When a multi-instrumental songwriter and producer met a tone-deaf ideas man, an unlikely musical partnership was born – Autolegs.
In the sleepy English village of Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire, Chaz Wood played practically every instrument known to mankind. He even had a Yugoslavian nose flute. He had a few bands with his mates at primary school and then at secondary school (called middle school or 6th-8th grade in the USA) The 11th Hour in which he sung and played bass, which was wicked. They were only young but they made some great records, the opening theme to a film, and were local celebrities. Keyboard player Jack Routh was Chaz’s musical soul mate. One horrible day, Jack died aged 24. Chaz’s world was completely torn apart, he stopped playing music and all creativity ground to a halt.
Chaz met Em, a DJ, novelist, and formidable creative force. She mended him and they got married, did some traveling, made a short film together. Then they entered a competition to make adverts for a crisp company. They needed a cameraman. They contacted Amersham college where Em had studied with James Corden to see if any students were interested in working with them. Ivan was studying TV production there and ever eager for random creative opportunities, answered the call. They made adverts with Ivan, they had found someone who shared their passion for crazy ideas that might just work and an amazing hardworking partnership was born. Autolegs was just a twinkle in their eyes.
Chaz started another band, Almost Midnight. They went on tour and were supported by BBC introducing, playing live on the radio show. Chaz Em and Ivan made an epic music video that took a year to film. They had a lot of fun and honed their production skills. More music was made, more videos were made, friends were made and good times were had.
Chaz and Em then made a charity song – A Million Hearts by Alexander’s Army. They worked around the clock for a week to help their community raise £300,000 for a child with a brain tumor.
A while later, Chaz had another idea – let’s release a fun song for Christmas. He called Ivan. He loved it and instantly had hundreds of ideas.
Autolegs was born and was ready for Xmas 2015 with their debut single Get Your Santa On. The fun crazy song represents everything the festive period should be about. They followed in the footsteps of legends who have written epic Christmas hits such as Slade, Paul McCartney, and Elton John. The best Christmas songs are the ones that brighten up your day, bring friends and family together, and make you jump up and down with excitement. We live life at a million miles an hour, work too hard and there is doom and gloom in the news and there hasn’t been a happy, daft Christmas song in the charts for years.
Autolegs lay dormant for 5 years, Chaz focused on songwriting for other people’s projects.
Coronavirus came and gave Autolegs a kick up the arse. Chaz wrote some banging new choons, Autolegs has now released Xray, a banging chahooon featuring Amy J on vocals.