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

17/06/2018

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…

Today's exclusive track is from the superb, |Austin Coleman

12/06/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘The Change’ by Austin Coleman

Our latest exclusive song for you is a rolling country number that betrays more than a hint of Fleetwood Mac…

Madonna

10/06/2018

On The Stereo

This week’s list features Madonna, Lily Allen, Say Lou Lou, Deaf Wish, Mikaela Davis, Colour Me Wednesday, Silverbacks and Koyo…

Enhancia

09/06/2018

Enhancia impresses at music start-up contest

Record number of future tech companies battled it out at Midemlab 2018, attempting to win over judges and attract investment…

Bob Dylan

06/06/2018

Appreciating the songs of… Bob Dylan

Passionate fan, James Sullivan considers the poetic lyricism and music by one of the most influential songwriters of all time…

Today's exclusive is brought to you by the rootsy, The Hollow Ends

05/06/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Bears In Mind’ by The Hollow Ends

Out latest exclusive song is brought to you by a folk-rock group who combine socially conscious lyrics with anthemic choruses…

Rebekah Rolland. Pic: Amy Martell

03/06/2018

On The Stereo

Latest playlist includes: Rebekah Rolland, Tom Grennan, Three Kings High, The Modern Strangers and Father John Misty and James Holt…

Flogging Molly

02/06/2018

Tickets go on sale for Fuelling The Fire

Line-up and details of this December’s 10-date punk rock showcase are announced, and Fireball’s Hottest Band 2019 competition kicks off…

2018 Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter Of The Year Ed Sheeran by Mark Allan

01/06/2018

Winners of The Ivors 2018 are celebrated

Last night saw BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, announce the winning songwriters of the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards…

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

30/05/2018

Interview: Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

The lead singer of this acclaimed alt-country/Americana band from Melbourne, Australia, tells us about his inspiration and approach to songwriting…

Florence Welch

27/05/2018

On The Stereo

This week’s selection: Florence + The Machine, DMA’s, Language, Popes Of Chillitown, Passenger, Lice, Uma E. Fernqvist and Places Erupt…

Chicks With Hits

26/05/2018

Chicks With Hits celebrates 20th anniversary

Nashville’s all-female publishing collective reflects upon on two decades in the business, supporting over 150 of Music City’s hit songwriters…

Jan Kincaid. Pic: Nic-Stills

24/05/2018

How I wrote ‘Shelter’ by The Brand New Heavies’ Jan Kincaid

The former drummer and songwriter of the London-based acid jazz-funk group, talks about the making of his dramatic, groove-led single…

Frank Falvo

22/05/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘This Is A Lie’ by Frank Falvo

This week’s exclusive song is brought to you by an Australia-based singer-songwriter who specialises in a catchy style of folk-pop…

Fender Jazzmaster 60th anniversary

21/05/2018

Fender celebrates 60 years of the Jazzmaster

The iconic guitar brand commemorates the anniversary with three new, limited edition models in 2018: the ’58, Triple and Classic…

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 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…

The Levellers' Mark Chadwick

03/05/2018

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…

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?…