Songwriting – ‘at the heart of great music’

Songwriting is a quarterly digital magazine aimed at songwriters and at fans of song-led music – of all genres. We take advice from successful songwriters, producers and industry experts 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 name artists and rising stars, and reviews of new music from pop to hip-hop to soul to rock…


Latest Articles

Swing Out Sister

14/07/2018

How I wrote ‘Breakout’ by Swing Out Sister

Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell explain how the 1986 World Cup and a panic-inducing deadline inspired their sophisti-pop hit single…

Frank Skinner and David Baddiel

13/07/2018

It’s ‘coming home’ for Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds

While the national team inspired a nation, ‘Three Lions’ gets 6.8m audio streams, 5.2m video streams and another No 1…

Germein

10/07/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Adelaide

Australian sibling pop act Germein take a break from supporting Little Mix to share a playlist inspired by their home-city…

Creedence Clearwater Revival

08/07/2018

On The Stereo

Our new music selection serves up CCR, Moon Panda, Odetta Hartman, Tayne, Foreign Poetry, Natalie Holmes, Baeilou and Satellite Stories…

Bob Marley

07/07/2018

The sun is shining for Bob Marley And The Wailers anniversary

The band’s classic album ‘Kaya’ gets a 40th birthday makeover, but the message of love and peace remains the same…

Songwriting Summer 2018

06/07/2018

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018 out now

Our latest edition features Chvrches, Graham Nash, Janis Ian, Travis, Ali Tamposi, Nizlopi, Roger Cook, Jamie Lawson and much more…

Nile Rodgers

04/07/2018

Nile Rodgers becomes chairman of the board

The legendary Chic co-founder becomes chair of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and announces first new album in 25 years…

AmiraB

04/07/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Never Gonna Fall In Love (feat. Rich G)’ by Amira B

Brought to you a day late because of football World Cup commitments, this exclusive track is a smooth, funk-soul number…

03/07/2018

The First Song

Hear how songwriters like Gene Simmons, Janis Ian, Adam Duritz, Loudon Wainwright III, Roger Cook and BC Jean got started…

Catgod

01/07/2018

On The Stereo

Our latest choice music collection gives you Catgod, Joshua Burnside, Mountain Lions, Paul Steel, Stella Sommer, Zack Logan and Givers…

Alice In Chains

29/06/2018

Alice In Chains return with new album

Seattle rockers return with their first album in five years and the lead single is already a social media success…

‘Counting Pennies In The Afterlife’ by Colour Me Wednesday

27/06/2018

‘Counting Pennies In The Afterlife’ by Colour Me Wednesday (Album)

The London four-piece’s sophomore album is one of the most exciting DIY releases in 2018, and unlikely to be bettered…

The Rareflowers

26/06/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘June’ by The Rareflowers

Today we bring you an exclusive track by a power-pop trio that recall one of the genre’s truly great bands…

Snail Mail

25/06/2018

Live review: Snail Mail, Louisiana, Bristol (21 May 2018)

Catch what we thought the of rising indie-rock stars, Snail Mail, on the Bristol leg of their maiden UK tour…

Save Face

24/06/2018

On The Stereo

Our playlist includes Chris Stapleton, Save Face, Mayka, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Apple Of My Eye, Becky And The Birds and Peluché…

Sparks

23/06/2018

Sparks team up with Edgar Wright for documentary

The Mael brothers and British director Edgar Wright will collaborate on the documentary celebrating the career and music of Sparks…

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes' Songwriting Survival Kit

22/06/2018

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes’ Songwriting Survival Kit

The LA indie band’s frontman is a sucker for a good pen; find out what else he can’t do without…

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Strawberry Moon’ by Lyons

20/06/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Strawberry Moon’ by Lyons

This week’s exclusive track is a spiky, post-punk inspired psych-rock number that’ll have you tapping your toes from the start…

17/06/2018

The new loop synth changing the game

Shopping for loops is dull. Arcade delivers playable instruments directly to the plugin. Music production is about to change forever…

Today's exclusive track is from the superb, |Austin Coleman

12/06/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘The Change’ by Austin Coleman

Our latest exclusive song for you is a rolling country number that betrays more than a hint of Fleetwood Mac…

Madonna

10/06/2018

On The Stereo

This week’s list features Madonna, Lily Allen, Say Lou Lou, Deaf Wish, Mikaela Davis, Colour Me Wednesday, Silverbacks and Koyo…

Enhancia

09/06/2018

Enhancia impresses at music start-up contest

Record number of future tech companies battled it out at Midemlab 2018, attempting to win over judges and attract investment…

Bob Dylan

06/06/2018

Appreciating the songs of… Bob Dylan

Passionate fan, James Sullivan considers the poetic lyricism and music by one of the most influential songwriters of all time…

Today's exclusive is brought to you by the rootsy, The Hollow Ends

05/06/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Bears In Mind’ by The Hollow Ends

Out latest exclusive song is brought to you by a folk-rock group who combine socially conscious lyrics with anthemic choruses…

Rebekah Rolland. Pic: Amy Martell

03/06/2018

On The Stereo

Latest playlist includes: Rebekah Rolland, Tom Grennan, Three Kings High, The Modern Strangers and Father John Misty and James Holt…

Flogging Molly

02/06/2018

Tickets go on sale for Fuelling The Fire

Line-up and details of this December’s 10-date punk rock showcase are announced, and Fireball’s Hottest Band 2019 competition kicks off…

2018 Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter Of The Year Ed Sheeran by Mark Allan

01/06/2018

Winners of The Ivors 2018 are celebrated

Last night saw BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, announce the winning songwriters of the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards…

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

30/05/2018

Interview: Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

The lead singer of this acclaimed alt-country/Americana band from Melbourne, Australia, tells us about his inspiration and approach to songwriting…

Florence Welch

27/05/2018

On The Stereo

This week’s selection: Florence + The Machine, DMA’s, Language, Popes Of Chillitown, Passenger, Lice, Uma E. Fernqvist and Places Erupt…

Chicks With Hits

26/05/2018

Chicks With Hits celebrates 20th anniversary

Nashville’s all-female publishing collective reflects upon on two decades in the business, supporting over 150 of Music City’s hit songwriters…

Jan Kincaid. Pic: Nic-Stills

24/05/2018

How I wrote ‘Shelter’ by The Brand New Heavies’ Jan Kincaid

The former drummer and songwriter of the London-based acid jazz-funk group, talks about the making of his dramatic, groove-led single…

Frank Falvo

22/05/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘This Is A Lie’ by Frank Falvo

This week’s exclusive song is brought to you by an Australia-based singer-songwriter who specialises in a catchy style of folk-pop…

Fender Jazzmaster 60th anniversary

21/05/2018

Fender celebrates 60 years of the Jazzmaster

The iconic guitar brand commemorates the anniversary with three new, limited edition models in 2018: the ’58, Triple and Classic…