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Motown legend Lamont Dozier to appear on Sodajerker podcast


Through his work with Holland-Dozier-Holland and beyond, Lamont Dozier is responsible for co-writing and producing 54 #1 hits for acts like The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. He has been widely acknowledged as one of the primary architects of the Motown sound.

As luck would have it, Lamont was in Liverpool for an event at the Liverpool International Music Festival, and we were able to enjoy an hour in his company talking about his songwriting process. You’ll be able to hear our conversation on the next episode of our podcast, Sodajerker On Songwriting.

Sodajerker podcast recommended in The Guardian

Guardian Guide May 23, 2015

The Guardian Guide for Saturday May 23rd 2015 recommended Sodajerker On Songwriting in their ‘Catch Up and Download’ planner.

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Sodajerker makes Slate’s list of best music podcasts

Slate's best music podcasts

Sodajerker On Songwriting has been included in Slate’s list of the best music podcasts of 2014. It’s certainly humbling to make the top ten alongside such luminaries as The New York Times, the BBC, WNYC and WTF with Marc Maron.

Thanks to Slate for the kind mention, and if you’ve still yet to listen to the show, perhaps this will provide the impetus you need to check it out!

Sodajerker interviewed by Musicians’ Republic

Musicians Republic

Simon and Brian were interviewed recently for Musicians’ Republic, talking about how they met, how the podcast got started, and some of their favourite guests. You can read it online.

Sodajerker part of new Esquire article on songwriting

Esquire article

An article in the May 2014 issue of Esquire magazine entitled ‘The Magic Ingredient: Is There a Recipe for Writing a Hit Song?’ features contributions from Sodajerker’s own Simon Barber alongside illustrious songwriters like Don Black, Neil Tennant, Brett Anderson and Guy Garvey. The highlight of course has to be the illustrations, which include a sketch of Simon replete with beard. Thanks to author Andrew Harrison for including us, and be sure to pick up a copy (Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys is on the cover).

UPDATE:  the article has now been made available on

Sodajerker podcast recommended by Esquire

Esquire article

Esquire have published a list of 21 essential podcasts to listen to over the Christmas period. We are thrilled to be included alongside podcasting giants such as Real Time with Bill Maher, Le Show with Harry Shearer, Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, The Nerdist and WTF with Marc Maron.

Click the image to read what they had to say about our show, Sodajerker On Songwriting. If you’d like to check out the full article, it is available on the App Store and Newsstand for iOS.

UPDATE: The article has now been published in full on the Esquire website.

Special thanks to our listeners for supporting us in 2013 and for making things like this possible. We have some great stuff planned for you in 2014.

Happy holidays to all, Simon & Brian

Deaf School book references Sodajerker podcast

Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party

In addition to recent mentions in fictional works like Nicholson Baker’s Traveling Sprinkler, and non-fiction books like Rich Podolsky’s profile of Neil Sedaka’s rollercoaster career, Neil Sedaka: Rock N’ Roll Survivor – The Inside Story of his Incredible Comeback, we have more great news to share regarding authors who have used the Sodajerker podcast as a source for their writing.

Much to our delight, our interview with Deaf School’s Clive Langer and Steve Allen is referenced in Paul Du Noyer’s terrific new biography of the band, Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party. The first full-length biography of the band, this book provides an in-depth look at one of Liverpool’s most interesting and influential, yet rarely appreciated, treasures. You can pick up a copy of the book at Amazon UK or directly from the band’s website.

Du Noyer, who was, in fact, the person who helped us to arrange our Deaf School interview in the first place (!), is a Liverpool-born journalist and author who you may recognise as the writer of Liverpool: Wondrous Place, probably the definitive account of the Liverpool music scene, which is also available on Amazon.

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Sodajerker interview referenced in new Sedaka book

Neil Sedaka: Rock N' Roll Survivor - The Inside Story of his Incredible Comeback

We were recently delighted to discover that our interview with Neil Sedaka is referenced several times during the body of Rich Podolsky’s excellent new book Neil Sedaka: Rock N’ Roll Survivor – The Inside Story of his Incredible Comeback.

With a foreword by Elton John, this book provides in-depth insight into the tumultuous trajectory of Sedaka’s stunning career as one of the greatest songwriters in popular music. You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon USA or Amazon UK.

Fans of music biographies might recognise that Podolsky is also the author of the excellent Don Kirshner bio, The Man with the Golden Ear (which is also available on Amazon).

Special thanks to Rich for including us in his work!

Feature in SevenStreets Almanac

SevenStreets interview

There’s a nice little interview with us in the November issue of the SevenStreets Almanac. We’ve added a snap of it here for those of you living in distant lands. The article focuses on our songwriting podcast, Sodajerker On Songwriting, and asks about how we got started among other things. With episode 48 on the way next week, it seems like a timely feature, so check it out and also take a look at the SevenStreets website, which delves into all aspects of Liverpool culture, from art and music, to theatre, film and food.

UPDATE: The article has now been published in full on the SevenStreets website.

Sodajerker podcast in new Nicholson Baker book

Traveling Sprinkler

One of our Twitter followers, John Dunbar, tweeted us recently to let us know that the Sodajerker podcast is mentioned throughout Traveling Sprinkler, the new book from award-winning author Nicholson Baker. It was a thrill for us to discover that the show has become part of Baker’s work in this way.

In the book, Paul Chowder, the poet protagonist of Nicholson Baker’s widely acclaimed novel The Anthologist, turns away from poetry with one goal in mind: to learn songwriting. Written in Baker’s beautifully unconventional prose, Traveling Sprinkler is an enchanting and hilarious novel by one of the most beloved and influential writers today.

You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon USA or Amazon UK.

Mention for the podcast in Metro

Metro article

Sodajerker On Songwriting made the list of Rahul Verma’s podcast picks in a recent issue of Metro. Thanks for the mention guys! If you haven’t heard the show, you can check out all episodes in full on our podcast page, or subscribe in iTunes.

Sodajerker interview in the Anfield Wrap magazine app

Sodajerker in The Anfield Wrap iPad/iPhone app

The Anfield Wrap is a hugely popular award-winning podcast, website and radio show based in Liverpool. They’ve just published the second issue of their lovely free iPad/iPhone magazine containing an interview with Simon and Brian of Sodajerker. In the article, entitled ‘Going for a Song’, the songwriting team and fellow Liverpool-based podcasters talk about the first year of their popular show Sodajerker On Songwriting, how they got started, and some of their prominent guests.

Thanks to John Gibbons for conducting the interview. Download the free app from iTunes and read the interview on your iPad or iPhone.