Kitten’s Chloe Chaidez Discusses Her Fascination With the ’80s + Her Unique Style
Within the last five years, L.A. arena-rockers Kitten have proven they are a force to be reckoned with. Wrapping up their first U.S. headlining tour in support of their debut self-titled LP, Kitten show no signs of slowing down, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Frontwoman Chloe Chaidez emerged in the indie scene at the young age of 10 and has been rocking hard ever since.
Thanks to their dedication to performing live and spending time on the road — they’ve opened for the likes of No Doubt, Garbage and many others — Kitten have been able to carve out their own edge in today’s saturated music scene. The raw power of their concerts alone — especially Chaidez’s stage presence — is enough to warrant a listen (or two). Still in celebration mode after releasing their full-length, Chaidez took a few minutes to catch up with Diffuser.
Are kittens cuter than puppies?
Sadly no. Not in my eyes … the irony, right?
What do you like most about the ’80s?
The frontmen and women. Dale Bozzio, Annie Lenox, they were so cool and weird, from a different planet.
How do you think you and your band have progressed on your new album?
I think we’ve grown a lot with our show. The show musically is far less messy and, in my opinion, carries less flaws. Seeing artists like Blood Orange — as well as watching old Prince live videos — has been extremely inspiring. I’m far more into precision when it comes to a live experience than I ever was before.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on-stage?
Probably running out onto the stage and slipping on my ass before singing a word. That’s literally happened twice while wearing tights. It sucks.
When you first emerged among the indie scene at the age of 10, were you taken seriously?
Who knows? I don’t think I would have taken me seriously at that age. [Laughs]
Black, blonde, pink, brunette … how many times have you changed your hair color in your lifetime?
Not as many times as you’d think! I think the plot twist was going back to black, but I’ve only bleached it one time .
Who would be your first choice to collaborate with on a punk record?
[Laughs] Probably Alice Bags.
What’s the one album we’d be surprised to find in your collection?
What’s the craziest piece of “bling” that you own?
I used to periodically buy these ‘ILOVEYOU’ rings from CVS Pharmacy. I love going jewelry shopping at CVS, you’ll find the most ghetto-fabulous things.
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