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Like a Kat Out Of Hell....

An Interview with The Great Kat


The Great Kat

By Wil Forbis
June 1 2001

One of my more noteworthy friends in high school was a guy named Mark who had long hair, wore a denim jacket, carried around a briefcase emblazoned with metal stickers, and was the first person I knew to have one of those T-shirts with Dali's configuration of naked people into the shape of a human skull. Mark introduced me to a lot of musical acts - The Misfits, Diamanda Galas, Nina Hagen - but I think the one I'll always remember most is The Great Kat, a Juilliard trained violinist/guitarist who played speed metal and claimed to be the fastest instrumentalist on the planet. However, unlike a lot of the performers Mark turned me on to, The Great Kat is still around, more than ten years later, combining her speed metal versions of classical music with her drop dead looks and a morbid stage show that mixes elements of the 70's pseudo-feminist horror flick, "I Spit On Your Grave" with bondage gear and demonic rituals. The Great Kat was nice enough to take some time away from castrating people and composing the fastest music in the universe to answer some questions for Acid Logic.

 

Wil: Is there any connection between The Great Kat and Josie and the Pussycats? I can't help but notice the "feline" theme running through both groups.

The Great Kat: WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!! The Great Kat is GOD/The Messiah/The SAVIOR of CLASSICAL MUSIC and MUSICAL REVOLUTIONARY and can ONLY be compared to LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW GO AND CYBERGIZE your LITTLE BRAINS with the NEW GREAT KAT "Rossini's Rape" 4-Song CD featuring: -Rossini's "William Tell Overture" -- A BLISTERING 1 minute, 53 second Cyberspeed version of the famous "William Tell Overture" featuring a SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and METAL BAND!!! -"Sodomize" -- Ultra-Violence rules in this PSYCHOTIC and VENGEFUL ORGY of abuse, rape and SODOMY. -"Castration" -- Get ready for a WILD ride of 3 Classical Baroque style Harpsichords, mixed with arpeggiated guitar virtuosity and threats of severing, chopping and crushing of sensitive body parts! -Bazzini's "The Round Of The Goblins" - The Great Kat's demonic violin virtuosity and satanic guitar genius star in this non-stop whirlwind Classical piece, featuring a CLASSICAL VIOLIN, PIANO and SPEED METAL BAND!!

Go to the Kat web site to hear a music sample of "Rossini's Rape" CD at http://www.greatkat.com.

Wil: There's absolutely no doubt you possess some very formidable musical skills. Do you ever worry that some of your stage activities - the screaming, the slaves licking your boots, the wielding of blood covered dildos, the leather fetish gear - might detract from the appreciation of your music?

The Great Kat: The reason The Great Kat dresses in "fetish gear", has a BLOODY stage show and writes about SODOMIZING and CASTRATING MALES is to SHOCK AND FORCE MEN into SUBMISSION and realize that WOMEN CAN BE AS VIOLENT, POWERFUL, ANGRY, AGGRESSIVE, COMPETITIVE and VIRTUOSIC AS MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: I understand Judas Priest was a key impetus towards you getting involved with metal, and it's easy to see the S&M influence of singer Rob Halford on your stage presence. Do you have any concern that an openly gay man like Halford might take offense at lyrics such as "Spread em, fag, spread 'em" or "Lick my ass you fucking piece of shit, slime, moron fag" from your composition "Sodomize"? That doesn't seem very p.c. of you.?

The Great Kat: WHO????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: It should be noted that unlike a lot of musicians, you've never strayed from your original vision of what you wanted your music to be. What enabled you to stay the course? Was it the warm, tender feeling that comes with bringing people pleasure through music?

The Great Kat: The Great Kat is THE NEW BEETHOVEN of the NEW MILLENNIUM and is systematically RESURRECTING Classical Music by BRINGING it to the COMMON MASSES using SHRED SPEED METAL. THAT is the The Great Kat's MISSION!!!!!!

Wil: Some people might say that speed metal is dead, that punk and alternative won the day. Would I be correct to assume that you would disagree?

The Great Kat: NO!!!! The Queen of Speed is COMBINING BOTH CLASSICAL MUSIC and SPEED METAL, so the MORON MASSES CAN FINALLY WAKE UP and SPEED UP THEIR DUSTY, LETHARGIC BRAINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: What's your take on the whole Riot Grrl scene? Is there a place in there for The Great Kat?

The Great Kat: The Great Kat is NOT a "GIRL"!!!!! The Great Kat is GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW BOW, PEASANTS and LICK MY GODLY FEET!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: I can't help but notice that you're not listed in "Guitar Legends" magazine's recent Top 100 guitarists list, while Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel is. Any explanation for this obvious oversight?

The Great Kat: WHO??????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: In further reference to the "Guitar Legends" top 100. I was somewhat baffled trying to figure out what criterion is used to judge a good guitarist these days. What do you think is most important: technique (Yngwie), compositional ability (Steve Howe) or social impact (Johnny Ramone)?

The Great Kat: Most Important: Virtuosity (The Great Kat), Classical Motives and Brilliant Music (The Great Kat) and Powerful, blistering speeds and energy (The Great Kat)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: Judging by the many multinational reviews that your albums have received, there seems to be a worldwide interest in your music. Are countries outside the U.S. are more adept at appreciating your vast genius?

The Great Kat: The Great Kat has Slaves, Kat-Possessed Psychos, Thrashers, and devoted fans from ALL OVER THE WORLD on their knees BOWING to the HIGH PRIESTESS of GUITAR SHRED!!!!!!!

Wil: As a fellow egomaniac I think I can relate to your endless posturing. But don't you ever feel like putting your guard down and letting the woman-child in The Great Kat breath a little? The Great Kitten if you will...?

The Great Kat: This is NOT "endless posturing". The Great Kat is a HIGHLY TRAINED, Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso, who has won numerous competitions on the violin at Juilliard and in the Classical Music Field. I have won the Artists International and performed my SOLO violin debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and won composition awards at The Juilliard School. The Great Kat is a technical virtuoso at BOTH the violin and guitar AND Speed Metal and Classical Music and DESERVES to BE GOD!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: In the video for your song, "Castration", you manage to compact some memorable social commentary into just a few minutes. Several scenes consist of you playing traditionally docile female roles (Geisha, Salome) then pulling out a knife and performing violent castrations. Some people might look at those scenes and label you a "political" musician, like Woody Guthrie. How important are these statements to the core of your music?

The Great Kat: WHO CARES WHAT "some people" might label The Guitar Goddess!!!!! The Great Kat is stating that WOMEN CAN BE AS POWERFUL AS MEN!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW GO ENERGIZE YOUR BRAIN with The NEW GREAT KAT "CASTRATION" Mini-Opera Music Video OUT NOW!!!!!

"CASTRATION" Music Video is a 1 Minute, 12 Second Psychotic Mini-Opera with The Great Kat seducing and castrating males in 4 Outrageous Acts:
Act I - Geisha
Act II - Salome
Act III - Black Widow
Act IV - Finale - SURGERY

"Castration" Music Video is GUARANTEED to have you COVERING your GENITALS!!!!!! DO YOU HAVE THE B***S??????!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: In another interview you describe men as "penis obsessed, macho, chauvinistic pea-brains." Really, Kat, we're not all that bad are we? Don't you have a soft spot for us deep down?

The Great Kat: Why, Wil???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you want to be RAPED, ABUSED, HUMILIATED, SODOMIZED and TORTURED BY YOUR GODDESS KAT????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW ON YOUR KNEES, SLAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wil: If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

The Great Kat: On the NEXT OPUS, The Great Kat will be CYBERSPEEDING VERDI'S FAMOUS OPERA "LA TRAVIATA" ("Brindisi, Libbiamo") with the FIRST EVER CD of a SOPRANO, TENOR, CHORUS, SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and METAL BAND!!! I will also CYBERSPEED LISZT'S INFAMOUS "HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY #2" for ORCHESTRA AND BAND, along with The Great Kat'S OWN ORIGINAL VICIOUS, SPEED SHRED MASTERPIECES!!!!!!!

The Great Kat IS GOD and THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!!!!!!

Other Great Kat Goodies:
The Great Kat Guitar Goddess Web Site at http://www.greatkat.com
Email The Great Kat at greatkat@greatkat.com

Write to TPR MUSIC, 775 Park Ave., Suite #222, Huntington, NY 11743
CALL TOLL FREE: 1-800-KAT-9199 or 631-549-7575

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