Krewella keeps it coming at Forever Festival

By Adam Graham
Detroit News Pop Music Writer

The members of Chicago electronic dance music trio Krewella are hard at work on their second studio album, the follow-up to last year's "Get Wet," and they're doing things a bit differently this time around.

Rather than writing to already produced tracks, members Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf and Kris "Rain Man" Trindl are writing to guitar and piano chords and building songs from there. They have about 20 tracks that are potential album cuts, and hope to finish recording the album late this year or early next year.

The songs are taking on a "darker, heavier" tone, but the group's hard-partying, pulsating sound — which has quickly made them one of dance music's most celebrated outfits — isn't going anywhere.

"With us, it's always going to be a turn-up record," says Krewella's Jahan Yousaf, on the phone from Los Angeles. . "We're never going to let go of that."

The Yousaf sisters and Trindl formed Krewella in 2007 and have steadily amassed a sizable following, in large part because of their rigorous touring schedule and high energy live shows. The group, which headlines this weekend's Forever Festival at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, recently surpassed 2 million 'likes' on Facebook, a milestone that made a significant impact on Jahan.

"When we started this, we didn't think we'd have any effect on anyone," the 25-year-old says. But she's since seen fans get the group's lyrics tattooed on their bodies and openly cry at concerts.

For Jahan, the group's wild live shows require plenty of discipline in off-hours, and her life isn't a non-stop party. Aside from performing at Freedom Hill, Krewella is also playing shows this weekend in San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Forever Festival

with Krewella, Adventure Club, NERVO, Destroid, Flux Pavilion and more

4 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights

Tickets $39.99-$150 or (586) 268-9700