When Dustin Burnett left The October, he pointedly left ambitions of being a recording and touring artist behind. Now, thanks to the unexpected success of Modern Alchemy, released under the moniker of ZAYDE WØLF, Burnett is suddenly back in the game -- and popular enough to command an expanded deluxe edition, premiering exclusively below.
"Fans kept reaching out and asking about more music," Burnett tells Billboard. "They'd listened to (Modern Alchemy) for a few months and were like, 'Can you release some new songs?' We had some we had recorded and a couple opportunities to send songs to people for some remix. We thought it would be a great opportunity to get some new songs out and hit 'reset' on it as momentum for the brand." The deluxe Modern Alchemy includes fresh tracks such as "Hurricane" (with Fjora) and "We Got the Power," along with songs that remained from the original sessions. For the remixes, Burnett sent Modern Alchemy tracks to Bhavior, MONO-KYO, Generdyn and Built By Titan, whose flip on "Dangerous" is one of Burnett's personal favorites.
"They're all very different from each other, which I love," Burnett says. "It was fun to hear what other people hard in something I created."