J R Harbidge

J R Harbidge’s songwriting tips

September 24, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The rocker from the Black Country shares some techniques to help make your melodic ideas and song structures more palatable…

Emma King's guitars

Emma King’s Songwriting Survival Kit

September 22, 2018 in Features, Gear, Interviews

When it comes to her essential writing gear, this soulful artist from Hull has a secret weapon up her sleeves…

The Beatles

The role of mischief in the Beatles’ songwriting

September 17, 2018 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Author of ‘Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles’, David Rowley, highlights the Fab Four’s mischievousness…

Andy Brown

Five minutes with… Lawson’s Andy Brown

September 13, 2018 in Features, Interviews

The disbanded pop group’s frontman talks about going solo and the creation of his infectious blend of homegrown rock-infused country…

Satellite Stories

Songs In The Key Of… Finland

September 6, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Who better than Finland’s most-successful indie band Satellite Stories to introduce some of the musical highlights of their Nordic homeland…

Jilted John

How I wrote ‘Jilted John’ by Graham Fellows

August 31, 2018 in Features, Interviews

We hear about a punk song whose protagonist was so heartbroken he cried all the way to the chip shop…

Clare Bowen

Interview: Clare Bowen

August 27, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Having conquered ‘Nashville’, this Australian artist is stepping out from behind her onscreen character and releasing an eponymous debut album…

Nic Cester

Interview: Jet’s Nic Cester

August 20, 2018 in Features, Interviews

The Australian singer-songwriter and frontman talks about the rock band’s rise, fall and rebirth in 15 years since ‘Get Born’…

Charlie Worsham Songwriting Survival Kit

Charlie Worsham’s Songwriting Survival Kit

August 13, 2018 in Features, Interviews

One of the most gifted musicians in Nashville shares with us the essential elements needed when it comes to songwriting…

Graham Nash

How I wrote ‘Marrakesh Express’ by Crosby, Stills & Nash

August 4, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Graham Nash takes us on a journey to Morocco in order to explain the origins of a classic. All aboard!…

Maven Grace

Songs In The Key Of… Beijing

July 24, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Chinese-born Jason Magnus and his band Maven Grace take us through a playlist of Beijing’s most exciting and original artists…

Dave Rotheray

David Rotheray’s 10 tips for songwriting after an extended break

July 19, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The former Beautiful South guitarist offers some advice for any songwriters hoping to return to the craft after a break…

Ruen Brothers

Interview: Ruen Brothers

July 17, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Henry: “Anything that excites us or makes us feel something out of the ordinary usually leads to us getting the…

Swing Out Sister

How I wrote ‘Breakout’ by Swing Out Sister

July 14, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell explain how the 1986 World Cup and a panic-inducing deadline inspired their sophisti-pop hit single…

Germein

Songs In The Key Of… Adelaide

July 10, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Music

Australian sibling pop act Germein take a break from supporting Little Mix to share a playlist inspired by their home-city…

Songwriting Summer 2018

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018 out now

July 6, 2018 in Features, News

Our latest edition features Chvrches, Graham Nash, Janis Ian, Travis, Ali Tamposi, Nizlopi, Roger Cook, Jamie Lawson and much more…

The First Song

July 3, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Hear how songwriters like Gene Simmons, Janis Ian, Adam Duritz, Loudon Wainwright III, Roger Cook and BC Jean got started…

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes' Songwriting Survival Kit

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes’ Songwriting Survival Kit

June 22, 2018 in Features, Interviews

The LA indie band’s frontman is a sucker for a good pen; find out what else he can’t do without…

Bob Dylan

Appreciating the songs of… Bob Dylan

June 6, 2018 in Features

Passionate fan, James Sullivan considers the poetic lyricism and music by one of the most influential songwriters of all time…

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

Interview: Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

May 30, 2018 in Features, Interviews

The lead singer of this acclaimed alt-country/Americana band from Melbourne, Australia, tells us about his inspiration and approach to songwriting…