Los Angeles born guitarist Nita Strauss has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the US, UK, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa, and sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists including rock legend Alice Cooper, R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early MTV darlings Femme Fatale, video game super group Critical Hit and popular tribute band The Iron Maidens. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation and endorsements from many top companies.
Nita has been featured in many worldwide print magazines and on dozens of albums, trailers, and soundtracks, including Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard) and Grammy-nominated Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Konami/ Platinum Games); and is the author of the Premier Guitar column “Drop Dead Shred.” Nita was also the official in-house guitarist for the LA KISS, the arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. She is one of the most sought-after clinicians in the industry and has done extensive clinic tours across multiple continents. Her consistent touring schedule has shown her to play in front of over a million audience members per year consistently for the past several years.
In 2017 Nita launched her original band, We Start Wars, and classic metal cover band The Starbreakers. She is also touring with Alice Cooper.
Nita, thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Who are your influences?
NS: Steve Vai, is my most significant and most prominent influence, all my heroes and influences are Ibanez players, Gilbert, Satriani, Vai,
What’s coming up in 2018 for you?
NS: Starting the year touring with Alice Cooper, my signature guitar is just coming out, working on my solo record and writing new material with We Start Wars, and staying as busy as I can.
Your signature guitar is absolutely beautiful!
NS: Yes this is the Ibanez Jiva, the first ever female signature guitar in Ibanez history, which still blows my mind, (holding the new guitar), and this is the exact guitar I will be taking on tour.
What amps are you going to use?
NS: Marshall Joe Satriani series, if it’s good enough for Satriani, it’s good enough for me!
Thank you from All That Shreds and have great New Year!
NS thank you, you all as well!
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Tony Lepre contributed to this story. Photos by Renee Jahnke