Our Vinyl catches up with Chloe Chaidez of Kitten
In the musical landscape new bands pop up every day and many are easily forgotten, while others grow up to become the next “big thing”. And the minute you hear take a listen to the band Kitten, you know which category they fall into. They are the real deal.
The up and coming Los Angles alt-rock band, fronted by 17 year old Chloe Chaidez, has a sound that is an amazing throw back to the retro 80’s alternative music, blended with a new wave indie sound that makes their music absolutely infectious. Releasing their second EP, “Cut It Out” and a full length debut due out in January, the band is riding high right now (click here to read a review of “Cut It Out“). So it seemed like a perfect time for Our Vinyl to drop in for a chat.
OV: So starting off, how did the formation of Kitten come about?
CC: We all just kind of met through mutual friends around the east side of LA. The rest of the band was much cooler than I was at that point, and the difference between 15 and 18 in teenage years is quite a lot. So I was intimidated at first, but that blew over pretty quickly.
Kitten’s Japanese Eyes
OV: You began playing in bands at a very early age, what did you learn from those days playing in clubs?
CC: I learned that it’s hard to get the attention of 20 people that care more about their next drink than who’s on stage, so you have to put in some effort to make them watch you.
OV: Your live show is VERY energetic, I mean you are an absolute fireball on stage, how did you develop your style? Draw inspiration from anyone, or is it just a natural energy for you?
CC: I think it’s a little bit of both. Powerful front-men have always inspired me, guys like Iggy Pop and Ian Curtis just to name a few. But I think most of it just comes naturally when I step onto a stage.
OV: You’ve had the opportunity to open for some pretty amazing bands, any favorites? Any of them make you a little star struck at first?
CC: It’s definitely cool when you find out you’re opening for one of your favorite bands. I definitely felt that way when we opened for Twin Shadow in London, and just a few weeks ago when we played with Charli XCX.
OV: Now, let’s talk about the new EP, “Cut It Out”. Besides sounding much more electronic based than your “Sunday School” EP, what would you say the biggest differences are? What makes this album stand out for you?
CC: I find the new EP to be extremely sonically pleasing and balanced sounding. I think vibe and mood wise, I was able to get a lot of the ideas I had in my head come across on record, which always feels like an accomplishment.
OV: Where did you draw your biggest musical and lyrical inspirations from? What is your creative process or is it just sort of something that happens?
CC: The creative process that goes into finishing even one song is often very long. Kitten has kind of a fifth member named Chad Anderson, who I write all the music with, and is amazing and talented and been with us from the start. Our creative process is often long and laborious, but definitely satisfying. After we finish a song, we then bring it to the band who then do their take on it. The final product is usually finished after that step.
OV: What do you have planned for the rest of the year, any new projects or collaborations on the horizon for you?
CC: We have a September residency in Los Angeles at a place called the Bootleg Theatre, and then we’re heading out to Cincinnati to play a festival called “Mid Point”, and then touring back from Ohio to LA. As far collaborations go, Morrissey if you are reading this, I’d like to do a song with you.
“Cut it Out” is the band’s latest EP is available now on their website at http://www.kittentheband.com/. Their debut full length album is scheduled to drop in January 2013.
Written by Christina Lawler
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