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Because just humming it isn’t really enough! This is where you’ll find everything to do with guitars, keyboards, microphones, recording hardware, software and more…

Bailey Bryan's Songwriting Survival Kit

21/04/2019

Bailey Bryan’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The rising Nashville singer-songwriter reveals her must-have items which include an old classical guitar, some spicy snacks and hot drinks…

Surrealist Poetry book

12/04/2019

Roddy Woomble of Idlewild’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The indie frontman takes us into his world of wine, libraries and Scottish isles; all in the name of songwriting…

David Gray's Songwriting Survival Kit

17/03/2019

David Gray’s Songwriting Survival Kit

As he releases a new album, the esteemed British singer-songwriter explains why he relies on both low- and high-tech accessories…

PX-S1000WE. Pic: Casio Music UK

25/01/2019

Casio release new digital pianos at NAMM

The electronics brand uses this week’s music gear conference to launch compact instruments suited to beginners and seasoned keyboard players…

05/01/2019

NAMM 2019: Ibanez and Epiphone release new models

The annual music trade show NAMM returns this month. Here are some exciting guitars debuting ahead of this year’s show…

Frank Turner's Songwriting Survival Kit

22/11/2018

Frank Turner’s Songwriting Survival Kit

From his beloved Gibson acoustic to his Clive James books, these are things that the folk singer-songwriter can’t do without…

Waves Axis One

17/11/2018

Waves Audio announces music PC

Plugin developer creates a computer designed for studio and stage, in what could be the first move of its kind…

Paul Smith's Songwriting Survival Kit

23/10/2018

Paul Smith’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The singer from British indie rock group Maxïmo Park talks us through the items that he can’t possibly live without…

McGoozer's piano

18/10/2018

McGoozer’s Songwriting Survival Kit

When this Scottish songwriter can’t find inspiration in his books and gear, he seeks it out on the open road…

Emma King's guitars

22/09/2018

Emma King’s Songwriting Survival Kit

When it comes to her essential writing gear, this soulful artist from Hull has a secret weapon up her sleeves…

Enhancia

09/06/2018

Enhancia impresses at music start-up contest

Record number of future tech companies battled it out at Midemlab 2018, attempting to win over judges and attract investment…

Fender Jazzmaster 60th anniversary

21/05/2018

Fender celebrates 60 years of the Jazzmaster

The iconic guitar brand commemorates the anniversary with three new, limited edition models in 2018: the ’58, Triple and Classic…

Orange Amplification OMEC Teleport

11/05/2018

Orange Amplification invents the Teleport

Rather than the futuristic way to travel, it’s the vintage OMEC brand’s new audio interface for studio recording and gigging…

IK Multimedia UNO synth

05/05/2018

IK Multimedia unleashes first analog synth

The Italian mobile music production specialists work with boutique manufacturer Soundmachines to create the UNO, their first hardware synthesizer keyboard…

Gretchen Peters Songwriting Survival Kit

03/05/2018

Gretchen Peters’ Songwriting Survival Kit

We find out the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee’s indispensable tools of her trade include coffee, naps and solitude…

05/04/2018

The Importance Of The Physical In The Digital Age

We invited the crowdfunding platform Qrates to explain how they are helping to power the future of music on vinyl…

Frankie Cosmos' (Greta Kline) #SongwritingSurvivalKit

30/03/2018

Frankie Cosmos’ Songwriting Survival Kit

New York indie-pop singer-songwriter, Greta Kline – aka Frankie Cosmos – talks through the items that she can’t do without…

Darlingside #SongwritingSurvivalKit

26/03/2018

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…

songwriting books

01/03/2018

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…

Will ear training apps make you a better songwriter?

17/02/2018

Will ear training apps make you a better songwriter?

It seems some songwriters have forgotten their craft. But will this app improve your skills? The evidence might surprise you…

 


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