2019 American Music Awards

Listen To Zayde Wolf's Sporty 'Pump Up' #TBT Mixtape

Sean Hagwell
Zayde Wølf

This week’s edition comes from Zayde Wolf, the solo moniker of songwriter/producer Dustin Burnett, who has collaborated with Augustana, Us The Duo and more. A licensing darling, the Nashville-based musician -- formerly a member of rock band The October -- launched his new effort after linking up with music licensing company The Lyric House, who have helped him earn synchs on film/tv titles including Shameless, Teen Wolf and Love, Simon, spots for the UFC, NFL and NBA, as well as playlist support from brands including Nike and SoulCycle. His single “Cold-Blooded” was even used as a theme song by the Chicago Cubs. 

"Towards the end of 2015 I was producing some new music as a concept.  I had these new ideas, but when a couple of singers fell through, I just decided to sing on it myself," says Wolf. "I finished the songs, and rather than use my name, I listed, ‘Zayde Wolf,’ as the artist and sent it to Lyric House. Pretty much immediately, one of the songs was licensed. Jessica Cole, Lyric House’s President responded, 'So who’s Zayde Wolf, anyway? We need more songs.’"

To date, Wofl says his music has been streamed over 300 million times, with his latest album, 2018's Modern Alchemy, charting in over 25 counties, according to Wolf. His most recent single "Oblivion" dropped last month. 

“I have a drive for making songs with the intention of getting people hyped,” says Wolf of this week’s #TBT Mixtape, which he dedicated to bridging the gap between his two passions: music and sports. “Connecting music to sports has always felt compelling and emotional. As the cultures continue to mix, they’ve become more harmonious than ever before, and I love being a part of that.”

The set includes tracks by Beastie Boys, Kanye West, M.I.A., Fatboy Slim and others. Give the playlist a spin and also check out Zayde’s reflection and a few throwback snaps below.

“When I was young, I had a copy of Michael Jordan’s ‘Come Fly with Me’ video. Watching the unbelievable moves of MJ, this was the first time I really noticed how music was married to sports...and that’s really how this story starts.As a young man I played basketball, even up to one year at a junior college. I was a lanky 6’4 dude who was obsessed with NBA players and music. Obviously and ultimately, I chose music over basketball. I dropped my scholarship and started playing, writing, and recording as much as I could. This year has been the most epic. I’ve seen my songs played at huge sporting events, insane highlight reels, and the Chicago Cubs asked me to throw out the first pitch at one of their games this year.So, here’s a playlist of some of my favorite ‘pump-up’ songs throughout the years. We dig way back to Queen, AC/DC, and Survivor. We hit the 90’s with full grunge style with Nirvana, Fatboy Slim, Beastie Boys, House of Pain and more. Millenial powerhouses The Chemical Brothers and Eminem, and The White Stripes. And a dope pile of current jams with Kanye, Kendrick, and even tossing in one from my boy Sam Tinnesz. We’re gonna finish the whole thing off with the classic Vangelis ‘Chariots of Fire.’”

 
 
 

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