Podcast

Interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters

The Lemon Twigs Episode 267 – The Lemon Twigs

Brian and Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs chat with Sodajerker about writing and producing their new record A Dream Is All We Know. The multi-talented brothers describe the challenges of working together, the art of recording on tape, and avoiding ‘demo-itis’.

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Kings of Leon Episode 266 – Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon’s Caleb and Jared Followill talk about the writing of the band’s new record Can We Please Have Fun and their creative process. In this wide-ranging conversation, the brothers discuss such topics as journalling, working intuitively, making accessible music, and being songwriting vampires.

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The Zutons Episode 265 – The Zutons

Dave McCabe and Sean Payne discuss the writing process behind The Zutons’ superb new record The Big Decider. This vibrant conversation delves into the band’s unique sound, the blending of production work from Nile Rodgers and Ian Broudie, and the innovative lyrical techniques behind their triumphant return.

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Sean O'Hagan Episode 264 – Sean O’Hagan

The wonderful Sean O’Hagan joins us to chat about the new High Llamas record Hey Panda, and his songwriting process. The acclaimed artist, producer, and arranger explores a wealth of topics including his formative work in beloved Irish band Microdisney, writing about his own life and experiences, and his insatiable appetite for new music.

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Gossip Episode 263 – Gossip

Gossip’s Beth Ditto and Nathan ‘Brace Paine’ Howdeshell discuss the creative process behind their excellent new record Real Power. The pair reflect on their near telepathic musical relationship, the ethereal mysteries of songwriting, and collaborating with the great Rick Rubin.

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Brittany Howard Episode 262 – Brittany Howard

Brittany Howard talks with Simon and Brian about her arresting new record What Now and how she approaches songwriting. The singer and guitarist discusses taking risks in the studio, experimenting with rhythm, and her encounters with the legendary Prince.

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Sleater-Kinney Episode 261 – Sleater-Kinney

Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney join Sodajerker to discuss their fantastic new record Little Rope and their songwriting process. The influential duo talk about song structure and arranging, their strange guitar tunings, and collaborating with producers like John Congleton and Annie Clark.

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Bill Ryder-Jones Episode 260 – Bill Ryder-Jones

Singer-songwriter and producer Bill Ryder-Jones joins Sodajerker from his West Kirby studio to discuss his new record Iechyd Da, and his creative process. The Merseyside-based artist also talks about collaborating with the likes of Mick Head, taking lyrical inspiration from TV’s Eurotrash, and writing bad songs in his sleep.

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Episode 259 – Feist

Leslie Feist joins Simon and Brian to discuss her songwriting process and recent record Multitudes. The award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter talks about taking part in a ‘Song-A-Day’ challenge, bypassing judgement when writing, and how she has developed songs through live performance.

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Thomas Walsh Episode 258 – Thomas Walsh

Thomas Walsh of Pugwash and The Duckworth Lewis Method joins Sodajerker to discuss his new album The Rest is History and his songwriting process. In this in-depth conversation, the Irish power pop legend talks about his origins in music, his collaborations with The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, and his reverence for his musical heroes like Michael Penn and Jeff Lynne.

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Eric Cantona Episode 257 – Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona joins Simon and Brian to discuss his new EP I’ll Make My Own Heaven, and his songwriting process. The actor, artist and former footballer talks about his need to express himself, using mistakes to create better moments, and how to rely on instinct.

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Wayne Coyne Episode 256 – Wayne Coyne

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips chats with Simon and Brian about the band’s classic album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and his songwriting process. The veteran artist talks about the writing of beloved tracks like ‘Do You Realize??’, working intuitively, and responding with pure emotion to song ideas.

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