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Interviews, inspiration, songwriting tips and more…

We talk to up-and-coming artists and big names alike to get the inside story on their songwriting techniques and on how they got to where they are today, while our own team of experienced songwriters share some of their ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. To view an archive of all the previous Songwriting features visit our Songwriting Features section.

The Beatles

17/09/2018

The role of mischief in the Beatles’ songwriting

Author of ‘Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles’, David Rowley, highlights the Fab Four’s mischievousness…

Andy Brown

13/09/2018

Five minutes with… Lawson’s Andy Brown

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

Satellite Stories

06/09/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Finland

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

Jilted John

31/08/2018

How I wrote ‘Jilted John’ by Graham Fellows

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

Clare Bowen

27/08/2018

Interview: Clare Bowen

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

Nic Cester

20/08/2018

Interview: Jet’s Nic Cester

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

13/08/2018

Charlie Worsham’s Songwriting Survival Kit

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

Graham Nash

04/08/2018

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

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

Maven Grace

24/07/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Beijing

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

Dave Rotheray

19/07/2018

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

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

Ruen Brothers

17/07/2018

Interview: Ruen Brothers

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

Swing Out Sister

14/07/2018

How I wrote ‘Breakout’ by Swing Out Sister

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

Germein

10/07/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Adelaide

Australian sibling pop act Germein take a break from supporting Little Mix to share a playlist inspired by their home-city…

Songwriting Summer 2018

06/07/2018

Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018 out now

Our latest edition features Chvrches, Graham Nash, Janis Ian, Travis, Ali Tamposi, Nizlopi, Roger Cook, Jamie Lawson and much more…

03/07/2018

The First Song

Hear how songwriters like Gene Simmons, Janis Ian, Adam Duritz, Loudon Wainwright III, Roger Cook and BC Jean got started…

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes' Songwriting Survival Kit

22/06/2018

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes’ Songwriting Survival Kit

The LA indie band’s frontman is a sucker for a good pen; find out what else he can’t do without…

Bob Dylan

06/06/2018

Appreciating the songs of… Bob Dylan

Passionate fan, James Sullivan considers the poetic lyricism and music by one of the most influential songwriters of all time…

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

30/05/2018

Interview: Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

The lead singer of this acclaimed alt-country/Americana band from Melbourne, Australia, tells us about his inspiration and approach to songwriting…

Jan Kincaid. Pic: Nic-Stills

24/05/2018

How I wrote ‘Shelter’ by The Brand New Heavies’ Jan Kincaid

The former drummer and songwriter of the London-based acid jazz-funk group, talks about the making of his dramatic, groove-led single…

Josh T Pearson. Pic: Eliot Lee Hazel

16/05/2018

Interview: Josh T. Pearson

The release of his surprisingly straight new album gave us the opportunity to chat with this hero of alternative country…

 


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