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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.

Katie Melua

10/12/2017

Katie Melua’s 10 top songwriting tips

The Georgian-British singer and songwriter shares her advice on lyric writing, the creative process and studious approach to making music…
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

06/12/2017

Interview: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Peter Hayes

With new album ‘Wrong Creatures’ on the horizon, we catch up with the alt-rock trio’s founding member, singer and guitarist…
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Mount Etna

03/12/2017

Songs In The Key Of… Sicily

The Italian singer songwriter Alessio Bondi introduces us to the magical and varied sounds of the Mediterranean Sea’s largest island…
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The Wandering Hearts

28/11/2017

Interview: The Wandering Hearts

We chat with two members of the UK country act who look set to follow the success of The Shires…
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Rhys Lewis

19/11/2017

Introducing… Rhys Lewis

A scheduled songwriting trip to the Isle of Wight proved to be the decisive moment for this talented young artist…
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Hazel English

14/11/2017

Interview: Hazel English

We get to know the hotly tipped, Aussie indie-pop songwriter and hear of her passion for sci-fi and confessional poets…
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Gabrielle Aplin

12/11/2017

Interview: Gabrielle Aplin

The teenage internet sensation who burst onto the scene with her hit-laden 2012 debut album, returns with a new EP…
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The Jacksons Legacy

06/11/2017

‘The Jacksons: Legacy’ by The Jacksons with Fred Bronson (Book)

With over 1000 pictures contained within, this coffee table book presents the Royal Family of Pop in all their glory…
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Joan Osborne

06/11/2017

Interview: Joan Osborne

Interpreting the work of Bob Dylan isn’t for the faint-hearted; thankfully this American singer-songwriter has the chops for the job…
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Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2017

03/11/2017

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2017 out now

Our latest issue features Gary Numan, Tori Amos, The Waterboys, The Darkness, Starsailor, Shelly Peiken, Nerina Pallot and much more…
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Imelda May

30/10/2017

Sodajerker presents… Imelda May

Podcast kings Simon and Brian chat with an Irish rockabilly star whose new album is her most reflective to date…
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Chris Gantry. Photo: Nancy Rhoda

27/10/2017

Interview: Chris Gantry

Recorded in 1973 at Johnny Cash’s studio, we learn all about a lost classic from the country artist behind it…
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music synchronisation

24/10/2017

Five tips for successful music synchronisation

With more songwriters turning to sync as a creative outlet, this music supervisor gives us a quintet of top tips…
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OUTLYA

19/10/2017

Introducing… OUTLYA

This talented trio have the bombastic pop tunes to match their ambition, it’s a potent formula which should guarantee success…
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16/10/2017

Interview: Nicky Holland

We recently caught up with a songwriter whose resume includes Tears For Fears, John Hughes and a successful solo career…
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Dave Stewart

15/10/2017

Interview: Dave Stewart

This synth-pop legend tells us all about the journey which has led him to release an album of country duets…
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Dhani Harrison

12/10/2017

Interview: Dhani Harrison

The son of the Beatles guitarist takes a break from his many projects to finally release his debut solo album…
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Feed The Fire songwriting retreat

07/10/2017

Behind the scenes: Feed The Fire songwriting retreat

Reporting back from a creative weekend at a country house in Somerset, with thoughts from the organiser, coach and participants…
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Starsailor

02/10/2017

Interview: Starsailor’s James Walsh

The post-Britpop, indie frontman talks about how he writes songs for the band, for pop stars and for music libraries…
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Judith Owen

29/09/2017

Interview: Judith Owen

The Welsh singer-songwriter tells us about her evolving relationship with her songs and their role in her battle against depression…
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