Artist: The Great Kat
Style: -
Questions by: Kai Mathias Stalhammar
Answers supplied by The Great Kat herself
 

First of all, please introduce your latest CD to our readers and explain the reason why it lasts only for eight minutes…

- First of all, The Great Kat is the NEW Beethoven Of The 21st Century (I always liked modest people... - ED) who is RESURRECTING Classical Music and bringing it into the 21st Century WITH METAL!!!

The NEW Great Kat "Bloody Vivaldi" CD is the FIRST CD to combine a speed-metal band with an ACTUAL Chamber Orchestra (violins, violas, cellos, double basses) on The Great Kat's Cyberspeed Version of Vivaldi's “The Four Seasons"!!!!!!

We first recorded the MIDI drums, LIVE drums, bass, The Great Kat's 4 Guitars AND then added The Great Kat's SOLO violin, 1st violin, 2nd violin, and viola with a MIDI cello and MIDI Double-Bass cello.  ALL THIS INSANITY, PLUS THE GREAT KAT conducting!!!!!!
Produced by The Great Kat, "Bloody Vivaldi" is a groundbreaking 4-Song CD featuring:
- Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" -- an extraordinary 2 minute and 12 second cyberspeed classical / metal version of Vivaldi's famous piece, with an ACTUAL Chamber Orchestra (solo violin, 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, cello, double bass, and conductor) AND full metal band.  The Great Kat performs all violins, viola, guitars and conducts.

- "Torture Chamber" -- Kat tantalizes you with a little S&M on this mini-opera--with crazy vocals, industrial sounds, screams, guitar wailing and abusive Kat lyrics.

- "BLOOD" -- The Guitar Dominatrix blows you away on this insane 39-second wall of guitar shredding - guaranteed to draw blood from your ears.

- Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" -- a Cyberspeed version of the Spanish classical virtuoso violin piece with an electric guitar duet.  Violin AND guitar virtuosity performed at unbelievable speeds.

RUN to the Kat web site http://www.greatkat.com to BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALL CDs in the HIGH-SPEED Future will be 4-Song, Fast, Short CYBERSPEED CDs (I don't need such future... - ED). GET USED TO IT NOW!!!! (NO WAY! - ED)

“The Great Kat’s new classical / metal cyberspeed CD “Bloody Vivaldi” is the first CD to feature a classical chamber orchestra and a metal band...” – this is a quote from your last CD’s promotional sheet... though let me disagree. I wouldn’t say that “Bloody Vivaldi” is the FIRST EVER CD combining classical and metal music. Aren’t you familiar with Sweden’s THERION whose fifth album, “Theli”, appeared as pure symphonic doom metal, recorded with The North German Radio and The Siren choirs as well as The Barmbek Symphony Orchestra...?

- WHO??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  THE GREAT KAT IS THE NEW BEETHOVEN OF THE 21ST CENTURY, SYSTEMATICALLY ENERGIZING CLASSICAL MUSIC AND SINGLE-HANDEDLY RESURRECTING GENIUS CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR THE MORON MASSES!!!!!  NO ONE ELSE IN THE WORLD CAN DO THAT!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW RUN to the Kat Web Site and get a TASTE of REAL CLASSICAL / METAL GENIUS at http://www.greatkat.com.  The Kat web site features:

1 - The NEW "BLOODY VIVALDI" CD!!!-Get EXCITING, EAR-BLEEDING Music Samples (Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") from the GROUNDBREAKING new Great Kat CD "Bloody Vivaldi"!!!!!!
2 - The Great Kat LIVE Music Video "The Great Kat LIVE at the Expo of the Extreme!"
3 - MUSIC VIDEO "DOMINATRIX”
4 - KAT CD "GUITAR GODDESS
5 - Cyberspeed Music: The Great Kat, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, Sarasate, Rossini, Chopin, Rimsky-Korsakov AND MORE!!!!!!
6 - Kat Slave Club
7 - Kat Club Guestbook
8 - Kat Body Parts
9 - Kat Paparazzi
10 - Kat Merchandise
11 - MUCH MORE KAT INSANITY!!!

Let’s get back in time and talk about your very first steps in the shape of ‘The Great Kat’... I also would like to know how did you discover heavy metal, and who was the first one to really stagger your imagination?

- After graduating from The Juilliard School as a violin soloist and realizing that classical music is DEAD, I decided to update classical music.  After seeing a JUDAS PRIEST Music Video, I then picked up the electric guitar and began systematically transcribing all of my violin solos and orchestral music to the guitar and speed metal band TO CHANGE THE FACE OF CLASSICAL AND METAL MUSIC and INVENT CYBERSPEED MUSIC!!!!!!! NOW THE NEW CLASSICAL / METAL MUSIC OF THE 21st CENTURY IS CYBERSPEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Worship Me Or Die!” and “Beethoven On Speed” were released through Roadrunner Records, however now you’re signed to TPR Music... What was the reason for changing a label and why did you choose exactly TPR? Did they release anything else besides “Guitar Goddess” and “Bloody Vivaldi”?

- THE GREAT KAT OWNS TPR MUSIC!!!! The Great Kat PRODUCES, COMPOSES, PERFORMS, RECORDS, AND DISTRIBUTES ALL KAT CDS!!!!!!!  NO LOSER RECORD LABEL WILL EVER INFRINGE ON MY GENIUS WITH THEIR INFERIOR LITTLE PEON BRAINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“The reason why classical music is dead is because there haven’t been any virtuoso composers since Beethoven. Not Wagner; not Stravinsky; not Philip Glass; not John Cage. They’re all boring shitheads who think classical music should be boring” – such are your words… and honestly speaking, I can’t understand how can you claim that Wagner is ‘boring shithead’ and perform his “Ride Of The Valkyries” in the same time??

- Wagner's "BORING" on his LONG-WINDED, 6 HOUR OPERA NIGHTMARES!!!!! THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE GREAT KAT CAN'T TAKE ONE GOOD PIECE HE WROTE and CYBERGIZE IT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  THE GREAT KAT IS GOD AND THE OMNIPOTENT RULER!!!!!!!!!

Also you say that “metal’s been dead for five years”... How can you possibly say things like that?! Just look around and you’ll see enormous number of neophyte bands which appear as the outstanding ones!

- HEAVY METAL MUSIC DIED BECAUSE YOU MORONS (“morons”? Thanks – ED) KILLED IT WITH YOUR DRUGGED-OUT, CHAUVINIST, LOSER, GROUP-MINDED, INFERIOR ATTITUDES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  DON'T WASTE MY TIME TALKING ABOUT THOSE GRUNGED-OUT LOSER "BANDS"!!!!!!  NOW GET OUT OF MY WAY AND LET ME GET TO WORK TO RESURRECT CLASSICAL AND METAL MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!

Your image seems to be kinda ‘blasphemous’, hence I’m wondering if it was your own invention or you simply borrowed it from black metal bands? By the way, are you familiar with this genre, and if yes, what is your opinion of it?

- The Great Kat is not "blasphemous"!!!! THE GREAT KAT IS GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP out of your RUSSIAN, ARCHAIC, RELIGIOUS CHAUVINIST ATTITUDES!!! WHY CAN'T YOU REALIZE THAT THERE CAN BE A POWERFUL FEMALE who is NOT ONLY a VIRTUOSO guitar GENIUS AND VIOLIN GOD, BUT ALSO a BLOOD-DRIPPING DOMINATRIX who will KICK YOUR LETHARGIC, LAZY BUTTS WITH VIRTUOSIC GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hey, I wouldn’t say that I’m religious... - ED)

Your lyrics, as well as your image and live performances, strike as quite ‘shocking’ for the narrow-minded ones... Does your main goal consist in simply shaking up the audience, or you try to stand out against a background of faceless bands that way...?

- THE GREAT KAT's LYRICS, IMAGE and PERFORMANCES ARE ESPECIALLY DESIGNED TO WAKE YOU UP AND "SHAKE UP THE AUDIENCE"!!!!!!  EVERYONE HAS TO be KICKED VICIOUSLY to wake them up out of their PEABRAIN STUPOR!!!!!! NOW GO GET "Bloody Vivaldi" CD and BLAST OPEN your DUSTY brains with some REAL SUPERSONIC GENIUS!!!!!!

Could you please tell us few words of your videos, “Dominatrix” and “The Great Kat live at the expo of the extreme”?

- "Dominatrix" Music Video: The Great Kat, SEXY Guitar Dominatrix, in a WILD and HOT Music Video, DOMINATING Kat Slaves in SICK, DEMENTED, DEMONIC AND BLOODY WAYS!!!!

"LIVE" Music Video: WATCH YOUR GODDESS LIVE Shredding on the violin & guitar,  whipping, thrashing, handcuffing, and TOTAL MAYHEM ON STAGE IN CHICAGO!

Go to the Kat web site at http://www.greatkat.com and SEE A VIDEO CLIP FOR YOURSELVES!!!!!!

Will I be right saying that you’re an advocate of technical and scientific progress and technocracy? What is you view on industrialized music and the computers’ role when it comes to contemporary metal music as well as various experiments regarding it’s mix with so-called ‘techno’ or ‘rave’?

- The Great Kat composes on a Pentium PC, using Passport's Encore Composition and Notation Program and Cakewalk's Pro Audio.  I record with my PC on the MIDI / LIVE Orchestra and MIDI / LIVE band.  "Bloody Vivaldi" CD uses a MIDI and LIVE orchestra, drums, AND Computerized, industrial sound effects!!! EVERYTHING in the next millennium will be COMPUTERIZED!!!! THAT is why ALL music MUST be faster and SHORTER and MORE BRILLIANT!!!!!!

Perhaps, you heard statements like ‘insanity and genius are two parts of an entity’, eh? Do you agree with these words? Let’s take Diamanda Galas - is she insane? or is she a genius?

- WHO???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hmm... let me wonder if you're familiar with any other musicians besides yourself... – ED)

A bit unserious question: do you ever listen to slow / mid-paced and ‘romantic’ music or it’s something you have nothing to do with?

- THE GREAT KAT LISTENS TO CYBERSPEED MUSIC AND BEETHOVEN!!! EVERYONE ELSE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (yeahyeahyeah... So, “everyone else sucks”, eh?? That sounds pretty self-confident... - ED)

Now let me ask you few more questions concerning your past… You was born in England, however later you moved to USA and still reside in that country. May I wonder why did you leave your motherland?

- The Great Kat lives in New York City-THE CYBERSPEED CAPITAL of the world!!!! EVERYWHERE ELSE IS TOO SLOW, STUPID and BACKWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your debut as a soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall undoubtedly had to make a  great impact on your life and further musical career, hadn’t it?

- THE GREAT KAT WAS BORN TO BE THE NEW BEETHOVEN OF THE 21ST CENTURY!!!!!!!!!

After listening to classical music such as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and Haydn, since birth, I decided to become a violin virtuoso at the age of  9. I won a scholarship to The Juilliard School of Music in New York City at the age of 15 and after 6 years at Juilliard, I graduated with honors.  I won the Artists International Competition and performed my solo violin debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, toured the U.S., Mexico and England, was the Concertmaster of the Juilliard School Pre-College Orchestra,  and won numerous other competitions and awards in violin.  The Great Kat is the REINCARNATION of Beethoven and NOTHING in the world IS GOING TO STOP MY CRUSADE to bring CLASSICAL MUSIC TO THE MORON MASSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What do you know and think in regards to Russia and my country’s people? Any Russian composers you admire with?

- Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a brilliant Russian composer who lived 1840-1893.  He wrote many famous passionate works in the "romantic" classical era, including the virtuosic "Violin Concerto", "The Nutcracker Suite" and "Swan Lake".

Igor Stravinsky was also born in Russia and lived 1882-1971. He was one of the first "modern" great composers and wrote such works as "The Rite of Spring", "The Firebird", "The Story of the Soldier" and much more.

Thanks for answering this pathetic interview... It’s time for the closing words of yours...

- TO ALL MY RUSSIAN KAT SLAVES:  BOW TO YOUR GUITAR DOMINATRIX: THE GREAT KAT!!!!!!!!!!!! The Great Kat Guitar Goddess Web Site at http://www.greatkat.com
Email The Great Kat at greatkat@greatkat.com
Write to The Kat Slave Club at P.O. Box 20554, Columbus Circle Station, NY 10023, CALL TOLL FREE: 1-800-KAT-9199

WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE GREAT KAT IS GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 


Editor's note: sorry Katherine, but I just can't get into your attitude... Those high-flown words sound just ridiculous at times. My aim was to make a normal interview instead of getting pompous slogans instead of answers.