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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.

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14/08/2014

Introducing… St Paul & The Broken Bones

This rock ’n’ soul seven-piece from Alabama are about to tour the UK… catching them in action is highly recommended!…
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12/08/2014

Writing away from your instrument

Struggling to come up with ideas? Sitting slaving over a hot piano isn’t necessarily the best solution, says Ken Chapple……
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Juliana – ReverbNation

06/08/2014

ReverbNation contest winner #11: Juliana

Songwriting and ReverbNation proudly present the eleventh winner of our ongoing regular competition for songwriters – Nashville-inspired pop from Juliana…
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Roger McGuinn

28/07/2014

Interview: Roger McGuinn (part one)

The legendary guitarist-songwriter discusses his new album, his days in The Byrds and why he prefers writing with a partner…
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Eg White

25/07/2014

How I wrote… ‘Leave Right Now’ by Eg White

Will Young’s No 1 single may have saved his career, but could just as easily been Gareth Gates’ Christmas song…
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David Gray

17/07/2014

Interview: David Gray

The White Ladder man explains his new approach to songwriting, taking inspiration from poetry, boredom and a child’s toy harp…
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Tony Hatch

16/07/2014

A Life In Song: Tony Hatch

How the prolific songwriter-producer helped define 60s pop music with Petula Clark and The Searchers… and wrote the Neighbours theme…
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Rich Hall

09/07/2014

Interview: Rich Hall

With his latest album in stores now, songwriter, comedian and author Rich Hall shares some thoughts on his comedic songwriting…
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Doe

07/07/2014

Introducing… Doe

London based trio Doe take feminism, horror and beer as their motto and indie-rock’s early 90s heyday as their inspiration…
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Dan Wilson

03/07/2014

Interview: Dan Wilson

Semisonic’s frontman and go-to A-list collaborator for Taylor Swift, Adele, Birdy and more re-ignites his career as a solo singer-songwriter…
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Helen Reddington

28/06/2014

Helen Reddington: Songwriting spaces

Songwriting a walk in the park? Helen thinks so, and suggests some other creative spaces that’ll get the juices flowing…
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Eg White

23/06/2014

Sodajerker presents… Eg White

The podcasting-songwriting duo speak with the “quintessential professional songwriter” whose list of collaborators include Adele, Tom Odell, Kylie and Duffy…
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21/06/2014

Profile: Frettie.com

Want feedback on your work from fellow songwriters, without getting abuse from trolls? This new online community is for you!…
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Saint Etienne

14/06/2014

Interview: Saint Etienne

With a new photo-journal of their career having just gone on sale, Songwriting catches up with indie-dance legends Saint Etienne…
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EKSA Songwriting Camp

12/06/2014

A trip to EKSA Songwriting Camp

Aaron Slater recently attended Eliot Kennedy’s Songwriting Camp at Sheffield’s Steelworks Studios. What did he learn from the award-winning songwriter?…
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Horse Party

11/06/2014

Introducing… Horse Party

A Bury-forged trio peddling blues-y, grungey alt-rock, with a back story that bears a similarity to certain college rock greats…
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PF Sloan

10/06/2014

Interview: PF Sloan

He’s a musical legend who’s survived the best and the worst of times – and he’s playing Glasto this month…
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Nabiha

03/06/2014

Interview: Nabiha

A Danish pop star who’s bringing her North African-infused dance and R&B across the world, to a country near you!…
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Lisa Redford

03/06/2014

Lisa Redford: The great duets

As our regular columnist works on a duet of her own, she looks at some great collaborations of the past…
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Dan Amor

26/05/2014

Interview: Dan Amor

As his fourth album hits download stores, we meet a singer-songwriter from Gwynedd who writes in both English and Welsh…
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Wild Smiles

21/05/2014

Introducing… Wild Smiles

Winchester’s Wild Smiles are purveyors of the sort of noise-pop that’s bound to leave a wide grin on your face…
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Dean Friedman

05/05/2014

Interview: Dean Friedman

The US songwriter of 1977 Top 20 hit ‘Ariel’ explains his idiosyncratic approach and his upcoming songwriting course in France…
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28/04/2014

Sodajerker presents… Difford & Tilbrook

Who have Sodajerker been talking to this month? Only one of the greatest British songwriting teams in history, that’s all……
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25/04/2014

A beginner’s guide to… music publishing

For the serious songwriter, getting a publishing deal is crucial. We asked an industry insider to explain how it works……
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Cameron Hill – ReverbNation

20/04/2014

ReverbNation contest winner #10: Cameron Hill

Presenting the 10th winner of our songwriting competition in association with musicians network ReverbNation – a pop-R&B songstress from Trinidad…
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Ben Watt

14/04/2014

Interview: Ben Watt

The former Everything But The Girl man and sometime house producer on why he’s going back to his acoustic roots…
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Lisa Redford

08/04/2014

Lisa Redford: Writing to a brief

This month, our regular columnist Lisa looks at the different challenges that are involved in writing songs to a commission…
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The Wytches

04/04/2014

Interview: The Wytches

The Wytches have applied their musical alchemy to crafting songs that are doomy, dangerous and more than a little infectious…
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Cast

30/03/2014

Interview: Cast’s John Power

The Scouse singer-songwriter talks about playing in The La’s, the tale of Britpop heroes Cast, and “writing that eternal song”…
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Carrie Tree

27/03/2014

Interview: Carrie Tree

We catch up with Brighton folk singer-songwriter Carrie Tree and find out just why her second album took so long…
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Rufus Wainwright

24/03/2014

Sodajerker presents… Rufus Wainwright

The excellent Sodajerker team strike gold once again, with an interview with the ineffable baroque pop songwriting megastar Rufus Wainwright…
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Sophie Madeleine

22/03/2014

Interview: Sophie Madeleine

We meet a rising singer-songwriter and ukelele player from Brighton and discover that she really is a ‘Silent Cynic’ underneath…
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Liz Green

18/03/2014

Interview: Liz Green

We catch up with Songwriting’s first ever interviewee as her second album of jazz-, blues- and folk-influenced balladry hits stores…
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Harmonic quality of chords

17/03/2014

Songwriting technique: Harmonic quality of chords

First of a two-part article, in which Berklee Music’s James Linderman looks at chord quality and the moods they create…
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Tyrannosaurus Dead

12/03/2014

Introducing…Tyrannosaurus Dead

A five piece act with a gift for anthemic indie-rock, that draws from the canons of both C86 and grunge…
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BLACKUR0

06/03/2014

ReverbNation contest winner #9: BLACKUR0

Our latest songwriting competition winner is an eclectic singer-songwriter from Japan, mixing rock with elements of R&B, hip-hop and electro…
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Trevor Horn

24/02/2014

Interview: Trevor Horn

The legendary producer who reputedly ‘invented the Eighties’ reveals he’s an “awful engineer” and often didn’t take any songwriting credits…
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Paddy McAloon

23/02/2014

Sodajerker presents… Paddy McAloon

Another coup for our friends at Sodajerker this month as they chat to reclusive Prefab Sprout main man Paddy McAloon…
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Mark Morriss

20/02/2014

Interview: The Bluetones’ Mark Morriss

The Britpop band frontman turned solo singer-songwriter reveals a penchant for cryptic crosswords and an unremitting struggle with song titles…
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Justin Currie

11/02/2014

Interview: Del Amitri’s Justin Currie

As the Scottish rock band embarks on a reunion tour, the chef-turned-frontman talks about being compelled to keep writing songs…
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Billy Bragg

10/02/2014

Sodajerker presents… Billy Bragg

Our friends at Sodajerker catch up with the Bard of Barking to discuss killer first lines and songs about icebergs…
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Dancing Years

04/02/2014

Introducing… Dancing Years

Five school friends who create emotive, cinematic music that pulls at the heart-strings and has already graced a BAFTA-nominated soundtrack…
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Jordan Eastman

27/01/2014

ReverbNation contest winner #8: Jordan Eastman

Winner of December’s songwriting competition is an indie-folk multi-instrumentalist whose home is Florida, Tennessee and 46 other states of America…
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Lisa Redford

26/01/2014

Lisa Redford: Online resources for musicians

After a short break, our regular columnist returns with a look at some useful tools for promoting your music online…
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The Korgis

21/01/2014

Interview: Andy Davis & James Warren

The enduring members of prog-folk band Stackridge, and commercially successful partnership as The Korgis, talk about their eccentric songwriting approach…
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14 for 2014

21/01/2014

14 for 2014: new songwriting talent

Once again, we don our predicting hats and name the artists you’ll be hearing a lot more of this year…
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Van Dyke Parks

20/01/2014

Sodajerker presents… Van Dyke Parks

The Sodajerker team catch up with a truly unique songwriter who’s worked with everyone from the Beach Boys to Skrillex…
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The Backbeat

15/01/2014

Songwriting technique: The backbeat

Songwriting and guitar tutor Jack Jennings takes us through the definition, application and effect of Western music’s widely used ‘backbeat’…
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John Waite

05/01/2014

How I wrote… ‘Missing You’ by John Waite

The 80s smash that hit No 1 on the Billboard chart almost wasn’t recorded and was the songwriter’s bittersweet tale…
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Velvet Morning

04/01/2014

Introducing… Velvet Morning

Southend has spawned a psychedelic monster, in the form of a young four-piece formerly known as The Banana Club Sandwiches…
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Nick Lowe

02/01/2014

Sodajerker presents… Nick Lowe

Our friends at Sodajerker meet a songwriter who’s been a stalwart of the UK music scene since the early 70s…
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Best Of 2013

31/12/2013

Best Of 2013

Putting talk of ‘selfies’ and ‘twerking’ aside, we celebrate the greatest of 2013′s songwriting masters, musical masterpieces and significant moments…
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Miri

23/12/2013

Introducing… Miri

A soulful indie-pop songwriter inspired by soul and Motown, for whom the most important thing in her music is connection…
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Ariana & The Rose

18/12/2013

Introducing… Ariana & The Rose

Going from musical theatre to electro-pop, starring in a McCartney video along the way, this songwriter’s on an exciting journey…
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Paul Carrack

18/12/2013

Interview: Paul Carrack

The Ace, Squeeze, Mike And The Mechanics, and solo, singer-songwriter with the ‘golden voice’ demystifies his approach to writing songs…
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Suzanne Vega

10/12/2013

Sodajerker presents… Suzanne Vega

Our friends at Sodajerker recently hooked up with one of the greatest American songwriters of modern times – here’s what…
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07/12/2013

The four mistakes that hold your songwriting back

Ryan Buckner looks at some common mistakes made by songwriters, why they hold you back and how to avoid them…
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Helene Greenwood

06/12/2013

Introducing… Helene Greenwood

An eccentric English singer-songwriter who successfully channels Thom Yorke and Kate Bush with a unique brand of quirky cinematic folk…
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Julian Emery

05/12/2013

Interview: Julian Emery

This behind the scenes songwriter helped launch Matt Willis from Busted’s solo career, co-wrote McFly’s hits and contributed to Gabrielle…
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02/12/2013

ReverbNation contest winner #7: Dani Elliott

The winner of November’s ReverbNation songwriting contest is a  jazz-trained singer-songwriter from Connecticut who’s worked with some big names already…
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02/12/2013

How I wrote… ‘All Right Now’ by Free’s Andy Fraser

Free’s bassist and songwriter recalls how the band’s biggest hit had its genesis in a less than successful live gig…
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WME

27/11/2013

Introducing… WME (We Make Everything)

We meet Guy Furious, one-third of hotly tipped songwriting and production team WME who’ve signed a publishing deal with BMG…
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The Whybirds

26/11/2013

Interview: The Whybirds

A tale of four songwriters that became three, stuck together, and managed to create one of the year’s best albums…
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23/11/2013

Introducing… Anna Murphy

We meet a singer-songwriter who’s going it alone after making her mark playing hurdy-gurdy in Switzerland’s leading folk-metal band, Eluveitie…
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19/11/2013

Songwriting technique: The art of imitative composition

Imitation isn’t just a sincere form of flattery, it’s also a good way for novice melody-makers to hone their craft…
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Introducing... Matthew Mole

18/11/2013

Introducing… Matthew Mole

A South African multi-instrumentalist blending Mumford-honouring nu-folk and layered production, who’s gone from winning songwriting contests to making chart history…
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Emma Stevens

17/11/2013

Interview: Emma Stevens

We meet the “surf chick” songwriter who’s taken centre-stage as a solo artist, and entertained 40,000 people at Hyde Park…
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Lionel Cornelius

10/11/2013

ReverbNation contest winner #6: Lionel Cornelius

Songwriting and ReverbNation proudly present the fourth winner of our monthly competition for songwriters – genuine soul man Lionel Cornelius…
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High Hazels

10/11/2013

Introducing… High Hazels

A brand new four-piece guitar band from Sheffield. Influenced by local heroes Hawley and Cocker, and far-from-local Simon and Garfunkel…
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Tina Shafer

04/11/2013

Interview: Tina Shafer

Celine Dion’s songwriter, Avril Lavigne’s vocal coach, organiser of NYC Songwriters’ Circle for 23 years… Tina Shafer’s a busy woman!…
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02/11/2013

How I wrote… ‘Everlasting Love’ by Mac Gayden

Our series continues with the story of a song that’s been a hit somewhere in every decade since the 60s…
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David Rotheray

24/10/2013

Interview: David Rotheray

After nearly 20 years as Paul Heaton’s songwriting partner, the Beautiful South guitarist discusses his solo career and concept album…
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Gabriella Jones

15/10/2013

Introducing… Gabriella Jones

A new series featuring songwriters you won’t have heard of yet – but that you’ll be hearing more of soon…
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Kiran Leonard

14/10/2013

Interview: Kiran Leonard

Songwriting meets an incredibly prolific young UK songwriter who unashamedly draws his influences from some of music’s more leftfield auteurs…
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Making better use of dynamics in songwriting

10/10/2013

Making better use of dynamics

Ryan Buckner takes us through the fundamentals of musical dynamics, the element that brings light and shade to your songwriting…
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05/10/2013

Interview: Nina Baker

Songwriting catches up with a rising star from Norfolk as she prepares to release her debut long player ‘Quite Frankly’…
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Karen Poole

04/10/2013

Interview: Karen Poole

We find out how one half of Alisha’s Attic became a prolific topline writer and pop hit collaborator of choice…
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Lisa Redford

28/09/2013

Lisa Redford: The songwriting process

This month, all-singing, all-songwriting columnist Lisa looks at the songwriting process and reveals some of her own sources of inspiration…
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Speedy Ortiz

27/09/2013

Interview: Speedy Ortiz

With razor-sharp riffs and irresistible pop sensibility, this Massachusetts four-piece are primed to become one of indie rock’s major players…
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Sylvana Joyce & The Moment

22/09/2013

ReverbNation contest winner #5: Sylvana Joyce & The Moment

Our songwriting contest in association with ReverbNation is back by popular demand. This month’s winners: a gypsy-folk-blues quintet from NYC…
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Moya

16/09/2013

Interview: Moya

2013′s support act of choice for Andy Burrows, Mick Hucknall and Rod Stewart, this soulful voice is destined for greatness…
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15/09/2013

How I wrote… ‘Food For Thought’ by UB40′s Robin Campbell

In the first article in a new series, Songwriting gets the story behind the legendary British reggae band’s breakthrough single…
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10/09/2013

Profile: The Songwriting Charity

Songwriting meets Nathan Timothy of The Songwriting Charity – an organisation that aims to transform young people’s lives through music…
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09/09/2013

Live review: Beautiful Days 11

Now in its 11th year, Beautiful Days is a refreshingly uncommercial fixture on the UK festival scene. Clare Blakely reports……
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John Waite

01/09/2013

Interview: John Waite

From The Babys in the 70s via 80s solo smash ‘Missing You’ to his new live album, he’s not stopping…
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Camp Bestival 2013

26/08/2013

Live review: Camp Bestival 2013

The unashamed garden-party-kid-fest rolls into Lulworth Castle’s grounds again. Aaron Slater investigates and speaks with Levellers’ songwriter Mark Chadwick too…
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18/08/2013

Ten tips for the guitar-playing songwriter

Berkleemusic Ambassador James Linderman offers up some advice for those who do the bulk of their songwriting on the guitar…
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Stefany June

11/08/2013

ReverbNation contest winner #4: Stefany June

Songwriting and ReverbNation proudly present the fourth winner of our ongoing monthly competition for songwriters – European synth-pop pixie Stefany…
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Lisa Redford

08/08/2013

Lisa Redford: Dealing with stage fright

This month our regular columnist, singer-songwriter Lisa Redford, looks at how to deal with those sometimes crippling pre-gig nerves f…
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29/07/2013

Ten great rockumentaries

Our selection of cinematic gems give an insight into the fantastic, fascinating and sometimes fraught lives of musicians and songwriters…
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23/07/2013

Interview: Andy Fraser

The ex-Free bassist on surviving AIDS and cancer, his new album and why songwriting is something he HAS to do…
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13/07/2013

Speaks Louder Than Words: Michael Kiwanuka

BBC’s Sound Of 2012 winner shares his thoughts on music, how he crafts songs and his debut album ‘Home Again’…
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Sheri Miller

10/07/2013

Interview: Sheri Miller

Self-taught and self-funded, this articulate US singer-songwriter offers her insight on everything from creativity to the writing of Bukowski ou…
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10/07/2013

Interview: Sultanov

As he prepares to release his self-titled debut album, we meet a Russian artist who just wants to ‘Break Free’…
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Lisa Redford

09/07/2013

Lisa Redford: Face-to-face networking

This month our NYC-based columnist, British singer-songwriter Lisa Redford, looks at the importance of getting out there and meeting people…
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02/07/2013

Sodajerker presents… Richard M Sherman

Liverpudlian podcasters Sodajerker pull off another coup as they bring us an interview with legendary Disney songwriter Richard M Sherman…
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Thomas Fiss

30/06/2013

ReverbNation contest winner #3: Thomas Fiss

Songwriting and ReverbNation proudly present the third winner of our monthly songwriting contest – Californian pop idol and multi-instrumentalist Thomas…
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23/06/2013

Ten tips for the piano-playing songwriter

If the piano is your primary songwriting instrument, here are some tips to help you get more out of it…
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Natalie Gelman

18/06/2013

Interview: Natalie Gelman

An opera-singing, roller-blading, blonde bombshell of a singer-songwriter who’s not afraid to busk her folk-pop on the subways of NYC…
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Chord sequences

17/06/2013

Chord sequences: What’s wrong with C, F and G?

What have The Troggs and Green Day got in common? An appreciation for 12-bar blues chord progressions for one thing…
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Jess Morgan

12/06/2013

Interview: Jess Morgan

As she starts work on her third album, due next year, we catch up with rising Norfolk-based singer-songwriter Jess Morgan…
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Tunde Baiyewu

04/06/2013

Interview: Tunde Baiyewu

The velvet-voiced Lighthouse Family singer-songwriter talks about going it alone, learning to write music online and collaborating with other writers…
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02/06/2013

Interview: Josef Salvat

We meet a young Australian songwriter who’s out to show that great pop and intelligent lyrics needn’t be mutually exclusive…
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30/05/2013

ReverbNation contest winner #2: Madam West

Songwriting and ReverbNation proudly present the second winners of our monthly songwriting contest – Brooklyn-based experimental pop trio Madam West…
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Lisa Redford

21/05/2013

Lisa Redford: Using social media

Columnist Lisa Redford is a British singer-songwriter based in NYC. This month, she looks at promoting yourself via social media…
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18/05/2013

Chord construction: What is a triad?

Almost all chords in popular songwriting are constructed using triads. Jack Jennings explains what they are and how they work…
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Scarlette Fever

14/05/2013

Interview: Scarlette Fever

An ex-pop singer turned rock singer-songwriter on a mission, Scarlette’s a true Brit but equally at home across the Atlantic…
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14/05/2013

Book extract: Songwriting at the birth of rock & roll

In this exclusive extract from his memoirs, veteran songwriter Andy Halmay reveals how he came to write for Carl Perkins…
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Franka De Mille

09/05/2013

Interview: Franka De Mille

Parisian-educated, London-based singer-songwriter Franka’s compared to Kate Bush and Patti Smith, but she’s unique and yes, that’s her real name…
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Sheet music

07/05/2013

Songwriting Tip: Your first idea might not be the best idea

James Linderman explains why plan B might be better than plan A as you decide the best melodies and chords…
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Julie Mar

26/04/2013

Interview: Julie Mar

Cigarette lighters aloft for the East Coast balladeer who wants to save the world, one emotionally-charged song at a time…
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Vienna Ditto

23/04/2013

Interview: Vienna Ditto

When it comes to songs, sometimes the old saying ‘keep it simple, stupid’ is good advice, say this UK duo…
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21/04/2013

ReverbNation contest winner #1: Abi

Songwriting, in association with musicians’ social network ReverbNation, is delighted to present the first winner of our monthly songwriting contest…
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Loren Benjamin

17/04/2013

Interview: Loren Benjamin

Fans of the piano-driven pop of Keane and Billy Joel should check out this emerging 23-year old singer-songwriter from Brooklyn…
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Lisa Redford

17/04/2013

Lisa Redford: Dealing with writer’s block

New monthly columnist Lisa Redford is a British singer-songwriter based in NYC. This month, she looks at tackling writer’s block…
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Ben Folds Five - Sodajerker

10/04/2013

Sodajerker presents… Ben Folds Five

Liverpudlian songwriting team Sodajerker and their podcast caught our attention. Here we showcase their recent interview with Ben Folds Five…
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David Bronson

03/04/2013

Interview: David Bronson

We meet a songwriter who’s put his entire life into song, and is releasing it as a 22-track magnum opus…
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Cathy Dennis

24/03/2013

Interview: Cathy Dennis

One of the most successful pop songwriters of the past 20 years explains her work-ethic and no-nonsense approach to Songwriting…
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John Smith

17/03/2013

Interview: John Smith

Richard Hawley’s support act steps forward with a third album in his hand and a broken heart on his sleeve…
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16/03/2013

Interview: Louise Goffin

Introducing an artist with songwriting in her blood, who’s stepping back into the limelight after a spell behind the boards…
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08/03/2013

Interview: Billie Myers

A singer-songwriter who’s been at the top of the tree and fallen off – but who’s ready to climb back…
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SE6 Music - Tom Lown & James Bailes

25/02/2013

Music For Film & TV Part 2: SE6 Music

Continuing our series on writing songs for the media, we speak to Tom Lown of music production company SE6 Music…
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23/02/2013

Interview: Hannah Scott

This acoustic singer-songwriter has supported Ed Sheeran and been played on 6 Music, and her debut EP’s out this week…
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21/02/2013

Interview: Billy J Kramer

We catch up with a genuine Merseybeat legend who, at nearly 70, is about to release his ‘first proper album’…
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05/02/2013

Interview: Lizzie & The Yes Men

Songwriting meets a band with one foot in the pubs of Dalston and Shoreditch, and one in the California surf…
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31/01/2013

20 for 2013: Top new songwriters

Did you really think we were going to let January slip by without bringing you our Top Tips for 2013?…
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28/01/2013

Case studies: Christian songwriters

We meet two up-and-coming UK songwriters whose songs are about a lot more than just fast cars and fast women…
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Harper Simon

23/01/2013

Interview: Harper Simon

As he prepares to release his second album, we catch up with Harper Simon, a singer-songwriter with an illustrious pedigree…
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Adler

22/01/2013

Interview: Adler

Ex-Guns’n’Roses drummer Steven Adler’s songwriters explain the “secret to songwriting” whilst surprisingly managing to avoid some of rock’n’roll’s clichéd excess…
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Lord Huron

11/01/2013

Interview: Lord Huron

Michigan-born LA-based songwriter Ben Schneider tells the story of how his musical and visual arts ‘project’ Lord Huron was created.…
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Songwriting & composition workshop

03/01/2013

Songwriting workshops

Courses and circles for aspiring songwriters are becoming popular, but do they help? We check out a workshop in Bristol…
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Best Of 2012

01/01/2013

Best Of 2012

Time to look back at the great songs and songwriters of the past 12 months. But which were the greatest?…
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Beth Rowley

27/12/2012

Interview: Beth Rowley

The velvet-voiced songstress prepares to return with a sophomore album that’s been four years in the making. So what happened?…
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27/12/2012

Interview: Plastique

This electro-rock trio may look like they’re all about style, but there’s plenty of substance to their songwriting as well…
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24/12/2012

The ten greatest Xmas songs of all time

Nothing raises the festive spirits like hearing your favourite seasonal tunes. Here’s our selection of the best-ever Christmas records… here…
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The Backbeat

29/11/2012

How rhythm changes between verse and chorus

Though it may seem to defy musical logic, chorus rhythms are usually longer than verse rhythms. Gary Ewer explains why……
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Seb Stone

26/11/2012

Doing it himself: Seb Stone

Songwriting meets a young London singer-songwriter as he releases a new self-produced EP. Actually, make that singer-songwriter-producer. Or rather, singer-songwriter-drummer-guitarist-bassist-pianist……
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King's Bullet

14/11/2012

Interview: King’s Bullet

The duo of Emmy award-winning American Idol songwriter Trey Bruce and singer-songwriter Loni Rose talk about ‘making it’ in Nashville…
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Valerie June

07/11/2012

Interview: Valerie June

Having recently appeared on ‘Later…’, could this self-effacing purveyor of refreshingly raw ‘American roots music’ be America’s next superstar singer-songwriter?…
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Micachu

25/10/2012

Interview: Micachu & The Shapes

We meet the pop/experimental combo led by a woman once dubbed “the next in a line of great female songwriters”…
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Helen Boulding

11/10/2012

Interview: Helen Boulding

After years working behind the scenes with a host of big names, this unassuming singer-songwriter is stepping into the limelight…
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Andrew Eldritch

26/09/2012

Appreciating the songs of… Andrew Eldritch

Celebrating the lyrics that gave The Sisters Of Mercy an artistic edge over a thousand and one 80s ‘goff’ outfits…
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Madalena Alberto

26/09/2012

Interview: Madalena Alberto

Songwriting meets a Portuguese singer-songwriter with a background in musical theatre, who’s now going it alone… with a ‘Heart Condition’…
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Peter Raeburn

24/09/2012

Music For Film & TV Part 1: Peter Raeburn

Want a career writing music for the media? We ask an award-winning soundtrack writer and producer to share his secrets…
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Flipron

15/09/2012

Interview: Flipron

Psychedelic outfit Flipron are back, with new single ‘The Comet Returns’ this month and a full LP due in November…
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Ten great songwriter biopics

01/09/2012

Ten great songwriter biopics

Saturday night at the movies… WE care what picture we see, so here’s ten great movies about ten great songwriters…
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Shambala 2012

31/08/2012

Live review: Shambala 2012

One of the best-kept secrets on the festival calendar, Shambala’s stunningly diverse musical line-up offers something for just about everyone…
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Camp Bestival

04/08/2012

Live review: Camp Bestival 2012

Set in the grounds of Lulworth Castle, Dorset, Camp Bestival is Bestival’s family-friendly little sister. Songwriting went along to investigate……
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The Subways

18/07/2012

Interview: The Subways

Songwriting catches up with the Welwyn Garden City trio ahead of Godney Gathering to talk about fans, females, money and…
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Andy Burrows

11/07/2012

Interview: Andy Burrows

The ex-Razorlight drummer and songwriter, one half of Smith & Burrows, part-time Scientist and fully-fledged solo artist, talks to Songwriting…
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Grace Bernicker

02/07/2012

Making it happen: Grace Bernicker

The rising country star from Philadelphia tells Songwriting: “If you want a career, you have to create it for yourself”…
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Benicassim

18/06/2012

International music festivals in 2012

Songwriting’s guide to some of the best music-based fun and frolics to be had in Europe and beyond this summer…
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Hooded Fang

12/06/2012

Interview: Hooded Fang

One of the most talked-about bands of recent times blew through town lately, so Songwriting grabbed them for a chat…
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Camp Bestival

05/06/2012

Best of British festivals in 2012

The Songwriting guide to some of the best music-based fun and frolics to be had in British fields this summer…
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Rhyming Dictionary

03/06/2012

Good Rhymes Bad Rhymes

Ten great lyrical couplets that have inspired, stimulated and entertained us over the years… and ten that sadly have not!…
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Getting started in recording

30/05/2012

Studio Start-up Part 2: Recording hardware

In part 2 of our guide to getting started in recording, we look at the hardware options – and smartphone…
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David's Lyre

25/05/2012

Interview: David’s Lyre

He’s not called David and there’s more than just a lyre involved, so who does Paul Dixon think he is?…
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Liz Green

25/05/2012

Interview: Liz Green

This rising star from the north of England defies easy pigeonholing. Let’s just say she’s a genre all by herself…
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Getting started in recording

23/05/2012

Studio Start-up Part 1: Recording software

If you’ve written some songs, want to record them but don’t know where to start… then here’s where to start!…
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Top 10 Songwriting Documentary Clips

21/05/2012

Six Of The Best: Songwriting Documentary Clips

We’ve scoured the depths of YouTube to bring you a half dozen video clips which provide some priceless songwriting tips…
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Elliott Smith

21/05/2012

Appreciating the songs of… Elliott Smith

The first in an occasional series in which Songwriting ponders the unique talents of the finest lyricists in modern music…
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