At 21, Houston native Aidan Kennedy released 100% Panther on Paris's Plik & Plok Records under the alias Bagheera, an homage to the panther from The Jungle Book. He eventually changed his moniker to Wrestlers after learning of another group with the same name.
Evidently there are a lot of Rudyard Kipling fans out there.
Since the release of 100% Panther, Kennedy has partnered with childhood friend David Elkin to complete the self-proclaimed "funky electro-dance duo" our fair city now calls its own. Fresh off an appearance at Lollapalooza and following a bit of Buzzfeed fame for their video "Say Anything," Wrestlers are back in Houston with no intention of slowing down.
"[We are] definitely planning on releasing a couple more videos and singles from the EP," Kennedy says in reference to the success of "Say Anything." "But in the meantime, we want to release a remix or two of songs that we've been super into lately and maybe just a general mix of tracks that we've been playing at our DJ sets recently to keep the flow of music going."
Wrestlers have opened for the likes of M83, Ghostland Observatory, Passion Pit and Matthew Dear. The group's favorite onstage experience happened just this past weekend, when they opened for Disclosure.
"We've been following those guys for the past three to four years since their first EP, so being able to share a stage was a really cool experience for us," Kennedy notes, adding that the show was one of their most successful despite inclement weather.
"Our set was threatened by a bout of rain, but after a 30-minute delay, we were finally able to take the stage and ended up playing to the largest crowd we've ever played in front of -- upwards of 6,000," he says. "The festival was amazing."
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Kennedy and Elkin's parents traveled with them to Chicago to watch their sons perform, and even stuck around afterward to catch Cut Copy's set with them. As far as stories from the front lines go, Kennedy says that memory is a keeper.
According to the duo's Facebook page, Wrestlers plans to spend 2014 creating dance music that offers listeners more than a formulaic rave/club experience.
"Part of our feelings around the current trend in dance music, specifically EDM, is that it feels gimmicky and is designed for instant gratification in a party atmosphere," Kennedy says. "We're definitely trying to put an emphasis on songwriting with our music.
"We want our music to be listened to in all sorts of atmospheres, like cooking dinner, hanging out with your parents at a backyard barbecue, or out in a club," he adds. "It shouldn't be focused solely on melting your face with a drop at a huge EDM festival."
The group hopes to release an EP sometime this fall, but a date has yet to be set.
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