Eagle-Eye Cherry

How I wrote ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle-Eye Cherry

May 20, 2019 in Features, Interviews

When this pop-rock classic landed on both sides of the Atlantic it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for its creator…

Alex Toth. Photo: Michael Leviton

Diary Of A Songwriter: Alex Toth

May 16, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Things get increasingly meta when this diary entry from the Tōth man form the basis of a brand new song…

The Lighthouse Family's Paul Tucker

Interview: Lighthouse Family’s Paul Tucker

May 11, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Finally returning with a new album, we catch up with the pop-soul duo’s songwriter still searching for his Holy Grail…

Songs In The Key Of… Tucson, Arizona

May 7, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez of XIXA assume the role of tour guides as we head into the Arizonan desert…

Midnight Oil

How I wrote ‘Beds Are Burning’ by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst

May 5, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Detailing the plight of Australia’s First Nations people, this rock anthem found an international audience upon its release in 1987…

How I wrote 'Graffiti' by Maximo Park

How I wrote ‘Graffiti’ by Maxïmo Park’s Duncan Lloyd

May 2, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Summer 2017

The guitarist recalls creating a song that helped his Newcastle-based band reboot the UK indie-rock scene in the post-Britpop years…

Bailey Bryan's Songwriting Survival Kit

Bailey Bryan’s Songwriting Survival Kit

April 21, 2019 in Features, Gear, Interviews

The rising Nashville singer-songwriter reveals her must-have items which include an old classical guitar, some spicy snacks and hot drinks…

ATCE Winter 2018

The Album That Changed Everything (Winter 2018)

April 20, 2019 in Interviews, Music, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

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

Stats

Interview: Stats’ Ed Seed

April 17, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Having made one of the albums of the year so far, the Stats frontman talks us through its unusual genesis…

Tal Wilkenfeld

Introducing… Tal Wilkenfeld

April 15, 2019 in Features, Interviews

The go-to bass player for Prince, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck is now going it alone as a solo artist…

Writing to a brief for film & television

Peter Raeburn on writing to a brief for film and television

April 14, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

We asked the award-winning composer and producer how he approaches creating music for the media, alongside writing songs for himself…

Surrealist Poetry book

Roddy Woomble of Idlewild’s Songwriting Survival Kit

April 12, 2019 in Features, Gear, Interviews

The indie frontman takes us into his world of wine, libraries and Scottish isles; all in the name of songwriting…

Diary Of A Songwriter: Marsicans

Diary Of A Songwriter: Marsicans

April 9, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

Returning from tour gives this Leeds band a chance to get back to songwriting, fuelled by cheese and bean toasties…

Song Deconstructed: ‘Lonesome Rider’ by The Strange

April 8, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The Croatian and American supergroup’s Dalibor Pavičić and Chris Eckman give us an access-all-areas tour of their latest cinematic track…

Mark Farris' writing tips

10 writing tips from Grammy Award winner Mike Farris

April 2, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018, Tips & Techniques

The Nashville rocker collected the Best Roots Gospel Album trophy in 2015. Here he reveals the secrets of his success…

Jesse Colin Young. Photo: Brent Cline

Interview: Jesse Colin Young

April 1, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Emerging with his first new record in over a decade, the ex-Youngbloods frontman has rediscovered all of his songwriting magic…

How I wrote 'Perfect' by Mark Nevin

How I wrote ‘Perfect’ by Fairground Attraction’s Mark Nevin

March 28, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2017

The songwriter and guitarist behind the 80s pop-folk band’s chart-topping debut single tells the compelling tale of its imperfect inspiration…

Emily Breeze

Diary Of A Songwriter: Emily Breeze

March 27, 2019 in Features, Interviews

With a single to launch and songs to write, it’s a very busy week for this Bristol-based gothic pop artist…

My Songwriting Hero, Marianne Faithfull

Rob Ellis: My Songwriting Hero, Marianne Faithfull

March 25, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

Having worked with her for well over a decade, the renowned producer is well-positioned to assess the iconic songstress’ talents…

Song Deconstructed: ‘Your Server Had A Bad Day’ by Haunted Continents

March 22, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

James A.M. Downes provides the inside scoop on a recent instalment of his single-a-month project, and it’s a cheeky one!…

David Gray's Songwriting Survival Kit

David Gray’s Songwriting Survival Kit

March 17, 2019 in Gear, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

As he releases a new album, the esteemed British singer-songwriter explains why he relies on both low- and high-tech accessories…

Alphaville in 1984

How I wrote ‘Big In Japan’ by Alphaville

March 15, 2019 in Features, Interviews

A synth-rock anthem inspired by Berlin’s heroin scene, we learn all about a classic 80s track with a surprising origin…