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

Tim Burgess in Songwriting Magazine

14/10/2019

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

10/10/2019

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

06/10/2019

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

04/10/2019

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

03/10/2019

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

01/10/2019

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'

29/09/2019

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

27/09/2019

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

25/09/2019

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

23/09/2019

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

21/09/2019

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

19/09/2019

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

18/09/2019

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

17/09/2019

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

15/09/2019

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’…

How I wrote 'Connected' by Stereo MCs' Rob Birch

14/09/2019

How I wrote ‘Connected’ by Stereo MCs’ Rob Birch

The frontman explains how their most famous song is a long and winding tale of riots, London buses and underpants…

James McArthur

12/09/2019

On The Stereo #50

We’ve been getting excited by new music from James McArthur, Jason Tyler Burton, Andy Brown, Forty Elephant Gang and Chase…

Leslie Stevens’ Songwriting Survival Kit

09/09/2019

Leslie Stevens’ Songwriting Survival Kit

Whether it’s her sketchbook, guitar or an open mind, these are the essential items the LA-based singer-songwriter can’t do without…

08/09/2019

Unsigned Only announces winners of annual contest

Anna Wolf has been crowned the winner of 2019’s Unsigned Only music competition, becoming the first South African to win…

Wilco. Photo: Austin Nelson

06/09/2019

Songs In The Key Of… Wilco

With a comprehensive new book about Jeff Tweedy’s band on the horizon, its author walks us through 12 essential tracks…

Gethen Jenkins

04/09/2019

Introducing… Gethen Jenkins

The former marine has embraced outlaw country and his debut album is one of the year’s most exciting new offerings…

Maybe April

03/09/2019

On The Stereo #49

The team’s track selection process unearths some absolute gems from Maybe April, Crash Adams, Serafina Steer, Marc Bianco and Molly-Anne…

How I wrote 'Silence Is Easy' by Starsailor

01/09/2019

How I wrote ‘Silence Is Easy’ by Starsailor’s James Walsh

The indie band’s frontman on creating their two-chord, Phil Spector-produced hit single, and how easy it is to sing drunk!…

Oasis

31/08/2019

Oasis podcast offers eye-witness accounts of seminal album

Contributions from friends, fans, musicians and the band’s inner circle shine a light on the chaotic genius of ‘Definitely Maybe’…

Eli Musser

30/08/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Die To Be With You’ by Eli Musser

A true student of popular music, this New York songwriter invites us to learn a thing or two about love…

Scouting For Girls in Songwriting Magazine

27/08/2019

How I wrote ‘She’s So Lovely’ by Scouting For Girls’ Roy Stride

The pop-rock band’s frontman explains how their debut hit took two years of tweaking and “dicking around on the piano”…

Francesca de Valence

26/08/2019

Dear songwriter (are you done waiting?)

In her latest letter, regular columnist Francesca de Valence encourages you to get writing, every day, and keep on writing…

 
Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019 edition out now