The End Of America

Song Deconstructed: ‘Monsters’ by The End Of America

July 19, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

Brendon Thomas takes apart his band’s new song which was inspired by the plight of children in his US homeland…

Adam Young AKA Owl City

How I wrote ‘Fireflies’ by Adam Young (Owl City)

July 14, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2015

The singer-songwriter-producer explains how insomnia, a new synth and Blink-182 inspired a multi-platinum single that topped charts across the globe…

Anoushka Lucas

The 10 things I learned about songwriting from writing for theatre

July 12, 2019 in Features, Tips & Techniques

Multi-lingual songwriter, composer, actress and performer Anoushka Lucas shares some invaluable lessons learned from her time spent treading the boards…

Dear songwriter (who struggles to write good songs)

July 9, 2019 in Features, Tips & Techniques

In the first of a new regular column, the I Heart Songwriting Club founder encourages you to write, write, write…

Dave Davies

How I wrote ‘Death Of A Clown’ by The Kinks’ Dave Davies

July 7, 2019 in Features, Interviews

The lead guitarist, songwriter and singer of the influential English 60s rock band tells of his classic track’s haunting origins…

Live

How I wrote ‘I Alone’ by Live’s Ed Kowalczyk

June 30, 2019 in Features, Interviews

25 years after ‘Throwing Copper’ went global, we learn the story of the song that helped it on its way…

Attaque and Korg MS-20

Songs In The Key Of… The Korg MS-20

June 25, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

DJ and producer Attaque (aka Dominic Gentry) picks out a selection of tracks which were built using the classic synth…

River Nelson

River Nelson’s tips on staying resilient as a lyricist

June 14, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The New Yorker draws on three decades as a hip-hop artist to offer some invaluable advice to any would-be wordsmiths…

The Heavy's Kelvin Swaby

Song Deconstructed: ‘Better As One’ by The Heavy

June 12, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The West Country alternative punk band’s singer Kelvin Swaby reveals some surprising sociological and political observations behind their latest single…

Guy Chambers

How I wrote Robbie Williams’ ‘Millennium’ by Guy Chambers

June 7, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Robbie’s writing partner talks us through the pair’s creative process and how it spawned their first No 1 single together…

Scott Lavene

Diary Of A Songwriter: Scott Lavene

May 31, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Our latest diarist overcomes his existential angst in order to have a hugely productive week, complete with mass muesli consumption…

Kawala by Sarah Louise Bennett

Introducing… Kawala

May 28, 2019 in Features, Interviews

We get to know an alt-indie duo from London who skilfully capture their energetic live shows in their studio recordings…

Barry Blue

Barry Blue’s tips on surviving for 50 years as a songwriter

May 23, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The legendary British songwriter and producer offers some wise words for anyone wanting a lasting career in the music-making business…

Eagle-Eye Cherry

How I wrote ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle-Eye Cherry

May 20, 2019 in Features, Interviews

When this pop-rock classic landed on both sides of the Atlantic it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for its creator…

Alex Toth. Photo: Michael Leviton

Diary Of A Songwriter: Alex Toth

May 16, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Things get increasingly meta when this diary entry from the Tōth man form the basis of a brand new song…

The Lighthouse Family's Paul Tucker

Interview: Lighthouse Family’s Paul Tucker

May 11, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Finally returning with a new album, we catch up with the pop-soul duo’s songwriter still searching for his Holy Grail…

Songs In The Key Of… Tucson, Arizona

May 7, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez of XIXA assume the role of tour guides as we head into the Arizonan desert…

Midnight Oil

How I wrote ‘Beds Are Burning’ by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst

May 5, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Detailing the plight of Australia’s First Nations people, this rock anthem found an international audience upon its release in 1987…

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019 edition out now

April 30, 2019 in Features, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

Our latest issue features Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Monroe, Chris Difford, Howard Jones, Tim Burgess, Nile Rodgers, Fiona Bevan and more…

Bailey Bryan's Songwriting Survival Kit

Bailey Bryan’s Songwriting Survival Kit

April 21, 2019 in Features, Gear, Interviews

The rising Nashville singer-songwriter reveals her must-have items which include an old classical guitar, some spicy snacks and hot drinks…

Stats

Interview: Stats’ Ed Seed

April 17, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Having made one of the albums of the year so far, the Stats frontman talks us through its unusual genesis…

Tal Wilkenfeld

Introducing… Tal Wilkenfeld

April 15, 2019 in Features, Interviews

The go-to bass player for Prince, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck is now going it alone as a solo artist…