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

How I wrote ‘Elusive’ by Scott Matthews

September 18, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

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

September 17, 2019 in Features, Interviews

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

Leslie Stevens’ Songwriting Survival Kit

Leslie Stevens’ Songwriting Survival Kit

September 9, 2019 in Features, Gear, Interviews

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

Wilco. Photo: Austin Nelson

Songs In The Key Of… Wilco

September 6, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

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

Gethen Jenkins

Introducing… Gethen Jenkins

September 4, 2019 in Features, Interviews

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

Eli Musser

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

August 30, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

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

Francesca de Valence

Dear songwriter (are you done waiting?)

August 26, 2019 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

KLARA

KLARA’s Songwriting Survival Kit

August 18, 2019 in Features, Gear, Interviews

The Justin Vernon-approved Swedish singer-songwriter talks us through her essential gear, which includes an Omnichord and a good mic setting…

Frank Turner

Song Deconstructed: ‘The Death Of Dora Hand’ by Frank Turner

August 17, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The punk and folk singer-songwriter reveals the inspiration and craft that went into a track about an 1800s vaudeville star…

Adam Green by Pete Voelker

Five minutes with… Adam Green

August 14, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Returning with a dystopian new album and graphic novel, the anti-folk pioneer gives us an insight into his writing methods…

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019 issue out now

August 12, 2019 in Features, News, Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019

Our new edition features Black Francis, Jamie Cullum, Gabriella Cilmi, Guy Chambers, Grant Nicholas, Jenna Andrews, Gretchen Peters and more…

Emma King

Song-by-Song: ‘The Sun And The Blues’ by Emma King

July 26, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

British songwriter Emma King takes us through her new mini-album which was inspired by her surroundings in Memphis and Nashville…

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Interview: Aaron Lee Tasjan

July 23, 2019 in Features, Interviews

The Americana troubadour talks us through his influences, the making of his latest album, and the voices in his head…

The End Of America

Song Deconstructed: ‘Monsters’ by The End Of America

July 19, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

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

Adam Young AKA Owl City

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

July 14, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2015

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

Anoushka Lucas

The 10 things I learned about songwriting from writing for theatre

July 12, 2019 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

Dear songwriter (who struggles to write good songs)

July 9, 2019 in Features, Tips & Techniques

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

Dave Davies

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

July 7, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

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

Live

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

June 30, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

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

Attaque and Korg MS-20

Songs In The Key Of… The Korg MS-20

June 25, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

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

River Nelson

River Nelson’s tips on staying resilient as a lyricist

June 14, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

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

The Heavy's Kelvin Swaby

Song Deconstructed: ‘Better As One’ by The Heavy

June 12, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

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