Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf, and Kris Trindl (aka Rain Man) formed Krewella -- an EDM outfit whose boisterous style draws upon numerous dance music subgenres including dubstep, hardstyle, progressive house, and trap -- in Northbrook, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago. They got together in 2007 but didn't release their first material until 2011, when they uploaded a handful of songs -- including the jagged, celebratory "Life of the Party" -- to their SoundCloud page.
In 2012, they self-released their first two EPs: Play Hard (June), featuring the reggae-flavored "Killin It," and Play Harder (December). The former reached number ten on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The same year, the trio became a staple of the festival circuit, including New York's Electric Zoo and Texas' Meltdown. The year 2013 saw the release of the group's first full-length, the bombastic Get Wet. The album hit the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 album chart and spawned several singles and videos, including the sensational underground anthem "Live for the Night" and Top 40 hit "Alive." Trindl left the group in September of 2014, and the Yousaf sisters continued without him, releasing the "Say Goodbye" single in November 2014, followed by the Pegboard Nerds-produced "Somewhere to Run" in March of the following year.
Drummer Frank Zummo and guitarist/synth player Max Bernstein began working with Krewella in 2015, adding more of a rock sound to their energetic live performances. ~ Andy Kellman