Alexis Krauss Is Determined To Make The Best Sleigh Bells Record Yet
It’s been seven years since we first heard from Sleigh Bells and now the kickass duo are back and more energized than ever before to make their best album yet. Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller returned to their home turf in Brooklyn, the same city where years ago they were plugging in their own pedals and iPods for small venue performances, to play a special Northside Festival showcase with Run The Jewels. Their fiery, kinetic energy made for a performance to remember, considering this was most likely their last performance until a new record drops sometime in 2016. Once again, Alexis showed us that she is the badass babe around and a bonafide rockstar.
“I don’t know if I’ve yet achieved rockstar status.”
Alexis has come a long way since her just-out-of-college days when she was better known as Ms. Krauss, a teacher. “I had made a decision I wasn’t going to pursue music full time as a career,” she said. That was until Derek Miller came along. “I wanted to pursue activism and education and when I met Derek it disrupted all of that,” Alexis said. Fast forward to 2015 and Alexis is onstage in front of thousands of people who know every lyric to classic Sleigh Bells’ anthems like “Rill Rill” and “Infinity Guitars”.
And that’s exactly why fans adore Alexis. She inspires and commands as a truly energetic and compelling singer. “I don’t just look at my feet and feel separate from my audience,” Alexis said, “My show is about engagement and interaction.” It’s hard to take your eyes off Alexis during a Sleigh Bells performance because after seven years of shows, she’s truly mastered the stage. Whether she’s staring straight into the crowd or conducting some crazy scissor kicks, Alexis’ unwavering confidence shines through.
“Know when to say no and know when to be bold.”
A perfect performance wasn’t always the case. When Treats first dropped, along came a fandom of harsh critics. “When I started this band, I was much more insecure, shy and self conscious. I ultimately had to make a decision: I was either going to allow the press, critics and commentators on the internet to break my self esteem or I was going to rise above it and find inspiration from the people who were fans of the band and who were just bleeding this love and excitement,” Alexis said.
“Sleigh Bells will always be that cacophony of craziness and chaos but still with an essence of sweetness where you can sing along.”
Alexis is bold, all right, and feeling more energized than ever to join forces with Derek in making a mind-blowing new Sleigh Bells record. “We’re at a place where things feel comfortable, but we’re still insanely restless and more determined than ever,” she said. The fourth time around could come with all sorts of pressure to reinvent, but the duo feels nothing but excitement. “We’re more eager, not so much to prove ourselves, but to make a really good record which we’re working hard on right now,” Alexis said.
What can one expect on the fourth addition to the catalog? Alexis said, “Sleigh Bells will always be that cacophony of craziness and chaos, but still with an essence of sweetness where you can sing along.” While this album is purely focused on Sleighs 4.0, Alexis would love to collaborate with more female artists in the future like 2014’s “That Did It” with Tink.
Interview & Film Photos by: Shannon Kurlander