Electric Zoo: Krewella Hits NYC, DJ Times Offers Contest

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Krewella: Ready to rock NYC’s Electric Zoo.

Krewella: Ready to rock NYC’s Electric Zoo.

New York City—For the fourth consecutive year, Electric Zoo will take over NYC’s Randall’s Island. Presented by Made Event and running Friday thru Sunday (Aug. 31 to Sept. 2), Electric Zoo will serve up EDM’s top talents—over 100 DJ/artists will perform on four different stages over the three days of musical mayhem.

And now, you can win a pair of passes to Electric Zoo’s Friday session! HOW DO YOU WIN? Just email us at djtimes@testa.com and tell us why you deserve to win. Best answer gets the passes and you have until 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 to give us an answer. Winner announced later that day.
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Featuring a schedule that includes David Guetta, Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, A-Trak, Luciano, and Pretty Lights, Friday’s lineup will get the weekend party started right. So hit us up!

And speaking of the weekend, we caught up with Krewella, a catchy EDM trio that will rock EZ’s Riverside Stage on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. Comprised of two sisters, Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, plus DJ Rainman, the Chicago-based act was recently featured in the New York Times and it continues to tour in support of the “Play Hard” EP, which includes the perky single “Feel Me.” It went like this:

DJ Times: You two are sisters—did you grow up banging pots and pans?
Yasmine: We’ve been surrounded by music our entire lives—our parents loved playing records around the house constantly. We can remember from even as early as when I was 5 and Jahan was 7, we’d sing on our Barbie karaoke machine. We always had fun with it and looking back it definitely lead to what we’re doing now.

DJ Times: Tell us about your “Play Hard” EP.
The EP is named after the title track because we felt “Play Hard” embodies what the project as a whole makes you feel when you listen to it. We wanted every track on the project to make you sweat and rage. We took on the record as a challenge to incorporate three different drops—electro-house, a half-time dubstep, and a hybrid of electro-house/Dirty Dutch—fused with melodic vocals and progressive house synths.

DJ Times: Favorite tracks to play live?
“Alive” is our absolute favorite record to play at shows because the crowd usually knows every lyric and rages to every drop until the last bar of the song. The energy is unexplainable, but we feel a deep connection with our audience when we perform it.

DJ Times: This summer has seen tons of fests on your tour schedule. How do you think these will compare to Electric Zoo?
Yasmine: It’s going to be like any festival we’ve ever played—but on steroids! Since almost every major act is performing at Electric Zoo, this will probably be a hub for EDM fans around the country and we’re thrilled to perform for such a diverse crowd.

DJ Times: What should we expect from your set? Will you be able to catch any of the other artists?
We’re definitely going to tease the crowd with unreleased songs that are in the works. You guys are our guinea pigs! We wish we could attend all three days, but we literally hop on a plane right after our set for Miami for a show later that evening. We’ll leave our sweat behind, so it’s like we’re there in spirit.

For the latest on Electric Zoo, please visit www.electriczoofestival.com.