Episode 170 – Erasure

Vince Clarke and Andy Bell of Erasure

Vince Clarke and Andy Bell of Erasure talk about their excellent new album The Neon and how their songwriting process has evolved. In addition to discussing classic hits from their back catalogue like ‘Blue Savannah’, ‘Sometimes’ and ‘A Little Respect’, the pair explain how Andy prepares to find melodies on a track and how Vince makes best use of the analogue and digital domains.

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Episode 169 – Labrinth

Labrinth

With two recent Emmy nominations under his belt, the multi-talented Labrinth joins us to discuss his work on the critically-acclaimed HBO series Euphoria and his hits from the past decade. During the conversation, Lab talks about his approach to music theory and arranging, co-writing with artists like Sia, and his passion for retro synthesisers.

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Episode 168 – Burt Bacharach and Daniel Tashian

Bacharach & Tashian

The legendary Burt Bacharach and his brilliant co-writer Daniel Tashian drop in for a conversation about their stunning new EP, Blue Umbrella, and life as songwriters in the middle of a pandemic. The pair explain how they’ve continued their collaboration remotely between Los Angeles and Nashville, and how they’ve drawn on Burt’s vast experience as an arranger to bring the songs to life.

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Episode 167 – Nile Rodgers and Merck Mercuriadis (Live)

Merck Mercuriadis and Nile Rodgers

Grammy-winning hitmaker Nile Rodgers and legendary manager Merck Mercuriadis join Simon and Brian onstage at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall during the 2019 Meltdown festival. The pair share insights into the art and business of songwriting through their work together on the Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, and Nile takes up his guitar to demonstrate how he wrote classic hits for artists like Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and David Bowie. Nile was also the guest for episode 123 of this podcast.

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Episode 166 – Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart

Songwriter and producer Dave Stewart drops in to discuss the new Stewart/Lindsey album Amitié, his many classic hits with Annie Lennox in Eurythmics, and his storied career in music. Dave also reflects on his collaborations with Aretha Franklin, Shakespeares Sister, and the importance of distraction in the writing process.

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Episode 165 – Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

The great Rufus Wainwright returns to discuss his new album Unfollow The Rules, becoming part of the Laurel Canyon scene, and how his operas have informed his pop songcraft. Rufus was also the guest for episode 54 of this podcast.

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Episode 164 – Laura Marling

Laura Marling

Prolific singer-songwriter Laura Marling discusses the writing of her beautiful new album Song For Our Daughter, collaborating with Blake Mills, Ethan Johns and Mike Lindsay, and the influence of Paul McCartney’s acoustic guitar ballads.

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Episode 163 – Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama

Singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama joins Simon and Brian for the first fully remote episode of the show in which she describes the collaborative songwriting process behind her stunning debut album SAWAYAMA, how she was influenced by the pop of the early 2000s, and the intensely personal process of writing about family.

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Episode 162 – Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest

Rapper, poet, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest talks about her creative process across a range of projects, detailing her approach to lyrics, prose, melody, structure and narrative. The double Mercury Music Prize nominee also reflects on her time working with legendary producer Rick Rubin, and her deep relationship with the city of London.

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Bonus: Talking Prince

Simon and Brian at Paisley Park

On the fourth anniversary of his passing, we’ve dug into the Sodajerker vault to find an unreleased bonus episode from a couple of years ago in which we sat down for an hour to talk about one of our all-time favourite artists – Prince!

We couldn’t resist bookending it with a Prince-inspired jam we found along with the recording. Enjoy!

Pictured are Simon and Brian attending Celebration at Paisley Park in 2017.

Sodajerker in Q Magazine

Q Magazine June 2020

Big thanks to Dorian Lynskey for kindly including us in his feature on the best music podcasts in the current issue of Q Magazine (published April 7, 2020), which is out now.

The issue also includes a 25th anniversary celebration of Morning Glory by Oasis, plus features on Jason Isbell, Flohio, Ghostpoet, Kooks, Avalanches, Mark Lanegan, Princess Nokia, Jarvis Cocker and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien.

You can visit their website to find out more about the issue.

Episode 161 – Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis

The great Huey Lewis discusses the writing of his new album Weather, which was recorded prior to the singer losing his hearing to Ménière’s disease in 2018. In addition to telling the stories behind hits like ‘The Heart of Rock and Roll’, ‘Bad Is Bad’, ‘Hip To Be Square’ and ‘Small World’, Huey also details his collaborations with mentors like Nick Lowe and Mutt Lange, and his work on the songs ‘Power Of Love’ and ‘Back In Time’ from the classic movie Back To The Future.

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