Podcast

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

Tom Bailey Episode 159 – Tom Bailey

Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey describes the creative process behind enduring songs like ‘In The Name Of Love’, ‘Love On Your Side’, ‘If You Were Here’ and ‘Hold Me Now’. During the conversation, Tom also gives detailed insights into the songwriting behind his 2018 solo album Science Fiction, and explains why it’s important to maintain the distinctive aspects of your sound.

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Richard Marx Episode 158 – Richard Marx

Singer-songwriter Richard Marx talks about the writing of his new album Limitless and the creative process behind hits like ‘Right Here Waiting’ and ‘Hazard’. During the conversation, Richard also reveals the musical bonds that connect his family and shares stories about his collaborations with artists like Keith Urban on ‘Long Hot Summer’ and the late, great Luther Vandross on the Grammy-winning ‘Dance With My Father’.

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Sam Dixon Episode 157 – Sam Dixon (Live)

Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and bassist Sam Dixon joins Simon and Brian at the legendary Rak Studios in London for a live conversation in front of an invited audience. During the episode, Sam discusses his work with artists like Adele, Sia, Christina Aguilera and Jack Savoretti and describes his strategies for bringing the best out of his collaborators. Special thanks to APRA AMCOS for inviting us.

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Martin Fry Episode 156 – Martin Fry

ABC’s Martin Fry describes the writing of his classic album The Lexicon Of Love including songs like ‘The Look Of Love’, ‘Poison Arrow’, ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ and ‘All Of My Heart’. During the conversation, Martin also tells the story behind his beloved hit ‘When Smokey Sings’ and explains how he approached the daunting task of creating The Lexicon of Love II.

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Michael Nesmith Episode 155 – Michael Nesmith

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Monkee Michael Nesmith talks Sodajerker through the writing process behind songs like ‘Papa Gene’s Blues’, ‘Joanne’, ‘Different Drum’, ‘Rio’ and ‘Laugh Kills Lonesome’. In addition to talking about songs he wrote for The Monkees and his solo work, Nez reflects on his relationship with John Lennon, the importance of the arranger, and the influence of visual art on his writing.

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Beck Episode 154 – Beck

In the final show of 2019, the singular Beck joins Simon and Brian in London to talk about his incredible new album Hyperspace. During the conversation, Beck describes his experiences collaborating with Pharrell, Greg Kurstin and Paul Epworth, the influence of his Grandfather, and what it was like to receive a Grammy from Prince.

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Keith Urban Episode 153 – Keith Urban

Country superstar Keith Urban grabs a couple of his prized Fender guitars and talks Simon and Brian through the writing processes behind his many hit songs. During the conversation, Keith explains the importance of rhythm in his writing, collaborating with the likes of Julia Michaels and Richard Marx, and how he has been inspired creatively by his wife Nicole Kidman.

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OMD Episode 152 – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD sit down in London to discuss their career anthology box set Souvenir and the writing process behind their success. In explaining the chemistry of their creative partnership, Andy and Paul talk about writing sad songs with happy chords, striving to avoid lyrical cliches, and why they remain musical outsiders.

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James Blunt Episode 151 – James Blunt

The excellent James Blunt joins Sodajerker in London to discuss his very personal new album Once Upon A Mind. During the conversation, James talks about collaborations with the likes of Linda Perry, Ryan Tedder and Ed Sheeran, shares the stories behind hits like ‘You’re Beautiful’, and explains why it’s always important to have a reason to write a song.

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Jeff Lynne Episode 150 – Jeff Lynne

For this milestone 150th episode, legendary songwriter and producer Jeff Lynne (ELO, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, Tom Petty, The Beatles) sits down with Simon and Brian in London to discuss the writing of his new album From Out Of Nowhere. In his inimitable way, Jeff explains how he approaches chords, melody and lyrics to create the distinctive sounds we’ve loved across decades of classic albums.

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Kim Richey Episode 149 – Kim Richey

Singer-songwriter Kim Richey joins the Sodajerker boys in Birmingham to chat about the writing of her most recent album, Edgeland. Kim also talks about how she takes inspiration from southern culture, connecting with former guests like Jason Isbell and Jamie Lawson, and the stories behind songs like ‘Angels’ Share’, ‘Leaving 49’ and ‘Chinese Boxes’.

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Tim Rice-Oxley Episode 148 – Tim Rice-Oxley

Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley talks about the writing of their new album Cause and Effect. In the course of the conversation, Tim reveals his guitar-centric approach to the keyboard, why he likes to write alone, and how he uses songwriting exercises to challenge himself.

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