By Bob Zerull
I don’t even know where to start. I was sent this DVD, from guitar/violin virtuoso The Great Kat, called “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred.” It is the most insane, awful, crazy and amazing thing all at the same time. She’s a terrifying individual with the guitar and violin skills above and beyond. Jimmy Fallon said this about The Great Kat, “This lady is hardcore. She plays Beethoven's symphonies the way he always intended: incredibly fast and covered in blood.” She freaked me out so much that I asked if we could do the interview via email.
Q - What inspired you to do “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred”?
A - First of all, The Great Kat 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 High Priestess Of Guitar Shred (http://www.greatkat.com) was inspired to create the masterpiece, “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD, to enlighten the world with genius classical music from Beethoven, Paganini, Bach, Rossini, Rimsky-Korsakov (“The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee” At 300 BPM!). And More!
Q - Can you tell us a little bit about your new DVD “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred”?
A - The Great Kat’s “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD is a showcase of guitar pyrotechnics, insane imagery, outrageous scenes, and mind-blowing guitar shredding!
Q - When you were at Juilliard were you as vocal as you are now and did you dress the same?
A - I was a serious scholarship violin student at The Juilliard School, studying violin solos, orchestra, chamber music, ear-training, piano, music history, composition, etc. I was a traditional looking classical violinist and was immersed in practicing, studying and competitions. After graduating from The Juilliard School and discovering speed-metal, I became The Great Kat - blood-dripping guitar dominatrix, fastest guitarist in the world and the loud, vicious, abusive, brutal, shredding guitar messiah we all love.
Q - I notice you often times play in front of a cross, in fact on the back of your DVD there is a picture of you playing in front of a cross. What role has Jesus Christ played in your life?
A - The Great Kat has her own religion - the Gospel of shred/classical.
Q - Do you think the band Slayer would be better if Kerry King were a woman?
A - Wake up! The Great Kat is a highly-trained virtuoso violinist and guitarist taking exact classical scores from geniuses like Beethoven and Paganini and shredding it for the 21st century.
Q - Hypothetical question: Axl Rose comes to you and says that Guns n Roses sucks and we need The Great Kat; would you help Axl out?
A - The Great Kat only shreds guitar on shred/classical genius music.
Q - Who were some of your early influences?
A - Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, Paganini, Mozart, Ozzy, Hendrix and The Great Kat.
Q - Does The Great Kat ever go on tour?
A - The Great Kat plays select shows at select venues. If you want to see the reincarnation of Beethoven shred guitar live at 300 BPM, call your local venues and demand it.
Q - I love your version of “The Flight of the Bumble-Bee.” What did you think of Nuno Bettencourt of the band Extreme’s version?
A - The Great Kat is God and can only be compared to Ludwig Van Beethoven and Niccolo Paganini.
Q - Does The Great Kat have an alter ego and if so what’s she like?
A - No! The Great Kat is a non-stop, 24 hour a day, maniacal, demonic, tyrannical, obsessed, vicious whirlwind of shredding guitar genius and classical brilliance - spreading the Gospel of The Great Kat’s shred/classical music to this ignorant pathetic world.
Q - What was your inspiration behind the video of “Islamofascists?” That was kind of creepy.
A - Creepy???!!!!! Try seeing the actual footage of innocent Americans getting their heads chopped off by Islamofascists! You can see these horrific videos for yourselves online. That’s the inspiration behind “Islamofascists” music video.
Q - You’re as good as any guitar player I’ve ever seen, if not better. Does being named top 10 and top 50 fastest shredders of all time by “Guitar One” Magazine and “Guitar World” Magazine insult you or is it a compliment?
A - The Great Kat’s guitar and violin technical brilliance stands along side Paganini, Mozart, and Beethoven in the list of the greatest virtuosos in musical history.
Q - What’s your favorite color?
A - Red - for blood! Now check out The Great Kat’s “Blood” music video (from “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD) at http://www.greatkat.com/metalvideos/blood.wmv and witness the bloody-insanity of the queen of speed.
Q - What’s your favorite Disney Character?
A - Wake up! The Great Kat is the reincarnation of Beethoven.
Q - Does The Great Kat ever get embarrassed?
A - No! Now lick my godly boot, slave!
Q - Who’s a better guitar player, Jewel or Taylor Swift?
A – Who cares! The Great Kat is the new Beethoven.
Q - Do you have a favorite “American Idol” judge?
A - The Great Kat should be judging “guitar idol.”
Q - Do you have any guilty pleasures, someone or band that you just love that we’d be surprised to hear that you love?
A - The Great Kat’s guilty pleasures: abusing, humiliating, insulting and whipping my submissive Kat slaves in my torture chamber! Care to join?
The Great Kat is God and the reincarnation of Beethoven! Shred on!
There you have it. Tell me that you’re not just a little curious about what The Great Kat is all about now? Check out The Great Kat at her website: www.greatkat.com and www.beethovensguitarshred.com.
Watch video clips from the new “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD at http://www.greatkat.com/dvd/dvd.html
Email The Great Kat at email@example.com
Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Bob Zerull