David Gray’s Songwriting Survival Kit

March 17, 2019 in Gear, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

David Gray's Songwriting Survival Kit

David Gray’s Songwriting Survival Kit in our Winter 2018 edition

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

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Long-standing USA songwriting contest opens for 2019

March 16, 2019 in Competitions, News

Last year’s winner David Wilcox is currently touring his latest album

Songwriters can now submit their entries for the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition for a chance to further their careers

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How I wrote ‘Big In Japan’ by Alphaville

March 15, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Alphaville in 1984

Alphaville in 1984. “It’s a fictitious story about a pair of lovers that are trying to get away from the drugs…” Pic: Thomas Reutter

A synth-rock anthem inspired by Berlin’s heroin scene, we learn all about a classic 80s track with a surprising origin

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On The Stereo #35

March 14, 2019 in Music

Riley Roth

Riley Roth: will delight fans of the likes of Kelsea Ballerini and Cassadee Pope

We’re delighting in new music by Riley Roth, Idlewild, Jonas Brothers, The Strange, Film Jacket 35 and Second Hand Poet

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How I wrote ‘At Seventeen’ by Janis Ian

March 13, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

How I wrote 'At Seventeen' by Janis Ian

How I wrote ‘At Seventeen’ by Janis Ian in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018: “If I’m in it then I’m in it all the way”

The American singer-songwriter recounts the inspiration and creation of her most widely recognised song, which she still sings at 67

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Interview: Gum Takes Tooth

March 12, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Gum Takes Tooth

Jussi (right): “I had never sung a single note in my life till just before GTT formed and I hated my voice.” Photo: Al Overdrive

The masters of pyrotechnic electro noise break down their unique way of working and the benefits of being a duo

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How I wrote ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ by Jet’s Nic Cester

March 11, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

How I wrote 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl'

How I wrote ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ in Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018: “I’m not going to pretend to cough!”

The Australian singer-songwriter and frontman reveals how the single that launched the band’s stellar career was written on the toilet

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Midem and Universal Music offer mentoring opportunity

March 10, 2019 in Competitions, Events, News

Midem & Universal Music

Are you a songwriter or producer? Then register for this year’s Midem event by 1 April

Are you an aspiring songwriter or producer struggling to get the right attention among the throng of peers and competitors?

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Five minutes with… Sonny

March 8, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Sonny

Sonny: “I write my songs from personal experience so there are always emotions attached.”

The rising pop artist from South Shields discusses his new single ‘Sweet Dreams’ and his forthcoming acoustic EP ‘Beech Road’

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Discover: Britpop

March 7, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

Discover: Britpop

Britpop: This was a time of optimism, the sunshine after the thunder.

We choose to revel in the big-chorused glory of mid-90s British pop music, with some of the era’s defining players

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On The Stereo #34

March 6, 2019 in Music

Jimmy Allen & Abby Anderson

Abby Anderson (left) and Jimmy Allen: sound like they were born to sing together

Enjoy the sonic delights of Jimmie Allen & Abby Anderson, Rod Melancon, Pastis, Trunky Juno, Daniel Norgren and Summer Heart

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Interview: Ethan Johns

March 5, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

Ethan Johns

The Black Eyed Dog: Ethan Johns is a featured artist of Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

Black Eyed Dog: The acclaimed producer shares priceless insights on “capturing human performances” and his own fluid approach to songwriting

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Song Deconstructed: ‘Anything But Easy’ by Lisa Redford

March 3, 2019 in Features, Interviews, Music

Lisa Redford 'Anything But Easy' music video

Lisa Redford in the music video for Anything But Easy

The award-winning singer-songwriter, music columnist and tutor returns with a new Americana-tinged single, and here she breaks down the composition

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Interview: Ward Thomas

March 2, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

Ward Thomas

Ward up!: Ward Thomas are a featured artist of Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

In our latest issue, record-breaking British country musicians Catherine and Lizzy discuss their musical growth on new album ‘Restless Minds’

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New report finds listening to music damages creativity

March 1, 2019 in News

Does music help or hinder creativity, or is it personal preference? Photo: pxhere

It is a popular belief that listening to music will increase the brain’s working ability and help us retain information

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Interview: Sugarland’s Kristian Bush

February 28, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

Kristian Bush

Sugardaddy: Kristian Bush is a featured artist of Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

One half of the American country music duo reveals how he has transformed himself into a songwriter of prolific capacity

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On The Stereo #33

February 27, 2019 in Music

Kawala by Sarah Louise Bennett

Kawala: vocals bounce along with gusto, marrying nicely with the rhythmic guitar melody. Pic: Sarah Louise Bennett

The team are listening to these superb new songs from Kawala, Maren Morris, Rainbrother, Morganway, Jenny Lewis and Cross Atlantic

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Introducing… Fergus

February 26, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Fergus

Fergus: “Sometimes a song can take no time at all to write or…years!”

We shine a light on a London-based singer-songwriter who teamed up with producer Jake Gosling to make his new EP

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Interview: Rosanne Cash

February 24, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

Rosanne Cash

The thread of time: Rosanne Cash is a featured artist of Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

The preeminent lyricist and musician is back with a collection of songs enriched by her life experience and unique voice

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Brits 2019: a round-up of this year’s event

February 22, 2019 in Events, News

The 1975

The 1975 picked up two awards at this year’s Brits, while singer Matt Healy gave an inspiring speech. Pic: Begoña/Creative Commons

London’s O2 Arena played host to another eventful Brit Awards ceremony as the annual spectacle returns for its 39th year

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Diary Of A Songwriter: Rosie Tee

February 21, 2019 in Features, Interviews

Rosie Tee

Rosie Tee with her bandmates Tom, Kai and Dan. Pic: Jess Ingram

In this exclusive journal extract, we get to see what it’s like to record at the fabled Abbey Road Studios

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Interview: David Crosby

February 20, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

David Crosby in Songwriting Magazine

In Perfect Harmony: David Crosby stars as the cover featured artist of Songwriting Magazine Winter 2018

The founding member of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash reveals all about his new album and group

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