Interviews


Songwriting interviews, inspirational stories, new artist showcases 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 experienced hired songwriters share some of their ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

Barry Blue

23/05/2019

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

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

Eagle-Eye Cherry

20/05/2019

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

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

16/05/2019

Diary Of A Songwriter: Alex Toth

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

11/05/2019

Interview: Lighthouse Family’s Paul Tucker

Finally returning with a new album, we catch up with the pop-soul duo’s songwriter still searching for his Holy Grail…

07/05/2019

Songs In The Key Of… Tucson, Arizona

Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez of XIXA assume the role of tour guides as we head into the Arizonan desert…

Midnight Oil

05/05/2019

How I wrote ‘Beds Are Burning’ by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst

Detailing the plight of Australia’s First Nations people, this rock anthem found an international audience upon its release in 1987…

How I wrote 'Graffiti' by Maximo Park

02/05/2019

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

The guitarist recalls creating a song that helped his Newcastle-based band reboot the UK indie-rock scene in the post-Britpop years…

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…

ATCE Winter 2018

20/04/2019

The Album That Changed Everything (Winter 2018)

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

Stats

17/04/2019

Interview: Stats’ Ed Seed

Having made one of the albums of the year so far, the Stats frontman talks us through its unusual genesis…

Tal Wilkenfeld

15/04/2019

Introducing… Tal Wilkenfeld

The go-to bass player for Prince, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck is now going it alone as a solo artist…

Writing to a brief for film & television

14/04/2019

Peter Raeburn on writing to a brief for film and television

We asked the award-winning composer and producer how he approaches creating music for the media, alongside writing songs for himself…

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…

Diary Of A Songwriter: Marsicans

09/04/2019

Diary Of A Songwriter: Marsicans

Returning from tour gives this Leeds band a chance to get back to songwriting, fuelled by cheese and bean toasties…

08/04/2019

Song Deconstructed: ‘Lonesome Rider’ by The Strange

The Croatian and American supergroup’s Dalibor Pavičić and Chris Eckman give us an access-all-areas tour of their latest cinematic track…

Mark Farris' writing tips

02/04/2019

10 writing tips from Grammy Award winner Mike Farris

The Nashville rocker collected the Best Roots Gospel Album trophy in 2015. Here he reveals the secrets of his success…

Jesse Colin Young. Photo: Brent Cline

01/04/2019

Interview: Jesse Colin Young

Emerging with his first new record in over a decade, the ex-Youngbloods frontman has rediscovered all of his songwriting magic…

How I wrote 'Perfect' by Mark Nevin

28/03/2019

How I wrote ‘Perfect’ by Fairground Attraction’s Mark Nevin

The songwriter and guitarist behind the 80s pop-folk band’s chart-topping debut single tells the compelling tale of its imperfect inspiration…

Emily Breeze

27/03/2019

Diary Of A Songwriter: Emily Breeze

With a single to launch and songs to write, it’s a very busy week for this Bristol-based gothic pop artist…

My Songwriting Hero, Marianne Faithfull

25/03/2019

Rob Ellis: My Songwriting Hero, Marianne Faithfull

Having worked with her for well over a decade, the renowned producer is well-positioned to assess the iconic songstress’ talents…

 


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2 thoughts on “Interviews

  1. I would love an interview with you guys. Please look at my recent interviews. Thank you.

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