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“I was homeless. I lost my record deal. I didn’t have any money. It really felt like, 'This is the end...' But I didn’t really care that much" - Brian Christinzio, AKA BC Camplight.
In 2013, Philadelphia songwriter Brian Christinzio thought his luck, such as it was, had finally run out. Following his promising first albums on One Little Indian, a recurring metal illness and a pursuant dalliance with “every drug in the city” of Philadelphia led him off the path of success and into one of life’s creative cul-de-sacs.
"Q. How did you go from hearing ‘Smile’ to making your first couple of records? A. 'Well… I went nuts.'"
Meanwhile, in another cruel twist of fate, all around him, his peers in The War On Drugs and Sharon Von Etten began to enjoy ever greater critical and commercial success.
Fortune favours the brave, though, and when the offer of a place to stay and a fresh start came from a fan across the pond – from Manchester in the UK, to be specific – Brian seized it with both hands, turning up in the city with a suitcase and little else.
The change suited him and eventually led to a reinvigoration, a superb album, in 2015’s How To Die In The North and a record deal with Bella Union. A happy ending? Well, it’s probably best not to hold your breath on that one quite yet…
Homelessness, deportation and a one-way ticket to Manchester… and back – it must be EP011 with BC Camplight!