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…

Discover: Topic Records

Discover: Topic Records

October 1, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

On its 80-year anniversary, we explore the scene, icon and players associated with the oldest independent label in the world…

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…

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…

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!…

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”…

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…

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019 issue out now

August 12, 2019 in Features, News, Songwriting Magazine Summer 2019

Our new edition features Black Francis, Jamie Cullum, Gabriella Cilmi, Guy Chambers, Grant Nicholas, Jenna Andrews, Gretchen Peters and more…

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…

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…

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…

Four strategies for improving your lyrics

Four strategies for improving your lyrics

July 10, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019, Tips & Techniques

Nashville songwriting coach Mark Cawley gives us an extract from his book ‘Song Journey’, offering some helpful advice for lyricists…

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…

The art of the performing songwriter

Dean Friedman on the art of the performing songwriter

July 3, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019, Tips & Techniques

In this extract from ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, the chart-topping recording artist expounds the importance of producing an authentic live performance…

Lists & Opposites

Lists & Opposites

June 26, 2019 in Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019, Tips & Techniques

Founder of The Song Foundry, Ed Bell presents us with two powerful lyric-writing techniques: creating list lyrics and using contrast…

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…

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…

How I wrote 'Graffiti' by Maximo Park

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

May 2, 2019 in How I Wrote, 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…

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019 edition out now

April 30, 2019 in Features, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

Our latest issue features Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Monroe, Chris Difford, Howard Jones, Tim Burgess, Nile Rodgers, Fiona Bevan and more…