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

Frank Turner

22/08/2019

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…

Feeder

20/08/2019

On The Stereo #48

This time we celebrate some top releases from Feeder, Ward Thomas, Nickel & Rose, Rayne Johnson, Lunch Lady and Twinnie…

KLARA

18/08/2019

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…

'London Calling' by The Clash

17/08/2019

The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ exhibition comes to the capital

Joe Strummer’s writer’s block, a change in musical direction and Paul Simonon’s famous photograph. It’s 40 years of ‘London Calling’…

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

15/08/2019

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

14/08/2019

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

13/08/2019

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

12/08/2019

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…

Skin

11/08/2019

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

04/08/2019

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

31/07/2019

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

30/07/2019

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

28/07/2019

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

27/07/2019

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

26/07/2019

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

25/07/2019

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

23/07/2019

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

20/07/2019

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

19/07/2019

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

18/07/2019

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

16/07/2019

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

14/07/2019

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

13/07/2019

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

12/07/2019

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

10/07/2019

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…

09/07/2019

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

08/07/2019

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

07/07/2019

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…

Coldplay

06/07/2019

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…

Kokoko!

05/07/2019

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

03/07/2019

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…

Live

30/06/2019

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

29/06/2019

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…

 
Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019 edition out now