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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.

The Beat's Ranking Roger. Photo: Jim Stokes

24/09/2016

Interview: The Beat’s Ranking Roger

Songwriting meets one of the great survivors from the 2-Tone era, and finds him as enthused by music as ever…
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Beth Orton

20/09/2016

Interview: Beth Orton

We catch up with the distinguished songwriter to ask whether it’s possible to write with a live audience in mind…
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Mike Kinsella

18/09/2016

Interview: Mike Kinsella

We speak with the renowned American Football frontman about his latest album as Owen and his confessional approach to writing…
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Skye Ross

15/09/2016

Interview: Skye Ross

Singer Skye Edwards and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey of much-loved, trip hop lounge act Morcheeba, return as a family-supported acoustic duo…
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Songwriting – capturing song ideas

12/09/2016

Songwriting tips: Five ways to capture song ideas

During our interviews, we asked five top songwriters how they capture those magical snippets of melodies, phrases and song titles.…
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Frances

08/09/2016

Introducing… Frances

The fast-rising, female singer-songwriter who picked up nominations for both the Brits Critics Choice and BBC Sound Of 2016 shortlists…
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Devin Townsend

07/09/2016

Interview: Devin Townsend

We caught up with the heavy metal songwriter ahead of the much-anticipated release of the Devin Townsend Project’s new album…
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Shakin' Stevens

31/08/2016

Interview: Shakin’ Stevens

We catch up with an 80s megastar who’s looked back at his family history to find his own musical roots…
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Silver Apples' Simeon Coxe

26/08/2016

Interview: Silver Apples’ Simeon Coxe

As the electro-pop act returns after 19 years, we catch up with a pioneering songwriter still doing his own thing…
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Alicia Keys

24/08/2016

Sodajerker presents… Alicia Keys

The multi Grammy Award-winning artist met the podcasters to discuss her forthcoming sixth studio album and her approach to songwriting…
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Lewis & Leigh

19/08/2016

Interview: Lewis & Leigh

With a debut album on the horizon, this songwriting duo have the world of Americana at their beautifully harmonious feet…
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Lori McKenna

12/08/2016

Interview: Lori McKenna

Straddling the line between performer and backroom writer gives this supremely talented artist a unique insight into the creative process…
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Dan Gillespie Sells

07/08/2016

Sodajerker presents… Dan Gillespie Sells

The award-winning songwriter and frontman of The Feeling talks to the podcasters about his knack for crafting “annoyingly catchy” melodies…
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Tramlines carousel

07/08/2016

LIVE REVIEW: Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, 22-24.07.16

At the end of June, Tramlines Festival once more brought a veritable smorgasbord of musical delights to the Steel City…
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Okkervil River

28/07/2016

Interview: Okkervil River’s Will Sheff

The driving force behind Okkervil River talks about the band’s new album and the shift in writing which led there…
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Jon Anderson

21/07/2016

Interview: Jon Anderson

The Yes frontman and serial collaborator talks about long-distance co-writing, the changing interpretation of prog rock and singing about politics…
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The Felice Brothers

13/07/2016

Interview: The Felice Brothers

The songwriting linchpin of the upstate NY alt-country band, Ian Felice talks of sibling collaboration and recording on a farm…
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Josh Haden

07/07/2016

Interview: Spain’s Josh Haden

Having made one of our favourite albums of the year so far, we caught up with Spain’s exceptional songwriting frontman…
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Ben Abraham

01/07/2016

Introducing… Ben Abraham

The tale of an Australian screenwriter-turned-songwriter who famously collaborated with a 13-year-old hospital patient and then American songstress Sara Bareilles…
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M Craft

01/07/2016

Interview: Martin Craft

We speak to the artist known as M. Craft about how life in the Mojave Desert inspired his latest record…
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