Podcast

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

Bruce Hornsby Episode 233 – Bruce Hornsby

The charismatic Bruce Hornsby joins us to talk about the writing of his superb new album ‘Flicted and the art of living a life of creativity. In this in-depth conversation, the singer-songwriter and pianist describes how he gets inspired by reading literary fiction, his work on music for Spike Lee joints, what he means when he describes his sound as ‘Bill Evans meets the hymnbook’, and why ‘The Way It Is’ was one of the most unlikely hits ever.

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Andrew Bird Episode 232 – Andrew Bird

Singer-songwriter and violin virtuoso Andrew Bird discusses the writing of his captivating new record Inside Problems. In this detailed chat, the seasoned artist explains his approach to confessional songwriting, using archaic language, and how he has been inspired by everything from insomnia to the air freshener used in New York taxicabs.

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Michael Head Episode 231 – Michael Head

Beloved Scouse singer-songwriter Michael Head (The Pale Fountains, Shack) talks about his fantastic new record Dear Scott and his approach to songwriting. In this detailed conversation, Mick reflects on his relationship with poetry, his Liverpool roots, and how he imbues his songs with stories, characters and imagination.

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Norah Jones Episode 230 – Norah Jones

Norah Jones talks about the 20th anniversary edition of her Grammy award-winning record Come Away With Me and how her songwriting has developed over the past two decades. The singer, songwriter and pianist also discusses her past collaborations with Danger Mouse and Jeff Tweedy, and explains why the bathtub is the best place to write songs.

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PJ Morton Episode 229 – PJ Morton

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter PJ Morton talks about the writing of his latest record Watch The Sun and his collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott and El DeBarge. The versatile musician and producer also reflects on the importance of being himself, the inspiration he takes from his hometown of New Orleans, and his work as the keyboard player for Maroon 5.

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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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