I had the opportunity to chat with Jake Udell, who manages one of the biggest acts in dance music right now, Krewella. Jake was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and has been involved in the music industry for some time now. He started as a recording artist under the moniker, JQ, but left that career behind to co-found TH3RD BRAIN MANAGEMENT in order to apply his marketing and business expertise to the managerial side.
For those who are not familiar with the act Krewella, they are an electronic dance music trio consisting of two sisters, Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, and producer Kris Trindl, who blend catchy pop vocals with hard-hitting dance instrumentals. Krewella broke on to the scene with their cover of Skrillex's song "Breathe."
From then on, it has been all success for the trio, who have achieved high praises on their moombahtoon, dubstep, and house-infused EP Play Hard– which topped the iTunes dance music charts. Most recently, their song "Alive" has taken over the radio waves and is currently being played out on all major stations. For all upcoming artists, wanna-be managers, and music industry hopefuls, look to this interview for some insight into the dance music world.