"Love It To Death" - An Interview with Nita Strauss

If you haven't heard of Nita Strauss, that is all going to change this summer. I'll forgive you if you haven't heard of her until today, but it may take me a few months to do so. Guitar World magazine recently listed her as the number one female guitarist you should know about in their top 10 list. I normally hate that sort of thing, because it shouldn't matter what you've got between your legs when it comes to playing the guitar, but I digress. They were right about the fact that you need to hear her play, because she kicks ass. 

Nita has recently taken over Orianthi's spot in Alice Cooper's band. For those of you that have missed the memo (again!), Alice Cooper is going to be the special guest opening for Motley Crue's "All Bad Things Must Come To An End" tour this summer and fall.


Nita with Alice Cooper, Photo by Kyler Clark
 

Prior to getting the call for Alice Cooper, she was (and is) a member of the Iron Maidens, the popular Los Angeles-based, all-female tribute to Iron Maiden. She also a member of the resurrected lineup of Femme Fatale, and has been involved with countless other projects all over the world. Most recently, you may have seen her set fire to the arena in LA as the musical guest at the LA KISS home games. Arena football has never sounded so killer! 

With influences like Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, and Jennifer Batten, it should come as no surprise that Nita takes great pride in her musicianship and can shred with the best in the business. In several other interviews she has mentioned her musical roots: if her last name seems familiar, yes, her roots DO go back to Johann Strauss. That's some pretty awesome lineage, but Nita has carved out a path that would blow Johann's socks off. Armed with her Ibanez and some Blackstar amplifiers behind her this summer, she is going to introduce herself to all of you out there who haven't had the pleasure of hearing her play just yet.  

Nita has also been asked by All Axess (a website dedicated to guitar news, lessons, interviews, and more) to give their readers some video guitar lessons. You can get a sample of the lessons here, with the lesson on improvisation using the A major scale. 

 


I had a chance to talk to Nita this morning, the very first date of the Motley Crue farewell tour. She was candid and had a lot to say about guitars, gear, and how excited she is to be a part of such a landmark tour. Click the link below to listen to the interview, and be sure to check her out when Alice Cooper rolls through your town in the next few months. You can also follow her musical journey on Facebook, Twitter, and Instgram. A special thank you to Nita who took the time out of her busy schedule to talk to me this morning. Kick ass tonight sister!
 


From Revolver Magazine's 2014 Calendar

Photo from Revolver's 2014 Calendar