Podcast

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

Nile Rodgers Episode 123 – Nile Rodgers

Simon and Brian fulfil another lifelong dream as they sit down with the legendary songwriter, producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers at Abbey Road Studios. In this detailed conversation, Nile discusses songs from his new album It’s About Time, breaks down his approach to the guitar, and reveals the DHM (deep hidden meaning) behind hits for Chic, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and David Bowie.

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Paul McCartney Episode 122 – Paul McCartney

In this special episode, legendary songwriter and Beatle Paul McCartney sits down with Simon and Brian at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to discuss songs from his new album Egypt Station. During the conversation, Paul describes the process of collaborating with Greg Kurstin and Ryan Tedder, how he develops and captures his ideas, his natural flair for melody, and his modular approach to putting different sections together.

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Miles Kane Episode 121 – Miles Kane

Singer-songwriter Miles Kane joins Sodajerker to discuss songs from his new album Coup De Grace including ‘Cry On My Guitar’, ‘Loaded’ and ‘Shavambacu’. In addition to recalling his early days with The Little Flames and The Rascals, Miles also talks about co-writing with Andy Partridge, Paul Weller, Jamie T, Lana Del Rey and Alex Turner, and discusses his work with the latter for The Last Shadow Puppets.

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The Coral Episode 120 – The Coral

We sit down with James Skelly and Nick Power of The Coral at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios to discuss the writing of their new album Move Through The Dawn. In addition to reflecting on tuneful new offerings like ‘She’s A Runaway’, ‘Eyes Like Pearls’ and ‘Strangers In The Hollow’, the pair remember their mentor Alan Wills and tell the stories behind hits like ‘In The Morning’, ‘Pass It On’ and ‘Dreaming of You’.

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Blossoms Episode 119 – Blossoms

Tom Ogden, Joe Donovan and Charlie Salt of Stockport’s own Blossoms talk about the writing of their second album Cool Like You, including songs like ‘I Can’t Stand It’, ‘Unfaithful’, ‘There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’, ‘How Long Will This Last’ and ‘Stranger Still’. The band reflect on the role of synthesisers on this record, how the group dynamic imbues the songs with specific qualities, and the band’s relationship with producer James Skelly.

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Fraser T Smith Episode 118 – Fraser T Smith

In this episode, Simon and Brian visit the London studio of Grammy and Ivor Novello-winning songwriter and producer Fraser T Smith. Fraser talks about the writing of songs like ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ (Adele), ‘Break Your Heart’ (Taio Cruz) and ‘Broken Strings’ (James Morrison) and his collaborative partnerships with Stormzy, Craig David and Dave among others. Fraser also reflects on his approach to learning through studying online and how he strives to make meaningful work that will resonate over time.

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Fran Healy Episode 117 – Fran Healy

The delightful Fran Healy of Travis discusses the writing of classic songs like ‘Driftwood’, ‘Writing to Reach You’, ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’, ‘Turn’, ‘Sing’, ‘Side’ and ‘Flowers in the Window’. In the course of the conversation, Fran reflects on the importance of never having a plan, how he make songs relatable, and his new film Almost Fashionable, a documentary about Travis.

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Stanley Clarke Episode 116 – Stanley Clarke

Bassist and composer Stanley Clarke sits down with Simon and Brian to chat about his work on solo and Return to Forever tracks like ‘Lopsy Lu’, ‘School Days’, ‘Hello Jeff’ and ‘The Magician’. Stanley describes his collaborations with the likes of Louis Johnson (‘We Supply’), George Duke (‘Let’s Get Started’) and Gregory Hines (‘Bassically Taps’) and details his approach to film scoring for movies like Passenger 57 and What’s Love Got To Do With It.

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Rupert Holmes Episode 115 – Rupert Holmes

Singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, playwright and author Rupert Holmes discusses songs from his lavish new box set Songs That Sound Like Movies: The Complete Epic Recordings from Cherry Red Records. The polymath and raconteur talks Simon and Brian through the writing of classic songs like ‘Widescreen’, ‘Him’, ‘Timothy’, ‘Brass Knuckles’, ‘Studio Musician’, ‘Terminal’, ‘Partners in Crime’, and of course ‘Escape (The Piña Colada Song)’. Rupert also describes writing for Barbra Streisand, collaborating with Marvin Hamlisch, and the secret of managing his many projects.

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Andrew W.K. Episode 114 – Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K. sits down in London with Simon and Brian to talk about his new album You’re Not Alone. In this wide-ranging conversation, Andrew describes how his philosophy, his knowledge of music and his instrumental skills inform his approach to writing and recording songs like ‘Music Is Worth Living For’, ‘Party Mindset’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’. The Party God also describes the processes behind some classics from his back catalogue including ‘Party Hard’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Andy’.

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Nell Bryden Episode 113 – Nell Bryden

Singer-songwriter Nell Bryden describes the writing of her recent album Bloom including the songs ‘Thought I Was Meant For You’, ‘Barcelona’s Gone’ and ‘Dared the World and Won’. From the back catalogue, we also go in-depth on ‘Sirens’, ‘Buildings and Treetops’ and ‘Wayfarer’ while Nell reflects on confessional writing styles, using unfamiliar instruments, and the power of prose.

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Charlie Dore Episode 112 – Charlie Dore

The brilliant Charlie Dore sits down with Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of her most recent album, Dark Matter. Charlie also talks in detail about her classic hit ‘Pilot of the Airwaves’, working on TV’s Rainbow, co-writing songs like ‘Ain’t No Doubt’ (Jimmy Nail), ‘Rain, Tax (It’s Inevitable)’ (Céline Dion), and ‘Strut’ (Sheena Easton), and her time spent in the company of friends and colleagues like Eric Idle, George Harrison and Harry Nilsson.

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