Podcast

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

Jake Bugg Episode 107 – Jake Bugg

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg joins Simon and Brian in London to talk about the writing of his new record Hearts That Strain and songs from throughout his career to date, including: ‘How Soon The Dawn’, ‘Waiting’, ‘Southern Rain’, ‘The Man On Stage’, ‘Two Fingers’, ‘Slumville Sunrise’ and ‘Gimme The Love’. Jake also reflects on the co-writing process and his time working with people like Brendan Benson, Mike Crossey and Rick Rubin.

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens Episode 106 – Yusuf / Cat Stevens

In this special episode, Yusuf aka Cat Stevens meets with Simon and Brian in London for a chat about the writing of his new record The Laughing Apple and classic songs from his back catalogue. Songs discussed include: ‘Matthew & Son’, ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’, ‘Wild World’, ‘Father and Son’, ‘Moonshadow’, ‘(Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard’, ‘Heaven/Where True Love Goes’ and ‘Mighty Peace’.

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Gary Numan Episode 105 – Gary Numan

In this episode, Gary Numan joins Sodajerker in Liverpool for a conversation about the writing of his latest album Savage: Songs from a Broken World including ‘My Name is Ruin’ and ‘Ghost Nation’. Gary also explains his precise approach to lyric writing, why he couldn’t care less about analogue versus digital, and the stories behind classics like ‘Listen to the Sirens’, ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’ and ‘Cars’.

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Sparks Episode 104 – Sparks

Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks sit down with Simon and Brian in London to discuss the writing of their terrific new album Hippopotamus. The brothers describe the processes behind the music and lyrics of songs like ‘What The Hell Is It This Time?’, ‘Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)’ and ‘Missionary Position’ alongside classics from their catalogue like ‘My Baby’s Taking Me Home’, ‘When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way” and ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us’.

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Colin Hay Episode 103 – Colin Hay

Multi-talented singer-songwriter and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay talks with Simon and Brian about the writing of his excellent recent album Fierce Mercy. During the episode, Colin reflects on his writing partnership with Michael Giorgiades and tells the stories behind a cornucopia of stunning songs from his back catalogue like ‘Down Under’, ‘Who Can It Be Now?’, ‘Overkill’, ‘Waiting For My Real Life To Begin’, ‘Oh California’, ‘Send Somebody’ and ‘If I Had Been A Better Man’.

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Imelda May Episode 102 – Imelda May

Singer-songwriter Imelda May sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool for a chat about the writing of her recent album Life Love Flesh Blood including songs like ‘Black Tears’, ‘Should’ve Been You’, ‘Leave Me Lonely’ and ‘The Girl I Used To Be’. Imelda also talks about her collaboration with producer T Bone Burnett, co-writing in Nashville, and songs from previous albums like ‘Mayhem’ and ‘It’s Good To Be Alive’.

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Declan McKenna Episode 101 – Declan McKenna

Rising star Declan McKenna talks to Sodajerker about the writing of his fantastic debut album, What Do You Think About The Car?, including the songs ‘Humongous’, ‘Isombard’, ‘Paracetamol’ and ‘Brazil’. Declan also reflects on the process of being socially and politically aware in his music.

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Jason Isbell Episode 100 – Jason Isbell

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell joins Simon and Brian in London to mark the milestone of the 100th Sodajerker podcast. Jason talks about the writing of his incredible new record, The Nashville Sound, classic songs from his solo and Drive-By Truckers periods, how TV’s Hoarders impacted upon the new album, and the songwriting significance of the humble weed vape.

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Jack Savoretti Episode 99 – Jack Savoretti

Singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti sits down in Liverpool with Simon and Brian to talk about songs from his career to date and his most recent album, Sleep No More, including ‘Catapult’, ‘Not Worthy’, ‘When We Were Lovers’ and ‘Deep Waters’. Jack reflects on the collaborative process, why ‘demo’ is a dirty word, and how his cultural heritage has influenced his songwriting.

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Robbie Robertson Episode 98 – Robbie Robertson

Following the publication of his fascinating memoir Testimony, Robbie Robertson joins Simon and Brian to talk about his songwriting process across a range of projects, from his early work with Ronnie Hawkins, to classic songs for The Band like ‘The Weight’, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Ophelia’. Robbie also describes creative collaborations with Martin Scorsese and Eric Clapton (‘It’s In The Way That You Use It’) and details the processes behind solo tracks like ‘Somewhere Down the Crazy River’ and ‘This is Where I Get Off’.

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Tom Odell Episode 97 – Tom Odell

Singer-songwriter Tom Odell joins us to discuss the writing of songs like ‘Another Love’, ‘Hold Me’, ‘Wrong Crowd’, ‘Silhouette’ and ‘Somehow’. Tom talks about a range of strategies including writing on planes, co-writing with hitmakers like Rick Nowels and Eg White, and using pop’s conventional limitations to your advantage.

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Robyn Hitchcock Episode 96 – Robyn Hitchcock

In this episode, Robyn Hitchcock shares insights into his decades-old relationship with songwriting. Reflecting on the creative process behind such titles as ‘Do Policemen Sing?’, ‘I Often Dream of Trains’, ‘My Wife and My Dead Wife’, ‘Balloon Man’, ‘Strawberries Dress’ and ‘Trouble in Your Blood’, Robyn unpicks an array of Hitchcockian classics in his own inimitable style.

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