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Bonus: The Ivor Novello Awards 2019

Simon and Brian at the Ivor Novello Awards 2019

Last month, just a couple of days after interviewing Sting at his London home, we were lucky enough to be among the attendees of the 64th Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London. (Quite a week for us!) The event honours the great and the good of British songwriting and was held at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane on 23rd May. If you’d like to hear more about the experience, check out our mini bonus podcast episode here:

 

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Shawn Smith (1965-2019)

Shawn Smith

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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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.

Sodajerker at Leeds Beckett University

Sodajerker in Leeds

On November 22, we had the pleasure of visiting Leeds Beckett University for a discussion with senior lecturer Dr Peter Mills about the origins of the Sodajerker podcast, approaches to songwriting, the art of the interview and much more. There was also a post-discussion Q&A with the students.

Many thanks to Peter and everyone who came along on the day for making the experience so enjoyable!

Paul McCartney talks songwriting with Sodajerker

Simon, Paul, Brian

Dear listeners,

We are overjoyed to reveal that our guest on the podcast this Friday will be Paul McCartney. We recently sat down with Paul at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) for a conversation about his new album Egypt Station, which is also available from 7th September.

As it does for millions of people around the world, Paul McCartney’s music occupies a very special place in our hearts. We were raised on his songs and, at this point, life is quite unimaginable without them. So, to get the opportunity to spend time with Paul talking about what he does best – songwriting – was the thrill to end all thrills. We can’t thank him enough for doing it.

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Sodajerker at the Birmingham Podcast Festival

Host Jon Hickman with Simon and Brian

On Sunday July 8, 2018, we sat down at the inaugural Birmingham Podcast Festival for a chat about making Sodajerker On Songwriting. With questions from our gracious host Jon Hickman, we had a fun time talking about our experiences so far in making the show.

Thanks again to Mark Steadman and everyone involved with the event, and cheers to the audience for listening and asking questions! Mark and the team have kindly made the raw audio available so we’re posting it here in case you’d like to listen in.

 

 

Sodajerker on Flaming Pie

Take It Away

Simon and Brian recently guested on the excellent, Paul McCartney-based podcast Take It Away. They joined hosts Ryan Brady and Chris Mercer for a fun (and lengthy) dissection of Macca’s 1997 album, Flaming Pie.

Check out part 1 and part 2 of their special in-depth discussion.

For more insights in Macca’s solo oeuvre, visit their website, or subscribe in Apple Podcasts. Thanks to Ryan and Chris for having us on!

Song Academy Young Songwriter 2018

SAYS18-Winners

Earlier this year, we were delighted to be asked to join the judging panel for Song Academy’s Young Songwriter 2018 competition alongside some of our former guests like Guy Chambers, Imelda May, Tom Odell and Eg White. Now in its 7th year, the competition is the leading international songwriting competition for 8-18 year olds that champions the creative talents of young people, gets their songs heard and unites young songwriters worldwide.

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10 songwriting tips for ICMP

ICMP feature

We were recently asked by ICMP, the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, for our top songwriting tips gleaned from the now 100+ conversations we’ve had on the Sodajerker podcast with world-leading songwriters. We’re nothing if not obliging, so we rustled up a few thoughts in response to their questions.

You can read the results here.

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Our first podcast with a live audience

Brian, Sam, Simon

In March 2018 we did our first ever podcast recording in front of a live audience. It went really well and we were delighted by the whole experience.

The event was a success for two reasons: firstly, we were working with a wonderful organisation, APRA AMCOS, which is an Australian royalty collection society for songwriters and composers. They have over 95,000 members and do great work on their behalf. Their London office is based at the famous RAK Studios, and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to record there with a special guest.

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Riffs on The Beatles

Sodajerker with Dave Kane

To celebrate the recent second issue of the popular music journal Riffs, which Simon guest edited, Simon and Brian sat down with researcher Dave Kane for a chat about The Beatles. You can listen here:

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