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Interviews, inspiration, songwriting tips and more…

We talk to up-and-coming artists and big names alike to get the inside story on their songwriting techniques and on how they got to where they are today, while our own team of experienced songwriters share some of their ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. To view an archive of all the previous Songwriting features visit our Songwriting Features section.

Declan McKenna

17/08/2017

Sodajerker presents… Declan McKenna

The dynamic duo, Simon and Brian, are joined by a talented young musician with a penchant for writing political songs…
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05/08/2017

Five top things an A&R looks for in a songwriter

The award-winning and multi-platinum John Dexter of A&R Lab reveals the key ingredients he looks for in a potential songwriter…
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Carly Paoli

03/08/2017

Interview: Carly Paoli

We chat to a classical singer whose alluring debut album features her own lyrics and a duet with José Carreras…
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01/08/2017

Live review: Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (21-23 July ’17)

In late July, Songwriting headed up to the Steel City to check out the three-day musical extravaganza that is Tramlines…
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Jason Isbell

26/07/2017

Sodajerker presents… Jason Isbell

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist joins Simon and Brian in London to mark the milestone of their 100th podcast episode…
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Love Ssega

19/07/2017

Interview: Love Ssega

With a new EP being released later this year, we caught up with the fast-rising songwriter to discuss his influences…
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Duncan Lloyd

11/07/2017

Interview: Maxïmo Park’s Duncan Lloyd

The alt-rock band’s founder, guitarist and songwriter talks of his continuing solo projects and occasional detours into the avant-garde As…
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The Doors

28/06/2017

Interview: The Doors’ Robby Krieger

We chat to The Doors guitarist and songwriter about his time in one of the most influential bands on earth…
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Jack Savoretti

27/06/2017

Sodajerker presents… Jack Savoretti

Our podcasting duo meet the Anglo-Italian troubadour to hear the story behind that gravelly voice and his breakneck writing-recording process…
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Frankie Oliver

24/06/2017

Interview: Frankie Oliver

We meet an aspiring British blues and soul singer who has a not-so-secret past as a 90s reggae artist Setting…
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Luke Sital-Singh. Photo: Steve Gullick

20/06/2017

Interview: Luke Sital-Singh

The British singer-songwriter traces his path from nu metal to nu folk, alongside an interest in acting and Slow Movement…
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Tommy Stinson

17/06/2017

Interview: Tommy Stinson

The legendary Replacements bassist has reformed his other old band, Bash & Pop, and chats to us about their return…
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Benjamin Booker

09/06/2017

Interview: Benjamin Booker

We catch up with the soulful American rocker to learn how a trip to Mexico City inspired his new record…
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Cat Pierce

30/05/2017

Interview: CAT

With The Pierces on hiatus and a solo career underway, now’s the time to catch up with this charismatic artist……
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Dolores O'Riordan

26/05/2017

Interview: The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

The Irish rock band’s frontwoman speaks candidly about coping with bi-polar disorder and how they wrote their first hit ‘Linger’…
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Ian Broudie

18/05/2017

Interview: Ian Broudie

Ahead of his summer performances, the creative power behind The Lightning Seeds chats to us about his career in music…
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Robbie Robertson

14/05/2017

Sodajerker presents… Robbie Robertson

The returning podcasters Simon and Brian interview a truly legendary Canadian songwriter, whose music with The Band helped create Americana……
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Nick Ellis

11/05/2017

Interview: Nick Ellis

This Liverpool-based songwriter discusses how the unique location his debut album was recorded in profoundly influenced the haunting final outcome…
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Liverpool Empire Theatre

06/05/2017

Songs In The Key Of… Liverpool

The founder of Mellowtone Records leads us around Liverpool by choosing a dozen of his favourite songs from the city…
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Robert Cray

04/05/2017

Interview: Robert Cray

The five-time Grammy winning blues guitarist talks to us about telling stories with his music and songwriting in the kitchen…
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