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…

Dave Davies

How I wrote ‘Death Of A Clown’ by The Kinks’ Dave Davies

July 7, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

The lead guitarist, songwriter and singer of the influential English 60s rock band tells of his classic track’s haunting origins…

Live

How I wrote ‘I Alone’ by Live’s Ed Kowalczyk

June 30, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

25 years after ‘Throwing Copper’ went global, we learn the story of the song that helped it on its way…

Attaque and Korg MS-20

Songs In The Key Of… The Korg MS-20

June 25, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

DJ and producer Attaque (aka Dominic Gentry) picks out a selection of tracks which were built using the classic synth…

Diary of Ruarri Joseph

Diary Of A Songwriter: Ruarri Joseph

June 23, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The William The Conqueror frontman delves back into his family history to chronicle the evolution of a deeply personal song…

The Album That Changed Everything (Spring 2019)

The Album That Changed Everything (Spring 2019)

June 20, 2019 in Interviews, Music, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

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

River Nelson

River Nelson’s tips on staying resilient as a lyricist

June 14, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The New Yorker draws on three decades as a hip-hop artist to offer some invaluable advice to any would-be wordsmiths…

How I wrote 'Labour Of Love' by Hue & Cry

How I wrote ‘Labour Of Love’ by Hue & Cry’s Greg and Pat Kane

June 13, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews

From a Latin disco drumbeat to a politically charged lyric, here’s the story behind the 80s pop duo’s biggest hit…

The Heavy's Kelvin Swaby

Song Deconstructed: ‘Better As One’ by The Heavy

June 12, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

The West Country alternative punk band’s singer Kelvin Swaby reveals some surprising sociological and political observations behind their latest single…

Guy Chambers

How I wrote Robbie Williams’ ‘Millennium’ by Guy Chambers

June 7, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

Robbie’s writing partner talks us through the pair’s creative process and how it spawned their first No 1 single together…

How I wrote 'Ho Hey' by The Lumineers

How I wrote ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz

June 4, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2016

The frontman explains how their breakthrough hit single was inspired by a decidedly uninspiring period spent living in New York…

Scott Lavene

Diary Of A Songwriter: Scott Lavene

May 31, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Our latest diarist overcomes his existential angst in order to have a hugely productive week, complete with mass muesli consumption…

Kawala by Sarah Louise Bennett

Introducing… Kawala

May 28, 2019 in Features, Interviews

We get to know an alt-indie duo from London who skilfully capture their energetic live shows in their studio recordings…

Barry Blue

Barry Blue’s tips on surviving for 50 years as a songwriter

May 23, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

The legendary British songwriter and producer offers some wise words for anyone wanting a lasting career in the music-making business…

Eagle-Eye Cherry

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

May 20, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, 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…