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Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss: "Everytime We Get Onstage, I See It As a Fight We Have to Win"

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Your vocals are very rapid-fire. Did you need any time to adjust to singing so fast live, or did it come naturally?

It's a very physical performance. Vocally, there are a lot of quick deliveries, there are a lot of shouted deliveries, there's a lot of jumping back and forth between belted melodies to screaming to very soft falsetto singing, so it's a very diverse show vocally, but that's always the way it's been, so you just adapt.

It's definitely the type of show where you have to be at your physical best in order to give a good performance. I never drink before shows, I don't casually stumble on stage, I always warm up my voice and get myself in the physical shape that I needed to be in to execute a good show. We take it very seriously. It's our job, and every time we get on stage, I see it as a fight we have to win. We're not fighting with the audience, we're kind of fighting with ourselves.We're pushing ourselves to be better, so we're competitive in that sense.

That's interesting to hear, because I love listening to you guys at the gym because I feel like I'm gearing up for my own fight of sorts.

People always tell me, "I listen to Sleigh Bells while working out and it really motivates me and makes me really angry in a positive way," and I'm like, "I totally know what you mean!"

You're doing this full time, right? Did you stop teaching?

No, I'm not teaching anymore. It's a career that requires 24 hours of your attention. In addition to the time you're actually in the classroom to the time you spend lesson planning to calling parents, you're just dreaming about what you're going to do the next day. I'm full time with Sleigh Bells, which is great.

We tour pretty much constantly, and when we're not touring, we're recording new music, so it doesn't provide much downtime, but I miss teaching. Maybe one day I'll find myself back in the classroom, who knows. It's great how life takes you in different directions. I couldn't be happier doing what I'm doing.

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