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

Dave Davies


The Kinks are back in the studio

Dave Davies lifts the lid and teases details of what the band is working on, now they are back together…

The End Of America


Song Deconstructed: ‘Monsters’ by The End Of America

Brendon Thomas takes apart his band’s new song which was inspired by the plight of children in his US homeland…

Jonathan Donahue: My Songwriting Hero, Bobbie Gentry


Jonathan Donahue: My Songwriting Hero, Bobbie Gentry

The frontman of psych-pop veterans Mercury Rev reveals his love for the Mississippi songwriter and why they reimagined her album…

Getaway Dogs. Photo: Zachary Schneider


On The Stereo #45

The new songs on heavy rotation from Getaway Dogs, Okaywill, Emma White, Saweetie, Eilen Jewell and Lucy & La Mer…

Adam Young AKA Owl City


How I wrote ‘Fireflies’ by Adam Young (Owl City)

The singer-songwriter-producer explains how insomnia, a new synth and Blink-182 inspired a multi-platinum single that topped charts across the globe…

Endlesss creator Tim Exile is looking to revolutionise music-making. Pic: Flickr


Music startup Endlesss takes investment to next stage

Award winning app receives more funding in its bid to develop the next generation music-creation workflow for songwriters and producers…

Anoushka Lucas


The 10 things I learned about songwriting from writing for theatre

Multi-lingual songwriter, composer, actress and performer Anoushka Lucas shares some invaluable lessons learned from her time spent treading the boards…

Four strategies for improving your lyrics


Four strategies for improving your lyrics

Nashville songwriting coach Mark Cawley gives us an extract from his book ‘Song Journey’, offering some helpful advice for lyricists…


Dear songwriter (who struggles to write good songs)

In the first of a new regular column, the I Heart Songwriting Club founder encourages you to write, write, write…

Geoff Wilkinson: how to win friends and collaborate


Geoff Wilkinson: how to win friends and collaborate

If you’re a vocalist/topliner looking for a collaboration, then the Us3 and YLD producer has some top tips for you…

Dave Davies


How I wrote ‘Death Of A Clown’ by The Kinks’ Dave Davies

The lead guitarist, songwriter and singer of the influential English 60s rock band tells of his classic track’s haunting origins…



International Songwriting Competition judges announced

ISC reveals its 2019 judging panel and, as usual, it includes some of music’s most talented artists and industry executives…



On The Stereo #44

We can’t stop playing these new songs from Kokoko!, Rupert Stroud, Jon Pardi, Kirby Forest, Earth Tongue and Joe Tofts…

The art of the performing songwriter


Dean Friedman on the art of the performing songwriter

In this extract from ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, the chart-topping recording artist expounds the importance of producing an authentic live performance…



How I wrote ‘I Alone’ by Live’s Ed Kowalczyk

25 years after ‘Throwing Copper’ went global, we learn the story of the song that helped it on its way…

Iron Maiden


Iron Maiden release more reissues

Parlophone Records have announced they will be reissuing special editions of the English heavy metal band’s 1992-2000 back catalogue…

Lists & Opposites


Lists & Opposites

Founder of The Song Foundry, Ed Bell presents us with two powerful lyric-writing techniques: creating list lyrics and using contrast…

Attaque and Korg MS-20


Songs In The Key Of… The Korg MS-20

DJ and producer Attaque (aka Dominic Gentry) picks out a selection of tracks which were built using the classic synth…

Diary of Ruarri Joseph


Diary Of A Songwriter: Ruarri Joseph

The William The Conqueror frontman delves back into his family history to chronicle the evolution of a deeply personal song…

Katie Kittermaster


UK Songwriting Contest 2019 opens for entries

Songwriters worldwide can enter the competition to have the chance of winning writing sessions with Stuart Epps and Mark Cawley…

The Album That Changed Everything (Spring 2019)


The Album That Changed Everything (Spring 2019)

Some of our favourite past Songwriting interviewees reveal the seminal albums that have inspired them the most over the years…



On The Stereo #43

Here we revel in the sonic delights of Kaina, Square Halo, Carrie Underwood, Hein Cooper, Sarah Darling and Tom Hannay…



Relax: New survey settles music’s best year debate

1984 voted as the best year for music according to an independent study carried out by a British radio station…

River Nelson


River Nelson’s tips on staying resilient as a lyricist

The New Yorker draws on three decades as a hip-hop artist to offer some invaluable advice to any would-be wordsmiths…

How I wrote 'Labour Of Love' by Hue & Cry


How I wrote ‘Labour Of Love’ by Hue & Cry’s Greg and Pat Kane

From a Latin disco drumbeat to a politically charged lyric, here’s the story behind the 80s pop duo’s biggest hit…

The Heavy's Kelvin Swaby


Song Deconstructed: ‘Better As One’ by The Heavy

The West Country alternative punk band’s singer Kelvin Swaby reveals some surprising sociological and political observations behind their latest single…

Emma Stevens


On The Stereo #42

We single out some new songs from Emma Stevens, Von Spar, Liv Austen, Emma White, Michael Ray and Jordan Mackampa…

Carrie Underwood


Carrie Underwood breaks record at CMT Music Awards

There was plenty to celebrate at this year’s Country Music Television Awards with record-breaking artists and audiences drawing high praise…

Guy Chambers


How I wrote Robbie Williams’ ‘Millennium’ by Guy Chambers

Robbie’s writing partner talks us through the pair’s creative process and how it spawned their first No 1 single together…

How I wrote 'Ho Hey' by The Lumineers


How I wrote ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz

The frontman explains how their breakthrough hit single was inspired by a decidedly uninspiring period spent living in New York…

SongFest 2019


Discounted tickets for SongFest 2019 in Wareham and Crewe

Songwriting Magazine is proud to be sponsoring ‘a micro-music-festival that celebrates really good songs and the folks who write them’…

Lady Antebellum


On The Stereo #41

Here we select some superb new tracks from Lady Antebellum, Iiola, The Adelaides, James Rose, The Rising and HD Hausmann…


HMV announces Vinyl Week details

As HMV prepares to celebrate Vinyl Week, the company’s focus towards the platform is positively affecting profit margins in 2019…