Krewella Settles Lawsuit, Talks Online Abuse & Gender Discrimination
After a grueling few days of touring, the Yousaf sisters, better known as Krewella, sat down with FORBES reporter Ryan Mac for a video interview. Mac described the sisters as "strangely at ease" not just because they were heading back home to Los Angeles after back-to-back sets and 5,300 miles of traveling but because a huge weight had just been lifted.
The night before, Yasmine and Jahan received the final paperwork to settle the $5 million lawsuit with their former bandmate and founding member Kris Trindl, also known as RainMan. The lawsuit related to the group's breakup had been hanging over the sisters for over a year, and during this time they underwent a great deal of ridicule, judgement and criticism, even publicly by fellow EDM artists like deadmau5.
Jahan explained the type of online abuse they experienced as a result of the lawsuit and their continued success under the "Krewella" moniker.
“There was a lot of backlash... People went immediately into believing everything that they read… People wanted to immediately jump to these conclusions that ‘Of course they’re women, they use their sex to sell the group. They manipulate men in the industry. They can’t be trusted.’ And those were the constant themes that we kept seeing.”
As a female in a male-dominated industry, Jahan explained, it's hard to ignore the blatant gender discrimination that exists.
“It’s important to recognize that there is still certain stereotypes. There are so many rumors that go around still–if there’s a woman that’s successful it’s because… she slept with this person or she bought her way into this rather than her just having talent.”
The scariest part, Yasmine said, is that even women jump to these conclusions making them part of their own problem. We need to redirect the conversation, she said, and look to changing the future, which she believes will include lineups with just as many women as men.
“We need to change the dialogue to make it OK for women to try the same exact things that men are. I think in time you’ll see an equal amount of women on these lineups.”
Watch the full video interview on FORBES as well as the accompanying article by interviewer Ryan Mac here.