Our latest issue features Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Monroe, Chris Difford, Howard Jones, Tim Burgess, Nile Rodgers, Fiona Bevan and more
Songwriting is proud to announce the publication of the Spring 2019 edition with big-screen actor-turned-musician Kiefer Sutherland on the cover. Not content with just saving the world as Jack Bauer, the 24 star talks to us about his writing and the key differences between making music and acting. This brand new issue of our digital magazine, aimed at songwriters and fans of song-led music, provides readers with 100 pages of interview features with big-name artists and rising stars, songwriting tips and techniques, along with the latest news and reviews of new music and gear.
As well as getting to know the Hollywood star, we chat with respected singer-songwriter and ‘Pistol Annie’, Ashley Monroe, meet award-winning lyricist and founding member of Squeeze, Chris Difford, catch up with synthpop pioneer, Howard Jones, and speak to The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess. Then we get Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue to tell us about his songwriting hero, Bobbie Gentry, and via the Sodajerker podcast Nile Rodgers lifts the lid on 10 of his classic tracks.
Other features include How I Wrote Why Does It Always Rain On Me? by Travis’ Fran Healy, How I Wrote Forever Lost by The Magic Numbers’ Romeo Stodart and How I Wrote Little Things for One Direction by Fiona Bevan. Plus Strand Of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter shows us his #SongwritingSurvivalKit, Ruarri Joseph shares his Diary Of A Songwriter, and we discover the scene, players and albums that surround the world’s oldest independent label Topic Records. We also introduce new acts J.S. Ondara, Lucia and Tom Speight, and some of our past interviewees reveal The Album That Changed Everything.
In our Technique section, Mark Cawley offers four strategies for improving your lyrics, Dean Friedman talks about the art of being a performing songwriter, Geoff Wilkinson shares his insights on collaborating, and Ed Bell explains how you can write songs around lists and opposites.