go to the Kat
website at www.greatkat.com
and get into the 21th century !!
You graduate from a school of music as a violinist, playing
classical music. Then you change to heavy metal guitarist. When did you become aware that
your vocation was to play guitar and rock 'n' roll? And why ? Was it easy to go from
violin to guitar ?
After graduating from The Juilliard School and realizing that classical
music was dead, I listened to all forms of music, trying to find the style of music that
would fit with classical. When I heard the energy, speed and power of Heavy Metal, I
decided that Metal was the only way to update classical music for the new millenium !!
Being a Juilliard graduate, highly technically trained violin virtuoso, it was very simple
to transcribe my violon solos to the guitar. I began mixing authentic classical music
scores (Beethoven, Vivaldi, Handel, Paganini, Sarasate, Wagner, etc... making
note-for-note actual transcriptions) with Shred Metal. "Shred/Classical" was
Your style is quite unique in metal world. With Hyperspeed, you
pushed to the extreme what others have created or initiated like the Malmsteen classicism
or the WASP gore looking. What pushed you that way and what are your influences ? What's
the story ?
The Great Kat is taking the classical virtuosity of Beethoven and Paganini
on the guitar and violin, and mixing it with the blood and the insanity of death metal,
all of this craziness mixed with a unique, outrageous and one-of-a-kind persona that's
called "The Great Kat"!!
Since Beethoven on speed, you have only released 3-4 singles (and
a cd-rom). Is the creative work painful, time consuming or a matter of funds ? According
to your description of 21st century music, don't you think that your fans will get bored
to wait 2 or 3 songs every once in a while ?
The Great Kat's revolutionary "Shred/Classical" music is
extremely difficult to compose, edit, arrange, rehearse, and record. The Great Kat is
taking actual, authentic classical scores from Wagner, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and other
geniuses and taking each note and arranging it for guitar, violin , orchestra and Band !!
This is a massive, time-consuming undertaking, which is literally changing the face of
both classical music and Heavy Metal !! Now listen to the new 7-song Great Kat cd
"Wagner's War" !! "Wagner's War" is a revolutionnary cd, which came
directly from the events of 9/11. The Great Kat's "Ride of the Valkyries" (from
Wagner's Opera Cycle "The Ring - Die Walkure") is the "battle cry" to
war. On "Wagner's war" cd, the song "war" was written out of severe
rage and the song "terror" was written in horror out of the terrorist attach on
the World Trade Center and my city New York City !!
"Wagner's war" features :
Act I : War
1. Wagner's "The Ride Of The Valkyries" (from the Opera "Die
Walkure"). This music is the definitive "Battle cry" to war, featuring
opera singers, The Great Kat's symphony orchestra and Shred band !!
2. "War" heavy and brutal ode to war!
3. "Terror" "Terror! Horror! Murder!"
Act II : Revenge
4. "Punishment" Punishment to traitors!
5. "Humiliation" humiliation and revenge rips through this guitar
Act III : Victory
6. Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody #2" The symphony orchestra and shred band
join together in this insane version of this famous rhapsody!
7. Sarasate's "Zapateado" The Great Kat's lightning-fast guitar technique
and demonic violin virtuosity shine on this incredible virtuosic showstopper !!
Can you live of your music and passions or do you need another
(feeding) job ? Are you involved in the music industry, such as some musicians developing
guitars, producing or in the specialized press ? Do you have any Hobbies ? Is the movie of
Cradle Of Filth (Cradle Of Fear) an example to follow, something that inspire you ?
The Great Kat composes, records, rehearses and promotes
"Shred/Classical" usic 24 hours a day !! Now you go and get inspired by the real
insanity on The Great Kat's "Castration" video on the new "guitar shredder
from hell" compilation music video !! The maniacal "Guitar Shredder From
Hell" compilation music video shreds your brain with 11 minutes of the most sick,
twisted, psychotic, demented Kat music videos mixed with extreme guitar shredding and eye
popping hot and bloody Kat photos !
"Guitar Shredder From Hell" features 5 Kat Music videos :
1. "Torture chamber" Welcome to The Great Kat's Dungeon. Meet the Kat
Slaves and the Tortured and Abused Victims. Step into her torture devices!
2. "Castration" - The Great Kat's Mini-Opera in 4 Acts : Geisha, Salome, Black
Widow, and Operating Room! The ultimate in Kat humiliation!
3. "The Great Kat Live in Chicago!" - The Great Kat's phenomenal guitar
shredding live in concert in Chicago! Kat-possessed slaves on stage bow and worship their
Goddess Kat !!
4. "Dominatrix" - Kat reigns supreme in this abusive and dominating frenzy!
5. "War" - Concentration camp atrocities, 9/11 attack and WTC aollapse ! Never
What are your latest news, your projects ? Can we expect to see
you on tour ? What are your resolutions and wishes for 2004 ?
Get ready for new upcoming Great Kat cd and digital music downloads, which
will include The Great Kat's blinding fast "Flight of the bumble-bee" for
guitar, violin and orchestra !!
Concerning touring, it does not seem to be your priority. Any
particular reason? How can God bring the holy words to metalheads without performing live
? Also according to your character, I will be very surprised if you do not enjoy
performing live. Anyway your fans wait for your words !
The Great Kat would be happy to bless you inferiors with the "Kat
shred show" live !! Now go and demand it !!
What kind of music do you listen to ? Are you fan of any living
band ? What are your preferred cd ? Any cd that is not metal or classical music ?
I listen to Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Paganini, Wagner, The Great Kat.
Is there any musicians or public personality you'd like to meet
and play with ?
Who is Katherine Thomas when she's not the Great Kat ?
The Great Kat and Katherine Thomas is the same person : pushy, aggressive,
non-stop energy, virtuosic, brilliant, sexy and demonic genuis !!
How would you like your fans to remember you when you'll decide to
The Great Kat is eternal and is the new Beethoven of the 21st century !!
The situation of heavy metal in the U.S. is very bad actually. One
can say that the main scene is now located somewhere in Northern Europe with all these
black metal and symphonic metal bands but this does not explain why the situation is so
bad in the U.S. - What is your opinion about that does it affect you and your music ?
The internet has forced everyone to think fast, move fast and react fast !!
Shred/Classical is the new heavy metal !! The Great Kat is god !!
interview made by Fred.
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