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

How I wrote 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me' by Travis


How I wrote ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ by Travis’ Fran Healy

The Glaswegian frontman talks about piecing together their precipitative breakthrough hit single in the arid climes of Israel and Spain…

Adam Green by Pete Voelker


Five minutes with… Adam Green

Returning with a dystopian new album and graphic novel, the anti-folk pioneer gives us an insight into his writing methods…

Purple Pilgrims


On The Stereo #47

We’ve been enjoying this new music from Purple Pilgrims, Clara Bond, Daniel O’Sullivan, Abby Inez, Ty Segall and Sarah Darling…

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019


Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019 issue out now

Our new edition features Black Francis, Jamie Cullum, Gabriella Cilmi, Guy Chambers, Grant Nicholas, Jenna Andrews, Gretchen Peters and more…



Still time to enter Women In Music Awards 2019

It’s not too late for submissions and to have a say on who should be recognised at this year’s event…

Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland


Organisers pull the plug on Woodstock 50

The verdict many fans had been anticipating has finally been confirmed, the festival has been cancelled with various reasons given…

How I wrote 'Girl From Mars' by Ash


How I wrote ‘Girl From Mars’ by Ash’s Tim Wheeler

The Northern Irish frontman recalls how a song he wrote as a 16-year-old schoolboy became the rock band’s breakthrough hit…

How I wrote 'Forever Lost' by The Magic Numbers


How I wrote ‘Forever Lost’ by The Magic Numbers’ Romeo Stodart

The English pop-rockers’ songwriter tells us how their debut single managed to blend an uplifting melody with a darker lyric…

Headie One and Skepta


On The Stereo #46

Our latest playlist comes from Headie One, Sean C Kennedy, Julia Meijer, Abby Anderson, Albi & The Wolves and DVNO…

Anna Calvi


Guitars and rap dominate 2019 Mercury Prize shortlist

Twelve highly emotive albums have been selected from 200 to make up the shortlist of the 2019 Mercury Prize final…

Emma King


Song-by-Song: ‘The Sun And The Blues’ by Emma King

British songwriter Emma King takes us through her new mini-album which was inspired by her surroundings in Memphis and Nashville…

Timothy Showalter's Songwriting Survival Kit


Timothy Showalter’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The Indiana-based singer-songwriter behind acclaimed alt-rock outfit Strand Of Oaks takes us into his world and reveals his essential gear…

Aaron Lee Tasjan


Interview: Aaron Lee Tasjan

The Americana troubadour talks us through his influences, the making of his latest album, and the voices in his head…

Dave Davies


The Kinks are back in the studio

Dave Davies lifts the lid and teases details of what the band is working on, now they are back together…

The End Of America


Song Deconstructed: ‘Monsters’ by The End Of America

Brendon Thomas takes apart his band’s new song which was inspired by the plight of children in his US homeland…

Jonathan Donahue: My Songwriting Hero, Bobbie Gentry


Jonathan Donahue: My Songwriting Hero, Bobbie Gentry

The frontman of psych-pop veterans Mercury Rev reveals his love for the Mississippi songwriter and why they reimagined her album…

Getaway Dogs. Photo: Zachary Schneider


On The Stereo #45

The new songs on heavy rotation from Getaway Dogs, Okaywill, Emma White, Saweetie, Eilen Jewell and Lucy & La Mer…

Adam Young AKA Owl City


How I wrote ‘Fireflies’ by Adam Young (Owl City)

The singer-songwriter-producer explains how insomnia, a new synth and Blink-182 inspired a multi-platinum single that topped charts across the globe…

Endlesss creator Tim Exile is looking to revolutionise music-making. Pic: Flickr


Music startup Endlesss takes investment to next stage

Award winning app receives more funding in its bid to develop the next generation music-creation workflow for songwriters and producers…

Anoushka Lucas


The 10 things I learned about songwriting from writing for theatre

Multi-lingual songwriter, composer, actress and performer Anoushka Lucas shares some invaluable lessons learned from her time spent treading the boards…

Four strategies for improving your lyrics


Four strategies for improving your lyrics

Nashville songwriting coach Mark Cawley gives us an extract from his book ‘Song Journey’, offering some helpful advice for lyricists…


Dear songwriter (who struggles to write good songs)

In the first of a new regular column, the I Heart Songwriting Club founder encourages you to write, write, write…

Geoff Wilkinson: how to win friends and collaborate


Geoff Wilkinson: how to win friends and collaborate

If you’re a vocalist/topliner looking for a collaboration, then the Us3 and YLD producer has some top tips for you…

Dave Davies


How I wrote ‘Death Of A Clown’ by The Kinks’ Dave Davies

The lead guitarist, songwriter and singer of the influential English 60s rock band tells of his classic track’s haunting origins…



International Songwriting Competition judges announced

ISC reveals its 2019 judging panel and, as usual, it includes some of music’s most talented artists and industry executives…



On The Stereo #44

We can’t stop playing these new songs from Kokoko!, Rupert Stroud, Jon Pardi, Kirby Forest, Earth Tongue and Joe Tofts…

The art of the performing songwriter


Dean Friedman on the art of the performing songwriter

In this extract from ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, the chart-topping recording artist expounds the importance of producing an authentic live performance…



How I wrote ‘I Alone’ by Live’s Ed Kowalczyk

25 years after ‘Throwing Copper’ went global, we learn the story of the song that helped it on its way…

Iron Maiden


Iron Maiden release more reissues

Parlophone Records have announced they will be reissuing special editions of the English heavy metal band’s 1992-2000 back catalogue…

Lists & Opposites


Lists & Opposites

Founder of The Song Foundry, Ed Bell presents us with two powerful lyric-writing techniques: creating list lyrics and using contrast…

Attaque and Korg MS-20


Songs In The Key Of… The Korg MS-20

DJ and producer Attaque (aka Dominic Gentry) picks out a selection of tracks which were built using the classic synth…

Diary of Ruarri Joseph


Diary Of A Songwriter: Ruarri Joseph

The William The Conqueror frontman delves back into his family history to chronicle the evolution of a deeply personal song…

Katie Kittermaster


UK Songwriting Contest 2019 opens for entries

Songwriters worldwide can enter the competition to have the chance of winning writing sessions with Stuart Epps and Mark Cawley…