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

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…

Lisa Redford 'Anything But Easy' music video

03/03/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Anything But Easy’ by Lisa Redford

The award-winning singer-songwriter, music columnist and tutor returns with a new Americana-tinged single, and here she breaks down the composition…

Ward Thomas

02/03/2019

Interview: Ward Thomas

In our latest issue, record-breaking British country musicians Catherine and Lizzy discuss their musical growth on new album ‘Restless Minds’…

01/03/2019

New report finds listening to music damages creativity

It is a popular belief that listening to music will increase the brain’s working ability and help us retain information…

Kristian Bush

28/02/2019

Interview: Sugarland’s Kristian Bush

One half of the American country music duo reveals how he has transformed himself into a songwriter of prolific capacity…

Kawala by Sarah Louise Bennett

27/02/2019

On The Stereo #33

The team are listening to these superb new songs from Kawala, Maren Morris, Rainbrother, Morganway, Jenny Lewis and Cross Atlantic…

Fergus

26/02/2019

Introducing… Fergus

We shine a light on a London-based singer-songwriter who teamed up with producer Jake Gosling to make his new EP…

Rosanne Cash

24/02/2019

Interview: Rosanne Cash

The preeminent lyricist and musician is back with a collection of songs enriched by her life experience and unique voice…

The 1975

22/02/2019

Brits 2019: a round-up of this year’s event

London’s O2 Arena played host to another eventful Brit Awards ceremony as the annual spectacle returns for its 39th year…

Rosie Tee

21/02/2019

Diary Of A Songwriter: Rosie Tee

In this exclusive journal extract, we get to see what it’s like to record at the fabled Abbey Road Studios…

David Crosby in Songwriting Magazine

20/02/2019

Interview: David Crosby

The founding member of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash reveals all about his new album and group…

Spectator

19/02/2019

On The Stereo #32

Appreciating the audio of Spectator, Florida Georgia Line, Cassadee Pope, Jack And Tim, Yip Man Of Scotland and Simon Lunche…

Isle Of Wight

18/02/2019

Is there still inequality in festival lineup selection?

Leading figures discuss why women and new artists continue to be overlooked for the key slots on UK festival lineups…

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…