Podcast

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

Episode 139 – Rhiannon Giddens

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens joins us to discuss her new record, There Is No Other, made in collaboration with Francesco Turrisi. During the course of this in-depth conversation, Rhiannon describes the spontaneous process fuelling their work together, the historical resonance attached to songs like ‘Mama’s Cryin’ Long’ and ‘At The Purchaser’s Option’, and how telling these stories informs her mission as an artist.

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Gaz Coombes Episode 138 – Gaz Coombes

Singer-songwriter Gaz Coombes discusses the writing of songs from his excellent solo albums, World’s Strongest Man and Matador, as well as hits with his former band, Supergrass. During the conversation, Gaz explains how he develops ideas in the studio and how he has expanded his songwriting palette to include the art of ‘soundwriting’.

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Britt Daniel Episode 137 – Britt Daniel

Britt Daniel of Spoon sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool to talk about the writing of songs like ‘I Turn My Camera On’, ‘The Underdog’, ‘The Ghost of You Lingers’ and ‘New York Kiss’, as well as songs from the band’s addictive recent offering, Hot Thoughts. During the chat, Britt plays us an early voice memo of ‘Can I Sit Next To You’ and explains how he develops his ideas from handheld recorder to the finished article.

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Rosanne Cash Episode 136 – Rosanne Cash

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash discusses the writing of her stunning record She Remembers Everything and songs from her catalogue including ‘Seven Year Ache’, ‘Seventh Avenue’ and ‘When The Master Calls The Roll’. In this inspiring conversation, Rosanne describes her relationship to prose writing, her collaborations with her husband John Leventhal, and encouragement she received from her father, the late, great, Johnny Cash.

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Paddy McAloon Episode 135 – Paddy McAloon

Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing process behind his orchestral masterpiece I Trawl The Megahertz. In this in-depth conversation, Paddy explains the unusual situation that led to the record, how he experimented with radio dialogue, voiceover narration, and his ancient Atari computer to create its fascinating soundscapes. This episode represents Sodajerker’s first ever repeat guest, with Paddy having appeared originally on episode 53.

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Jamie Lawson Episode 134 – Jamie Lawson

Singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson talks about his songwriting process and hits to date, including the affecting ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’. Jamie also describes his time in Nashville and collaborations with songwriters like Ed Sheeran, Kim Richey and Ron Sexsmith. His next record The Years In Between is available from March 29, 2019.

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Dido Episode 133 – Dido

In this fun conversation, Dido discusses the writing of her new album Still On My Mind and explains how she approaches the production process. In addition to talking about collaborations with brother Rollo, Brian Eno, Jon Brion and Max Martin, Dido describes the creation of global hits like ‘Thank You’ and ‘White Flag’, and the turn of events that led to being sampled on Eminem’s ‘Stan’.

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Hozier Episode 132 – Hozier

Hozier joins Simon and Brian for a chat about the writing of his new album Wasteland, Baby! In addition to discussing songs like ‘Movement’, ‘Almost (Sweet Music)’ and his work with the great Mavis Staples on ‘Nina Cried Power’, the Irish singer-songwriter also revisits the writing of songs from his first album, such as ‘In A Week’ and the colossal hit, ‘Take Me To Church’.

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Trevor Horn Episode 131 – Trevor Horn

Celebrated record producer and songwriter Trevor Horn discusses his new album Trevor Horn Reimagines The Eighties and his work with ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Yes and Buggles. Trevor reveals how he started out in cabaret, why recording studios are still important, and the writing processes behind seminal hits like ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, ‘Close (to the Edit)’, ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ and ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’.

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Diane Warren Episode 130 – Diane Warren

Simon and Brian speak with one-woman hit factory Diane Warren, whose career-making songs have produced timeless collaborations with the likes of Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Cher, LeAnn Rimes and Toni Braxton. In this episode, Diane talks about her work ethic, her approach to ‘method songwriting’, and writing her latest Oscar contender ‘I’ll Fight’, as performed by Jennifer Hudson for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, RBG.

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Mike Posner Episode 129 – Mike Posner

Mike Posner, the singer-songwriter, poet, rapper and record producer behind global successes like ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ and ‘Cooler Than Me’, discusses the writing of his biggest hits as well as the creative process behind his moving new album A Real Good Kid. Mike also talks about his work on songs for the likes of Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas and Maroon 5.

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Howard Jones Episode 128 – Howard Jones

Simon and Brian visit synth maestro Howard Jones to talk about the writing behind two of his seminal solo albums, Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action, newly remastered and expanded by Cherry Red Records. In addition to songs like ‘What Is Love?’, ‘New Song’, ‘Hide and Seek’, ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ and ‘Like To Get To Know You Well’, Howard talks about his classic synth setup, performing at Live Aid, and his work on Transform, a new electronic album due this year.

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