Krewella Have Aspirations Beyond The Beat

09/17/2013
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(Radio.com) On the surface, it's easy to mistake Krewella as just the latest EDM sensation to break out in 2013, graduating from playing clubs in their native Chicago only a couple of years ago to performing in front of thousands at large-scale raves like Miami's Ultra and Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

A closer look at the 20-something three-piece composed of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, and Kris "Rainman" Trindl finds that while the band's music is saturated with bass drops and drum-roll crescendos that send dance floors into a frenzy, the band's aspirations extend well beyond the beat.

Case in point: Krewella connecting with fellow Chicago native Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy to pen the song "Dancing with the Devil" (which also features Blink-182's Travis Barker), found on their upcoming debut album, Get Wet, due on September 24 via Columbia Records.

"Working with Patrick was so cool because he really opened the door to new styles of writing for us," said vocalist Jahan Yousaf in a phone interview with Radio.com. "It inspired us to resurrect an older song, 'Dancing with the Devil,' that we never knew how to finish. [Stump] really helped and guided us in that direction, to turn it into the very pop-punk, metal-inspired song that's on the album."

"It's one of the most exciting things as an artist, having your first full-length album come out, and we're very proud of it," she continued regarding Get Wet. "It's felt like such a struggle and a journey to create, but now that it's done it's like a weight off our shoulders, and we can't wait for people to hear it."

The group worked with a small clutch of songwriters in creating the album, including Toby Gad, who has penned hits for some of pop's biggest acts, including Beyonce and Selena Gomez.

"Working with [Gad] was so inspiring, just learning about these more established artists in the industry who have an amazing track record of hits," the singer said. "You really learn what goes into writing a banger, a really catchy hook."

Creating catchy hooks is something Krewella have experience in, with the trio's late 2012 single, "Alive," peaking at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling more than a million copies in America alone. Earlier this year, the band released an acoustic version of the song, revealing the tight strong structure beneath the EDM bombast. more on this story

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