Khruangbin Biography: Age, Net Worth, Founder, Albums, Instagram, Songs, Members, Real Name, Spouse

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Khruangbin is a Houston, Texas-based musical trio. Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson Jr. on drums make up the band. 

They’re known for fusing global music influences like classic soul, dub, rock, and psychedelia. 

Their debut studio album, The Universe Smiles Upon You (2015), is inspired by Thai music from the 1960s, specifically Luk thung, while their second album, Con Todo el Mundo (2018), is inspired by Spain and the Middle East, specifically Iran.


  • Full Name: Khruangbin
  • Stage Name: Khruangbin  
  • Age: Laura Lee (36), Mark Speer (43) And Donald Johnson, Jr. ()
  • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Nationality: United States
  • Occupation: musical trio
  • Spouse: unknown
  • Members: Laura Lee, Mark Speer, And Donald Johnson, Jr.
  • Founded: 2010
  • Net Worth: $10 million

Early Life

Khruangbin’s three members’ early lives are all intertwined. Mark Speer and Donald Johnson met in Houston in 2004 while performing in Rudy Rasmus’ St. John’s Methodist Church gospel band.

 Speer met Laura Lee through friends in 2007, when they first connected over a love of Afghan music and Middle Eastern architecture. Lee began learning the bass with Speer’s help in 2009. After six months of playing, she auditioned for and was hired as the bassist for Yppah‘s upcoming tour.


The Universe Smiles Upon You, Khruangbin’s debut album, was released in 2015. The album was a critical success, and it helped the band gain a wider audience. They then released the albums Con Todo El Mundo (2018) and Mordechai (2020), which were both well-received.

Khruangbin was named The Guardian’s “New Band of the Week” shortly after, opening for acts such as Father John Misty, TychoChicano Batman, and Massive Attack. They also began performing at festivals such as Lockn, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, ACL, Outside Lands, Desert Daze, and South by Southwest.

For the 2017 compilation Philia: Artists Rise Against Islamophobia, the group covered the well-known Iranian singer Googoosh’s song “Ma Beham Nemiresim.”

 As part of their AirKhruang DJ series, they also made a Spotify playlist specifically for Tehran and many other city-specific playlists.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: Khruangbin (@khruangbin)
  • Twitter handle: Khruangbin (@Khruangbin)
  • Facebook: Khruangbin

Personal Life

The band members have emphasized their strong bond as close friends and stated that their personal lives do not significantly influence their musical endeavors. Their top priority is to devote themselves to making music and connecting with their devoted fanbase.


  • The Infamous Bill (EP
  • The Universe Smiles Upon You (LP
  • Con Todo el Mundo (LP
  • Live at Stubb’s (Live album
  • Texas Sun (EP with Leon Bridges
  • Mordechai (LP
  • Texas Moon (EP with Leon Bridges
  • Ali (LP with Vieux Farka Touré
  • Mordechai Remixes (Remix album
  • Hasta El Cielo (Remix album
  • Late Night Tales: Khruangbin (Compilation album

Net Worth

Khruangbin, an American instrumental rock trio, is estimated to have a net worth of $10 million. 

The group has released three studio albums, all of which have received critical acclaim and commercial success.

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