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Who are you and where are you from?
We are Paul Brown & James Brown. We are a father & son songwriting team from a small village called Cresswell in Northumberland

What is it you do? 
We write songs together and both play guitar. James also does the main lead vocals plus harmonies.

How long have you been doing it? 
Being older Paul has been writing songs and been in bands a lot longer (first gig was 40 years ago!). James is only 25 but still has 10 songwriting years under his belt. Paul was in a band called Mercurius who released an album 10 years ago. James started off writing electronic dance music before eventually teaming up with the ol’ man for the father & son collab just a year ago! Paul has also had experience in a covers band, where he’d play live gigs over the North East.

What inspires you? 
We’ve always enjoyed making music, so a huge part of the process is shear enjoyment. But, there are a few artists who certainly inspire our music (such as Muse, Simon & Garfunkel, Radiohead, Boy Kill Boy, Death Cab).

Tell us about your music.
We’ve always wanted to do a project together with music, but in the past we’ve had other things going on. However, in the past year or so, we’ve finally been able to work on our first (of many) album(s). We’ve always found it difficult to categorise our music into a genre, because there’s a blend of vibes within our songs. We’ve also been told our music is almost a mix of indie rock, country vibes, eighties & even pop. We spend a lot of time on the music and try to give it a unique feel – something that’s a bit different!

What have you got coming up in the future?
Our two singles currently out ‘White Flash’  and ‘ Comfort Zone’ (along with their YouTube music videos) are part of our build up to our first album ‘On My Way’ which is due to be released 1st April. We are super excited about the release and we’re currently working on future projects, such as the release of a 5 song EP later in the year!

Where can people find out more about you?
We are a new artist on the likes of Spotify, iTunes & Youtube channel under the name ‘James & Paul’, so you can listen to our current releases and look out for the new album there. You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook.

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