NITA STRAUSS Says She ‘Would Love To Do Something More Mainstream’ On Her Next Solo Album

Nita Strauss

In a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, Nita Strauss discussed her plans for the follow-up to her second solo album, The Call Of The Void, which was released last July through Sumerian Records.

“I don’t want to lose the momentum of this one,” she said. “It was five years between Controlled Chaos and Call Of The Void. I don’t want to wait another five years. It has been kind of hard to think of any concrete ideas because I’ve been on the road the entire time, literally from the month before the record came out. We started touring to promote the record, and I have not had more than two weeks home since then. It’s been almost a year. So it’s been hard to sort of sit and be creative, but I plan to do it.”

“I plan to sort of get into the meat potatoes of it after I get back — we’re [Nita and her husband, manager and drummer Josh Villalta] going on honeymoon next week. Then, after that, I’ll sort of sit on that stuff during the Alice Cooper tour and start trying to piece some ideas together.”

When asked if there are other collaborations she hopes to pursue in the future, Nita replied: “I think, on the next record, I just want to go further in both directions. I would love to do something more mainstream; maybe it’s with someone like Demi [Lovato], which would be a dream come true, or somebody like Pink. And then I want to do something heavy because the stuff that I listen to on my own time is pretty heavy. So I would love to just explore more of my range in different ways.

“I think a cool thing that we did on this record is we brought everybody into a new space for them. You’re hearing Chris Motionless [MOTIONLESS IN WHITE] sing on a more mainstream style of song. It’s still heavy, but it’s a little bit more mainstream. We just tried to push everybody in different ways. So I’d like to keep doing that.”

Nita’s latest album, The Call Of The Void includes contributions from IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty FriedmanHALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy HaleAlice CooperDISTURBED‘s David DraimanDorothyAlissa White-Gluz of ARCH ENEMY, and Chris Motionless of MOTIONLESS IN WHITE.