Kitten's Chloe Chaidez Talks Feminism, Sexism, and Becoming Iconic

An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young, or so sayeth Oscar Wilde. His eccentric wit is a perfect fit for L.A.'s Kitten, fronted by the just-barely legal Chloe Chaidez, who co-founded the band when she was just 15. By now, she's likely tired of hearing how young she is, but it really is an achievement; in a few short years, Kitten has played at South by Southwest, toured with Paramore and Young the Giant, and earned nods from rock journalists as an up-and-coming act.

As Chloe puts it herself, "People always say, 'Oh, she's so young. But the thing is, I've been doing this for a really long time already." It's true: Kitten's ingredients have matured well beyond their years, given Chloe's almost encyclopedic background in music. For Kitten, that awareness of the past has translated into a light blend of Siouxsie Sioux packed with the sexy edge of Debbie Harry -- combined with the modern, synthesizer-speckled sensibilities of bands like Metric, Austra, and Purity Ring.

We called Ms. Chaidez to ask her about the success of her band, what's the deal with feminism, and where next she wants to take Kitten.

Do you get called Kitten a lot, or something like that? I feel like it's somehow akin to how Debbie Harry got called Blondie. It's actually exactly like that.

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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