Songwriting – ‘at the heart of great music’

Songwriting is a quarterly online magazine aimed at songwriters and at fans of song-led music – of all genres. We take advice from successful artists, producers and musicians to provide you with tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration to keep the music flowing, from writing lyrics and melodies to advice on how to promote yourself and your songs. Plus you’ll find interviews with big names, rising stars, and behind-the-scenes songwriters who will share their wisdom. Download the Songwriting app now…

Latest Articles

Andy Brown


On The Stereo #24

Another crop of fresh sonic goodness from Andy Brown, Ciircus Street, Steve Aoki, Jade Helliwell, Deanna Petcoff and Ward Thomas…

Songwriting Autumn 2018 music reviews


‘Natural Rebel’ by Richard Ashcroft (Album)

Songwriting Magazine Autumn’s album of the issue is the fifth solo long-player from the former Verve frontman, released on RPA/BMG…

Waves Axis One


Waves Audio announces music PC

Plugin developer creates a computer designed for studio and stage, in what could be the first move of its kind…

Laoise by Lucy Foster


Diary Of A Songwriter: Laoise

A trip to London provides this Irish artist with a chance to write new music and record her latest video…

Introducing Cha:dy and Eoin Glackin


Introducing… Eoin Glackin

This rising Irish alt-country singer and songwriter draws on Johnny Cash and Beck to explore the fleeting nature of life…

Ultimate Seminar


Free ‘Ultimate Seminar’ in London

Music conference takes place at Westminster university on 24 November, with talks and discussions involving leading songwriters, managers and execs…



On The Stereo #23

Cheryl, Amigo The Devil, Carly Pearce, Chorusgirl, The Desert and Fightmilk make up our selection of songs on heavy rotation…

How I wrote Bristol


How I wrote Bristol

Eight local songwriters, including Roger Cook and Beki Bondage, tell the stories behind some of our home city’s classic songs…

Violet Skies


How songwriters can receive £10,000 to boost their careers

Writer Producer Fund gives financial support to songwriters and composers. Here are the latest writer-producers who will receive career-changing funding…

The Album That Changed Everything


The Album That Changed Everything (Autumn 2018)

A choice selection of our recent interviewees reveal the seminal albums that have inspired them the most over the years…

Bastian Baker


Interview: Bastian Baker

The Swiss pro hockey player turned country singer-songwriter and coach on Belgium’s ‘The Voice’ talks about touring with Shania Twain…

Roo Panes


Diary Of A Songwriter: Roo Panes

The Dorset singer-songwriter journals a week of writing, mixing and taking a trip to a farm in search of inspiration…

Karla Kane


On The Stereo #22

Here’s our new music collection, spotlighting songs from Karla Kane, Lennon Stella, Jo Marches, Mackenzie Shivers, Kevin McGuire and Rattle…

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)


How I wrote ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ by Roger Greenaway

The acclaimed songwriter explains how the song ended up soundtracking a famous Coca-Cola TV ad and became a million-selling hit…



Sub Pop revives mail order Singles Club

A decade on from the last instalment of the subscription service, the fourth edition will start shipping in April 2019…

I Believe In A Thing Called Love


How I wrote ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins

Inspired by his dad’s love of cars, The Darkness frontman hit the overdrive button to launch his rock band’s career…

David Gray. Pic: Derrick Santini


David Gray confirms new album and tour

‘Gold In A Brass Age’ will be the singer-songwriter’s first LP in four years, with the release set for March…

Brickwork Lizards


Interview: Brickwork Lizards

With influences stretching back to the Ottoman Empire, we just had to learn a little more about this Oxford group…

Writing in character


Five tips for effective writing in character

Drawing on his experience of writing and directing a full staged musical, Steve Kopandy shares his advice on crafting songs…

Jimmie Allen


On The Stereo #21

Wonderful new music from Jimmie Allen, Jason Ewald, I’m No Chessman, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Ward Thomas and The Shires…

Lamont Dozier


Lamont Dozier on the ideal writing session

One-third of Motown hitmaking trio Holland-Dozier-Holland explains how to create the perfect collaborative environment and write songs as a team…


Famous ‘Dreyfus Jazz’ collection reissued

The collection was originally put together by legendary French record producer Francis Dreyfus and is being reissued by Sony BMG…

Vocal warm up exercises


10 vocal warm up exercises

Our regular contributor, performing songwriter and singing coach, Lisa Redford, shares her favourite vocal warm-up techniques to get you going…

Nuela Charles


Five minutes with… Nuela Charles

As she shares her new EP ‘Distant Danger’ we catch up with the alt-soul, Canadian star to discuss the record…

Paul Smith's Songwriting Survival Kit


Paul Smith’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The singer from British indie rock group Maxïmo Park talks us through the items that he can’t possibly live without…

Jonas Blue, Liam Payne and Lennon Stella


On The Stereo #20

Carefully selected songs from Jonas Blue and friends, Oh Pep!, Shawn Mendes, Maven Grace, Ferris & Sylvester and James Holt…

Zucchero: My Songwriting Hero, Bono


Zucchero: My Songwriting Hero

The ‘father of Italian blues’ waxes lyrical about his great friend and frequent collaborator; the lead singer of U2, Bono…

Doc'n Roll Festival


An introduction to the Doc‘n Roll Festival 2018

Music and film combine to shine a torch on creativity and diversity over 18 days of short movies and documentaries…

Courtney Marie Andrews


Interview: Courtney Marie Andrews

The award-winning Arizonan singer-songwriter talks about her folk heroes, her life on the road and of “living in a record”…

McGoozer's piano


McGoozer’s Songwriting Survival Kit

When this Scottish songwriter can’t find inspiration in his books and gear, he seeks it out on the open road…

The Brummies


Interview: The Brummies

We talk to Brummy singer-songwriter and musician Jacob Bryant about Birmingham and Nashville, and writing ‘Done’ with The Band Perry…

Yoko Ono


Five Minutes With… Yoko Ono

Peace activist, artist provocateur, Beatle wife… Songwriter? In our latest edition, we enjoy a quick chat with this iconic figure…

Boz Scaggs


Interview: Boz Scaggs

The legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist talks about the challenges of collaborating, selecting tracks, and making a song your own…