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

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…

Emily Breeze

27/03/2019

Diary Of A Songwriter: Emily Breeze

With a single to launch and songs to write, it’s a very busy week for this Bristol-based gothic pop artist…

My Songwriting Hero, Marianne Faithfull

25/03/2019

Rob Ellis: My Songwriting Hero, Marianne Faithfull

Having worked with her for well over a decade, the renowned producer is well-positioned to assess the iconic songstress’ talents…

Megan Davies

24/03/2019

On The Stereo #36

This time we evangelise about the latest songs from Megan Davies, Selena Gomez, Gazel, Hey Colossus, Bollie and Lazy Day…

Adam Ant

23/03/2019

Adam Ant announces US and UK mega tour

Pop icon will perform his debut solo album in its entirety during a huge tour across the US and UK…

22/03/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Your Server Had A Bad Day’ by Haunted Continents

James A.M. Downes provides the inside scoop on a recent instalment of his single-a-month project, and it’s a cheeky one!…

David Gray's Songwriting Survival Kit

17/03/2019

David Gray’s Songwriting Survival Kit

As he releases a new album, the esteemed British singer-songwriter explains why he relies on both low- and high-tech accessories…

16/03/2019

Long-standing USA songwriting contest opens for 2019

Songwriters can now submit their entries for the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition for a chance to further their careers…

Alphaville in 1984

15/03/2019

How I wrote ‘Big In Japan’ by Alphaville

A synth-rock anthem inspired by Berlin’s heroin scene, we learn all about a classic 80s track with a surprising origin…

Riley Roth

14/03/2019

On The Stereo #35

We’re delighting in new music by Riley Roth, Idlewild, Jonas Brothers, The Strange, Film Jacket 35 and Second Hand Poet…

How I wrote 'At Seventeen' by Janis Ian

13/03/2019

How I wrote ‘At Seventeen’ by Janis Ian

The American singer-songwriter recounts the inspiration and creation of her most widely recognised song, which she still sings at 67…

Gum Takes Tooth

12/03/2019

Interview: Gum Takes Tooth

The masters of pyrotechnic electro noise break down their unique way of working and the benefits of being a duo…

How I wrote 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl'

11/03/2019

How I wrote ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ by Jet’s Nic Cester

The Australian singer-songwriter and frontman reveals how the single that launched the band’s stellar career was written on the toilet…

Midem & Universal Music

10/03/2019

Midem and Universal Music offer mentoring opportunity

Are you an aspiring songwriter or producer struggling to get the right attention among the throng of peers and competitors?…

Sonny

08/03/2019

Five minutes with… Sonny

The rising pop artist from South Shields discusses his new single ‘Sweet Dreams’ and his forthcoming acoustic EP ‘Beech Road’…

Discover: Britpop

07/03/2019

Discover: Britpop

We choose to revel in the big-chorused glory of mid-90s British pop music, with some of the era’s defining players…

Jimmy Allen & Abby Anderson

06/03/2019

On The Stereo #34

Enjoy the sonic delights of Jimmie Allen & Abby Anderson, Rod Melancon, Pastis, Trunky Juno, Daniel Norgren and Summer Heart…

Ethan Johns

05/03/2019

Interview: Ethan Johns

Black Eyed Dog: The acclaimed producer shares priceless insights on “capturing human performances” and his own fluid approach to songwriting…