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“Making you wet... one song at a time.”
Krewella
Krewella
MembersJahan Yousaf

Yasmine Yousaf

Rain Man (2007-2014) [1]
Years active2007–present
Debut albumGet Wet
Debut singleKillin' It
Websitewww.krewella.com
Krewella is an Electronic Dance music group originating out of Chicago, Illinois. It was formed in 2007 and continues to produce music today. They became known around the world for their illustrious music video "Killin' It", which was an exiting, upbeat video to match the heavy Dubstep track. Several teasers were made and there was a spike in views on their YouTube channel.

Their debut extended play, "Play Hard", was released exclusively on Beatport on the 18th June 2012 and hit #1 immediately. Five days later their tracklisting was released on iTunes and reached the top 5 on the dance chart.

Flawlessly merging infectious melodies with growling drops, harmonious lyrics and genre-mashing, Krewella challenges the diversity of Electronic Dance Music.

When they preform live, the spirit of Krewella's DJ sets is contagious and exquisite. With relentless bass and treble, strung together from their live vocals, fans find themselves raging harder than they ever have before. Recently, the trio has become very determined to not be defined by one genre alone; shown on their diverse debut album, Get Wet, which has many genres and listings.

Krewella has headlined at EDM festivals around the globe, including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Stereosonic and Spring Awakening. These live performances earned them the 2012 International Dance Music Award for “Best Breakthrough Artist.”

History

Krewella began as a group in 2007 but did not debut until 2011. They came close to debuting many times before, but pulled the plug because they decided that their music was not good enough to release at the time. They tried everything, from playing botched shows in front of people who had no idea who they were, to the point where they were hissed off stages. They recorded a lot of really pitiable demos; “probably a couple hundred, right?” Jahan said. For onstage fitness and ability, they participated in side events like exercise, running and singing practices. Kris began producing in his grandmother’s house in the basement, and they would converge there occasionally to produce. The members were still enrolled at schools and had paying jobs at the time; Jahan was a waitress, Kris worked at an Ice-Cream parlor and Yasmine worked at a bookshop.

Rain Man, who helped establish Krewella as a successful artist, was disavowed from the group by Jake Udell. As Krewella became more successful, Kris Trindl developed a drinking problem, going into rehabilitation by attending Alcoholics Anonymous sessions. "At this time, Udell, the Yousaf sisters and others conspired to remove Kris from the group altogether," says the lawsuit. "Now that the band was successful, they figured they could always hire outside people to write and produce music for far less money than it would cost to continue splitting their income equally with Kris, as they have done (one-third to each member, $5,000,000 plus $2,000,000 for statutory damages)."

The complaint poses the band's contractual situation as "even more disorganized and mismanaged than their touring schedule," with talk of attorneys who worked despite conflicts, a drafted-but-never-signed limited liability company agreement for the band, and registrations of LLCs without a signed operating agreement.

Trindl says he missed a flight to Mexico City this past March to perform at the Electric Daisy Carnival. Thereafter, Trindl says he was ushered into a living room at Udell's home for a meeting led by an "interventionist," where others told him to go into rehab.

"But it was not rehab for drinking, because Kris was staying sober," says the lawsuit. "They demanded he go into rehab for 'depression.'"

Trindl didn't think that was necessary, but a day later, he says Yasmine and Udell told him it was time to take a break from the group and get healthy. The DJ/producer says he acquiesced, through still created new music for the group. It didn't matter, he adds. According to the complaint, "It was not Kris' health or sobriety the others were thinking about, it was all about keeping him off the road so Jahan and Yasmine could establish themselves to live audiences as a duo without Kris, so they could eventually erase him completely from Krewella and reap greater financial rewards."

At that point, attorneys began getting involved. Trindl's presence began being diminished, and after he saw a billboard of the group without his presence, he retained Dina LaPolt and litigator William Hochberg. The other side retained attorney Richard Busch. The two sides went back and forth about whether Trindl's share of live performance income should be reduced (LaPolt's suggestion) or whether Trindl should resign from the band, check himself into rehab for 60 days, and then possibly, rejoin the band if the Yousaf sisters allowed (Busch's alleged insistence).

"Busch's outrageous September 25th letter, which purported to be an ultimatum, precipitated the filing of this lawsuit," says the complaint that demands declaratory and injunctive relief plus damages for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the Lanham Act.


Discography

Albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
Dance
CAN AUS
Get Wet
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 1 14 45

EPs

Title EP details
Play Hard
  • Released: 12 December 2011 on Beatport
  • Label: Krewella Music LLC
  • Formats: Download
Play Harder
  • Released: 5 December 2012 on SoundCloud
  • Label: Krewella Music LLC
  • Formats: Digital download
Ammunition
  • Released: May 20, 2016
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download
New World Pt. 1
  • Released: June 8, 2017
  • Label: Mixed Kids
  • Formats: Digital download
New World Pt. 2
  • To be released: 2017
  • Label: Mixed Kids
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Release
CAN US
2011 "Life of the Party" (feat. S-Preme) - - SoundCloud
"Strobelights" - - SoundCloud
"One Minute" - -

Play Hard EP

2012 "Killin' It" - -

Play Hard EP

"Feel Me" - - Play Hard EP
"Alive" 50 40
"Come & Get It" - - Play Harder EP

Remixes

Year Song Original artist
2011 "Summit (Krewella Remix)" Skrillex
2012 "Rise & Fall (Krewella Remix)" Adventure Club
"Fire Hive (Krewella Remix)" Knife Party
2013 "Scorpion Move (Krewella Remix)" Zedd
"Alone Together (Krewella Remix)" Fall Out Boy

As featured performer

Year Title Artist Album
2012 "Rise & Fall (feat. Krewella)" Adventure Club Rise & Fall (feat. Krewella) - Single
2013 "Legacy (feat. Krewella)" Nicky Romero TBA

Unreleased

Year Song
2010 "Hustle Up"
2013 "DJ Fresh - Louder (Krewella Remix)"

Music videos

Release date Song Director
8 February 2012 "Killin' It" Laine Kelly
26 June 2012 "Alive" (Daytona Beach Live Video) Miles Evert
16 August 2012 "Feel Me"
18 December 2012 "Alive" Bryan Schlam
18 December 2012 "Alive (Pegboard Nerds Remix)"
1 August 2013 "Live For The Night" Aggressive
25 October 2013 "Legacy" Kyle Padilla
26 November 2013 "United Kids of the World" Robby Starbuck
22 January 2014 "Human" Miles Evert
6 March 2014 "Enjoy the Ride" K Tanch
26 March 2014 "Party Monster" Laine Kelly

Touring

  • Decadence (December 31)
  • Stereosonic (November 11/12 & December 1/2, 2012)
  • Play Hard Headlining Tour (Summer/Fall 2012)
  • Electric Zoo Festival (ft. Futtize) (September 2, 2012)
  • Veld Music Festival-Toronto, Canada (August 4, 2012)
  • Global Dance Festival (July 2012)
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival (June 16, 2012)
  • Meltdown Grand Prairie, TX (June 2, 2012)
  • Joined Benny Benassi at the 2012 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (May 27, 2012)
  • Opened for DJ Fresh in London (May 15, 2012)
  • Beyond Paradise in Hawaii at the Aloha Tower Waterfront (November 21, 2012)
  • Lights All Night- Dallas, Texas (December 31, 2012)
  • Ultra Music Festival - Miami, Florida (23-03-2013)
  • Northern Light Music Festival - Edmonton, Alberta (March 28, 2013)

Accolades

    1. 1 Overall on Soundcloud Chart for Killin' It
    2. 1 Dubstep track on Soundcloud Chart for Killin' It
    3. 1 Tweeted track on Hype Machine for Killin' It
    4. 1 Non-Remix track on Hype Machine for Killin' It
    5. 2 Overall on Hype Machine for Killin' It
  • 50,000 views on Youtube in 24 hours for Killin' It
  • 100,000 views on Youtube in 72 hours for Killin' It
    1. 1 Overall on Hype Machine for Skrillex ft. Krewella - Breathe (Vocal Edit)
    2. 1 Tweeted track on HypeM for Skrillex ft. Krewella - Breathe (Vocal edit)

Bud Light

"KREW are you ‪#‎upforwhatever‬?"

Halftime Live - Krewella -- Super Bowl XLVIII Bud Light00:53

Halftime Live - Krewella -- Super Bowl XLVIII Bud Light

Krewella featured in the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime live ad for the official Bud Light beer franchise on February 3rd, 2014. They preformed segments of Enjoy The Ride from their debut album, Get Wet, and the advertisement garnered over one million views on its first day.

References

  1. https://www.facebook.com/krewella/posts/785335774859147

Trivia

  • Krewella featured on Be The Rave.comnamed Krewella #getwet Q&A Session, and they answered questions the fans asked.
  • Before they do a live performance, Krewella usually place their hands together and chant: "One, Two, Three Troll!" to pump them up.
  • If they could choose an artist to collaborate with and why, they choose Knife Party, System of a Down, Linkin Park and Kanye West.
  • They won the Best New Breakthrough Artist (Group) IDMA awards 2013, surpassing acts like Nervo, Bingo Players, Cazzette and Disclosure.

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