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

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…

Casio CDP-S350BK

20/01/2019

Casio release new pianos in time for NAMM

Electronics brand uses next week’s music gear conference to launch two ultra-compact digital pianos suited to beginners and seasoned players…

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…

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…