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Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast

Sodajerker On Songwriting

Sodajerker On Songwriting is a programme devoted to the art and craft of songwriting. The show, created and hosted by the UK songwriting team Sodajerker, features interviews with some of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the world.

Sodajerker On Songwriting is a programme devoted to the art and craft of songwriting. The show, created and hosted by the UK songwriting team Sodajerker, features interviews with some of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the world.

 

#248

Episode 240 - The 1975

Matty and George from [The 1975] (https://the1975.com/) 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. ... Read more

27 Nov 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:54

27 Nov 2022


#247

Episode 239 - Ben Gibbard

[Death Cab for Cutie] (https://www.deathcabforcutie.com/) '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. ... Read more

20 Nov 2022

50 MINS

50:21

20 Nov 2022


#246

Episode 238 - Brett Anderson

Suede's [Brett Anderson] (https://www.suede.co.uk/)  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. ... Read more

10 Nov 2022

48 MINS

48:16

10 Nov 2022


#245

Episode 237 - Madison Cunningham

The phenomenal <a href= "http://www.madisoncunningham.com/">Madison Cunningham</a> 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. ... Read more

17 Oct 2022

52 MINS

52:47

17 Oct 2022


#244

Episode 236 - Julian Lennon

[Julian Lennon] (https://julianlennon.com/)  joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his new record Jude, the importance of emotion in songwriting, dealing with anxiety, and the trials of 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. ... Read more

04 Oct 2022

42 MINS

42:03

04 Oct 2022


#243

Episode 235 - Martha Wainwright

Singer-songwriter <a href= "https://www.marthawainwright.com/">Martha Wainwright</a> 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. ... Read more

18 Sep 2022

46 MINS

46:47

18 Sep 2022


#242

Episode 234 - Steven Page

Canadian treasure [Steven Page] (https://www.stevenpage.com/) 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. ... Read more

31 Aug 2022

53 MINS

53:31

31 Aug 2022


#241

Episode 233 - Bruce Hornsby

The charismatic [Bruce Hornsby] (https://www.brucehornsby.com/) 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. ... Read more

14 Aug 2022

55 MINS

55:15

14 Aug 2022


#240

Episode 232 - Andrew Bird

Singer-songwriter and violin virtuoso <a href= "https://www.andrewbird.net/">Andrew Bird</a> 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. ... Read more

17 Jul 2022

44 MINS

44:59

17 Jul 2022


#239

Episode 231 - Michael Head

Beloved Scouse singer-songwriter <a href= "https://www.michaelheadofficial.com/">Michael Head</a> (The Pale Fountains, Shack) talks about his fantastic new record Dear Scott and his approach to songwriting. In this detailed conversation, Mick reflects on his relationship with poetry, his Liverpool roots, and how he imbues his songs with stories, characters and imagination. ... Read more

10 Jul 2022

56 MINS

56:28

10 Jul 2022


#238

Episode 230 - Norah Jones

[Norah Jones] (https://www.norahjones.com/) talks about the 20th anniversary edition of her Grammy award-winning record Come Away With Me and how her songwriting has developed over the past two decades. The singer, songwriter and pianist also discusses her past collaborations with Danger Mouse and Jeff Tweedy, and explains why the bathtub is the best place to write songs. ... Read more

15 Jun 2022

44 MINS

44:04

15 Jun 2022


#237

Episode 229 - PJ Morton

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter <a href= "https://pjmortonmusic.com/">PJ Morton</a> talks about the writing of his latest record Watch The Sun and his collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott and El DeBarge. The versatile musician and producer also reflects on the importance of being himself, the inspiration he takes from his hometown of New Orleans, and his work as the keyboard player for Maroon 5. ... Read more

25 May 2022

53 MINS

53:21

25 May 2022


#236

Episode 228 - Jewel

Singer-songwriter [Jewel] (https://jeweljk.com/) discusses her new record Freewheelin' Woman and how she has used the songwriting process as a way to deal with anxiety. The musician and author also remembers lessons learned from time spent with Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and explains why singing in the studio is a little bit like porn. ... Read more

10 May 2022

46 MINS

46:24

10 May 2022


#235

Episode 227 - Desmond Child

Hit songwriter and producer <a href= "https://desmondchild.com/">Desmond Child</a> speaks with Simon and Brian about the songs that make up his enviable catalogue. From his work with Kiss, Bon Jovi, and Aerosmith, to global smashes with Ricky Martin, Desmond has consistently been involved in creating unforgettable songs for major artists. In this conversation, Desmond explains how his approach to songwriting, creativity and collaboration has facilitated his success. ... Read more

18 Apr 2022

44 MINS

44:20

18 Apr 2022


#234

Episode 226 - Daryl Hall

Legendary singer and songwriter <a href= "https://hallandoates.com/">Daryl Hall</a> talks with Sodajerker about his new retrospective solo anthology Before After, the writing of his classic hits with John Oates, and his seminal web series Live From Daryl's House. The Philly soul star also reflects on his musical origins and early inspiration from contemporaries like Gamble & Huff and Thom Bell. ... Read more

11 Apr 2022

41 MINS

41:48

11 Apr 2022


#233

Episode 225 - Bleu

Versatile songwriter and producer <a href= "https://www.bleutopia.com/">Bleu</a> discusses his recent album SiX TAPE, his new Berklee course on sync for songwriters, and his adventures in writing K-pop. The multi-talented singer and collaborator also revisits his many excellent side projects like Loud Lion, L.E.O. and The Major Labels. ... Read more

01 Apr 2022

52 MINS

52:31

01 Apr 2022


#232

Episode 224 - Kelly Jones

Welsh songsmith Kelly Jones of <a href= "https://stereophonics.com/">Stereophonics</a> joins Simon and Brian for a chat about their brand new number one album Oochya!, the importance of narrative in his songwriting process, and mega hits from the back catalogue like 'Dakota'. ... Read more

18 Mar 2022

46 MINS

46:48

18 Mar 2022


#231

Episode 223 - The Anchoress

Catherine Anne Davies aka <a href= "http://theanchoress.co.uk/">The Anchoress</a> talks about the expanded edition of her critically acclaimed record The Art of Losing, her approach to songwriting and production, and why there's no such thing as great inspiration. ... Read more

09 Mar 2022

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:33

09 Mar 2022


#230

Episode 222 - Tears For Fears

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of <a href= "https://tearsforfears.com/">Tears For Fears</a> discuss their excellent new record The Tipping Point, getting back to basics as songwriters, and classic hits from the past like 'Mad World', 'Head Over Heels', 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' and 'Sowing The Seeds Of Love'. ... Read more

28 Feb 2022

47 MINS

47:21

28 Feb 2022


#229

Episode 221 - Kiefer Sutherland

Actor and singer-songwriter <a href= "https://kiefersutherland.net/">Kiefer Sutherland</a> joins Sodajerker for a chat about his new album Bloor Street and his creative process. Kiefer talks about writing from experience, how his acting informs his songwriting, and why he loves to write at his kitchen island. ... Read more

18 Feb 2022

42 MINS

42:08

18 Feb 2022


#228

Episode 220 - Steven Van Zandt

Singer-songwriter, producer and actor <a href= "https://www.littlesteven.com/">Steven Van Zandt</a> sits down with Simon and Brian in Manchester, UK, for an inspiring conversation about songwriting and arranging, his expansive musical history, and forays into other art forms. The E Street Band guitarist also talks about his creative partnership with Bruce Springsteen, early records with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and the five crafts of rock. ... Read more

31 Dec 2021

44 MINS

44:01

31 Dec 2021


#227

Episode 219 - Tim Rice

Decorated lyricist [Sir Tim Rice] (https://www.timrice.co.uk/) chats with Simon and Brian about his writing process and his extraordinary career in musical theatre and film. In this wide-ranging conversation, Tim discusses the business of launching shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Chess, his illustrious collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and songs for films like The Lion King and Aladdin. ... Read more

24 Dec 2021

57 MINS

57:39

24 Dec 2021


#226

Episode 218 - LP

Singer-songwriter [LP] (https://www.iamlp.com/) joins Simon and Brian for a freewheeling conversation about their new album Churches, the art of whistling, collaborating with greats like Dan Wilson and Billy Steinberg, and why they'll never co-write on Zoom. ... Read more

13 Dec 2021

55 MINS

55:50

13 Dec 2021


#225

Episode 217 - Duran Duran

[Duran Duran's] (https://duranduran.com/) Simon Le Bon and John Taylor talk with Sodajerker about their exciting new record FUTURE PAST. During the chat, the pair reflect on the band's creative process, including their approach to groove, tempo and melody, and their recent collaborations with Graham Coxon and Giorgio Moroder. ... Read more

29 Nov 2021

40 MINS

40:49

29 Nov 2021


#224

Episode 216 - Tori Amos

[Tori Amos] (https://toriamos.com/) joins Simon and Brian for a chat about her new record Ocean to Ocean and her songwriting process. The bewitching singer-songwriter and pianist gives a detailed account of her practice, including the art of following her muses, stocking her sonic pantry, and taking inspiration from Bruce Lee. ... Read more

22 Nov 2021

52 MINS

52:09

22 Nov 2021


#223

Episode 215 - The War On Drugs

Adam Granduciel of [The War On Drugs] (https://www.thewarondrugs.net/) sits down with Simon and Brian to discuss the band's latest record I Don't Live Here Anymore and how it was shaped and reshaped prior to release. During the conversation, Adam explains his creative process, his experimental approach to recording, and why it's important to have a very well-organised Dropbox. ... Read more

11 Nov 2021

52 MINS

52:11

11 Nov 2021


#222

Bonus: 10th Anniversary Q&A with Adam Buxton

To celebrate 10 years of the Sodajerker podcast, we sat down for a special tin anniversary Q&A hosted by podcasting megalodon and very nice man Adam Buxton. In this lively ramble chat, we answer listener questions and talk about everything from our favourite guests and their songwriting tips to PR shenanigans, TV's breastfeeding boyfriends and more! ... Read more

09 Nov 2021

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:30

09 Nov 2021


#221

Episode 214 - Ricky Ross

Ricky Ross of [Deacon Blue] (https://deaconblue.com/) joins Sodajerker to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's third studio album Fellow Hoodlums. During the chat, Ricky talks about his songwriting process across his career, co-writing with artists like James Blunt, the roots of Scottish soul, and the band's recent creative renaissance. ... Read more

27 Oct 2021

56 MINS

56:09

27 Oct 2021