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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.

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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Wilko Johnson

26/09/2017

Interview: Wilko Johnson

We caught up with a songwriting legend, one whose influence began over 40 years ago and is still felt today…
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How I wrote Luka by Suzanne Vega

21/09/2017

How I wrote ‘Luka’ by Suzanne Vega

The legendary folk-pop singer-songwriter tells the remarkable story behind her song that tackled the subject of child abuse head on…
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Tony Visconti. Photo: Howard Pitkow

21/09/2017

Interview: Tony Visconti (Part Two)

In the second half of this special extended interview feature, the respected US producer and songwriter reveals more fascinating insights…
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Jon Stevens

15/09/2017

Interview: Jon Stevens

We meet the Antipodean rock singer and Noiseworks/INXS frontman who went from teenage superstar to Jesus Christ Superstar and beyond…
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Right Said Fred

09/09/2017

How I wrote ‘I’m Too Sexy’ by Right Said Fred

Having inspired Taylor Swift’s new single, the Fairbrass brothers reveal all about the creation of their shirtless 1991 smash hit…
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Tony Visconti. Photo: Howard Pitkow

07/09/2017

Interview: Tony Visconti (Part One)

In this first half of a bumper feature, the legendary American producer reveals some fascinating insights into Bowie and Bolan…
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Hue And Cry

30/08/2017

Interview: Hue And Cry

We hear both sides of the story behind the emergence of the 80s blue-eyed soul pop brothers from North Lanarkshire…
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#songwritingsurvivalkit #CormacOCaoimh

29/08/2017

Cormac O Caoimh’s #songwritingsurvivalkit

To celebrate the launch of our #songwritingsurvivalkit, we’re proudly bringing you the things songwriter Cormac O Caoimh can’t do without…
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Declan McKenna

17/08/2017

Sodajerker presents… Declan McKenna

The dynamic duo, Simon and Brian, are joined by a talented young musician with a penchant for writing political songs…
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05/08/2017

Five top things an A&R looks for in a songwriter

The award-winning and multi-platinum John Dexter of A&R Lab reveals the key ingredients he looks for in a potential songwriter…
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Carly Paoli

03/08/2017

Interview: Carly Paoli

We chat to a classical singer whose alluring debut album features her own lyrics and a duet with José Carreras…
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01/08/2017

Live review: Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (21-23 July ’17)

In late July, Songwriting headed up to the Steel City to check out the three-day musical extravaganza that is Tramlines…
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Jason Isbell

26/07/2017

Sodajerker presents… Jason Isbell

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist joins Simon and Brian in London to mark the milestone of their 100th podcast episode…
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