Alexis: I listened to a lot of different kinds of music. My dad was a huge soul fan, so I listened to a lot of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and Etta James, people like that. Every single girl group, from The Shangri-Las to… I mean literally like every single Phil Spector girl group. Motown. And then I listened to a lot of Zeppelin, a lot of Bowie, a lot of The Clash, and then I listened to a lot of pop music too. I was always a big fan of Cindy Lauper.PNG: And you guys played with her!Alexis: Yeah, I sang with her! But yeah, it was really diverse, and I think that’s super important, to listen to as many genres as possible
PNG: Did you play music growing up? When did you start singing?
Alexis:I was singing from the time I was- before I could speak. My father’s a musician so it was always part of my upbringing. I was always either singing with him, performing with him, and then I got into musical theater. Music has always been a really integral part of who I am.
PNG: And when it comes to music, do you have any guilty pleasures? If so, what are they?
Alexis: I don’t believe in guilty pleasures with music, I really don’t. I think that everything has a certain merit to it. I never feel embarrassed or shy. I grew up singing in a girl pop band, and I felt embarrassed by what I did for a long time, because I would go to punk shows, be listening to The Clash, and then be playing bubblegum pop music, and I decided to never ever be embarrassed by anything I listen to.
PNG: What is your favorite Sleigh Bells song?
Alexis: Currently, I’d say probably Love Sick.
PNG: And what artists should fans of Sleigh Bells be listening to?
Alexis: I’ll answer this one on behalf of Derek. He’s been listening to Krewella a lot lately. I know she’s up and coming, so check her out.
That’s it! Big thanks to John and Sleigh Bells for making this HUGE endeavor happen! Good Luck to Sleigh Bells on their tour as well as their future albums! #KeepItNeat
Just as she said ” I think that’s super important, to listen to as many genres as possible”, keep expanding those musical barriers; strive to be open to all kinds of music!
Be sure to pick up Sleigh Bells’ Bitter Rivals as well as their other releases Treats and Reign of Teror on their website here. I guess you could say they’re…Pretty Neat. Thanks again Sleigh Bells and I hope to personally see you guys live one day and have a more formal interview as well!
– Jon Birondo
Co-Founder, Main Writer
My review of their single “Bitter Rivals”