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…

Ashley Monroe

Interview: Ashley Monroe

November 5, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

As a songwriter, solo artist and member of country supergroup Pistol Annies, the Southern songbird has found her sweet spot…

Shed Seven

How I wrote ‘Chasing Rainbows’ by Shed Seven’s Rick Witter

November 4, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews

The singer with York’s indie guitar heroes looks back on the creation of an anthem from the band’s Britpop heyday…

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…

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Interview: Chris Difford

October 23, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

We speak with the double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist and Squeeze co-founder about his life of creating, collaborating and comedy…

Sailing Stones. Photo: Tom Jacob

Song Deconstructed: ‘Don’t Tempt The Shadow’ by Sailing Stones

October 20, 2019 in Interviews, Music

The indie-pop songwriter, Jenny Lindfors, tells us how her new single started life as a poem inspired by Jungian psychology…

Sleeper's Louise Wener in Songwriting Magazine

Five minutes with… Sleeper’s Louise Wener

October 18, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

With the Britpop group rising from their lengthy slumber, we managed to have a quick chat with their iconic singer/guitarist…

Tim Burgess in Songwriting Magazine

Interview: Tim Burgess

October 14, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

We got to know the Salford-born singer-songwriter who you’ll recognise as the frontman of British indie rock band The Charlatans…

Howard Jones

Interview: Howard Jones

October 10, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

A defining figure of mid-80s synth-pop, Howard Jones reflects on his venerable career 35 years after his sudden transatlantic success…

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…

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Song Deconstructed: ‘Being’ by Johanna Amelie

October 4, 2019 in Interviews, Music

The alt-pop Berliner reveals the inspiration, lyrics, music and recording of her brand new release – a song about boundaries…

How I wrote 'Little Things'

How I wrote One Direction’s ‘Little Things’ by Fiona Bevan

September 29, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The Suffolk-born singer-songwriter explains how she and Ed Sheeran made the little song that gave 1D another UK No 1…

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…

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

How I wrote ‘Elusive’ by Scott Matthews

September 18, 2019 in 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…