Krewella get candid on the “devastating” aftermath of Rain Man’s lawsuit
At the tail end of 2014, producer Kris “Rain Man” Trindl made headlines when he split from Krewella and sued his former bandmates to the tune of $5 million.
Trindl claimed that he had been muscled out of the group by sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and their manager Jake Udell, after a struggle with addiction saw him miss a string of tour dates. The lawsuit was quietly settled in mid-2015 – for a figure neither party is disclosing – and in the year since, the Yousaf sisters have focussed on releasing music as a duo.
Now in a new cover story with DJ Mag, Krewella have opened up on the online abuse they faced after news of the Rain Man split broke.
In the interview, the duo reveal that they learnt about the lawsuit through TMZ like everyone else and deny that Trindl was kicked out of the group (“I would never want anyone to think I could morally do that to someone who was close to us,” Yasmine says.) The blowback they faced on social media was devastating, but the Yousaf sisters say they are more concerned with the attitudes it revealed.
“The lawsuit exposed the reality of how people view women in dance music,” Jahan told DJ Mag. “A lot of people thought the issue was us being butt hurt, people saying ‘Krewella sucks’. We have no problem if people don’t like our music, or our voices, or our writing. It was when there was conversation about sexuality.”
As singers, they felt like their contributions to the group were written off. “Our work isn’t seen as valuable as someone who is sitting down and working behind a computer,” Jahan says. “Within dance music there’s this high level of respect for engineers, for people who program, and anyone else is seen as not possessing as much artistic merit. It’s like saying someone who uses Photoshop is more worthy than someone who uses film. There shouldn’t be a hierarchy for deciding what skill is more important than another.”
“The lawsuit was really devastating and it’s been two years of building ourselves back up. I feel like having a male in the group protected us in a way that made us look credible to the outside world. He wasn’t the only producer working on the project, but he was ‘the’ producer in the group. Losing Kris, people automatically stripped away every other creative capability that we had.”
And Krewella’s message to Deadmau5, who accused them fake DJing at Ultra Music Festival before being proven wrong? “Check your facts first.” Pick up a copy of this month’s DJ Mag to read the (excellent) interview in full.