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In Honor Of The Celebrated Pianist Glenn Gould’s Birthday,
Primary Wave and Division 88 Bring You: Uninvited Guests

Assembled by Producer Billy Wild & Gabriel Pick,
The Album Will Be Available Everywhere on October 23

 Pre-save Uninvited Guests HERE

 “In the future, the audience will become the artist and their life, the art….they will become the uninvited guests at the banquet of the arts.” – Glenn Gould

New York, NY (September 25, 2020) – In celebration of what would have been Glenn Gould’s 88th birthday, Primary Wave and Division 88 have partnered to bring you, Uninvited Guests. Available everywhere through Sony Masterworks on October 23, the 9-track album was produced by Toronto’s Billy Wild, with additional production by Gabriel Pick, Alex Kotyk, and Andrew Testa, and features appearances by Division 88 – a collective of up-and-coming artists. Ranging from hip-hop to electronic, Uninvited Guests offers a look at how artists today would interpret Gould’s classic and most celebrated performances. Listeners will be taken on a ride via Wild’s creative production. Featuring Chief Awuah, Your Hunni, AARYS, Ro Joaquim, Gabriel Pick, Kiki Rowe, and DOPE FA$E, Gould’s historic catalog shines with lyrics and melodies from these current day musicians.

Having once been shunned by the classical music community for his views on the future role of technology in music, within today’s artistic landscape, the Uninvited Guests project would have been an important dream fulfilled for Glenn Gould.

Leading up to release day, Billy Wild will be taking over the Glenn Gould YouTube channel to share behind the scenes footage on the making of the album. He’ll continue the take-over twice a week and will also post tutorials, Glenn Gould history, and more.

Uninvited Guests started 7 years ago as a challenge on whether or not Glenn Gould could be made to sound current,” says producer Billy Wild. He continued, “The main thing I learned on Gould is that he truly belonged in this generation. The number of things you can do these days on a laptop from a musical perspective is incredible and I feel confident the current technology would have suited his desire to create great recordings.”

“Everything we do at Primary Wave is about preserving the legacy of our artists while also trying to broaden their audience,” said Jordan Moran, Director of Digital Marketing at Primary Wave. He continued, “Billy Wild does just that with Uninvited Guests. Billy created a new sound that not only preserves Gould’s eccentric and quirky recordings but modernizes them to suit today’s musical landscape.”

Faye Perkins, former manager of the Glenn Gould Estate, added, “Billy Wild quickly became an integral part of the Glenn Gould Estate’s marketing strategy because of his innate knowledge and respect for Glenn Gould’s musical legacy. His collaborations with other artists demonstrate his acumen as a musician and a producer. Having him share Glenn Gould’s essays and ideas in a different musical language is what we call very Gouldian.”

Primary Wave was first introduced to Billy Wild and his love for Gould when the company partnered with him on the “Glenn Gould Exhibit” in 2018. At that time, “Uninvited Guests” was a project from Wild’s Division 88, a Toronto-based collective, who dug deep into the Gould catalog with the intention of using his piano samples to build modern hip-hop, pop, and electronic songs, or “remixes,” around them. Their goal was to retain the musical integrity of the original recordings, yet make new songs that fans of these genres would enjoy. The collective even took it one step further by manipulating historical CBC video of Gould to make it look as if the pianist was performing the new compositions himself.  This was the beginning of what would become the Uninvited Guests album release that you’ll hear on October 23, 2020.

TRACKLISTING

  1. Redlight (instrumental)
  2. Getting That (featuring Chief Awuah)
  3. Goodnight (featuring Gabriel Pick and Your Hunni)
  4. Easy (featuring Kiki Rowe)
  5. Better (featuring AARYS)
  6. Baethoven (featuring Ro Joaquim)
  7. Change (interlude/instrumental)
  8. No Roses (featuring Your Hunni, AARYS, Ro Joaquim)
  9. Ice Cold (featuring DOPE FA$E)

About Primary Wave:

The Home of Legends.

One of the most dynamic independent publishing and talent management companies in the world, Primary Wave Music is home to some of the most iconic songwriters and artists across the history of recorded music including Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Burt Bacharach, Prince, Ray Charles, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Count Basie, Sly & The Family Stone, Boston, Alice Cooper, Paul Anka, Boy George and Culture Club, Allee Willis, Steve Cropper, Glenn Gould, Air Supply, Godsmack, Devo, Donny Hathaway, Nicky Chinn, and many more. Throughout the company’s 14-year existence, Primary Wave Music has embraced an entrepreneurial spirit, offering and executing proactive one-of-a-kind ideas, unique services and marketing campaigns for our artists.  Primary Wave has earned a stellar reputation for being forward thinking and re-introducing classic artists and their music into the modern marketplace as well as nurturing young talent to become legends themselves.  This success is based upon our team of seasoned and creative executives collaboratively working together closely with our artists as partners.  As a company, we strive for excellence in the pursuit of iconic artists and catalogs that not only reflect great artistry, but moments of culture.

Our management division is led by a team of the most passionate and creative people in our business who represent some of the world’s most critically acclaimed artists including Melissa Etheridge, The Isley Brothers, CeeLo Green, Cypress Hill, Bell Biv DeVoe, Fantasia, Eric Benét, Plain White T’s, Yolanda Adams, and producers Mitch Allan, M-Phazes, Mag, Jon Levine amongst others.

The leading independent publisher of iconic music in the world.

About Division 88:

Division 88 is a record label and production studio home to a melting pot of producers, musicians and artists dedicated to making cool s#!t. Founded in 2017 by creative director Billy Wild and aided by producer and touring musician Gabriel Pick, Division 88 has built a community of some of the most notable session musicians, rappers and singers in Toronto. Based in the heart of Toronto, in Kensington Market, their mission is to take the diverse scene they’ve cultivated and bring it to the main stage.