Songwriting interviews, inspirational stories, new artist showcases 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 experienced hired songwriters share some of their ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

Tim Burgess in Songwriting Magazine


Interview: Tim Burgess

We got to know the Salford-born singer-songwriter who you’ll recognise as the frontman of British indie rock band The Charlatans…

Howard Jones


Interview: Howard Jones

A defining figure of mid-80s synth-pop, Howard Jones reflects on his venerable career 35 years after his sudden transatlantic success…

P.P. Arnold


Five minutes with… P.P. Arnold

Five decades after becoming a 60s icon, the first lady of soul talks about returning with an adventurous new album…

Johanna Amelie. Photo: Junala


Song Deconstructed: ‘Being’ by Johanna Amelie

The alt-pop Berliner reveals the inspiration, lyrics, music and recording of her brand new release – a song about boundaries…

How I wrote 'Little Things'


How I wrote One Direction’s ‘Little Things’ by Fiona Bevan

The Suffolk-born singer-songwriter explains how she and Ed Sheeran made the little song that gave 1D another UK No 1…

Emma Frank


Song-by-Song: ‘Come Back’ by Emma Frank

The Brooklyn-based avant-garde folk artist details the creation of each track from her latest album, revealing a rollercoaster of emotions…

Gabriella Cilmi. Photo: Jess Brohier


Song Deconstructed: ‘The Water’ by Gabriella Cilmi

The Australian singer-songwriter explains how The Doors, Scientology documentaries and two chords went into the making of her latest release…

Kelsea Ballerini


Five minutes with… Kelsea Ballerini

The two-time Grammy Award-nominated songstress from Tennessee talks about her new single ‘Homecoming Queen?’, her forthcoming album and UK audiences…

How I Wrote 'Zombie' by The Cranberries


How I wrote ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

Before the Irish band’s singer tragically died in 2018, she told us how this classic 90s rock song was created…

'Elusive' by Scott Matthews in 'How I Wrote' the book


How I wrote ‘Elusive’ by Scott Matthews

The Wolverhampton singer-songwriter reveals how his debut single earned him a tour with Foo Fighters and an Ivor Novello award…

Charles Esten


Interview: Charles Esten

With a UK tour just around the corner, the country star and actor takes us through a lifetime of songwriting…

How I wrote 'Connected' by Stereo MCs' Rob Birch


How I wrote ‘Connected’ by Stereo MCs’ Rob Birch

The frontman explains how their most famous song is a long and winding tale of riots, London buses and underpants…

Leslie Stevens’ Songwriting Survival Kit


Leslie Stevens’ Songwriting Survival Kit

Whether it’s her sketchbook, guitar or an open mind, these are the essential items the LA-based singer-songwriter can’t do without…

Wilco. Photo: Austin Nelson


Songs In The Key Of… Wilco

With a comprehensive new book about Jeff Tweedy’s band on the horizon, its author walks us through 12 essential tracks…

Gethen Jenkins


Introducing… Gethen Jenkins

The former marine has embraced outlaw country and his debut album is one of the year’s most exciting new offerings…

How I wrote 'Silence Is Easy' by Starsailor


How I wrote ‘Silence Is Easy’ by Starsailor’s James Walsh

The indie band’s frontman on creating their two-chord, Phil Spector-produced hit single, and how easy it is to sing drunk!…

Eli Musser


Song Deconstructed: ‘Die To Be With You’ by Eli Musser

A true student of popular music, this New York songwriter invites us to learn a thing or two about love…

Scouting For Girls in Songwriting Magazine


How I wrote ‘She’s So Lovely’ by Scouting For Girls’ Roy Stride

The pop-rock band’s frontman explains how their debut hit took two years of tweaking and “dicking around on the piano”…



KLARA’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The Justin Vernon-approved Swedish singer-songwriter talks us through her essential gear, which includes an Omnichord and a good mic setting…

Frank Turner


Song Deconstructed: ‘The Death Of Dora Hand’ by Frank Turner

The punk and folk singer-songwriter reveals the inspiration and craft that went into a track about an 1800s vaudeville star…


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2 thoughts on “Interviews

  1. I would love an interview with you guys. Please look at my recent interviews. Thank you.

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