Podcast

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

Ray LaMontagne Episode 186 – Ray LaMontagne

In a rare interview, singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne shares insights into his latest album Monovision and reflects on why it’s important to maintain playfulness in the songwriting process. Ray also revisits classic songs like ‘Trouble’, compares the songwriting process to catching fireflies, and explains why he’ll never forget performing with Elvis Costello.

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Ghostpoet Episode 185 – Ghostpoet

Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet talks about his writing process on the album I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep and building songs from long improvisations in the studio. During the course of the chat, Obaro also reflects on his lack of affiliation with particular genres, the political nature of his words, and his relationship with social media.

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Jeff Tweedy Episode 184 – Jeff Tweedy

In this episode, the tremendous Jeff Tweedy of Wilco provides a masterclass on creativity and songwriting as he discusses his outstanding new book How To Write One Song, and his excellent recent solo album Love Is The King. If you enjoy hearing the world’s best break down practical and useful strategies that you can apply to your own work, look no further.

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Mark Oliver Everett Episode 183 – Mark Oliver Everett

EELS frontman Mark Oliver Everett (aka ‘E’) drops in to talk about about the writing of the band’s new album Earth To Dora and his creative process. During the chat, Mark highlights the power of resilience, how he collaborates with his bandmates, and his love for John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band.

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Lucinda Williams Episode 182 – Lucinda Williams

The formidable Lucinda Williams chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of her latest album Good Souls Better Angels. Talking through her expansive catalogue, the veteran artist uncovers a range of themes that have informed her songwriting and her outlook on the music industries including politics, domestic abuse, depression, experiences with record labels and reviews on social media.

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Tim Minchin Episode 181 – Tim Minchin

Songwriter, comedian and actor Tim Minchin talks about the writing of his debut studio album Apart Together. During this in-depth chat about the creative process, Tim also reveals how he approaches writing songs for musicals like Matilda and Groundhog Day, and why his comedy influences are The Beatles, The Kinks, and Queen.

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Gary Barlow Episode 180 – Gary Barlow

Decorated singer-songwriter Gary Barlow joins Simon and Brian to chat about his new album Music Played By Humans, his ongoing passion for writing and recording, and his work with Take That. In this wide-ranging conversation, Frodsham’s favourite son talks through his glittering catalogue of hits, explains what it was like waiting for cues from Ken Dodd, and reveals how he once got Prince talking about his favourite studio gear.

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Midge Ure Episode 179 – Midge Ure

The great Midge Ure drops in to discuss the 40th anniversary reissue of Ultravox’s seminal album Vienna. The legendary songwriter talks about his writing process throughout his extraordinary career from his work with Rich Kids, Visage and Phil Lynott, to the collaborative miracle that was Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

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Andrew Roachford Episode 178 – Roachford

For this episode, Simon and Brian are joined by singer-songwriter Andrew Roachford to chat about the writing of his new record Twice In A Lifetime. The veteran musician talks about working with Beverley Knight, why he likes singing in his living room, and what it was like to see Alan Partridge miming his classic hit ‘Cuddly Toy’.

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Katie Melua Episode 177 – Katie Melua

Singer-songwriter Katie Melua talks with Simon and Brian about the writing of her absorbing new record Album No. 8. During the conversation, Katie also reflects on her collaborations with the likes of Mike Batt, Guy Chambers, Don Black and Sam Dixon, and explains why she has been on a mission to research lyric writing.

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Matt Berninger Episode 176 – Matt Berninger

Matt Berninger of The National joins us to talk about the writing of his excellent solo album Serpentine Prison. During the conversation, Matt describes his partnership with the album’s producer Booker T. Jones, and explains why he’s striving to resist cultures of fear, and structure his life around positive forms of creativity.

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Dan Croll Episode 175 – Dan Croll

Singer-songwriter Dan Croll talks about his staggeringly good third album Grand Plan which covers his first year living as an artist in LA. Dan also remembers the time he had a one-on-one masterclass with Paul McCartney while studying at LIPA and takes a moment to reflect on the tragic loss of the band Her’s, which he captures beautifully in his song ‘Together’.

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