Our interview with Ben Folds Five has recently been featured in Songwriting Magazine, a fantastic website dedicated to the art and craft of making original music. Thanks to everyone at Songwriting for for their excellent transcription and for the nice mention of our show.
We’re currently on a production hiatus with the podcast but we’ll be back soon for the run up to episode 50. In the meantime, head over to Songwriting to read the piece in full.
Having had two great podcast interviews postponed in the space of a fortnight, we were more than a little pleased to see some love for our Sherman Brothers episode in the form of this blog post by the great Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing.
This single blog post has meant that, overnight, our interview with Richard M. Sherman has become our most downloaded episode ever, with thousands upon thousands of new listeners grabbing the file and many of you sharing the link on Twitter too. Thanks to Cory for pointing the traffic hose at us and cheers to all of the other blogs that ran with the story. You can follow Cory Doctorow on Twitter, here.
If you haven’t yet heard the episode in question, it’s here.
Just a quick update from us on what’s happening with the On Songwriting podcast. You might be pleased to know that we are currently being featured by Apple on the front of the iTunes podcasts homepage in the UK and Europe for our interview with Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams (The Carpenters, Bugsy Malone, The Muppets).
Just wanted to alert our podcast listeners to this nice mention for the show in the Best of Liverpool section of the Liverpool Echo, March 7, 2013. Thanks to Merseyside’s foremost newspaper for the hat tip, it’s great to be named ‘Ones to Watch’ – or ‘Ones to Listen To’ if you will…
Odessey & Oracle is a truly amazing record and one that we hold very dear. Hope you’ll check out this conversation. Many thanks to the very affable and knowledgeable host Maurice Bursztynski for having us on.
Happy New Year to you all! Just a quick blog post to let you know that our podcast ‘Sodajerker on Songwriting’ is now available on Stitcher Radio On Demand. They have a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to listen wherever you are without Wi-Fi or a cellular connection (no downloading or syncing). It’s even available on some car dashboards! What will they think of next?
We don’t have any advertisers or sponsors on the podcast, so we won’t harp on too much about Stitcher, lest you think we’ve sold out to The Man. Nonetheless, some of the biggest podcasts in the world are part of Stitcher, and so we are proud to also have our episodes featured on their network. Check out their app and get your fix of our interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters.
We’ll be seeing out 2012 in style with a podcast every week in December culminating in a special episode with one of the finest piano-fuelled beat combos ever to walk the earth – Ben Folds Five! Simon and Brian caught up with the band in Manchester on their current UK tour to talk songwriting and their new album The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Look out for that in the week prior to Xmas. Until then, we’ll be filling up your feed faster than a generous farmer. Enjoy!
Thanks to everyone who has supported us in our work thus far and for all of your emails and comments. We are thrilled to be connecting with songwriting fans around the world and your support means a lot to us.
Grammy nominated Swedish soundtrack label MovieScore Media have released the soundtrack for the cult British horror comedy Strippers vs Werewolves featuring the instrumental score by Neil Chaney and songs by Sodajerker.
It is available now on iTunes, catalogue no. SWD0003.
We are very proud to announce that our podcast featuring songwriter, producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden has been selected by Apple as Podcast Episode of the Week! Thanks to the kind folks at Apple and everyone who downloaded and listened to this episode of Sodajerker on Songwriting. Feel free to check out our other episodes.
Here’s a recent demo of a song called ‘Talk of the Town’. We’ve since started to rework and re-record this song but we thought we’d post our demo here because we liked its rough vibe (we played and sang everything). This song came from Brian’s desire to write a synth pop tune that had the flavour of a 1970′s glam rock shuffle. We were thinking of Mike Chapman’s rough demos for songs like ‘Devil Gate Drive’ and ‘Ballroom Blitz’ when we started it.
Forthcoming grindhouse-style British horror comedy Strippers Vs. Werewolves starring Steven Berkoff, Robert Englund, Lysette Anthony and Sarah Douglas among others, prominently features several songs by Sodajerker on its soundtrack.
When werewolf chief Jack Ferris is accidentally killed in a strip club, the girls who work there have until the next full moon before his bloodthirsty wolfpack seek murderous retribution.
To celebrate the first ten episodes of Sodajerker on Songwriting, we’re giving away some amazing books that feature our talented guests. You may have noticed that at the very end of each episode of Sodajerker on Songwriting, we throw in a quote from a movie. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is follow these instructions.
More than 10,000 people have now downloaded episodes of Sodajerker on Songwriting since the podcast launched on iTunes. As a result, we’ve started getting some press, especially in Liverpool. This story in the attached image ran Tuesday March 20th 2012 in a local Liverpool paper. It talks about the success of the show and gives some info about us.
If you haven’t yet heard the show, Sodajerker On Songwriting features interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters, including Billy Steinberg (Like A Virgin, Eternal Flame, True Colors), Jimmy Webb (Wichita Lineman, MacArthur Park), Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, On Broadway), writer/producer Todd Rundgren and Andy Partridge of XTC among many others.
Thanks to all of our listeners and to those who have reported this story. We have some exciting guests in store for future episodes. You might also be interested to see that the story is running on the Liverpool Echo website as well.