Krewella Fire Member ‘Rain Man,’ Who Strikes Back with $5 Million Lawsuit

EDM crossover act Krewella scored a hit with the 2013 re-release of the single “Alive” (it hit No. 32 on theBillboard Hot 100), but now the band is embroiled in a bitter internal lawsuit, with founding member Kris “Rain Man” Trindl accusing sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf of forcing him out for getting sober.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trindl (who was given the nickname “Rain Man” by a fellow musician “because he predicted his music would bring much success, and so it did,” per the suit) is seeking at least $5 million in damages for being removed from the group, as it violates an oath the trio made to “put aside any other career plans outside of music and commit to Krewella.”
All three members got matching “6-8-10″ tattoos to commemorate the date.
“From March of 2012 until March of 2013, it was non-stop music, good times and partying for the members of Krewella, and the money started rolling in,” the lawsuit states. “Kris and the Yousaf sisters were public about their drinking and partying, posting on the Internet video dispatches from the road that only served to stoke their popularity with an ever-growing worldwide fan base.”
After the band’s breakthrough in 2013 resulted in a hectic tour schedule and increasing demands, “Kris used alcohol to try to cope with the pressure,” the suit continues. “By late summer of 2013, he knew he had a drinking problem and checked himself into a detox program and then a 30-day rehab program.”
While the Yousaf sisters continued to tour as a duo, Trindl used his time in rehab to continue working on music for the band, including a remix of Fall Out Boy’s “Alone Together” that’s credited to Krewella.
Once his stint in rehab was completed, Trindl rejoined the group on tour, but according to his lawauit, “the Yousaf sisters didn’t like the new, sober Kris, who took care of business but did not party or drink anymore. They thought he was depressed, although he explained it was just part of the recovery process.”
After Trindl missed a flight to perform with the band at Electric Daisy Carnival Mexico, he was confronted at the home of Krewella’s manager, Jake Udell, with an intervention where he was asked to get help for depression while the Yousaf sisters carried on with tour dates. When Trindl saw a billboard on L.A.’s Sunset Strip promoting the group as a duo, he retained legal counsel, resulting in a standoff with the sisters. Among the issues being debated by the two sides included “whether Trindl should resign from the band, check himself into rehab for 60 days, and then possibly rejoin the band if the Yousaf sisters allowed.”
Response to the split has hit social media hard, with fans expressing a wide range of emotions (mostly negative) about Trindl’s firing. Even Deadmau5 has commented on the situation in his usual inimitable style.
In the meantime, Krewella is booked for a handful of shows over the next couple of months, with dates scheduled for Shanghai, China, and Las Vegas among them.
by Scott T. Sterling of