Wild & Free are Dancefloor Adventurers.
Wild & Free began in 2015 as a fun way to spend a sunny LA sunday for Drew Kramer and George Cochrane, two highly regarded producers who had been recently introduced. They discovered common ground quickly—each played multiple instruments, sang like birds, and produced like wizards. When the day was done, the bewitching summer classic “Tropique” was the result, and the boys decided to keep this good thing going.
Since then, they’ve released a trio of well-loved EPs that showcase the results of their combined powers: “Low Pressure,” “The Moonhowler,” and “Life on Jupiter,” have racked up more than a million listens across Soundcloud and Spotify, and garnered glowing coverage by top music outlets such as Spin, XLR8R, Indie Shuffle, and more.
As word began to spread of what Drew and George were up to, they found themselves remixing a string of high-profile artists, such as Gigamesh (alongside heroes like Alan Braxe), Ben Browning of Cut/Copy, Karl Kling of RAC, and David Marston for Soul Clap Records. Offers for collaborations soon followed, producing tunes such as “Someday,” with Australia’s Falqo and a blessing from Touch Sensitive on bass. They next released “Higher” with disco edit don Falcon Punch.
SPIN Magazine caught the fever early on, proclaiming “As far as mental-vacation music goes, it’s hard to get much more escapist than this,” and comparing Wild & Free to contemporaries such as Classixx and Grammy winner RAC. XLR8R called “Tropique” one of the best tracks of 2015. LaGaSta called their music “Perfect for speeding down the freeway and falling in love.” Legendary KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad has peppered his sets with their music, and their tracks have been conspicuously present in compilations from outlets such as Noon Pacific, LaGaSta, and Toolroom placing them alongside artists such as Prins Thomas and The Juan Maclean. Wild & Free has even become a staple for artist-tastemakers such as Goldroom, Duke Dumont, Viceroy, and Just Kiddin, who add their tunes to influential playlists, grabbing a steady stream of new listeners.
Wild & Free are often happy to call the DJ booth home, but have recently begun taking their show live, recently culminating in a series of tour dates with Brooklyn groovers Body Language. The live vocals and percussion they employ in DJ sets are joined by guitars, keyboards, and further drums in the live set. This lets Wild & Free mold their music to the will of the evening, taking things in unexpected directions.
With a release in the works for Portugal’s vaunted label Discotexas, and many amazing new collabs and remixes on the way, 2017 is set to be one hell of a year for Wild & Free. Who wants on the party bus?