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

Jess Clinton by Liz Maney

21/05/2019

On The Stereo #40

Our updated playlist now includes songs from Jess Clinton, Tegan Marie, The Black Keys, Hunter Phelps, Meursault and Tom Hannay…

Eagle-Eye Cherry

20/05/2019

How I wrote ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle-Eye Cherry

When this pop-rock classic landed on both sides of the Atlantic it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for its creator…

Black Deer Festival and Orange Amps competition

18/05/2019

Orange Amps and Black Deer Festival competition

There’s still time to enter for the chance to win a £1,000 guitar amplifier and play at the Kent-based festival…

Alex Toth. Photo: Michael Leviton

16/05/2019

Diary Of A Songwriter: Alex Toth

Things get increasingly meta when this diary entry from the Tōth man form the basis of a brand new song…

Binky

13/05/2019

On The Stereo #39

We appreciate brand new tracks from Binky, Roo Panes, Joan As Police Woman, Riley Smith, Eleri Angharad and Molly Sarlé…

The Lighthouse Family's Paul Tucker

11/05/2019

Interview: Lighthouse Family’s Paul Tucker

Finally returning with a new album, we catch up with the pop-soul duo’s songwriter still searching for his Holy Grail…

Isaac Hayes

10/05/2019

Reissues to celebrate 50 years of Stax and Black Music Month

Craft Recordings’ campaign to honour Memphis soul music will include three Record Store Day exclusives, vinyl releases and digital reissues.…

07/05/2019

Songs In The Key Of… Tucson, Arizona

Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez of XIXA assume the role of tour guides as we head into the Arizonan desert…

Midnight Oil

05/05/2019

How I wrote ‘Beds Are Burning’ by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst

Detailing the plight of Australia’s First Nations people, this rock anthem found an international audience upon its release in 1987…

Emeli Sandé

04/05/2019

Songwriters see a rise in royalty payments

Songwriters and composers are making more money from their music as the PRS starts collecting royalties from social media platforms…

Husky Loops by Henry Gill

03/05/2019

On The Stereo #38

Releases we’re enjoying from Husky Loops, Danielle Bradbery, Man With A Mission, Lawrence Taylor, The Catenary Wires and Eleni Drake…

How I wrote 'Graffiti' by Maximo Park

02/05/2019

How I wrote ‘Graffiti’ by Maxïmo Park’s Duncan Lloyd

The guitarist recalls creating a song that helped his Newcastle-based band reboot the UK indie-rock scene in the post-Britpop years…

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

30/04/2019

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019 edition out now

Our latest issue features Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Monroe, Chris Difford, Howard Jones, Tim Burgess, Nile Rodgers, Fiona Bevan and more…

Jorja Smith

28/04/2019

The nominees for the Ivor Novello Awards 2019 are…

The annual songwriting awards are one of the most coveted and prestigious prizes in the British and Irish music industry…

23/04/2019

A new songwriting festival is coming to Shetland

A new educational songwriting event will debut on the Scottish island with the aim of attracting the best UK songwriters…

Bailey Bryan's Songwriting Survival Kit

21/04/2019

Bailey Bryan’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The rising Nashville singer-songwriter reveals her must-have items which include an old classical guitar, some spicy snacks and hot drinks…

ATCE Winter 2018

20/04/2019

The Album That Changed Everything (Winter 2018)

Some of our favourite past Songwriting interviewees reveal the seminal albums that have inspired them the most over the years…

19/04/2019

Madonna announces details of her new album

After much speculation and rumour, Madonna confirms the details of her latest album Madame X to be released in June…

Stats

17/04/2019

Interview: Stats’ Ed Seed

Having made one of the albums of the year so far, the Stats frontman talks us through its unusual genesis…

Tal Wilkenfeld

15/04/2019

Introducing… Tal Wilkenfeld

The go-to bass player for Prince, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck is now going it alone as a solo artist…

Writing to a brief for film & television

14/04/2019

Peter Raeburn on writing to a brief for film and television

We asked the award-winning composer and producer how he approaches creating music for the media, alongside writing songs for himself…

13/04/2019

Scratching the surface of Record Store Day 2019

Here is a brief guide of special releases and celebratory performances taking place up and down the country this weekend…

Surrealist Poetry book

12/04/2019

Roddy Woomble of Idlewild’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The indie frontman takes us into his world of wine, libraries and Scottish isles; all in the name of songwriting…

Diary Of A Songwriter: Marsicans

09/04/2019

Diary Of A Songwriter: Marsicans

Returning from tour gives this Leeds band a chance to get back to songwriting, fuelled by cheese and bean toasties…

08/04/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Lonesome Rider’ by The Strange

The Croatian and American supergroup’s Dalibor Pavičić and Chris Eckman give us an access-all-areas tour of their latest cinematic track…

07/04/2019

Midem 2019 announces competition finalists

Finalists for the Artist Accelerator competition are revealed after a record number of submissions including entries from 24 new countries…

Una Healy

05/04/2019

On The Stereo #37

Our selection of tracks come from Una Healy, Band Of Skulls, August Landelius, The Luck, Saint Agnes and Jamie Adam…

Mark Farris' writing tips

02/04/2019

10 writing tips from Grammy Award winner Mike Farris

The Nashville rocker collected the Best Roots Gospel Album trophy in 2015. Here he reveals the secrets of his success…

Jesse Colin Young. Photo: Brent Cline

01/04/2019

Interview: Jesse Colin Young

Emerging with his first new record in over a decade, the ex-Youngbloods frontman has rediscovered all of his songwriting magic…

Songs & Strings

31/03/2019

Songs & Strings: Patrick Hamilton’s tips for arranging and orchestration

The producer, composer and arranger takes a break from the studio to offer some tips on writing and orchestrating strings…

30/03/2019

Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly being brought back to life

The late rock ‘n’ roll icons will tour the UK as holograms – the experience being described as “truly special”…

How I wrote 'Perfect' by Mark Nevin

28/03/2019

How I wrote ‘Perfect’ by Fairground Attraction’s Mark Nevin

The songwriter and guitarist behind the 80s pop-folk band’s chart-topping debut single tells the compelling tale of its imperfect inspiration…

How To Become An Artist Songwriter

28/03/2019

How to become an artist songwriter

Nashville musician and songwriting coach Mark Cawley talks from first-hand experience about being both a solo artist and a writer-for-hire…