Episode 138 – Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes

Singer-songwriter Gaz Coombes discusses the writing of songs from his excellent solo albums, World’s Strongest Man and Matador, as well as hits with his former band, Supergrass. During the conversation, Gaz explains how he develops ideas in the studio and how he has expanded his songwriting palette to include the art of ‘soundwriting’.

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Episode 137 – Britt Daniel

Britt Daniel

Britt Daniel of Spoon sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool to talk about the writing of songs like ‘I Turn My Camera On’, ‘The Underdog’, ‘The Ghost of You Lingers’ and ‘New York Kiss’, as well as songs from the band’s addictive recent offering, Hot Thoughts. During the chat, Britt plays us an early voice memo of ‘Can I Sit Next To You’ and explains how he develops his ideas from handheld recorder to the finished article.

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Episode 136 – Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash discusses the writing of her stunning record She Remembers Everything and songs from her catalogue including ‘Seven Year Ache’, ‘Seventh Avenue’ and ‘When The Master Calls The Roll’. In this inspiring conversation, Rosanne describes her relationship to prose writing, her collaborations with her husband John Leventhal, and encouragement she received from her father, the late, great, Johnny Cash.

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Shawn Smith (1965-2019)

Shawn Smith

And you’re wrapped in my memory like chains
For I say that the flowers will always be there in my heart
Like an old fashioned movie with all of you playing the parts

Back in 1993, as fourteen year old schoolboys taking their first faltering steps into the world of making music, we came across an album called Shame. The band’s name was (curiously) Brad. This album would never have entered our orbit but for the fact that amongst Brad’s number was guitarist Stone Gossard, moonlighting from his day job with Pearl Jam, and we were huge Pearl Jam fans. Stone, Eddie and co were (and remain) restless artistic spirits to say the least, and seemed to be constantly plowing their creative energies into a myriad of side projects, of which Brad was one.

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Episode 135 – Paddy McAloon

Paddy McAloon

Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing process behind his orchestral masterpiece I Trawl The Megahertz. In this in-depth conversation, Paddy explains the unusual situation that led to the record, how he experimented with radio dialogue, voiceover narration, and his ancient Atari computer to create its fascinating soundscapes. This episode represents Sodajerker’s first ever repeat guest, with Paddy having appeared originally on episode 53.

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Episode 134 – Jamie Lawson

Jamie Lawson

Singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson talks about his songwriting process and hits to date, including the affecting ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’. Jamie also describes his time in Nashville and collaborations with songwriters like Ed Sheeran, Kim Richey and Ron Sexsmith. His next record The Years In Between is available from March 29, 2019.

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Episode 133 – Dido

Dido

In this fun conversation, Dido discusses the writing of her new album Still On My Mind and explains how she approaches the production process. In addition to talking about collaborations with brother Rollo, Brian Eno, Jon Brion and Max Martin, Dido describes the creation of global hits like ‘Thank You’ and ‘White Flag’, and the turn of events that led to being sampled on Eminem’s ‘Stan’.

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Sodajerker to record live podcast with KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be recording a live Sodajerker podcast with our former guest, the delightful KT Tunstall, at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, as part of the inaugural Songwriting Studies conference on Wednesday 20th March, 2019.

We first spoke to KT for episode 61 of the show back in 2014 and, as anyone whose heard it will know, she was tremendous fun. So we’re delighted to get the chance to meet with this hugely talented artist in person for what we’re sure will be a very entertaining and illuminating conversation.

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Sodajerker contribute to new book about XTC

What Do You Call That Noise?

We’re delighted to be amongst the contributors to a terrific new book about beloved British band XTC.

Lovingly assembled by journalist (and former Limelight fanzine editor) Mark Fisher, What Do You Call That Noise? examines what made the group so very special with the help of its principle band members (including, of course, our former guest Andy Partridge), some significant collaborators, a number of passionate fans and several famous admirers.

We wrote a few words about the songs ‘1000 Umbrellas’ (from 1986’s Skylarking) and ‘Wake Up’ (from 1984’s The Big Express). Other contributors include Peter Gabriel, Squeeze’s Chris Difford, Jason Falkner and Barenaked Ladies’ Steven Page.

Order your copy now and then go ahead and revisit our interview with Andy Partridge.

Episode 132 – Hozier

Hozier

Hozier joins Simon and Brian for a chat about the writing of his new album Wasteland, Baby! In addition to discussing songs like ‘Movement’, ‘Almost (Sweet Music)’ and his work with the great Mavis Staples on ‘Nina Cried Power’, the Irish singer-songwriter also revisits the writing of songs from his first album, such as ‘In A Week’ and the colossal hit, ‘Take Me To Church’.

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Episode 131 – Trevor Horn

Trevor Horn

Celebrated record producer and songwriter Trevor Horn discusses his new album Trevor Horn Reimagines The Eighties and his work with ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Yes and Buggles. Trevor reveals how he started out in cabaret, why recording studios are still important, and the writing processes behind seminal hits like ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, ‘Close (to the Edit)’, ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ and ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’.

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Episode 130 – Diane Warren

Diane Warren

Simon and Brian speak with one-woman hit factory Diane Warren, whose career-making songs have produced timeless collaborations with the likes of Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Cher, LeAnn Rimes and Toni Braxton. In this episode, Diane talks about her work ethic, her approach to ‘method songwriting’, and writing her latest Oscar contender ‘I’ll Fight’, as performed by Jennifer Hudson for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, RBG.

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