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Kitten @ District N9NE with Kitty.

July 11, 2014

7.10.14_DistrictN9ne_Kitten_JUMP_DarraghDandurand_02Text and images by Darragh Dandurand.

After what seemed like an unnecessarily long wait, Kitten took the stage at District N9NE (the former Starlight Ballroom) like pros. Edgy and practiced, something about their performance had them rise above your typical glam punk and indie rock show.

Frontlady, Chloe Chaidez, had the intensity of a two-year-old’s temper tantrum as she continuously spun around the stage like a planet. The other members practically orbited around her energy, though stayed to their respective corners. She paid them each attention – as much as she was giving to the audience, which stared upward, stunned by her relentless dancing.

Polished jams such as “Like a Stranger,” “Cut It Out” and “Japanese Eyes” were good for head-banging, let alone getting your groove on. The tunes were layered, interesting, exciting and unpredictable at parts. Chaidez took advantage of instrumental solos by stepping away from the limelight and climbing onto various amps and bass drums. She danced like a go-go girl in the background, quasi-twerking once or twice and she sang like an aspiring rock god to the small audience of gritty kids from Philly who were soaking up as much of her as they could.

Kitty, a one-woman rap show, opened with a 13 minute set. During the five or so songs she blew through, she stood up and sat down probably a hundred times. In between tunes, Kitty talked about a boy she wanted to get with and introduced each two-minute jingle by announcing she was going to sing. With hair flips galore, Kitty didn’t have much else going on.

Our Darragh Dandurand spoke with Chloe Chaidez shortly before the show:

How is tour going so far? Philly is your 11th show since starting, right?

Yeah, it’s great. I don’t think I’ve actually ever been on a tour with this little amount of time off. It’s crazy since almost every day there is a show, but it’s awesome since there is so much to see.

How are you keeping up on tour? There’s no stopping, so how do you keep going?

With touring there are these two sides. It’s tiring, but the only real responsibility is going on stage. Like doing a show and setting up equipment and all that. But for keeping up my energy, it’s all about taking naps.

Have you ever been to Philadelphia? Any favorite spots?

Oh yeah, I have. But I haven’t been for about two years. I’m really looking for a good cheesesteak ’cause I haven’t had one.

In other interviews, people keep mentioning that they are stunned you are so young, that your music is so mature for your age. Does this ever both you or is it strictly flattering?

People have been doing that less and less as I have been getting older. There is a responsibility with growing up. People expect your music to reflect that. When I was younger, they weren’t necessarily comparing my work to everything else that people were listening to. It just raises my standards for myself.

How do you keep the same music exciting night after night while on tour?

Well, with Kitten, we change our sets every night. Also sometimes we add covers. As long as there is a moment in a set that’s different or fresh, tour life is OK ’cause then you’re in it and looking forward to that moment. There are always those moments.

If you could cover any song right now, which would it be?

“Slave to Love” by Bryan Ferry.

Your music videos are edgy, personal and seem to tell stories that are both glamorized and fairly banal. Do you ever direct or co-direct? How do you influence their creation?

I do a lot, actually. When it comes to the creation of videos, I usually come to someone with an idea and we go back and forth and collaborate on that to see what we can make work. It’s a lot like making a record: you work with a lot of people to get on the same page and you go back and forth with ideas and it doesn’t really stop.

Do you think there is a difference between the Chloe Chaidez who is on stage and in the studio and the one who goes to the grocery store, hangs out with her friends and just lives life? Or are they the same person?

Interesting. I had a friend tell me once that you can be either 100 percent yourself and projected that to the world or you can create a character … but there’s no in-between. Yeah, I think aspects of my stage performance come out in my daily life, like the best and the worst. Like, my impulses on stage are extreme and I’ll just see something and wanna do a handspring. But in real life, I’m also the same way. If you put something in front of me it’s hard to say ‘no’ but it’s not like I strut across the street and other stuff that I do on stage.

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