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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.

Songwriting goals for 2016

11/02/2016

Three songwriting goals for 2016

Stuck in a creative rut so far this year? James Linderman has some ideas to help you get out of…
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SW Live carousel

07/02/2016

Songwriting Live @ Century, London (28 January 2016)

Our regular London showcase returned in January, with a plush new venue, five up-and-coming live acts – and Katie Melua!…
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Scroobius Pip

03/02/2016

Sodajerker presents… Scroobius Pip

Liverpudlian podcasting duo, Sodajerker talk songwriting and lyrical inspiration with one of the UK’s most acclaimed and successful hip-hop artists…
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16 for 2016: new songwriting talent

28/01/2016

16 for 2016: new songwriting talent

We’re back again to make our annual prediction for the stars who are set to light up the year ahead…
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Trixie Whitley CAROUSEL

21/01/2016

Interview: Trixie Whitley

Songwriting meets a female singer-songwriter whose varied new album ‘Porta Bohemica’ impressed us greatly… and who’s got quite a back-story,…
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Seafret

14/01/2016

Interview: Seafret

With the release of their debut album just around the corner, we caught up with the supremely talented songwriting duo…
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

12/01/2016

Sodajerker presents… Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

The podcasters talk with the multi-award winning husband and wife team about their work on the Disney smash hit ‘Frozen’…
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Wrenne

05/01/2016

Introducing… Wrenne

The post-Mormon electro-popstress from Utah who trained in musical theatre before moving to London with $300 and a backpacker’s guitar…
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Best Of 2015

31/12/2015

Best Of 2015

As a brand new year beckons, we look back at the singers, songs and songwriters that made 2015 their own…
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Turin Brakes

22/12/2015

Interview: Turin Brakes

One half of their original songwriting partnership, Olly Knights discusses the band’s enduring appeal from their 2001 Mercury award-nominated debut…
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Joe Jackson carousel

16/12/2015

Sodajerker presents… Joe Jackson

The Sodajerker boys meet British songwriter Joe Jackson, in the wake of his critically acclaimed recent long player ‘Fast Forward’…
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Group test: Loop pedals

10/12/2015

Group test: Looping pedals

Whether you’re layering sounds or creating a mini-symphony, loopers are a great songwriting tool. We check out three recent models…
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Miles Hunt

06/12/2015

How I Wrote… ‘A Wish Away’ by Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff)

The Wonder Stuff’s late 80s student disco anthem had its genesis in a recording accident, as frontman Miles Hunt explains…
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Marcus Miller

02/12/2015

Sodajerker presents… Marcus Miller

Our podcasting pals from Liverpool bring us an exclusive chat with a giant of the jazz, funk and soul worlds…
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Bruce Soord

02/12/2015

Interview: Bruce Soord

The driving force behind progressive rock outfit The Pineapple Thief talks about going solo and finding inspiration in a supermarket…
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Mozez

26/11/2015

Interview: Mozez

The long-term Zero 7 and Nightmares On Wax collaborator, talks about releasing his second solo album after a nine-year hiatus…
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JD Weaver

22/11/2015

Introducing… JD Weaver

This young Cheshire singer-songwriter isn’t letting disability stand in the way of getting his music – and his message –…
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HOLY HOLY's Oscar Dawson

19/11/2015

Interview: HOLY HOLY’s Oscar Dawson

We get to know the Aussie guitarist and talk about the songwriting partnership behind this rock band’s exceptional debut album…
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Girl in a field songwriting

17/11/2015

How to maintain the stream of songwriting ideas

Being prolifically creative can be challenging for any songwriter. Here Mylène Besançon offers some tips for keeping the juices flowing…
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Aloe Blacc

12/11/2015

Interview: Aloe Blacc

LA soul singer of ‘I Need A Dollar’, ‘The Man’ and ‘Wake Me Up’ fame, talks songwriting and social consciousness…
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