Krewella Claims Kris Trindl Was ‘Pretending to DJ,’ Dispute His Sobriety
The Yousaf sisters are now countersuing the group’s founding member.
Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf, sisters in the popular EDM group Krewella, have reacted to a $5 million lawsuit filed by founding member Kris Trindl with a wildly different account of what caused his departure.
In September, Trindl went to Los Angeles Superior Court with his own story about what went wrong: Three individuals form a group out of an Illinois high school, swear on tattoos they would commit to Krewella and then fall apart. The story raised eyebrows throughout the electronic music scene because in Trindl’s version of events, he went through pains to deal with alcoholism and after he got sober, the Yousaf sisters didn’t like the fact that he wouldn’t party anymore, mistook his condition for depression and began scheming to deny him membership in the group.
“Kris chose, unfortunately, to file what we believe to be a baseless lawsuit, and we have now responded with documents that set forth the true facts,” says Richard Busch, attorney for the Yousaf sisters. “Everything we have to say about the matter is contained within these papers.”
According to counterclaims filed on Friday (Nov. 21), Krewella did indeed become popular, but because of drinking or another reason, Trindl failed to take initiative to really learn his craft.
“While on stage, Kris would generally stand to the side of Jahan and Yasmine and pump his arms, while pretending to DJ; he was onstage primarily for the sake of image,” states the Yousaf court papers. “Because Kris did not know how to DJ, he only had two effect buttons.”
The three allegedly agreed that Trindl — known as “Rain Man” — would become more involved in the live show by learning to DJ or to play a guitar, but that he’d show up inebriated on stage and cause trouble. For example, says the court documents, “Kris would recklessly use his controller to mess up Jahan and Yasmine’s mixing or would simply stop the music. Kris’s behavior became so disruptive that Yasmine would unplug and deactivate his equipment to limit the disruption; however Kris would be too intoxicated to notice.”
The new court papers also say that Trindl received production credit for each of the 12 songs on the group’s debut album, Get Wet, released from Columbia Records, but that he “only wholly contributed” one song, that there were at least four songs where he “did little to no production” and minimal production on another, and that Krewella had to pay outside producers to help Kris finish the album.
The two sides at least agree that Trindl had an alcoholism problem, though the plaintiff’s papers present him as a talent that was recognized by others in the music industry while the defendant’s papers highlight certain Trindl tweets like “New Year’s resolution: smoke more weed.”
The sharpest differences relate to the more recent months surrounding the circumstances in which the group had a falling-out.
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