Alexander Tucker by Dom Garwood

Five minutes with… Alexander Tucker

November 14, 2019 in Features, Interviews

The experimental songwriter discusses how influences such as H.P Lovecraft’s science fiction writings helped to shape his most recent album…

Tim Holehouse

Diary Of A Songwriter: Tim Holehouse

November 12, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Having spent the last 13 years on the road, we join the first week of the hard-working musician’s latest tour…

How I Wrote book 'If I Were A Boy'

How I wrote ‘If I Were A Boy’ for Beyoncé by BC Jean

November 11, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

How the global smash started life as a Californian girl’s break-up song, inspired by pizza and popcorn in Times Square…

Imogen Mahdavi

Song Deconstructed: ‘Rock The Boat’ by Imogen Mahdavi

November 7, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The rising alt-pop singer-songwriter reveals what went into writing and recording her brand new track about rekindling a fragile relationship…

Payton Smith. Photo: David McClister

Five minutes with… Payton Smith

November 3, 2019 in Features, Interviews

The teenage rising country sensation talks about his impressive self-titled debut EP, signing to Big Machine and working in Nashville…

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2019

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2019 issue out now

October 31, 2019 in Features, News, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2019

Our new edition features Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones, Shirley Manson, Rob Thomas, P.P. Arnold, Natasha Bedingfield, Squeeze, OMD, Midland and more…

home recording studio

Songwriter’s guide to home recording: laptop vs desktop

October 28, 2019 in Features, Gear, Tips & Techniques

Our resident music production aficionado Dave Chrzanowski explains the basics of setting up a home studio, starting with computer selection…

P.P. Arnold

Five minutes with… P.P. Arnold

October 6, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Five decades after becoming a 60s icon, the first lady of soul talks about returning with an adventurous new album…

Emma Frank

Song-by-Song: ‘Come Back’ by Emma Frank

September 27, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The Brooklyn-based avant-garde folk artist details the creation of each track from her latest album, revealing a rollercoaster of emotions…

Gabriella Cilmi. Photo: Jess Brohier

Song Deconstructed: ‘The Water’ by Gabriella Cilmi

September 23, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The Australian singer-songwriter explains how The Doors, Scientology documentaries and two chords went into the making of her latest release…

Kelsea Ballerini

Five minutes with… Kelsea Ballerini

September 21, 2019 in Features, Interviews

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

How I wrote ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

September 19, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

Before the Irish band’s singer tragically died in 2018, she told us how this classic 90s rock song was created…

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…