“If I carried on the way that I was going, I wouldn't be alive and speaking to you right now. It's a miracle that I'm clean, sober and happy. To be honest, I didn't see myself living past a certain age – I thought I'd be dead before I turned 20.”
For someone only 22 years old, Harry James has been through an awful lot. The London musician, who performs as Kid Brunswick, has battled substance abuse, been through rehab, and experienced a childhood that saw him bounce from one school to the next as a complex home life led to a distrust of others. Having made it out the other side, Harry – who now adopts a straight-edge lifestyle – is fully focussed on his music. Despite having not played a single show, he’s amassed a significant online following off the back of debut record we surround ourselves with chaos, released in 2019, and the recent singles from XFOREVER, his new mixtape that drops this Friday (July 30).
A chaotic coming together of punk, hip-hop and alt.rock, there’s a genre-fluid approach akin to artists like De’Wayne and YUNGBLUD present across his music, but the sound of Kid Brunswick is altogether much darker than these artists, mirroring the complex and messy path his life has taken so far. Having always felt like something of a loner, Harry is happy for his songs to exist in a world all of their own.