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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.

John J Presley

11/12/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Alternative Blues

Electric bluesman from Birmingham, John J Presley, shares a selection of alt-blues tracks and explains how they have influenced him…

DeVotchKa. Pic: Jen Rosenstein

05/12/2018

Interview: DeVotchKa’s Nick Urata

The Colorado-based quartet’s frontman talks about making their cinematic indie music and scoring award-winning movies ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Paddington’…

RuthAnne

23/11/2018

RuthAnne’s 10 tips on transitioning from songwriter to artist

This successful Irish songwriter is making her move for solo stardom. Here are her tips on how to change lane…

Shy Cookie

23/11/2018

Songs In The Key Of… UK Garage

DJ and producer Shy Cookie takes on a journey through a genre which dominated the charts of the late 90s…

Cass Lowe

21/11/2018

Interview: Cass Lowe

After working with everyone from Take That to Rudimental, the acclaimed songwriter-producer shares his insight into successful modern pop co-writing…

Laoise by Lucy Foster

16/11/2018

Diary Of A Songwriter: Laoise

A trip to London provides this Irish artist with a chance to write new music and record her latest video…

Bastian Baker

08/11/2018

Interview: Bastian Baker

The Swiss pro hockey player turned country singer-songwriter and coach on Belgium’s ‘The Voice’ talks about touring with Shania Twain…

Brickwork Lizards

31/10/2018

Interview: Brickwork Lizards

With influences stretching back to the Ottoman Empire, we just had to learn a little more about this Oxford group…

Nuela Charles

24/10/2018

Five minutes with… Nuela Charles

As she shares her new EP ‘Distant Danger’ we catch up with the alt-soul, Canadian star to discuss the record…

McGoozer's piano

18/10/2018

McGoozer’s Songwriting Survival Kit

When this Scottish songwriter can’t find inspiration in his books and gear, he seeks it out on the open road…

The Brummies

17/10/2018

Interview: The Brummies

We talk to Brummy singer-songwriter and musician Jacob Bryant about Birmingham and Nashville, and writing ‘Done’ with The Band Perry…

Gretta Ray

11/10/2018

Diary Of A Songwriter: Gretta Ray

The young, rising talent from Australia shares a personal account of her approach to songwriting, planned creativity and breakfast routine…

07/10/2018

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018 out now

Our latest edition features Macy Gray, Yoko Ono, Gabrielle, Boz Scaggs, Courtney Marie Andrews, Lamont Dozier, The Darkness and more…

Ruston Kelly

03/10/2018

Five minutes with… Ruston Kelly

We briefly catch up with a country artist and renowned Nashville songwriter whose new album is his most honest yet…

J R Harbidge

24/09/2018

J R Harbidge’s songwriting tips

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

Emma King's guitars

22/09/2018

Emma King’s Songwriting Survival Kit

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

The Beatles

17/09/2018

The role of mischief in the Beatles’ songwriting

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

Andy Brown

13/09/2018

Five minutes with… Lawson’s Andy Brown

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

Satellite Stories

06/09/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Finland

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

Jilted John

31/08/2018

How I wrote ‘Jilted John’ by Graham Fellows

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

 


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