Krewella Go All-In on '6-8-10'
"There’s dubstep, drum 'n' bass, house, electro . . . but we have our Krewella sound running through every song."
Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf can tell you the exact date they decided music was going to be their life: June 8, 2010.
It’s even tattooed right there on their necks.
“That was the day we decided we were going to drop everything else and dedicate our lives to Krewella,” Yasmine says. “We all quit our jobs and . . . we just started getting really serious. We started grinding and working really hard to hone our sound.”
The sisters grew up in Chicago, the daughters of a Pakistani father and an American mother whose family included opera singers and orchestral musicians. Jahan hooked up with beatsmith Kris “Rain Man” Trindl in high school and soon lured Yasmine away from her indie rock band into their electro-pop project.
The trio, who play Webster Hall tonight with The Crystal Method, will release their high-energy, pop-infused debut EP, appropriately titled 6-8-10, next month.
“We just wanted to cover all the bases of EDM. There’s dubstep, drum 'n' bass, house, electro . . . but we have our Krewella sound running through every song,” Yasmine explains. “We are really trying to break out. We just make music we like. That’s what we do. We like all kinds of music.”
Musically, the EP ranges from wobbly club-step ("Killin' It") to poppy house ("Alive"). Explaining the variety of the EP's six tracks, Yasmine describes "Play Hard" as “really just badass and just a fun song but it has a dark vibe too.” "Feel Me," meanwhile, she calls "sexy, but emotional."
They recently played their first daytime show in Daytona Beach – a gig Yasmine described as “really sweaty, dirty and crazy, like we like it” – and head to London and Las Vegas after the Webster Hall gig. The trio is still working out their live show, incorporating more live vocals and instrumentation, in anticipation of a busy year of touring.
“We’ve been rehearsing like crazy. And we’ll just keep building from there, building our live show,” she says. “Mainly we are just having fun fucking rocking out.”
Krewella open for The Crystal Method tonight at Webster Hall