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

15/02/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Untie The Ropes’ by Komraus

The London-based cinematic electronic outfit’s singer and songwriter, Sara Rioja, explains how their debut album’s title track came to be…

Marlene Oak

13/02/2019

Introducing… Marlene Oak

The Swedish folk-blues singer-songwriter looks set to impress everyone with her luscious vocals and standout productions on her new EP…

Natalie Shay

10/02/2019

Young Songwriter 2019 competition open for entries

Song Academy’s annual contest for 8-18-year-olds will be judging originality, lyrics, melody, composition, and potential to be a hit song…

SK Shlomo

08/02/2019

SK Shlomo’s 10 lessons learnt from a decade of collaboration

The world-record-breaking beatboxer shares advice on creativity and mental health from Björk, Damon Albarn, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz and more…

Tal Wilkenfeld

07/02/2019

On The Stereo #31

Listen to brand new tracks from Tal Wilkenfeld, Ariana Grande, Flight Of The Conchords, Lennon Stella, Div3tran and Whoa Melodic…

Henry Binns

05/02/2019

Interview: Henry Binns

We get to know the English producer, remixer, engineer, songwriter and musician behind ambient electronic duos Zero 7 and Equador…

The Beatles

03/02/2019

New project calling for Beatles fan photos

Groundbreaking global project needs help sourcing photographs for a unique archive celebrating 50 years since the band’s famous final performance…

Cassadee Pope

01/02/2019

Interview: Cassadee Pope

Former lead singer of rock band Hey Monday and 2012 ‘The Voice’ winner talks about her revealing new country album…

Fleur East

30/01/2019

On The Stereo #30

Hear our latest sonic faves, featuring Fleur East, August Landelius, J.S. Ondara, Olivia Lane, Tim Presley’s White Fence and Laville…

Average Joseph

27/01/2019

Average Joseph wins Future Music award

The annual Future Music competition provides a platform for winners to extend their profile and the possibility of being signed…

PX-S1000WE. Pic: Casio Music UK

25/01/2019

Casio release new digital pianos at NAMM

The electronics brand uses this week’s music gear conference to launch compact instruments suited to beginners and seasoned keyboard players…

Fredfades & Jawn Rice

24/01/2019

Songs In The Key Of… Oslo

Norwegian super producers Fredfades & Jawn Rice take us on an electronica and electro-infused musical journey through their capital city…

Emmeline

21/01/2019

On The Stereo #29

Brand new tracks from Emmeline, Brandon Lay, Every Kid Knows, Pedro The Lion, Levy And The Oaks and Hannah Paris…

Mozes And The Firstborn

18/01/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘If I’ by Mozes And The Firstborn

In the first of a new feature, we pick a new track and ask the songwriter to reveal the recipe…

The Cranberries

16/01/2019

The Cranberries share single from final album

The 11 new tracks on ‘In The End’ were written before the Irish band’s frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan tragically passed away…

Equador's Bo Bruce

15/01/2019

Interview: Bo Bruce

From runner-up of The Voice UK in 2012 to becoming one-half of Equador with Henry Binns, the singer-songwriter reveals all…

Octavian

12/01/2019

BBC announces Sound Of 2019 winner

Rapper Octavian is this year’s BBC Sound Of 2019 champion, seeing off a fine selection of the UK’s brightest talents…

Iris Gold

08/01/2019

Songs In The Key Of… Copenhagen

Danish-Jamaican songstress Iris Gold plots a journey through a diverse collection of music from Denmark’s capital, including some tribal opera…

05/01/2019

NAMM 2019: Ibanez and Epiphone release new models

The annual music trade show NAMM returns this month. Here are some exciting guitars debuting ahead of this year’s show…

Michael Jablonka

02/01/2019

On The Stereo #28

This time we showcase new sounds from Michael Jablonka, Union J, Sarah Darling, Vanessa Anne Red, Bellhouse and Bilge Pump…

Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

31/12/2018

Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018 out now

Our latest edition features David Crosby, Rosanne Cash, Kristian Bush, Ethan Johns, Ward Thomas, Janis Ian, David Gray and more…

Gabrielle 'Dreams' cover

28/12/2018

How I wrote ‘Dreams’ by Gabrielle

Learn about one of the 90s’ biggest pop smashes and the highest charting debut single by a female solo act…

21/12/2018

Christmas single aims to bring communities together

Three Surrey based organisations team up to bring people of all backgrounds, race and religions together in time for Christmas…

17/12/2018

Win! The 2018 Songwriting Christmas Gift List

Be in with a chance of winning all of the products featured in our gift guide with this seasonal competition…

British 2019 inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

16/12/2018

British artists among 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees

Radiohead, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music and The Zombies join Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks in this year’s selection…

Gabrielle Aplin & Hannah Grace

14/12/2018

On The Stereo #27

Our latest playlist showcases new music from Gabrielle Aplin & Hannah Grace, Ward Thomas, Omi, Danielle Bradbery and Sam Palladio…

Corey Taylor

12/12/2018

Interview: Corey Taylor

Our cover star was one of rock and metal’s shining stars – the head honcho of Slipknot and Stone Sour…

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…

John J Presley

04/12/2018

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…