Growing up in LA, KITTEN’s Chloe Chaidez never learned about limitations in her life, only possibilities. In fact, in her childhood it wasn’t even a question of whether she could be a Rock Star when she grew up... it was more of a choice of whether she wanted that or to be an Olympic Gymnast.

Upon first look at the diminutive Chaidez, you wouldn’t envision back flips off the stage and the laying bare of emotion in raw, rock and roll. Her youth belies her musical influences, which include 80s New Wave and 90’s Britpop – music that came out mostly before she was even born.

Moving to New York City upped the stakes for Chaidez. She busks in Union Square and lives in Brooklyn, testing her material on a tough crowd – New Yorkers. Getting people to focus on what she was singing there was the best endorsement possible for her anthemic songs.

There are two levels in which you can appreciate Chaidez’ music. The music is sublime, but the lyrics are where her intentions are truly revealed. "I used to be afraid of expressing myself directly through the band's lyrical content. But I've been through a lot over the past couple of years, and you're gonna hear about it in this new record.”

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Genre: Pop
Subgenre: Alternative
From: Brooklyn, NY