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

John J Presley

11/12/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Alternative Blues

Electric bluesman from Birmingham, John J Presley, shares a selection of alt-blues tracks and explains how they have influenced him…

Opeth

09/12/2018

Interview: Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt

God of extreme prog metal: not just one of the most highly acclaimed songwriters of his genre, a true legend…

08/12/2018

MOBO Help Musicians Fund doubles prize money

Now, in its second year, MOBO Help Musicians Fund will back another 20 artists while increasing the grant to £40,000…

Vagabon

07/12/2018

Interview: Vagabon

Infinite songwriting wisdom: at the end of last year we highlighted the brilliant Laetitia ‘Vagabon’ Tamko as a breakthrough artist…

DeVotchKa. Pic: Jen Rosenstein

05/12/2018

Interview: DeVotchKa’s Nick Urata

The Colorado-based quartet’s frontman talks about making their cinematic indie music and scoring award-winning movies ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Paddington’…

DIM & AUG chords

04/12/2018

Don’t diminish the use of diminished & augmented chords

Songwriting coach James Linderman advises on the best use of these lesser-known chords, and how they can ‘augment’ your song…

Gum Takes Tooth

03/12/2018

On The Stereo #26

We single out new tunes from Gum Takes Tooth, Dolly Parton, Ariana Grande, Mandarin Orange, Pace and The Burning Hell…

When The Muse Goes Missing

02/12/2018

What to do when the muse goes missing

Nashville songwriter and mentor Mark Cawley shares some tactics for reviving those elusive creative juices when you’ve lost the flow…

Neil Young

01/12/2018

BST Hyde Park festival announces headliners for 2019

Organisers of British Summer Time Hyde Park promise ‘historic night’ as they reveal two music heavyweights will share headline slot…

Ask The Experts - Paul Gray

30/11/2018

Ask The Experts: Paul Gray of the MU

We put some frequently-asked questions on royalty splits and songwriters’ rights to The Damned bassist and Musicians’ Union regional officer…

How I wrote 'MMMBop' by Hanson

27/11/2018

How I wrote ‘MMMBop’ by Hanson

Isaac Hanson, the eldest of the sibling trio, tells the story of his group’s chart-topping blockbuster with the super-catchy chorus…

Me And My Friends

26/11/2018

On The Stereo #25

Me And My Friends, Brad Paisley, Daniel Steinbock, Society Of The Silver Cross, The Yada Yada Yadas and Vic Allen…

Boogie Wonderland

25/11/2018

How I wrote ‘Boogie Wonderland’ by Allee Willis

The disco classic from Earth, Wind & Fire might have sounded very different if it wasn’t for Allee Willis’ insistence…

Taylor Swift

24/11/2018

Taylor Swift Joins Universal Music Group roster

The ‘Shake It Off’ singer leaves Big Machine for Universal Music Group, ending a relationship that spans over 12 years…

RuthAnne

23/11/2018

RuthAnne’s 10 tips on transitioning from songwriter to artist

This successful Irish songwriter is making her move for solo stardom. Here are her tips on how to change lane…

Shy Cookie

23/11/2018

Songs In The Key Of… UK Garage

DJ and producer Shy Cookie takes on a journey through a genre which dominated the charts of the late 90s…

Frank Turner's Songwriting Survival Kit

22/11/2018

Frank Turner’s Songwriting Survival Kit

From his beloved Gibson acoustic to his Clive James books, these are things that the folk singer-songwriter can’t do without…

Cass Lowe

21/11/2018

Interview: Cass Lowe

After working with everyone from Take That to Rudimental, the acclaimed songwriter-producer shares his insight into successful modern pop co-writing…

Andy Brown

20/11/2018

On The Stereo #24

Another crop of fresh sonic goodness from Andy Brown, Ciircus Street, Steve Aoki, Jade Helliwell, Deanna Petcoff and Ward Thomas…

Songwriting Autumn 2018 music reviews

19/11/2018

‘Natural Rebel’ by Richard Ashcroft (Album)

Songwriting Magazine Autumn’s album of the issue is the fifth solo long-player from the former Verve frontman, released on RPA/BMG…

Waves Axis One

17/11/2018

Waves Audio announces music PC

Plugin developer creates a computer designed for studio and stage, in what could be the first move of its kind…

Laoise by Lucy Foster

16/11/2018

Diary Of A Songwriter: Laoise

A trip to London provides this Irish artist with a chance to write new music and record her latest video…

Introducing Cha:dy and Eoin Glackin

15/11/2018

Introducing… Eoin Glackin

This rising Irish alt-country singer and songwriter draws on Johnny Cash and Beck to explore the fleeting nature of life…

Ultimate Seminar

14/11/2018

Free ‘Ultimate Seminar’ in London

Music conference takes place at Westminster university on 24 November, with talks and discussions involving leading songwriters, managers and execs…

Cheryl

12/11/2018

On The Stereo #23

Cheryl, Amigo The Devil, Carly Pearce, Chorusgirl, The Desert and Fightmilk make up our selection of songs on heavy rotation…

How I wrote Bristol

11/11/2018

How I wrote Bristol

Eight local songwriters, including Roger Cook and Beki Bondage, tell the stories behind some of our home city’s classic songs…

Violet Skies

10/11/2018

How songwriters can receive £10,000 to boost their careers

Writer Producer Fund gives financial support to songwriters and composers. Here are the latest writer-producers who will receive career-changing funding…

The Album That Changed Everything

09/11/2018

The Album That Changed Everything (Autumn 2018)

A choice selection of our recent interviewees reveal the seminal albums that have inspired them the most over the years…

Bastian Baker

08/11/2018

Interview: Bastian Baker

The Swiss pro hockey player turned country singer-songwriter and coach on Belgium’s ‘The Voice’ talks about touring with Shania Twain…

Roo Panes

06/11/2018

Diary Of A Songwriter: Roo Panes

The Dorset singer-songwriter journals a week of writing, mixing and taking a trip to a farm in search of inspiration…

Karla Kane

05/11/2018

On The Stereo #22

Here’s our new music collection, spotlighting songs from Karla Kane, Lennon Stella, Jo Marches, Mackenzie Shivers, Kevin McGuire and Rattle…

Roger Greenaway

04/11/2018

How I wrote ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ by Roger Greenaway

The acclaimed songwriter explains how the song ended up soundtracking a famous Coca-Cola TV ad and became a million-selling hit…

Mudhoney

03/11/2018

Sub Pop revives mail order Singles Club

A decade on from the last instalment of the subscription service, the fourth edition will start shipping in April 2019…