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Song Deconstructed: ‘Being’ by Johanna Amelie

October 4, 2019 in Interviews, Music

The alt-pop Berliner reveals the inspiration, lyrics, music and recording of her brand new release – a song about boundaries…

How I wrote 'Little Things'

How I wrote One Direction’s ‘Little Things’ by Fiona Bevan

September 29, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The Suffolk-born singer-songwriter explains how she and Ed Sheeran made the little song that gave 1D another UK No 1…

Emma Frank

Song-by-Song: ‘Come Back’ by Emma Frank

September 27, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The Brooklyn-based avant-garde folk artist details the creation of each track from her latest album, revealing a rollercoaster of emotions…

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Song Deconstructed: ‘The Water’ by Gabriella Cilmi

September 23, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The Australian singer-songwriter explains how The Doors, Scientology documentaries and two chords went into the making of her latest release…

Kelsea Ballerini

Five minutes with… Kelsea Ballerini

September 21, 2019 in Features, Interviews

The two-time Grammy Award-nominated songstress from Tennessee talks about her new single ‘Homecoming Queen?’, her forthcoming album and UK audiences…

How I Wrote 'Zombie' by The Cranberries

How I wrote ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

September 19, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

Before the Irish band’s singer tragically died in 2018, she told us how this classic 90s rock song was created…

'Elusive' by Scott Matthews in 'How I Wrote' the book

How I wrote ‘Elusive’ by Scott Matthews

September 18, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews

The Wolverhampton singer-songwriter reveals how his debut single earned him a tour with Foo Fighters and an Ivor Novello award…

Charles Esten

Interview: Charles Esten

September 17, 2019 in Features, Interviews

With a UK tour just around the corner, the country star and actor takes us through a lifetime of songwriting…

How I wrote 'Connected' by Stereo MCs' Rob Birch

How I wrote ‘Connected’ by Stereo MCs’ Rob Birch

September 14, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2015

The frontman explains how their most famous song is a long and winding tale of riots, London buses and underpants…

Leslie Stevens’ Songwriting Survival Kit

Leslie Stevens’ Songwriting Survival Kit

September 9, 2019 in Features, Gear, Interviews

Whether it’s her sketchbook, guitar or an open mind, these are the essential items the LA-based singer-songwriter can’t do without…

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Songs In The Key Of… Wilco

September 6, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

With a comprehensive new book about Jeff Tweedy’s band on the horizon, its author walks us through 12 essential tracks…

Gethen Jenkins

Introducing… Gethen Jenkins

September 4, 2019 in Features, Interviews

The former marine has embraced outlaw country and his debut album is one of the year’s most exciting new offerings…

How I wrote 'Silence Is Easy' by Starsailor

How I wrote ‘Silence Is Easy’ by Starsailor’s James Walsh

September 1, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2017

The indie band’s frontman on creating their two-chord, Phil Spector-produced hit single, and how easy it is to sing drunk!…

Eli Musser

Song Deconstructed: ‘Die To Be With You’ by Eli Musser

August 30, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

A true student of popular music, this New York songwriter invites us to learn a thing or two about love…

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How I wrote ‘She’s So Lovely’ by Scouting For Girls’ Roy Stride

August 27, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018

The pop-rock band’s frontman explains how their debut hit took two years of tweaking and “dicking around on the piano”…

KLARA

KLARA’s Songwriting Survival Kit

August 18, 2019 in Features, Gear, Interviews

The Justin Vernon-approved Swedish singer-songwriter talks us through her essential gear, which includes an Omnichord and a good mic setting…

Frank Turner

Song Deconstructed: ‘The Death Of Dora Hand’ by Frank Turner

August 17, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The punk and folk singer-songwriter reveals the inspiration and craft that went into a track about an 1800s vaudeville star…

How I wrote 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me' by Travis

How I wrote ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ by Travis’ Fran Healy

August 15, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The Glaswegian frontman talks about piecing together their precipitative breakthrough hit single in the arid climes of Israel and Spain…

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Five minutes with… Adam Green

August 14, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Returning with a dystopian new album and graphic novel, the anti-folk pioneer gives us an insight into his writing methods…

How I wrote 'Girl From Mars' by Ash

How I wrote ‘Girl From Mars’ by Ash’s Tim Wheeler

July 31, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2016

The Northern Irish frontman recalls how a song he wrote as a 16-year-old schoolboy became the rock band’s breakthrough hit…

How I wrote 'Forever Lost' by The Magic Numbers

How I wrote ‘Forever Lost’ by The Magic Numbers’ Romeo Stodart

July 30, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The English pop-rockers’ songwriter tells us how their debut single managed to blend an uplifting melody with a darker lyric…

Emma King

Song-by-Song: ‘The Sun And The Blues’ by Emma King

July 26, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

British songwriter Emma King takes us through her new mini-album which was inspired by her surroundings in Memphis and Nashville…