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, rising stars, and behind-the-scenes songwriters who will share their wisdom…

Latest Articles

Ward Thomas


On The Stereo

The best new songs to grace our players from the likes of Ward Thomas, Lennon Stella, Marie Dahlstrøm and Marsicans…

Charlie Worsham Songwriting Survival Kit


Charlie Worsham’s Songwriting Survival Kit

One of the most gifted musicians in Nashville shares with us the essential elements needed when it comes to songwriting…


One week left to apply for Anna Meredith residency

Generator’s Tipping Point: WeCreate and Brighter Sounds have teamed up with composer Anna Meredith to create a unique residency opportunity…

Graham Nash


How I wrote ‘Marrakesh Express’ by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Graham Nash takes us on a journey to Morocco in order to explain the origins of a classic. All aboard!…

Clare Bowen


On The Stereo

Our favourite recent releases, including new songs from Clare Bowen, St. Martiins, Gorgeous Bully, Emma Zander, Cha:dy and Ziggy Alberts…


CMA Songwriters Series returns for second UK tour

The annual country music tour brings a mixture of established songwriters and ‘rising stars’ to five UK venues this autumn…

Maverick Festival 2018


Live review: Maverick Festival (6-8 July 2018)

Lisa Redford took in the sun, sights and sounds of the UK’s first Americana festival, now in its 10th year…


2018 Mercury Prize finalists announced

Lily Allen, Everything Everything and Wolf Alice are among this year’s award nominees, joined by debutants Novelist and Jorga Smith…

Today's exclusive is from the wonderful, Kristy Chumra


EXCLUSIVE! ‘Abandoned House’ by Kristy Chmura

Today’s exclusive is an atmospheric folk number whose writer is possessed of a voice as strong and beautiful as oak…

Maven Grace


Songs In The Key Of… Beijing

Chinese-born Jason Magnus and his band Maven Grace take us through a playlist of Beijing’s most exciting and original artists…


Three products to get the creative juices flowing

Here are a few products that can help improve your songwriting skills, aid the creative process and keep costs low…

Dave Rotheray


David Rotheray’s 10 tips for songwriting after an extended break

The former Beautiful South guitarist offers some advice for any songwriters hoping to return to the craft after a break…

Ruen Brothers


Interview: Ruen Brothers

Henry: “Anything that excites us or makes us feel something out of the ordinary usually leads to us getting the…



On The Stereo

Superb songs from Seafret, Childish Gambino, John Grant, Christine And The Queens, Ariana Grande, Xixa, Tom Baxter and Club Drive…

Swing Out Sister


How I wrote ‘Breakout’ by Swing Out Sister

Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell explain how the 1986 World Cup and a panic-inducing deadline inspired their sophisti-pop hit single…

Frank Skinner and David Baddiel


It’s ‘coming home’ for Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds

While the national team inspired a nation, ‘Three Lions’ gets 6.8m audio streams, 5.2m video streams and another No 1…



Songs In The Key Of… Adelaide

Australian sibling pop act Germein take a break from supporting Little Mix to share a playlist inspired by their home-city…

Creedence Clearwater Revival


On The Stereo

Our new music selection serves up CCR, Moon Panda, Odetta Hartman, Tayne, Foreign Poetry, Natalie Holmes, Baeilou and Satellite Stories…

Bob Marley


The sun is shining for Bob Marley And The Wailers anniversary

The band’s classic album ‘Kaya’ gets a 40th birthday makeover, but the message of love and peace remains the same…

Songwriting Summer 2018


Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018 out now

Our latest edition features Chvrches, Graham Nash, Janis Ian, Travis, Ali Tamposi, Nizlopi, Roger Cook, Jamie Lawson and much more…

Nile Rodgers


Nile Rodgers becomes chairman of the board

The legendary Chic co-founder becomes chair of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and announces first new album in 25 years…



EXCLUSIVE! ‘Never Gonna Fall In Love (feat. Rich G)’ by Amira B

Brought to you a day late because of football World Cup commitments, this exclusive track is a smooth, funk-soul number…


The First Song

Hear how songwriters like Gene Simmons, Janis Ian, Adam Duritz, Loudon Wainwright III, Roger Cook and BC Jean got started…



On The Stereo

Our latest choice music collection gives you Catgod, Joshua Burnside, Mountain Lions, Paul Steel, Stella Sommer, Zack Logan and Givers…

Alice In Chains


Alice In Chains return with new album

Seattle rockers return with their first album in five years and the lead single is already a social media success…

‘Counting Pennies In The Afterlife’ by Colour Me Wednesday


‘Counting Pennies In The Afterlife’ by Colour Me Wednesday (Album)

The London four-piece’s sophomore album is one of the most exciting DIY releases in 2018, and unlikely to be bettered…

The Rareflowers


EXCLUSIVE! ‘June’ by The Rareflowers

Today we bring you an exclusive track by a power-pop trio that recall one of the genre’s truly great bands…

Snail Mail


Live review: Snail Mail, Louisiana, Bristol (21 May 2018)

Catch what we thought the of rising indie-rock stars, Snail Mail, on the Bristol leg of their maiden UK tour…

Save Face


On The Stereo

Our playlist includes Chris Stapleton, Save Face, Mayka, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Apple Of My Eye, Becky And The Birds and Peluché…



Sparks team up with Edgar Wright for documentary

The Mael brothers and British director Edgar Wright will collaborate on the documentary celebrating the career and music of Sparks…

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes' Songwriting Survival Kit


Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes’ Songwriting Survival Kit

The LA indie band’s frontman is a sucker for a good pen; find out what else he can’t do without…

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Strawberry Moon’ by Lyons


EXCLUSIVE! ‘Strawberry Moon’ by Lyons

This week’s exclusive track is a spiky, post-punk inspired psych-rock number that’ll have you tapping your toes from the start…


The new loop synth changing the game

Shopping for loops is dull. Arcade delivers playable instruments directly to the plugin. Music production is about to change forever…