Songwriting – ‘at the heart of great music’

Songwriting is a quarterly digital magazine aimed at songwriters and at fans of song-led music – of all genres. We take advice from successful songwriters, producers and industry experts 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 name artists and rising stars, and reviews of new music from pop to hip-hop to soul to rock…


Latest Articles

George Taylor

20/05/2018

On The Stereo

This week features Castelle, George Taylor, The Nectars, Run Maggie Run, Blow, Holly Rees, Dana Fuchs, Eloïse and James Bay…

The Joy Formidable

19/05/2018

The return of The Joy Formidable

The Welsh rockers play at Meltdown Festival next month and the band treat fans to a new song and video…

Popes Of Chillitown ‘Work Hard, Play Hard, See You In The Graveyard’ album cover

18/05/2018

‘Work Hard, Play Hard, See You In The Graveyard’ by Popes Of Chillitown (Album)

The London ska-punk-dubsters combat life’s ugly side by injecting a dose of optimism into the world via their latest LP…

Josh T Pearson. Pic: Eliot Lee Hazel

16/05/2018

Interview: Josh T. Pearson

The release of his surprisingly straight new album gave us the opportunity to chat with this hero of alternative country…

Language

15/05/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Plymouth’ by Language

Today we are bringing you a simmering, brittle alt-rock track that purrs and demands the attention of 90s guitar-pop fans…

Elles

14/05/2018

Elles Bailey to play triumphant Bristol show

The effervescent blues and country songwriter returns to Bristol this May, after a hugely successful time in spent in Nashville…

Neil Young

13/05/2018

On The Stereo

This week’s selection includes Neil Young, The Magic Numbers, Forth Wanderers, Skylar Fri, Cosmos Sunshine and Jealous Of The Birds…

Netta

12/05/2018

Israel wins the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision divides opinion like no other music show. As the old saying goes: you either love it or hate it…

Orange Amplification OMEC Teleport

11/05/2018

Orange Amplification invents the Teleport

Rather than the futuristic way to travel, it’s the vintage OMEC brand’s new audio interface for studio recording and gigging…

Chas Hodges

10/05/2018

Interview: Chas Hodges

With a new Chas & Dave album out now, it’s time we caught up with one of the rockney gods…

Priscilla Renea Hairston

09/05/2018

2018 USA Songwriting Competition deadline looms

The contest is still accepting entries from around the world, offering a top prize of cash and merch worth $50,000…

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Sun Kin’ by Honey I'm Whole

08/05/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Honey I’m Whole’ by Sun Kin

Today we bring you a track by an alt-pop artist. Ladies and gentlemen here is the truly excellent Sun Kin…

The Levellers' Mark Chadwick

07/05/2018

Interview: The Levellers’ Mark Chadwick

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the punk-folk-rock band’s frontman and songwriter talks about his mysterious craft, finding inspiration, and undercover police…

The Maple State

06/05/2018

On The Stereo

Introducing a new regular feature, where the Songwriting team review a collection of new releases that have caught our ear…

IK Multimedia UNO synth

05/05/2018

IK Multimedia unleashes first analog synth

The Italian mobile music production specialists work with boutique manufacturer Soundmachines to create the UNO, their first hardware synthesizer keyboard…

MC50

04/05/2018

MC5 announces UK leg of anniversary tour

Wayne Kramer brings his special show to the UK this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of MC5’s classic album…

Gretchen Peters Songwriting Survival Kit

03/05/2018

Gretchen Peters’ Songwriting Survival Kit

We find out the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee’s indispensable tools of her trade include coffee, naps and solitude…

DMA's 'For Now' album cover

02/05/2018

‘For Now’ by DMA’s (Album)

DMA’s follow up album to their gold-selling 2016 debut makes all the right noises, but will it be as successful?…

Today's exclusive is from the wonderful, Toni Sidgwick. Credit: Claire Collinson

01/05/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Try’ by Toni Sidgwick

Today we bring you lucky people a delicate, lovely, and bittersweet indie-folk track by an absolutely brilliant songwriter from Shetland…

Ed Bell's The Song Foundry

30/04/2018

Skype songwriting coaching with Ed Bell

Take your skills to the next level, one-on-one, with the professional songwriter, educator and author of ‘The Art Of Songwriting’…

29/04/2018

Britrock Classic

Rounding off our week celebrating Britrock, we bring you a classic by one of the UK’s most powerful rock acts…

Songs In The Key Of Britrock

29/04/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Britrock

BRITROCK WEEK: We pick 17 songs that represent the eccentricity, ferocity and glory of British rock in the mid-to-late 90s…

The Darkness Live At Hammersmith

28/04/2018

The Darkness to release ‘Live At Hammersmith’ album

Here’s your chance to have Lowestoft’s finest in your home, as the band gets set to release a live LP…

Reef

28/04/2018

How I wrote ‘Place Your Hands’ by Reef’s Gary Stringer

BRITROCK WEEK: The West Country rock band’s frontman tells us how their energetic, singalong single took shape and took off…

Nigel Clark

26/04/2018

How I wrote ‘Good Enough’ by Dodgy’s Nigel Clark

BRITROCK WEEK: The fun-loving indie trio’s lead singer and bassist recalls the Bob Marley-inspired conception of their biggest hit single…

Ginger

25/04/2018

How I wrote ‘I Wanna Go Where The People Go’ by The Wildhearts

BRITROCK WEEK: The band’s frontman Ginger explains how a soundcheck riff and a casual interview comment inspired their unpredictable single…

Terrorvision

24/04/2018

How I wrote ‘Perseverance’ by Terrorvision’s Tony Wright

BRITROCK WEEK: The Bradford band’s singer tells the story behind the writing of their riff-tastic ode to whales and dolphins…

‘Up All Night ft. Annabelle’ by Future Joy

24/04/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Up All Night ft. Annabelle’ by Future Joy

Today’s exclusive is brought to you by a delightful electro-funk group who borrow gleefully from the gamut of electronic music…

Britrock Must Be Destroyed

23/04/2018

Britrock Must Be Destroyed

BRITROCK WEEK: Before their playful UK tour celebrating mid-90s British rock, we hear from Reef, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Dodgy…

21/04/2018

Evolution Emerging Conference celebrates 10 years

This year’s event in Gateshead promises to be the biggest ever, including a seminar by independent music publisher Sentric Music…

Jenn Bostic - Revival

21/04/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Country Pop

Here we get Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jenn Bostic to pick out 10 tracks that perfectly straddle both pop and country music…

Today's exclusive is from the smooth, Vinegar Mother

17/04/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Moon Tomb’ by Vinegar Mother

Today’s exclusive song comes from a soul-rock quintet whose singer has a sublimely smooth vocal. You’re going to love them…

Shallow

15/04/2018

Classic Of The Week: Shallow

This week’s classic is a shoegaze masterpiece from the most underrated band of all-time. Songwriting Magazine hope you enjoy it…