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

How I Wrote book 'If I Were A Boy'


How I wrote ‘If I Were A Boy’ for Beyoncé by BC Jean

How the global smash started life as a Californian girl’s break-up song, inspired by pizza and popcorn in Times Square…



On The Stereo #54

It’s time to check out some new songs from MALKA, The Saxophones, Frances Luke Accord, Hicktown Breakout and Anil Aydin…

Imogen Mahdavi


Song Deconstructed: ‘Rock The Boat’ by Imogen Mahdavi

The rising alt-pop singer-songwriter reveals what went into writing and recording her brand new track about rekindling a fragile relationship…

Ashley Monroe


Interview: Ashley Monroe

As a songwriter, solo artist and member of country supergroup Pistol Annies, the Southern songbird has found her sweet spot…

Shed Seven


How I wrote ‘Chasing Rainbows’ by Shed Seven’s Rick Witter

The singer with York’s indie guitar heroes looks back on the creation of an anthem from the band’s Britpop heyday…

Payton Smith. Photo: David McClister


Five minutes with… Payton Smith

The teenage rising country sensation talks about his impressive self-titled debut EP, signing to Big Machine and working in Nashville…

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2019


Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2019 issue out now

Our new edition features Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones, Shirley Manson, Rob Thomas, P.P. Arnold, Natasha Bedingfield, Squeeze, OMD, Midland and more…

home recording studio


Songwriter’s guide to home recording: laptop vs desktop

Our resident music production aficionado Dave Chrzanowski explains the basics of setting up a home studio, starting with computer selection…

Chris Difford in Songwriting Magazine


Interview: Chris Difford

We speak with the double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist and Squeeze co-founder about his life of creating, collaborating and comedy…

Sailing Stones. Photo: Tom Jacob


Song Deconstructed: ‘Don’t Tempt The Shadow’ by Sailing Stones

The indie-pop songwriter, Jenny Lindfors, tells us how her new single started life as a poem inspired by Jungian psychology…

Sleeper's Louise Wener in Songwriting Magazine


Five minutes with… Sleeper’s Louise Wener

With the Britpop group rising from their lengthy slumber, we managed to have a quick chat with their iconic singer/guitarist…

Black Stone Cherry


On The Stereo #53

Here’s our choice selection of tracks from Black Stone Cherry, The Catenary Wires, Carly Pearce, Alessandro Ciminata and Vic Allen…

Tim Burgess in Songwriting Magazine


Interview: Tim Burgess

We got to know the Salford-born singer-songwriter who you’ll recognise as the frontman of British indie rock band The Charlatans…

Howard Jones


Interview: Howard Jones

A defining figure of mid-80s synth-pop, Howard Jones reflects on his venerable career 35 years after his sudden transatlantic success…

P.P. Arnold


Five minutes with… P.P. Arnold

Five decades after becoming a 60s icon, the first lady of soul talks about returning with an adventurous new album…

Johanna Amelie. Photo: Junala


Song Deconstructed: ‘Being’ by Johanna Amelie

The alt-pop Berliner reveals the inspiration, lyrics, music and recording of her brand new release – a song about boundaries…

The Frampton Sisters


On The Stereo #52

Here’s our latest playlist, championing new songs from The Frampton Sisters, Miranda Lambert, The Cigarettes, Little Scream and Kevin McGuire…

Discover: Topic Records


Discover: Topic Records

On its 80-year anniversary, we explore the scene, icon and players associated with the oldest independent label in the world…

How I wrote 'Little Things'


How I wrote One Direction’s ‘Little Things’ by Fiona Bevan

The Suffolk-born singer-songwriter explains how she and Ed Sheeran made the little song that gave 1D another UK No 1…

Emma Frank


Song-by-Song: ‘Come Back’ by Emma Frank

The Brooklyn-based avant-garde folk artist details the creation of each track from her latest album, revealing a rollercoaster of emotions…

Old Dominion


On The Stereo #51

Our team reviews a collection of new releases from Old Dominion, The Darkness, Mariama, Jack And Tim and Sun Bloom…

Gabriella Cilmi. Photo: Jess Brohier


Song Deconstructed: ‘The Water’ by Gabriella Cilmi

The Australian singer-songwriter explains how The Doors, Scientology documentaries and two chords went into the making of her latest release…

Kelsea Ballerini


Five minutes with… Kelsea Ballerini

The two-time Grammy Award-nominated songstress from Tennessee talks about her new single ‘Homecoming Queen?’, her forthcoming album and UK audiences…

How I Wrote 'Zombie' by The Cranberries


How I wrote ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

Before the Irish band’s singer tragically died in 2018, she told us how this classic 90s rock song was created…

'Elusive' by Scott Matthews in 'How I Wrote' the book


How I wrote ‘Elusive’ by Scott Matthews

The Wolverhampton singer-songwriter reveals how his debut single earned him a tour with Foo Fighters and an Ivor Novello award…

Charles Esten


Interview: Charles Esten

With a UK tour just around the corner, the country star and actor takes us through a lifetime of songwriting…

Fender Electric XII


Fender revives its 60s 12-string classic guitar

Arriving in 1965, the Electric XII was aimed at folk-rock musicians and it can be heard on ‘Stairway To Heaven’…

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019 edition out now