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Interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters

Michael Penn Episode 243 – Michael Penn

Composer and songwriter Michael Penn talks with Sodajerker about his “former career” in songwriting, meeting Bob Dylan as a kid, and why he doesn’t co-write with his partner, the equally brilliant Aimee Mann. The acclaimed film/TV composer also reflects on his relationship with performing, his approach to melody writing, and his love for The Chamberlin keyboard.

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Tim Heidecker Episode 242 – Tim Heidecker

The brilliant Tim Heidecker chats with Simon and Brian about his gorgeous record High School, his love for Randy Newman, and recreating the yacht rock sound. The comedian, writer, actor and musician also explains why he wrote a hymn for agnostics, and wonders why we keep burying people in the ground when they die.

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Seal Episode 241 – Seal

To mark the release of a new deluxe reissue of his eponymous debut, Seal joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about his songwriting process. The singer-songwriter discusses classic hits like ‘Killer’, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Kiss From A Rose’ and explains why the alchemy of songwriting still has him passionate about making music.

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The 1975 Episode 240 – The 1975

Matty and George from The 1975 talk with Sodajerker about the band’s stellar new album Being Funny In A Foreign Language, working with Jack Antonoff, and being addicted to making stuff. The guys explain their songwriting and creativity in a variety of ways, touching on everything from postmodernism to comedy in what feels like a very good therapy session.

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Ben Gibbard Episode 239 – Ben Gibbard

Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard gives Sodajerker the lowdown on the band’s superb new album Asphalt Meadows, the process of round robin songwriting, and why he’s always falling in love with dead movie stars. The songwriter and guitarist also talks about writing with his trusty Fender Mustang, how certain guitars can deal a hot hand creatively, and the importance of lived experience in his work.

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Brett Anderson Episode 238 – Brett Anderson

Suede’s Brett Anderson joins Simon and Brian for a candid conversation about the writing of the band’s new record Autofiction, accessing naivety, avoiding self-parody, and the value of craft. The frontman and author also reflects on the importance of fans, and why a songwriter’s musical limitations don’t need to be a barrier to success.

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Madison Cunningham Episode 237 – Madison Cunningham

The phenomenal Madison Cunningham speaks with Sodajerker about her new record Revealer, sincerity versus technicality in music making, and why songs are sometimes smarter than you. The singer-songwriter also discusses her distinctive approach to the guitar and the influence of church music in her development.

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Julian Lennon Episode 236 – Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his new record Jude, the importance of emotion in songwriting, dealing with anxiety, and relearning his old material. The multi-faceted singer-songwriter also discusses his work as a photographer, filmmaker and author, and reflects on how his creativity is powered by his relentless work ethic.

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Martha Wainwright Episode 235 – Martha Wainwright

Singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright discusses her recent memoir Stories I Might Regret Telling You, how she approaches writing both songs and prose, and being done with old narratives. The critically lauded artist also shares her thoughts on using open tunings, why she found acting wasn’t compatible with songwriting, and her plans for the future.

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Steven Page Episode 234 – Steven Page

Canadian treasure Steven Page sits down with Simon and Brian to discuss his songwriting process, his work with Barenaked Ladies, and songs from his forthcoming solo album. The beloved singer-songwriter shares his thoughts on the joy of choir singing, the place of humour in songwriting, and what he’s learned from long-time collaborators like Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy.

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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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