While living in London, I was lucky enough to have a cool friendship with a French girl called Christine. We met at a Cut Copy gig in around 2005, started chatting about music and become pals. The main game was introducing one another to cool bands and one day she made me listen to a song called "Leave Them All Behind" by an English guy called Whitey. "Wow, this is trèèèès BIEN", I immediately thought to myself. After rapidly purchasing the album, I became pretty infatuated with his work so waited patiently for his 2nd album. And waited. I started to wonder what the hell was going on! Had he quit music?
And then, out of nowhere, his MySpace page came back to life in 2010 and he announced a new album. Around about this time, I noticed random songs of his popping up on YouTube and I did some searching to find out something REALLY intense.
This guy had completed his 2nd album in 2007, was in the process of trying to sell it to a label when everything was brought undone by someone who'd leaked a copy of the album online. At that exact moment, record companies pulled the trapdoor lever and his contract was ripped up. This left him seemingly stunned and with bills to pay. I can only imagine what he would have gone through.
However, the good news is that he's now using the Internet to sell direct to fans, has since re-released that album and one of his songs ("Stay on the Outside") was heard by millions after it was featured during the last season of "Breaking Bad".