NITA STRAUSS Had To Prove To ALICE COOPER Fans That She Is Not An 'Obnoxious Shred Kid'

NITA STRAUSS Had To Prove To ALICE COOPER Fans That She Is Not An 'Obnoxious Shred Kid'

Mariskal Rock conducted an interview with Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, on March 10 in Madrid, Spain. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On how it feels to be a woman in a male-dominated industry:

Nita: "I don't really find it to be a man-dominated industry. I mean, I guess when you look at it, it is, but I don't really look at it as a female or male thing, or female or male guitar players or whatever. I just kind of look at it as musicians — it's just a community of musicians trying to help each other and be the best that we can be. And that's the experience I've had in the music industry, and it's what I try to create around me as well."

On whether she thinks the music industry is segregated by gender:

Nita: "If it is, I just ignore it. It's easy to pretend that it's not there, honestly. Yeah, of course, there's always gonna be people with their own opinions about a female in rock music and men in rock music, but at the end of the day, it's just about being a good musician."

On whether it was difficult being accepted by Alice Cooper fans as the replacement for Orianthi:

Nita: "I don't think so. I mean, I've been in the band for two years. At the beginning, yeah, it was definitely… I'm a really different guitar player than she is, so it took the fans… They had to find out who I was. All the people saw of me was this kind of obnoxious shred kid coming in [and] playing fast, so I had to show everybody that that's not what I plan to do with the Alice Cooper material, that I really plan to take it seriously and do the original songs justice, and that's what I did. I think she's an amazing guitar player, she did a fantastic job in the band, and I'm just really thankful that I got the chance to do it as well."

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