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Who are you and where are you from?
DB: I’m David Brewis, grew up in Whitburn, school in Seaham, and live in Low Fell, Gateshead.

PW: I’m Paul Woods – Woodsy to almost everyone else. I was born and raised in Seaham, County Durham, on the coast south of Sunderland – it used to be a pit town, now it’s the height of café culture.  

What is it you do?
DB: I write and play music, I have gigged for years and years, was a founder member of The Kane Gang along with Paul Woods and Martin Brammer. If you look us up, it was the 1980s. Mainly I play guitar and bass, also program keyboard and drum parts, and do arrangements. Whatever I need to do. Currently, I like recording best.

PW: I’m the singer and co-writer in new duo Autoleisureland. In a previous life I was a journalist (deputy editor of three North East dailies) and in lives before that a co-vocalist and member of successful band The Kane Gang, then an aspiring reporter and music fan.

How long have you been doing it?
DB: Since I was 18 when I got my first proper gig, so for like decades now. Over the years, apart from being in The Kane Gang, I’ve worked with Ben E King, Prefab Sprout, Lighthouse Family, Martin Stephenson, Jimmy James, all kinds. Music every day.

PW: Only a few years in Autoleisureland, but I’ve been singing and writing for so long I should be better at it than I am. Having said that there have been big gaps in between projects

What inspires you?
DB: Great music and songs, the greats like Bobby Womack, Jimmy Webb, Steely Dan, 10cc, Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Isley Brothers. Reminds me to be myself if nothing else, be original. 

PW: Music obviously, especially the thrill of coming across new artists. The written word, poems, articles, lyrics and novels. Art, movies, people, the North East and, above all, Bobby Womack.

Tell us about your music.
DB: For the last few years, Paul and I have been Autoleisureland, picking up where we left off with writing, and it has been really productive and creative. We said we would do maybe an EP of songs, now we have a full album ready to go and are releasing a couple of singles first.

PW: Dave and I never lost touch – we always met up once a week for a pint. He told me he had started working on an instrumental album – he played me tracks in progress and that was it, Autoleisureland were up and running. I started writing lyrics for some of the things he was working on but then we quickly started amassing more material. I don’t know where the songs came from.

What have you got coming up in the future?
DB: We are so into the writing and recording process, we find ourselves with an extra EP and half our second album mostly done, so although we don’t get together more than 2-3 times a week, we are always working separately and can’t stop. It’s artistic and satisfying, so what else do we do? There may be some gigs down the line, a lot of time is spent making sure we aren’t missing out on any socials stuff and doing scratch videos, in order to try to spread our music wider.

PW: We released double A-side single Autoleisureland/Fade Out earlier this month, second single KC & The Sunshine Band will be out in mid-July. Then ‘The Blue Star’ will be out in mid-August and hopefully, our album Infiniti Drive will follow in September. I know it seems daft we’ve launched an album in our sixties, but we just felt compelled to do it. I’m prouder of this than anything I have ever done creatively. We have what we call our soul ep completed, a second album half recorded and have more than enough stuff for a third. Making up for lost time, I suppose.

Where can people find out more about you?
www.autoleisureland.com
https://youtu.be/iUP6SVQ5wQg
https://youtu.be/HfneI8O0Jto

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