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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.

Bob Dylan

06/06/2018

Appreciating the songs of… Bob Dylan

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

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

30/05/2018

Interview: Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

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

Jan Kincaid. Pic: Nic-Stills

24/05/2018

How I wrote ‘Shelter’ by The Brand New Heavies’ Jan Kincaid

The former drummer and songwriter of the London-based acid jazz-funk group, talks about the making of his dramatic, groove-led single…

Josh T Pearson. Pic: Eliot Lee Hazel

16/05/2018

Interview: Josh T. Pearson

The release of his surprisingly straight new album gave us the opportunity to chat with this hero of alternative country…

Chas Hodges

10/05/2018

Interview: Chas Hodges

With a new Chas & Dave album out now, it’s time we caught up with one of the rockney gods…

Gretchen Peters Songwriting Survival Kit

03/05/2018

Gretchen Peters’ Songwriting Survival Kit

We find out the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee’s indispensable tools of her trade include coffee, naps and solitude…

The Levellers' Mark Chadwick

03/05/2018

Interview: The Levellers’ Mark Chadwick

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the punk-folk-rock band’s frontman and songwriter talks about his mysterious craft, finding inspiration, and undercover police…

Songs In The Key Of Britrock

29/04/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Britrock

BRITROCK WEEK: We pick 17 songs that represent the eccentricity, ferocity and glory of British rock in the mid-to-late 90s…

Reef

28/04/2018

How I wrote ‘Place Your Hands’ by Reef’s Gary Stringer

BRITROCK WEEK: The West Country rock band’s frontman tells us how their energetic, singalong single took shape and took off…

Nigel Clark

26/04/2018

How I wrote ‘Good Enough’ by Dodgy’s Nigel Clark

BRITROCK WEEK: The fun-loving indie trio’s lead singer and bassist recalls the Bob Marley-inspired conception of their biggest hit single…

Ginger

25/04/2018

How I wrote ‘I Wanna Go Where The People Go’ by The Wildhearts

BRITROCK WEEK: The band’s frontman Ginger explains how a soundcheck riff and a casual interview comment inspired their unpredictable single…

Terrorvision

24/04/2018

How I wrote ‘Perseverance’ by Terrorvision’s Tony Wright

BRITROCK WEEK: The Bradford band’s singer tells the story behind the writing of their riff-tastic ode to whales and dolphins…

Britrock Must Be Destroyed

23/04/2018

Britrock Must Be Destroyed

BRITROCK WEEK: Before their playful UK tour celebrating mid-90s British rock, we hear from Reef, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Dodgy…

Jenn Bostic - Revival

21/04/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Country Pop

Here we get Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jenn Bostic to pick out 10 tracks that perfectly straddle both pop and country music…

John Carter Cash by David McClister

12/04/2018

Interview: John Carter Cash

Johnny Cash’s son talks to us about bringing his legendary father’s unpublished words to life on a star-studded new album…

Shoegaze

11/04/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Shoegaze

We’re delighted to bring you a collection of songs from one of the most influential genres in guitar-pop’s alternative canon…

Ben Harper

09/04/2018

Interview: Ben Harper

The genre-blending, Grammy-winning musician and performer extols the benefits of songwriting, collaborating, skateboarding and channelling the frequencies of the universe…

27 Gone Too Soon

08/04/2018

The legend of the 27 Club

In reviewing a recent documentary film about the famous musicians who died aged 27, Fern Dunn explores the tragic phenomenon…

The Magic Numbers' Romeo Stodart

04/04/2018

Interview: The Magic Numbers’ Romeo Stodart

As the English pop-rockers return with a new album, we chat to the band’s songwriter about life as an outsider…

Songwriting Spring 2018

28/03/2018

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018 out now

Latest issue features Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Calexico, Jonathan Wilson, Levellers, Scouting For Girls and more…

 


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