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.



How I wrote ‘I Wanna Go Where The People Go’ by The Wildhearts

BRITROCK WEEK: The band’s frontman Ginger explains how a soundcheck riff and a casual interview comment inspired their unpredictable single…



How I wrote ‘Perseverance’ by Terrorvision’s Tony Wright

BRITROCK WEEK: The Bradford band’s singer tells the story behind the writing of their riff-tastic ode to whales and dolphins…

Britrock Must Be Destroyed


Britrock Must Be Destroyed

BRITROCK WEEK: Before their playful UK tour celebrating mid-90s British rock, we hear from Reef, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Dodgy…

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Songs In The Key Of… Country Pop

Here we get Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jenn Bostic to pick out 10 tracks that perfectly straddle both pop and country music…

John Carter Cash by David McClister


Interview: John Carter Cash

Johnny Cash’s son talks to us about bringing his legendary father’s unpublished words to life on a star-studded new album…



Songs In The Key Of… Shoegaze

We’re delighted to bring you a collection of songs from one of the most influential genres in guitar-pop’s alternative canon…

Ben Harper


Interview: Ben Harper

The genre-blending, Grammy-winning musician and performer extols the benefits of songwriting, collaborating, skateboarding and channelling the frequencies of the universe…

27 Gone Too Soon


The legend of the 27 Club

In reviewing a recent documentary film about the famous musicians who died aged 27, Fern Dunn explores the tragic phenomenon…

The Magic Numbers' Romeo Stodart


Interview: The Magic Numbers’ Romeo Stodart

As the English pop-rockers return with a new album, we chat to the band’s songwriter about life as an outsider…

Songwriting Spring 2018


Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018 out now

Latest issue features Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Calexico, Jonathan Wilson, Levellers, Scouting For Girls and more…

Ian Anderson. Pic: Travis Latam


How I wrote ‘Living In The Past’ by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

On the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation, the enigmatic, flute-toting frontman talks about writing one of their best-known songs…

Darlingside #SongwritingSurvivalKit


Harris Paseltiner of Darlingside’s Songwriting Survival Kit

Want to know what the Boston alt-rocker couldn’t write without, then look no further as he reveals their 10 essentials…

Christina Martin


Christina Martin’s 10 tips on songwriting, music and life!

The Canadian singer-songwriter extols the virtues of daily routine, following your heart, journaling, wearing blinders, hiring musicians and saying ‘no’…

Richard Youngs


Interview: Richard Youngs

The release of his latest album gives us a chance to learn about the creative process of this post-punk master…

Seun Kuti


Songs In The Key Of… Nigeria

Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, introduces us to 10 songs that represent his home country…


10 tips for good songwriting mental health

The author of the book ‘Staying Sane In The Music Game’, Brett Leboff, shares some tactics for controlling your head…

songwriting books


Shelf help: 10 of the best books for songwriters

In celebration of World Book Day, we share our favourite songwriting reads and also include several titles that you’ve suggested…

Bill Nelson


Interview: Bill Nelson

Including his work in Be-Bop Deluxe, this uncompromising English songwriter has remained true to his vision throughout his long career…

Santo Domingo


Songs In The Key Of… Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo-born singer-songwriter, formerly of super-group Gonzalez, Diego Mena takes us through a playlist of his country’s finest alt-rock artists…

Emeli Sandé


Sodajerker presents… Emeli Sandé

The perennial podcasters sat down with the Scottish singer-songwriter in her London studio to talk about her career in music…


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