J R Harbidge

J R Harbidge’s songwriting tips

September 24, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The rocker from the Black Country shares some techniques to help make your melodic ideas and song structures more palatable…

Diary Of A Songwriter: Emily Phillips

Diary Of A Songwriter: Emily Phillips

September 23, 2018 in Interviews, Summer 2018

The topliner plots a few busy weeks, taking in London and LA, and judging an Ivor Novello along the way…

Emma King's guitars

Emma King’s Songwriting Survival Kit

September 22, 2018 in Features, Gear, Interviews

When it comes to her essential writing gear, this soulful artist from Hull has a secret weapon up her sleeves…

How I wrote 'JCB' by Nizlopi

How I wrote ‘JCB’ by Nizlopi’s Luke Concannon

September 16, 2018 in Interviews, Summer 2018

We learn all about the effortless birth of the quirky, million-selling No 1 single about Luke’s digger-driving dad ‘Bruce Lee’…

Andy Brown

Five minutes with… Lawson’s Andy Brown

September 13, 2018 in Features, Interviews

The disbanded pop group’s frontman talks about going solo and the creation of his infectious blend of homegrown rock-infused country…

How I wrote Whitney Houston's 'Run To You' in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

How I wrote Whitney Houston’s ‘Run To You’ by Jud Friedman & Allan Rich

September 10, 2018 in Interviews, Summer 2018

How one of the lucky few original songs to appear on ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack was inspired by a real break-up…

Travis' Fran Healy

Interview: Travis’ Fran Healy

September 9, 2018 in Interviews, Summer 2018

The Scottish group’s frontman and talismanic songwriter talks about telling the truth, being “the shittest” and making ‘The Man Who’…

Graham Nash in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

Interview: Graham Nash

September 7, 2018 in Interviews, Summer 2018

Having spent much of his life in two of the world’s biggest bands, he’s enjoying some time on his own…

Satellite Stories

Songs In The Key Of… Finland

September 6, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Who better than Finland’s most-successful indie band Satellite Stories to introduce some of the musical highlights of their Nordic homeland…

Janis Ian

Interview: Janis Ian

September 3, 2018 in Interviews, Summer 2018

Between the songs: the iconic NYC-born songwriter reflects on a five-album run which is up there with the very best…

Jilted John

How I wrote ‘Jilted John’ by Graham Fellows

August 31, 2018 in Features, Interviews

We hear about a punk song whose protagonist was so heartbroken he cried all the way to the chip shop…

Chvrches in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

Interview: Chvrches

August 29, 2018 in Interviews, Summer 2018

Scotland’s synth-pop gods, Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook, are on the cusp of becoming the UK’s biggest band…

Clare Bowen

Interview: Clare Bowen

August 27, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Having conquered ‘Nashville’, this Australian artist is stepping out from behind her onscreen character and releasing an eponymous debut album…

Nic Cester

Interview: Jet’s Nic Cester

August 20, 2018 in Features, Interviews

The Australian singer-songwriter and frontman talks about the rock band’s rise, fall and rebirth in 15 years since ‘Get Born’…

Charlie Worsham Songwriting Survival Kit

Charlie Worsham’s Songwriting Survival Kit

August 13, 2018 in Features, Interviews

One of the most gifted musicians in Nashville shares with us the essential elements needed when it comes to songwriting…

Graham Nash

How I wrote ‘Marrakesh Express’ by Crosby, Stills & Nash

August 4, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Graham Nash takes us on a journey to Morocco in order to explain the origins of a classic. All aboard!…

Maven Grace

Songs In The Key Of… Beijing

July 24, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Chinese-born Jason Magnus and his band Maven Grace take us through a playlist of Beijing’s most exciting and original artists…

Dave Rotheray

David Rotheray’s 10 tips for songwriting after an extended break

July 19, 2018 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The former Beautiful South guitarist offers some advice for any songwriters hoping to return to the craft after a break…

Ruen Brothers

Interview: Ruen Brothers

July 17, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Henry: “Anything that excites us or makes us feel something out of the ordinary usually leads to us getting the…

Swing Out Sister

How I wrote ‘Breakout’ by Swing Out Sister

July 14, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell explain how the 1986 World Cup and a panic-inducing deadline inspired their sophisti-pop hit single…