Podcast

Interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters.

Dan Gillespie Sells Episode 89 – Dan Gillespie Sells

As principal songwriter and frontman for The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells has enjoyed a wide-ranging musical career. In this interview, Dan talks about the writing of The Feeling’s recent eponymous album, and revisits his process on a number of classic hits by the band, such as ‘Fill My Little World’, ‘Love It When You Call’, ‘Never Be Lonely’, ‘Join With Us’, ‘Blue Murder’ and ‘Rosé’. Dan also updates us on his progress with his forthcoming musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

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Paul Simon Episode 88 – Paul Simon

In this special episode, we meet with Paul Simon to talk about his stunning new album Stranger to Stranger and the writing processes behind songs like ‘Wristband’, ‘Street Angel’, ‘In A Parade’, ‘The Riverbank’ and ‘Cool Papa Bell’. In this interview, the legendary singer-songwriter reveals a profound curiosity for musical experimentation that goes some way to explaining both his incredible influence in popular music, and his timeless catalogue.

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Beth Nielsen Chapman Episode 87 – Beth Nielsen Chapman

Sodajerker are joined by Nashville great Beth Nielsen Chapman to talk about her approach to songwriting and creativity, and what it’s like to collaborate with artists like Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond and Elton John. Beth also tells the stories behind her classic country hits ‘This Kiss’ (Faith Hill), ‘Strong Enough to Bend’ (Tanya Tucker) and ‘Five Minutes’ (Lorrie Morgan) and details the writing processes behind beloved solo tracks like ‘Life Holds On’ and ‘Sand and Water’.

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Ben Watt Episode 86 – Ben Watt

Ben Watt discusses the writing of his new album Fever Dream as well as his work on previous solo albums like Hendra and North Marine Drive. Ben also delves into the songwriting processes behind some classic Everything But The Girl songs, such as ‘The Night I Heard Caruso Sing’, ’25th December’ and the smash hit ‘Missing’.

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Justin Currie Episode 85 – Justin Currie

Justin Currie talks about the writing of Del Amitri songs like ‘Always The Last To Know’, ‘Roll To Me’, ‘Driving With The Brakes On’ and ‘Nothing Ever Happens’, as well as a range of songs from his three excellent solo albums. Justin also explains how he captures his ideas, the mental state required for good songwriting, and why you won’t find him on a songwriting weekend or co-writing with boy bands.

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Willy Russell Episode 84 – Willy Russell

Celebrated playwright and composer Willy Russell speaks with Sodajerker about his songwriting process for classic musicals such as Blood Brothers, film soundtracks like Dancin’ Thru The Dark, and songs for his solo album, Hoovering the Moon. As well as sharing the life stories behind key moments in his work, Willy provides detailed insights into his creative process as a writer, his history as a musician, and his early influences.

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Scroobius Pip Episode 83 – Scroobius Pip

Rapper, spoken word artist and podcaster Scroobius Pip chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of such songs as ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’, ‘The Beat That My Heart Skipped’, ‘Tommy C’ and ‘Great Britain’, as well as tracks from his latest solo album, Distraction Pieces, including ‘The Struggle’, ‘Try Dying’ and ‘Soldier Boy (Kill ‘Em)’. Pip also provides detailed insights into growing up with a stutter, how it enhanced his skills as a wordsmith, and his plans for the future.

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Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Episode 82 – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez sit down with Sodajerker to talk about their writing process on the Disney smash hit Frozen, as well as a number of other projects. In addition to the stories behind songs like ‘Let it Go’, ‘Do You Want to Build A Snowman?’, ‘Love Is An Open Door’ and ‘Fixer Upper’, the couple also provide detailed insights into the thinking behind songs from Bobby’s Tony Award-winning musicals Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.

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Joe Jackson Episode 81 – Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson chats with Sodajerker about his latest album Fast Forward and the writing of classic songs from his catalogue like ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’, ‘It’s Different for Girls’, ‘Steppin’ Out’, and ‘Be My Number Two’. Joe also reflects on his early career, his work on film scores alongside directors like Francis Ford Coppola, and why not every song needs an origin story.

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Marcus Miller Episode 80 – Marcus Miller

Bassist, composer and superproducer Marcus Miller sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool to discuss his latest album Afrodeezia and his collaborative partnerships with renowned artists like Miles Davis, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn. In addition to describing the writing process behind tracks like ‘Instant Love’ (Cheryl Lynn), ‘Jump to It’ (Aretha Franklin), ‘You’re the Sweetest One’ (Luther Vandross), ‘Run for Cover’ (David Sanborn) and ‘Tutu’ (Miles Davis), Marcus also talks about his early career as a session musician, his melodic approach to the bass, and key tracks from his solo career, such as ‘The Only Reason I Live’, ‘Bruce Lee’ and ‘Blast!’

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John Grant Episode 79 – John Grant

Celebrating the release of his new album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, John Grant chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of songs like ‘Snug Slacks’, ‘Voodoo Doll’ and ‘Disappointing’. In addition to describing his love for horror film scores, synthesisers, and languages, John also talks about his songwriting process on tracks like ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, ‘Black Belt’, ‘Marz’ and ‘Chicken Bones’.

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Nick Heyward Episode 78 – Nick Heyward

Singer-songwriter Nick Heyward discusses the writing processes behind songs for Haircut One Hundred and his solo career, including ‘Love Plus One’, ‘Fantastic Day’, ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’, ‘Love’s Got Me In Triangles’, ‘Whistle Down the Wind’, ‘Blue Hat for a Blue Day’ and ‘Kite’. Nick also talks about the recording of a brand new album that he has undertaken in Key West, Florida.

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