Derek Miller's Evolution: From Poison the Well to Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells strikes a nifty balance. The Brooklyn based duo creates experimental cacophonies, yet somehow the music is instantly accessible. New Times caught up with Derek Miller, the band's guitarist and producer. He explained this dichotomy, "It's my way of reconciling all the records I love. I grew up with my mom's influence of Michael and Janet Jackson, George Michael, and Madonna, then I got into the hardcore scene, and then you throw in Alexis (Krauss, Sleigh Bell's singer) who comes from an R&B background -- who did demos for top 40 records -- and I guess this is the sound that spits out."

No stranger to South Florida, Sleigh Bells has played here several times in the past few years, and already plans to return to Miami in the Springtime, after this week's November 2 show at the Culture Room. This is no accident. Locally bred Miller said growing up in South Florida influenced him "in a thousand miniscule ways," noting "its melting pots of culture and the dynamic of the West side of I-95 being completely different from the East."

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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