'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…

How I wrote 'Connected' by Stereo MCs' Rob Birch

How I wrote ‘Connected’ by Stereo MCs’ Rob Birch

September 14, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2015

The frontman explains how their most famous song is a long and winding tale of riots, London buses and underpants…

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…

How I wrote 'Silence Is Easy' by Starsailor

How I wrote ‘Silence Is Easy’ by Starsailor’s James Walsh

September 1, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2017

The indie band’s frontman on creating their two-chord, Phil Spector-produced hit single, and how easy it is to sing drunk!…

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…

Scouting For Girls in Songwriting Magazine

How I wrote ‘She’s So Lovely’ by Scouting For Girls’ Roy Stride

August 27, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018

The pop-rock band’s frontman explains how their debut hit took two years of tweaking and “dicking around on the piano”…

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…

How I wrote 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me' by Travis

How I wrote ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ by Travis’ Fran Healy

August 15, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The Glaswegian frontman talks about piecing together their precipitative breakthrough hit single in the arid climes of Israel and Spain…

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…

How I wrote 'Girl From Mars' by Ash

How I wrote ‘Girl From Mars’ by Ash’s Tim Wheeler

July 31, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2016

The Northern Irish frontman recalls how a song he wrote as a 16-year-old schoolboy became the rock band’s breakthrough hit…

How I wrote 'Forever Lost' by The Magic Numbers

How I wrote ‘Forever Lost’ by The Magic Numbers’ Romeo Stodart

July 30, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The English pop-rockers’ songwriter tells us how their debut single managed to blend an uplifting melody with a darker lyric…

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…

Timothy Showalter's Songwriting Survival Kit

Timothy Showalter’s Songwriting Survival Kit

July 25, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The Indiana-based singer-songwriter behind acclaimed alt-rock outfit Strand Of Oaks takes us into his world and reveals his essential gear…

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…

Jonathan Donahue: My Songwriting Hero, Bobbie Gentry

Jonathan Donahue: My Songwriting Hero, Bobbie Gentry

July 18, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

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

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…

Geoff Wilkinson: how to win friends and collaborate

Geoff Wilkinson: how to win friends and collaborate

July 8, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019, Tips & Techniques

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