Krewella No More?

I never fully bought in into the whole Krewella spell. After a few hit singles, it was clear their music wasn’t my cup of tea. Having ex-pop-goes-punk fan-kids headbanging at shows to their music was never going to sit right with me. However, I would be foolish not to give this Chicago Based EDM Band credit for helping put Chicago in the minds of young EDM enthusiasts all over the country – if not the globe. Their storybook road to fame and stardom is a good one, but with now a few legal hiccups along the way.

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This is not the first lawsuit that the group has had to overcome. The only difference is that after the dust settles, Krewella as we know it might not be Krewella anymore. It will just be a sister act.

To summarize the lawsuit (INCLUDED BELOW, taken from

Between March 2012 and March of 2013, during a very busy touring schedule (140 shows), Kris Trindle aka Rainman handled the pressures of the spotlight and group pressure to tour by turning to the bottle. After seeking treatment for alcoholism in a 30 day rehab program, he optimistically rejoined the group only to have Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf try to have an intervention for the new “depressed” Rainman. Rainman claims he is not depressed but just not partying anymore as he is trying to stay sober. One very specific accusation in the lawsuit is that Rainman believes he is being pushed out of the group because the Yousaf sisters feel they can find someone else to produce their music for cheaper than the going rate 1/3 of their income, which has always been split evenly among the band members.

This is only a piece of the pie. Feel free to read the entire 18 page document below for all of the legal details.

Deadmau5 has made it obvious that he has chosen a side by voicing his opinion on twitter.  His choice might be affected by the fact that that his legal team is defending Rainman.



Animale [Interview]

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After a short but wild Friday (August 29th)  night at union Park for North Coast Music Festival I traveled with a few WhySoChi members to check out the Portage Theater, a new EDM hosting venue in Chicago, for a coast after party. After getting settled and checking out the place (which has a great sound system by the way) we were ushered passed the stage into a nicely hidden green room. There we found some familiar faces including our friend Jai Sephora aka Animale.

After a drink, some chit chat and meeting his agent and manager, a crew member enounced ”where is the press?!” Instinctively a few friendly fingers pointed my way. “Do it on the fly” cheers ensued. Below is what I came up with spare of the moment. Hope it gives you some insight to who I think is a very talented local DJ,

1.“You have had a really busy year. You have come out with some great singles and performed at EDC Chicago last year. Is there anything that we should know about within the next 12 months?”

“Yeah, absolutely. We also just dropped a Borgeous remix so we will have a free download. We also have an Oliver Heldens remix we have been sitting on so that should be coming out within the next couple of months as well. I have an EP I am working on. A lot of new music and hopefully more gigs as well.”

  1. “You have a lot of local success. We also saw that you have been touring around in not only the Midwest, but also other states. You just recently went to Orlando. Being that you are from Chicago, how do you feel the Chicago scene or crowd differs from other places around the country?”

“The one thing I notice is that most crowds are all the same as far as if they’re going to come out to see you. The internet makes it so that you don’t have to be from a certain city to know what people’s songs are or what they’re going to play. There’s  a lot of love everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you are from.”

  1. “You mentioned you are working on a EP. I know you had collaboration with Dani Deahl and Alex Peace.  Is there anybody local or anyone up and coming we should know about that will be on your EP?”

“I don’t have anyone directly that I am collaborating with. However, I am working with Trentino on a new track and had a release with David Hopperman not too long ago that was on Big & Dirty. I am trying to focus a lot on branding myself without being stuck to too many other people.”

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  1. “Given the recent success, what is your personal triumph that you take pride in and what is the ultimate goal for Animale?”

“I just want more people to know my music and experience my live shows. I’ve been doing this 10 years now and I am very comfortable with DJing and so I want more people to come out. My motto has always been to aim as high as you possibly can and if you come up short, you are still above everybody else. For example, my goals are obviously to play Ultra Music Festival and hopefully headline one day but the goals are high obviously. ”

  1. “What is one thing you want your fans to know?”

“Be safe and have fun. Live it up. Life is short. You should never be unhappy doing anything. Whatever makes you happy – DO IT”

6.“What is with that port-a-potty video?”

“Well I like to have a lot of fun and I was really drunk. I had just gotten a GoPro and I wanted to make the best of my new GoPro. Plus, how many DJs have you seen go to a port-a-potty. I am probably the first and the last.”

Just Stay Chi! Weekly Clubbing Preview 39 (2014)

Monday 9/29/2014

EvilOlive The Warriors (Mandi’s Bday) Banger! RSVP For No Cover Before 11PM
The Mid Industry Night RSVP for Free Entry before 11:30PM

Tuesday 9/30/2014

Door No.3 The Trap House w/ Bizerk Say “HATZ” at the door for FREE entry till 10:30 PM reduced after
Primary Primary $2 Tuesdays Say “Diana” at the door for FREE entry till 12 AM Reduced After.
Roof on the Wit Roof Live Reservations Call: 312-239-9588

Wednesday 10/1/2014

Smartbar Stones / Lindsay Bailey / Sold / Brian Denning FREE
Studio Paris Studio Sessions: Pierce Fulton For Tickets follow the LINK. To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email
The Underground EDW – Steve Smooth, Tony Arzadon, Nathan Scott – Dante, Zebo For reservations email