Sister Act Krewella Knows "Texas Rages Really Hard"
By now we've all heard it a dozen times or so: DJs are the new rock stars, pop stars, and icons. Big-name DJs and producers like David Guetta and Avicii are taking their fame across genre lines into the world of pop and becoming more famous in the process.
In the near future, it will be interesting to see how things evolve with next generation of DJs and producers who have watched EDM and pop converge. Are we looking at a world where DJs come ready-made with club bangers and radio-ready pop hits?
One only has to look as far as Krewella to see is this already happening. Made up of sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf and producer Kris Trindl, the group's debut EP hit No. 1 on Beatport with a sound that's equal parts Porter Robinson's club chaos and Ke$ha's party-pop.
Rocks Off caught up with co-vocalist and co-songwriter Yasmine Yousaf for a conversation that touched on crossing genres, singing live and coming home.
Rocks Off: Why form a group when you could have your own name on the marquee instead?
Yasmine Yousaf: It's a lot more fulfilling to be doing what you love with the closest people in your life. The fact that we could come together, create a group, and make the music we make makes it so much better for us. I don't think we could make the music that we make without one of the team; we all realize that we're each a vital part of the group.
We love being like a crew, basically. I know it sounds super-cheeseball, but that's honestly how it is.
RO: The EP hits a lot of different genres within EDM. Was that something that happened organically in the studio?
YY: People always ask us, "What was the thought process behind that?" but we just started making songs that we wanted to make and things that we liked to hear. They all sort of worked out to have a thread of consistency through them because they were all made by us so they all have some sort of similarity between them.
I think that you don't have to be held down by one genre.