Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, was interviewed for a recent episode of the "Music Mania" podcast. You can now listen to the chat below.
Speaking about the negative comments that are posted about her on various social media sites and sites like BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Nita said: "People are crazy. People say some very crazy stuff. I'm really grateful to have a support team on my side to help me deal with the craziness of everything."
She continued: "It's interesting the access that people have to musicians now. When I was a guitar player growing up, and I had the chance to say something to Steve Vai, let's say, if I had a chance to say something to a guitar player I liked, it would never occur to me to say, 'You suck. How did you get this gig?' or something so rude or different sexual stuff or whatever. It would never occur to me to say something like that to a guitar player that I looked up to. So the way that people talk to other people… It just blows my mind how people to other people on the Internet."
Strauss added: "I'm on a strict no-comment diet, which means I can't look at any comments on YouTube or Blabbermouth. I'm banned from looking at comments on anything. The only thing I look at comments on is my own posts. So that saves my sanity a lot. Because it's hard… I don't pull the 'girl card' out a lot, but as a female in heavy metal, it's hard to be incessantly picked on. So staying away from it has been really healthy for me. I know that there's a lot of articles about me on web sites like Blabbermouth and Lambgoat, and Classic Rock will post stuff, and I know that there's always gonna be [negative] comments, and the same thing on YouTube videos. And I just think it's counterproductive [for me to read the negative comments]. Me knowing that some guy from Nebraska thinks I suck is not gonna help my day. And it's certainly not gonna make me any better of a guitar player."
Strauss is a longtime Ibanez signature series endorsee who made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS, FEMME FATALE and LA Kiss.
Nita joined Cooper's band in 2014 as the replacement for Orianthi.