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10 Quick Ones with KRSY FOX of KNEE HIGH FOX – April 2018

| 17 April 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Knee High Fox is an Alt insanity band out of Los Angeles CA.  Singer Krsy Fox is a front woman with the kind of energy that takes you on a rollercoaster both in the bands recordings and at their live shows.  From singing soft gentle emotional moments, to rapping, to belting big chorus’s and then screaming like a young girl scorned she tells the stories behind their thematic songs. The band formed in 2011 and released their debut single ‘Black Widow’ in February of 2013 exclusively with Revolver Mag.  The songs racy lyrics and the edgy darkness and blood orgy in the music video immediately grabbed fans and critics attention.  The band has since grown a cult following with releases like their EP ‘Unknown Skeleton’ in 2014 and their first full length album ‘Obey The Cross’ in October of 2015.  Also a 2 song EP ‘Burning Down The Steeple’ in 2017.  The band is known for their live show and intense visuals in their artwork and videos.  With heavy aggressive bass lines from Simon Nagel, to eccentric and intense high energy drum beats from Harley Dewinter, to melodic and unique guitar work from Sam Bam Koltun the four piece brings you on a journey into primary songwriter Krsy Fox’s crazy head.”  We get Krsy to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

When I write lyrics our songs are very conceptual. They are always based on truth and real situations or inspirations around me. I have a lot of friends come up to me and be like “That song is about that night with that crazy guy right?!” Ha ha and that’s what makes writing an albums worth of songs fun. There’s always very literal messages inside each of them. I actually wrote the song “Jawbreaker” as one of the last tracks for the album. The night before we wrote and recorded it the movie Jennifer’s Body was on TV while I was falling asleep. I grew up loving movies like Jawbreaker and The Craft and I had a crazy dream that night. In the dream it was a group of friends and I partying and visually it looked like we were inside the movie Jennifer’s Body. One of our friends died very accidental Very Bad Things style. When I woke up and our co-producer got to my house where we recorded the entire album, I told him I wanted to make an entire song around this dream, based on these movies, but in my mind all my friends were the characters. I know I sound insane but it’s a fun fucking song. I even have the guys in the band doing gang vocals in the chorus, it was a great day! My friends don’t even know which one of them die in the song ha!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

From a really young age I was obsessed with music, and writing lyrics. I spent all my time at home in my room listening to music. I was an actress since I was a kid and writing songs was always kind of a hobby and an outlet for me. I guess it all really changed when I wrote “Bad Girlfriend” with Theory Of A Deadman. I was so unprepared for how huge that song would be and how it would change my life and that bands life. I started getting requests from other bands to write and overnight I was a serious songwriter. I made a decision to put acting on hold and focus on music. It never really stopped after that. I started wanting a different kind of creative outlet with no limits so I started my own band and asked my bass player Simon to join me. We moved down from Canada to Los Angeles and Knee High Fox came to life. I started incorporating visuals and theatrics in the shows and videos and we made these songs that were so unique and special to me. Simon and I have been best friends for a long time and it’s been so amazing doing this with him. Touring made it next level for us, I could live on the road playing every night. After Harley and Sam Bam joined we felt really complete and I know there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than putting everything into Knee High Fox. I feel like with the new album Jawbreaker that’s exactly what we’ve done.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

This is a hard question because I seriously love every genre. I guess from an early age I was so influenced by the danger and theatrics of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. I really loved the insanity of Steven Tyler’s voice and really loved Aerosmith. I was the perfect age for The Spice Girls, and I loved the culture they created and visuals around that band. I love newer artists like Lana Del Rey. And always liked rappers like Biggie, Jay Z, Snoop, and Body Count and Eminem.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

There are a lot of artists I would love to work with but I think someone like Eminem would be really cool. I’d still love to record something with Manson too. We’ve opened for him for a few tours and he seriously never misses.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

That’s always difficult because everyone takes away something so different away from seeing and hearing a band. I’ve been calling us Alt insanity because it sums up our show a bit. I guess maybe a modern day No Doubt but without the Ska influence. More of a rap, aggressive alt/pop/electronic influence with theatrics and a crazy ass girl going through a lot of ups and downs.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Playing the songs you created live and connecting with people in the crowd. I seriously feel like with a lot of our fans we will have lifelong connections with. I see people who come out to so many shows and I honestly think I’m more excited to see some of them than they are to see us! Ha ha

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a sing-along?

I’m definitely always the host. I take care of everybody. If we were in the TV show friends I’m the Monica. Simon is the one always chilling and making everyone laugh, he’s definitely the first one to go out and get in trouble with me. I’m the most wild… Harley is pretty responsible and the guy to make sure the stage is set up correctly, we need him to count on, and do pop sing-along with me. Sam Bam is the guy secretly filming us and making memes out of it…

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

If I wasn’t a musician I would be an actress again. I probably will be doing both more and more in the coming years.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Not really… I feel like of course you go through bad times, you make mistakes, but that’s how we’ve learned. It’s made the band what we are. It’s life, things aren’t supposed to be perfect all the time. What the fuck would I write about then?!

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I wouldn’t mind going way back and being in on a recording session with The Beatles. They were flawless and there wasn’t autotune, or fixing every little thing in protools. They were just that good. There’s a reason that band is still influencing new artists today. Would be pretty cool to be a fly on the wall.





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