Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, spoke to SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about her upcoming follow-up to 2018’s “Controlled Chaos” solo debut. She said (as transcribed by Phoosi.com): “It’s gonna be half and half — six tracks with vocalists and six tracks of instrumental [music]. The next single after this, I think, will be an instrumental one; we’ve been doing it live on the solo tour and it’s been getting a super-good reaction from our crowds. So I think the next one will be instrumental — kind of go back to the roots — and then another radio single after that.”
Asked if she can talk about some of the other guests that appear on her new solo album, Nita said: “Not just yet. I will say that we’ve got a really, really cool blend of some legacy people as well as some new singers that I’m really excited about, and some amazing male vocalists and some incredible female vocalists as well.”
In early December, Nita told “The Mistress Carrie Podcast” about her decision to make the upcoming LP half vocal songs and half instrumental: “I did feel, and the label and everybody agreed, it’s still important for me to keep my identity as a guitar player and not just branch off too much and go, ‘Okay, well, now it’s just guests.’ Let me still have a little of what makes me me, which is the instrumental shred stuff. And the instrumental pieces that I’ve written on this record are, I think, better than anything I did on the first one — definitely more… I don’t know if it could be more emotional but they’re very emotional pieces of music and I think a little better crafted this time around. So I think all the songs in general are more well thought out, better put together this time around. And I do have some of my absolute favorite [singers guesting on it]. I have three amazing powerhouse female vocalists on this album so far. And there are still a couple of things T.B.D. [to be determined]. And then we should be ready to release next spring.”
In October, Nita shared “Dead Inside”, her first new music since the release of “Controlled Chaos”. The track is her first-ever solo collaboration with a vocalist, David Draiman, frontman of Grammy-nominated rock icons DISTURBED.
Strauss has been playing with Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker’s former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.
Nita released “Controlled Chaos” to mass acclaim from fans and media alike, with Metal Injection calling it “a great debut that — as its creator intended — leaves no doubt”, and Guitar World stating “‘Controlled Chaos’ is a panoramic view of Nita Strauss‘s many strengths”. To date the album has clocked up 6.7 million streams worldwide, with music videos for singles “Our Most Desperate Hour”, “Pandemonium”, “Alegria” and “Mariana Trench” generating over 3 million YouTube views.
As well as performing with Cooper, Nita has also played with R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early MTV darlings FEMME FATALE, video game supergroup CRITICAL HIT and popular tribute band THE IRON MAIDENS.
In April 2020, Nita launched “Rock Guitar Fundamentals” — a three-module online guitar teaching program suitable for learners of all levels. The course is available at www.iwanttoplayguitar.com.
Nita‘s live show is mostly instrumental in nature, combining originals with covers.
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