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Krewella performing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012
Background information
Origin Northbrook, Illinois, United States
Genres EDM, electro house, progressive house, dubstep, drum and bass, dance-pop, hardstyle, techno, trap, electronic rock (recent)
Years active 2007–present
Labels Columbia, Monstercat
Associated acts Adventure Club, Gareth Emery, Darren Styles, Hardwell, Fall Out Boy, Seven Lions, Candyland, Pegboard Nerds, Sunset & Camden, Headhunterz, Skrillex, Travis Barker, Dash Berlin, Lost Kings, Diskord, Patrick Stump
Members Jahan Yousaf
Yasmine Yousaf
Past members Kris "Rain Man" Trindl

Krewella is an American electronic dance music duo from Northbrook, Illinois, United States, that formed in 2007.[1] The duo consists of sisters Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf.[1] Originally a trio, their third member and producer Kristopher "Rain Man" Trindl resigned in 2014.[2] Their EP, Play Hard, was released on June 18, 2012, exclusively on Beatport, followed by an iTunes release on June 26, 2012.[3] Their debut album, Get Wet, was released on September 24, 2013, on iTunes.[4] Their musical style draws upon house, dubstep, hardstyle, techno and drum and bass.


2007–13: Formation and career beginnings, Play Hard, and Get Wet [edit]

Krewella, formed in 2007, consisted of songwriting/vocalist sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf along with producer Kris "Rain Man" Trindl.[5] The three met as students at Glenbrook North High School.[6] Their music is a blend of self-produced electro house and dubstep, with influences of many other EDM styles. All three members of the group have "6-8-10" tattoos to commemorate June 8, 2010, the day when the three agreed to give up their careers, schooling, and any other intentions for their lives, to dedicate all of their time to the trio's joint music career.[7] In December 2011 Monstercat signed Krewella, "Killin' It." was Krewella's first original song released by a label. Monstercat promoted Krewella with social media campaigns and partnered with EDM YouTube promotional channels for a larger platform. In June 2012, Krewella released their EP Play Hard. The album rose to #1 on Billboard’s Dance Radio Airplay[8] chart and the single placed on the Pop Radio Airplay charts.[9]

Krewella has headlined at EDM festivals around the globe including Ultra Music Festival,[10] Electric Daisy Carnival,[11] Stereosonic,[12] Spring Awakening,[13] Sunburn Festival and Paradiso festival. These live performances earned the 2012 International Dance Music Award for "Best Breakthrough Artist."[14]

After their performance at Ultra Music Festival 2013, Billboard declared that "Krewella is going to be huge!" [15] Their debut album "Get Wet," charted in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 200 in its first week.[16] Krewella teamed up with producer group Cash Cash to make their sophomore single "Live For The Night."[17]

2014–15: Lawsuit, Trindl's departure and Somewhere to Run [edit]

In January 2014, Krewella partnered with EDM lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a collaboration bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Dance For Paralysis. The partnership has raised over $17,000 as of April 2014.[18]

In September 2014, it was announced that Trindl is no longer part of Krewella. Trindl subsequently filed a lawsuit against the sisters for $5 million, claiming that he was unfairly "thrown out" of the group.[2] The Yousaf sisters countersued, claiming Trindl had drug and alcohol problems, "pretended to DJ" onstage, and ultimately resigned from the group.[19]

On November 24, 2014, Krewella released their first single following Trindl's departure titled "Say Goodbye." The track reflects on the loss of a member and the lawsuit against the Yousaf sisters.

On March 23, 2015, Krewella released "Somewhere to Run" produced by Pegboard Nerds and others.[citation needed]

In June 2015, Krewella's "Somewhere to Run" was featured in the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's "Krewellavator" marketing campaign. The spot was filmed in an actual elevator at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.[20]

Krewella released "Troll mix Vol. 14 - Return of the Trolls" on August 15, 2015, its title a reference to the time gap following the previous one. This mix is the first released after Trindl's departure. The hour long mix features a new ID from the sisters, assumed to be called "Surrender the Throne" based on its lyrical content.[citation needed]. It also includes a new remix of their single "Somewhere to Run".[21]

The sisters were featured on the single "Love Song to the Earth" alongside; Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Johnny Rzeznik, Angeliuqe Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q'orianka Kilcher[22]

In August 2015, it was announced that Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf had settled the lawsuit with Kris Trindl out-of-court. The terms of the settlement was not made public.[23]

2016–present: Ammunition and upcoming fourth EP[edit]

Krewella announced in 2015 that they had been working on a new Extended Play, intended to be completed in time for a 2016 tour. From that time out prior to the release there were many snippets of upcoming music including the songs "Broken Record", "Helter Skelter", "Beggars" (with Diskord), "Louder Than Bombs", "Friends", "Superstar" (with Pegboard Nerds and NGHTMRE) and "Marchin On".

The single "Beggars" (With Diskord) was released on April 29, 2016. Krewella have stated that "Broken Record" will be released a week before "Ammuniton".[24] It's was confirmed to feature the song "Surrender the Throne" previously heard on their 14th troll mix.[25]

Krewella were set to present at the inaugural Electronic Music Awards which were supposed to be held on April 23, 2016 but were postponed to later in the year.[26]

On April 29, 2016, Krewella released a 30 second video of Yasmine rapping to the tune of Kanye West's song "I Love Kanye" stating "F**k it, tomorrow we gon' give you all some new Krewella" prior to the release of the single "Beggars" with Diskord.[27][28] The music video for the song was released at the same time.[27]

On May 4, 2016, a video titled "Love, Yazzy" was released to the public of Yasmine speaking of her memories of Krewella since her beginnings with the group. The end of the video stated the release date of Ammunition which was May 20, 2016. Two days after this, a video titled "Love, Jahan" which talked about unity and a "krew without borders" before announcing a new, smaller more intimate SWEATBOX Tour. This headlining Fall tour will span across 16 dates in North America and Canada and will feature brand new music and their entire live band. Tickets are available now on their personal website.

On May 10, 2016, the promotional single "Broken Record" was released.[29]

On the last few days before the release, teasers for "Surrender the Throne", "Marching On", "Beggars", "Broken Record", "Ammunition", and "Can't Forget You" were released, with the latter being released one day before Ammunition's release.[30][30][31][32][33][34]

On May 27, 2016, Krewella was featured on a single by Pegboard Nerds and NGHTMRE titled "Superstar" that did not make the final cut for the Ammunition EP.

In an interview with Gary Vee, the sisters stated that they were currently in the studio working on a follow up to Ammunition.[35]



Main article: Krewella discography



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