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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Adam Schlesinger (1967-2020)

Adam Schlesinger

With the brilliant Adam Schlesinger’s tragically premature passing, the music world has lost an uncommonly gifted songwriter who, outside of his pivotal roles in Fountains of Wayne, Ivy and Tinted Windows, could turn his hand to seemingly any kind of project – TV, film, theatre – with unfailingly well-crafted, melodic and catchy results (and had sundry awards and nominations to prove it). The diversity of his resumé and consistent quality of his work (most recently showcased on the Emmy-winning US TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) speaks volumes for his talent.

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Episode 160 – KT Tunstall (Live)

KT Tunstall

The wonderful KT Tunstall joins us at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for a live conversation as part of the launch of the Songwriting Studies Research Network. During the chat, KT takes to the guitar and the piano to demonstrate her creative process on songs like ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’, ‘Suddenly I See’ and recent work from albums like KIN and WAX. Note: KT was also the guest for episode 61 of this podcast.

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Episode 159 – Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey describes the creative process behind enduring songs like ‘In The Name Of Love’, ‘Love On Your Side’, ‘If You Were Here’ and ‘Hold Me Now’. During the conversation, Tom also gives detailed insights into the songwriting behind his 2018 solo album Science Fiction, and explains why it’s important to maintain the distinctive aspects of your sound.

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Episode 158 – Richard Marx

Richard Marx

Singer-songwriter Richard Marx talks about the writing of his new album Limitless and the creative process behind hits like ‘Right Here Waiting’ and ‘Hazard’. During the conversation, Richard also reveals the musical bonds that connect his family and shares stories about his collaborations with artists like Keith Urban on ‘Long Hot Summer’ and the late, great Luther Vandross on the Grammy-winning ‘Dance With My Father’.

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Episode 157 – Sam Dixon (Live)

Sam Dixon

Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and bassist Sam Dixon joins Simon and Brian at the legendary Rak Studios in London for a live conversation in front of an invited audience. During the episode, Sam discusses his work with artists like Adele, Sia, Christina Aguilera and Jack Savoretti and describes his strategies for bringing the best out of his collaborators. Special thanks to APRA AMCOS for inviting us.

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Episode 156 – Martin Fry

Martin Fry

ABC’s Martin Fry describes the writing of his classic album The Lexicon Of Love including songs like ‘The Look Of Love’, ‘Poison Arrow’, ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ and ‘All Of My Heart’. During the conversation, Martin also tells the story behind his beloved hit ‘When Smokey Sings’ and explains how he approached the daunting task of creating The Lexicon of Love II.

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Episode 155 – Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Monkee Michael Nesmith talks Sodajerker through the writing process behind songs like ‘Papa Gene’s Blues’, ‘Joanne’, ‘Different Drum’, ‘Rio’ and ‘Laugh Kills Lonesome’. In addition to discussing songs he wrote for The Monkees and his solo work, Nez reflects on his relationship with John Lennon, the importance of the arranger, and the influence of visual art on his writing.

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Neil Innes (1944-2019)

Neil Innes

We were deeply saddened recently to learn of the sudden passing of the wonderful Neil Innes. We are all the poorer for the loss, but we were so lucky to have him. He was an exquisite musical and comedic talent, a truly gifted songwriter, and a lovely man. Much like the four legendary Liverpudlians whose oeuvre he lampooned so well, his work had a truly universal appeal, delivering joy in spades.

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