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

The Album That Changed Everything feature in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019

08/12/2019

The Album That Changed Everything (Summer 2019)

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

Home studio. Photo: Oleg Ivanov

06/12/2019

Songwriter’s guide to home recording: monitors and layout

Music production aficionado Dave Chrzanowski advises on selecting and positioning your speakers and managing the acoustics of your recording set-up…

Stanlaey

05/12/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘The Multiverse Moat’ by STANLÆY

Bristol-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes us on a journey to Iceland in order to reveal all about this new track…

How I Wrote 'It Must Have Been Love'

02/12/2019

How I wrote ‘It Must Have Been Love’ by Roxette’s Per Gessle

The Swedish soft-rock duo’s lead singer reveals the ballad that graced the ‘Pretty Woman’ soundtrack was originally a Christmas song…

Mighty Oaks. Photo: Bella Lieberber

29/11/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘All Things Go’ by Mighty Oaks

The multinational indie-folk trio, based in Berlin, talk about the why, how and where behind the making of their new…

Becca Stevens

29/11/2019

On The Stereo #56

Our writers revel in the latest musical delights emanating from Becca Stevens, Lady Antebellum, Kendama, Andy Clark and Danny McMahon…

Diagrams by Paul Heartfield/Chrissie Abbott

26/11/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Is This Real’ by Diagrams

Tunng’s Sam Genders takes us inside his new single and simultaneously provides a window into the world of AI-assisted songwriting…

The Word Mill in Axat, France

25/11/2019

Lara Eidi’s lessons learned from a writers’ residency

The Lebanese-Canadian songwriter and workshop leader explains how retreating to Southern France helped her to find time and inspiration…

Kiefer Sutherland

24/11/2019

Interview: Kiefer Sutherland

Jack of all trades: not content with just saving the world, the ’24’ star is now making great music…

Beg Friend

22/11/2019

Song-by-Song: ‘Make Shift’ by Beg Friend

Songwriter Joe da Costa takes us inside his debut EP, complete with the otherworldly voice of an old family friend…

Laurent Bourque. Photo: Rebecca Chan

21/11/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Lightning Mood’ by Laurent Bourque

The Canadian indie-pop singer-songwriter reveals the collaborative process behind his latest single that emerged on a trip to Paris…

Andrew Combs

19/11/2019

Interview: Andrew Combs

We spoke with the Dallas-born country musician to learn about his new direction and co-writing with friends like Dylan LeBlanc…

Noel Gallagher. Pic: Mitch Ikeda

18/11/2019

On The Stereo #55

Let’s check out some new music from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Torgeir Waldemar, Shadow Show, Marcus King and O&O…

Handbags And Gladrags by Mike d'Abo

17/11/2019

How I wrote ‘Handbags And Gladrags’ by Mike d’Abo

The Manfreds man tells the story of his classic that’s been a hit for Chris Farlowe, Rod Stewart and Stereophonics…

home recording software

16/11/2019

Songwriter’s guide to home recording: software

Our music production guru Dave Chrzanowski is back to talk about the DAWs and VSTs you need to get started…

Alexander Tucker by Dom Garwood

14/11/2019

Five minutes with… Alexander Tucker

The experimental songwriter discusses how influences such as H.P Lovecraft’s science fiction writings helped to shape his most recent album…

Tim Holehouse

12/11/2019

Diary Of A Songwriter: Tim Holehouse

Having spent the last 13 years on the road, we join the first week of the hard-working musician’s latest tour…

How I Wrote book 'If I Were A Boy'

11/11/2019

How I wrote ‘If I Were A Boy’ for Beyoncé by BC Jean

How the global smash started life as a Californian girl’s break-up song, inspired by pizza and popcorn in Times Square…

MALKA

10/11/2019

On The Stereo #54

It’s time to check out some new songs from MALKA, The Saxophones, Frances Luke Accord, Hicktown Breakout and Anil Aydin…

Imogen Mahdavi

07/11/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Rock The Boat’ by Imogen Mahdavi

The rising alt-pop singer-songwriter reveals what went into writing and recording her brand new track about rekindling a fragile relationship…

Ashley Monroe

05/11/2019

Interview: Ashley Monroe

As a songwriter, solo artist and member of country supergroup Pistol Annies, the Southern songbird has found her sweet spot…

Shed Seven

04/11/2019

How I wrote ‘Chasing Rainbows’ by Shed Seven’s Rick Witter

The singer with York’s indie guitar heroes looks back on the creation of an anthem from the band’s Britpop heyday…

Payton Smith. Photo: David McClister

03/11/2019

Five minutes with… Payton Smith

The teenage rising country sensation talks about his impressive self-titled debut EP, signing to Big Machine and working in Nashville…

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2019

31/10/2019

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2019 issue out now

Our new edition features Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones, Shirley Manson, Rob Thomas, P.P. Arnold, Natasha Bedingfield, Squeeze, OMD, Midland and more…

home recording studio

28/10/2019

Songwriter’s guide to home recording: laptop vs desktop

Our resident music production aficionado Dave Chrzanowski explains the basics of setting up a home studio, starting with computer selection…

Chris Difford in Songwriting Magazine

23/10/2019

Interview: Chris Difford

We speak with the double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist and Squeeze co-founder about his life of creating, collaborating and comedy…

Sailing Stones. Photo: Tom Jacob

20/10/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Don’t Tempt The Shadow’ by Sailing Stones

The indie-pop songwriter, Jenny Lindfors, tells us how her new single started life as a poem inspired by Jungian psychology…

 
Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019 edition out now