Alexis, 27, was on a TV show growing up. These days she’s performing as “Body Pile” and has toured with Prurient, Wolf Eyes, The Beast People, Magik Markers, and even opened for Throbbing Gristle in NYC. She is quick to describe her life in the underground of improv. music and sexual/intellectual exploration.
Casual Men: So, Rory Gilmore had a favorite tree at Yale for studying. Do you have a favorite place to play with your fuzz pedals?
Alexis: Well to have a favorite place for art seems a little stupid to me. It would mean you have an ideal way of creating… every space has a unique energy that yields something different. That’s why improvising is so essential to my way of making sound, so that I can adapt to the space and not be beholden to any composition made in another space.
CM: I remember when Rory jumped off of that really tall tower with Logan. Have you ever conquered a fear like that through performance?
Alexis: I try to steer my ship right into the mouth of the storm…or the whale…either analogy works. Fear can be both a storm and a whale. It can whirl you around and strike you with lightning, or it can swallow you and house you in it’s large intestine until you are consumed by acids and enzymes.
CM: Ok, seriously. Do you sometimes just want to watch old movies and veg. out on pizza, hamburgers, Eggo waffles, and tons of ice cream?
Alexis: I want to eat some LSD and watch Baraka… if that’s what you mean.
CM: Rory lost her virginity to Dean and they were listening to Satellite of Love by Lou Reed. What song did you really lose it to?
Alexis: Amish Paradise. I think… it might have been Rockabye by Sean Mullins.
CM: How was it opening for Throbbing Gristle?
Alexis: Entirely transcendent. Being around Genesis is like being in a womb and then like being born and spanked by a man in a white lab coat, and being transplanted to an oxygen chamber where you get injected with Shark DNA and become a strong beast, but then get injected with Dog DNA and become a sweet companion. I’ve really learned from them that magic is everywhere. We all have the potential for magic, in us, and through us. I have performed magic many times.
CM: Don’t you just want some coffee right now?