Podcast

Interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters.

Dave Stewart Episode 166 – 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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Rufus Wainwright Episode 165 – 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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Laura Marling Episode 164 – 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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Rina Sawayama Episode 163 – 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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Kate Tempest Episode 162 – 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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Huey Lewis Episode 161 – 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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KT Tunstall Episode 160 – KT Tunstall (Live)

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.

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Tom Bailey Episode 159 – 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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Richard Marx Episode 158 – 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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Sam Dixon Episode 157 – Sam Dixon (Live)

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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Martin Fry Episode 156 – 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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Michael Nesmith Episode 155 – 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 talking about 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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