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Live for the night with Krewella

High voltage gig courtesy Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf

High voltage gig courtesy Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf  


Sunburn City Festival does right by Hyderabad by bringing the energetic Krewella to the stage

The first time I heard Krewella’s incredibly catchy music was during a club night out in London, when my friends and I thought the night was ending. The burst of energetic vocals of the Pakistani-Americansisters belting out Live For The Night brought the partiers back onto their feet and I was hooked.

Now Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, who make up the Illinois-based EDM duo, are coming to Hyderabad for Sunburn City Festival — and the city is more than ready. Just as the siblings hypnotised fans with their studio tracks, they’re just as entrancing live. “We love the process of creating music and discussing the vision, and getting to meet the fans, hear them sing the lyrics, and watch the ‘Krew community’ grow. Those are our favourite parts about the whole project,” they share.

Ahead of their travels to India, the musicians share they’ve actually been taking time off to work on music and create the vision for an upcoming project, explaining “We feel really excited to experience international festivals again! Also, reconnecting with our Indian fans is so important to us, so we're relieved we can finally come here after years of waiting.”

Before we see them take the stage by storm, what can we imagine they’re up to? With the zeal they exhibit on stage, we can only envisage the backstage hype. “We usually stretch in the green room, spy on the crowd to see if there are any hardcore Krewella fans front row,” they confide, “and unleash our adrenaline on stage! Surprisingly, most of the time we are chill since we like to save the energy for the crowd!”

Naturally, their work comes with some impressive collaborations too. “We were really surprised about how well New World featuring Vava (our collaboration with Yellow Claw) was received. Between Indonesian/Dutch DJs, a female Chinese rapper, and us half Pakistani-American girls, we didn't realise the cultural impact of the song until it started getting great reactions, especially in Asia. Cultural integration is really important to us, especially since we grew up in a multicultural household.”

Krewella have an insightful and introspective view of their evolution of artists, from their Say Goodbye days to their cataclysmic latest Alarm. “Just as humans go through many cycles which allows us to grow and evolve, the music is a reflection of this,” they recall. “As we evolve emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually, this directly feeds into our songwriting and storytelling and taste in visual art. That is what keep the process of creating thrilling for us.”

Krewella will be performing along with Alan Walker and Salvatore Ganacci as well as Shiva Manvi, Shashank and Ravetek for Sunburn City Festival at Boulder Hills on December 29. Tickets starting from ₹1800 on

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