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

Jewel Episode 228 – Jewel

Singer-songwriter Jewel discusses her new record Freewheelin’ Woman and how she has used the songwriting process as a way to deal with anxiety. The musician and author also remembers lessons learned from time spent with Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and explains why singing in the studio is a little bit like porn.

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Desmond Child Episode 227 – Desmond Child

Hit songwriter and producer Desmond Child speaks with Simon and Brian about the songs that make up his enviable catalogue. From his work with Kiss, Bon Jovi, and Aerosmith, to global smashes with Ricky Martin, Desmond has consistently been involved in creating unforgettable songs for major artists. In this conversation, Desmond explains how his approach to songwriting, creativity and collaboration has facilitated his success.

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Daryl Hall Episode 226 – Daryl Hall

Legendary singer and songwriter Daryl Hall talks with Sodajerker about his new solo retrospective anthology Before After, the writing of his classic hits with John Oates, and his seminal web series Live From Daryl’s House.

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Bleu Episode 225 – Bleu

Versatile songwriter and producer Bleu discusses his recent album SiX TAPE, his new Berklee course on sync for songwriters, and his adventures in writing K-pop. The multi-talented singer and collaborator also revisits his many excellent side projects like Loud Lion, L.E.O. and The Major Labels.

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Kelly Jones Episode 224 – Kelly Jones

Welsh songsmith Kelly Jones of Stereophonics joins Simon and Brian for a chat about their brand new number one album Oochya!, the importance of narrative in his songwriting process, and mega hits from the back catalogue like ‘Dakota’.

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The Anchoress Episode 223 – The Anchoress

Catherine Anne Davies aka The Anchoress talks about the expanded edition of her critically acclaimed record The Art of Losing, her approach to songwriting and production, and why there’s no such thing as great inspiration.

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Tears For Fears Episode 222 – Tears For Fears

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of Tears For Fears discuss their excellent new record The Tipping Point, getting back to basics as songwriters, and classic hits from the past like ‘Mad World’, ‘Head Over Heels’, ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ and ‘Sowing The Seeds Of Love’.

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Kiefer Sutherland Episode 221 – Kiefer Sutherland

Actor and singer-songwriter Kiefer Sutherland joins Sodajerker for a chat about his new album Bloor Street and his creative process. Kiefer talks about writing from experience, how his acting informs his songwriting, and why he loves to write at his kitchen island.

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Steven Van Zandt Episode 220 – Steven Van Zandt

Singer-songwriter, producer and actor Steven Van Zandt sits down with Simon and Brian in Manchester, UK, for an inspiring conversation about songwriting and arranging, his expansive musical history, and forays into other art forms. The E Street Band guitarist also talks about his creative partnership with Bruce Springsteen, early records with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and the five crafts of rock.

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Tim Rice Episode 219 – Tim Rice

Decorated lyricist Sir Tim Rice chats with Simon and Brian about his writing process and his extraordinary career in musical theatre and film. In this wide-ranging conversation, Tim discusses the business of launching shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Chess, his illustrious collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and songs for films like The Lion King and Aladdin.

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LP Episode 218 – LP

Acclaimed singer-songwriter LP joins Simon and Brian for a freewheeling conversation about their new album Churches, the art of whistling, collaborating with greats like Dan Wilson and Billy Steinberg, and why they’ll never co-write on Zoom.

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Duran Duran Episode 217 – Duran Duran

Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor talk with Sodajerker about their exciting new record FUTURE PAST. During the chat, the pair reflect on the band’s creative process, including their approach to groove, tempo and melody, and their recent collaborations with Graham Coxon and Giorgio Moroder.

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