Sodajerker On Songwriting

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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.

Episode Date
Episode 217 - Duran Duran

Duran Duran's 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.

Nov 29, 2021
Episode 216 - Tori Amos

Tori Amos 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.

Nov 22, 2021
Episode 215 - The War On Drugs

Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs 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.

Nov 11, 2021
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!

Nov 09, 2021
Episode 214 - Ricky Ross

Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue 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.

Oct 27, 2021
Bonus: Giles Martin on Remixing The Beatles

October 15th 2021 sees the release of a remixed special edition of Let It Be, the final album by The Beatles. To celebrate the occasion, Simon and Brian sat down with the excellent Giles Martin to talk about his work remixing The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios, the songwriting of Lennon & McCartney, his work on Peter Jackson's forthcoming documentary series The Beatles: Get Back, and memories of his father, Sir George Martin.

Oct 14, 2021
Episode 213 - James Walsh

Singer-songwriter James Walsh of Starsailor joins Sodajerker to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's beloved debut album Love Is Here. During the conversation, James reflects on songs from the now classic album, what he's learned about songwriting over the years, and his experiences co-writing with pop acts.

Oct 07, 2021
Episode 212 - Lindsey Buckingham

Legendary songwriter, producer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham joins Simon and Brian to discuss his fantastic self-titled new album, his Cubist approach to songwriting, and the art of the ‘Kevlar chorus'. During the chat, Lindsey touches on his work with Fleetwood Mac, standout tracks like 'Slow Dancing' and 'Holiday Road', and much more. This is a special moment for us, so thanks for listening!

Sep 30, 2021
Episode 211 - David Duchovny

Actor, writer and musician David Duchovny sits down with Sodajerker to discuss the writing of his third album Gestureland. David discusses the collaborative process, similarities with his work in other art forms, and why the recording is not the final word on a song.

Sep 23, 2021
Episode 210 - Ed Robertson

Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson joins Simon and Brian to discuss the writing of the band's latest album Detour de Force as well as classic BNL songs like 'One Week'. In this wide-ranging chat, Ed talks about collaborating with the likes of Kevin Griffin and Donovan Woods, writing in his car, and taking inspiration from everyone from Howard Jones to Eminem.

Sep 17, 2021
Episode 209 - Maisie Peters

Rising star Maisie Peters chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of her debut album You Signed Up For This. The singer-songwriter gives an in-depth account of her process and shares what it's like to collaborate with Ed Sheeran, the value of busking to her career, and the word she chose to remove from the song ‘Boy’.

Sep 10, 2021
Episode 208 - Yola

Singer-songwriter Yola talks about the writing of her exciting new album Stand For Myself, collaborating with creative partners like Dan Auerbach and Natalie Hemby, and interacting with the Nashville writing culture.

Aug 30, 2021
Episode 207 - Flyte

Will Taylor and Nick Hill of Flyte take a deep dive into the creative process behind the band's excellent new album This Is Really Going To Hurt. The guys explain their approach to collaboration, the importance of simplicity and streamlining, and how songs can retrospectively take on greater significance.

Aug 16, 2021
Episode 206 - MARINA

Singer-songwriter MARINA breaks down the songwriting process behind her amazing new album Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land and songs from past eras. MARINA also talks about her experiences writing with teams like Stargate, how her fierce independence informs her creativity, and why it's important to take time out.

Aug 02, 2021
Episode 205 - Gary Kemp

Singer-songwriter, musician, actor and podcaster Gary Kemp joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his exciting new album INSOLO, writing mega-hits like 'True', 'Gold' and 'Through The Barricades' for Spandau Ballet, and why he likes to write alone. Gary also shares his thoughts on writing from the head and the heart, the discipline of rhyming, and the importance of storytelling.

Jul 23, 2021
Episode 204 - Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula discusses her sparkling new album Pink Noise, teasing out 80's influences, and pushing herself into new musical territories. The Birmingham-born artist shares insights into her career and creative process by talking about life after Sony, working with collaborators like Oli Rockberger, and challenging herself as a singer.

Jul 18, 2021
Episode 203 - Sharleen Spiteri

Sharleen Spiteri of Texas chats with Simon and Brian about the band's new album Hi. During the conversation, the singer and guitarist shares insights into her longtime writing partnership with Johnny McElhone, the writing of their many hits, collaborating with Wu-Tang Clan, and how her creativity is enlivened by having synesthesia.

Jul 09, 2021
Episode 202 - St. Vincent

The sensational St. Vincent joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about her fascinating new album Daddy's Home. During the chat, Annie talks about her approach to songwriting, collaborating with the likes of David Byrne and Jack Antonoff, her relationship with the guitar, and the place of music theory in her work.

Jun 28, 2021
Episode 201 - Moby

The multi-talented Moby discusses his latest album Reprise, his love for bedroom studios, and why you'll never find him on holiday. The DJ, producer and songwriter also shares insights into his working routines, the writing of major albums like Play, and strategies for overcoming writer's block.

Jun 21, 2021
Episode 200 - Jon Batiste

For this very special 200th episode, Simon and Brian revel in the boundless creativity of musician Jon Batiste. The Late Show bandleader joins Sodajerker from his piano to explain the writing process behind his life-affirming record We Are, how he understands music in terms of frequencies, and what he feels is his superpower as an artist.

Jun 10, 2021
Episode 199 - Birdy

Birdy joins Simon and Brian for a chat about her most personal album to date, Young Heart, the art of co-writing, and the influence of Joni Mitchell. Birdy also describes how she challenged herself by going to write in LA and Nashville, and how this helped her to develop her confidence and work through writer's block.

May 31, 2021
Episode 198 - David Gray

Singer-songwriter David Gray chats about his beautiful new album Skellig, the social and political leanings that underpin his music, and classic songs from his monumental hit White Ladder. David also remembers the time he spent in Liverpool as a young man and explains how his current lifestyle challenges his creativity.

May 24, 2021
Episode 197 - Maxïmo Park

Paul Smith and Duncan Lloyd of Maxïmo Park discuss their latest album Nature Always Wins and how they recorded the album remotely during lockdown. The pair provide an in-depth account of their creative process and how they strive to avoid clichés when writing about topics like childhood, parenting, ageing, and the social politics of tragedy.

May 17, 2021
Episode 196 - Róisín Murphy

Singer-songwriter and producer Róisín Murphy breaks down the creative processes behind her album Róisín Machine and explains how she develops tracks, lyrics and remixes across a range of electronic music styles. Róisín also talks about collaborators like Richard Barratt (DJ Parrot/Crooked Man) and Eddie Stevens, and her hits for Moloko created with Mark Brydon.

May 10, 2021
Episode 195 - Mike Viola

One of our all-time favourite guests, singer-songwriter and producer Mike Viola returns to the podcast to discuss his fantastic new album Godmuffin. During the conversation, Mike explains how he makes time for creativity, how the past informs his present, and how he is coping with the loss of his friend Adam Schlesinger. Mike's first appearance on the show was in episode 20.

May 03, 2021
Episode 194 - Nitin Sawhney

Distinguished songwriter and composer Nitin Sawhney shares insights into the writing of his latest album Immigrants, and its relationship to his acclaimed breakthrough Beyond Skin. During the chat, Nitin also talks about the poetry and mathematics of Indian classical music, collaborating with Paul McCartney, and how he has continued working during lockdown.

Apr 26, 2021
Episode 193 - Don McLean

Enduring singer-songwriter Don McLean discusses the writing of songs from throughout his extraordinary career including 'American Pie', 'Vincent', 'Wonderful Baby', 'The Legend of Andrew McCrew', 'Prime Time', 'Sea Man' and 'When July Comes'. In the conversation, Don teases out the importance of artists like Fred Astaire, Bob Dylan and The Beatles, and explains why he wants to write songs that are useful to people.

Apr 19, 2021
Episode 192 - Edie Brickell

The New Bohemians singer-songwriter joins Simon and Brian for a chat about the band's excellent album Hunter and the Dog Star, her approach to lyrics and melody, and the music that inspired her. During the conversation, Edie also reflects on her time away from music, her work with Steve Martin, and a potential collaboration with her husband Paul Simon.

Apr 12, 2021
Episode 191 - Dan Penn

Legendary R&B writer and Muscle Shoals figurehead Dan Penn discusses his recent album Living On Mercy and timeless classics like 'The Dark End of the Street', 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man' and 'I'm Your Puppet'. During the conversation, Dan talks about his time at FAME Studios, his collaborations with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, and why he's not trying to tell his own story through his songs.

Apr 05, 2021
Episode 190 - Jon Bon Jovi

In this special episode, legendary singer, songwriter and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi joins Simon and Brian to discuss his recent album 2020, and his incredible hits through the years. During the conversation, Jon talks about writing topical songs, collaborating with people like Desmond Child and Dave Stewart, and why he keeps coming back to a guitar named Bob. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to check out the JBJ Soul Foundation which is dedicated to long-lasting solutions to hunger and homelessness.

Mar 29, 2021
Episode 189 - Steven Wilson

Singer-songwriter and producer Steven Wilson joins Sodajerker to discuss his terrific album The Future Bites, why he hates songwriting, and what it was like collaborating with Elton John. Steven also describes his work remixing classic albums and explains how he finds it important to divorce himself from his love for other artists in his own songwriting.

Mar 22, 2021
Episode 188 - Gregory Porter

The incredible Gregory Porter drops in to chat about his Grammy-nominated album All Rise, why he prefers to be in motion when writing songs, and how inspiration is a flower that opens up at midnight. Gregory also discusses his relationship with Nat King Cole's music and explains why super sexy guys have to be careful about what lyrics they sing.

Mar 12, 2021
Episode 187 - The Staves

Jessica and Camilla of The Staves join us to talk about their stunning new record Good Woman. The pair explain their different mindsets in the writing process, how they created the sonic textures on the record, and how they completed the album after a momentous personal loss. Jess also remembers her time spent in Liverpool, and tells the story of how their father once sang Christmas carols with Paul McCartney.

Mar 01, 2021
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.

Feb 19, 2021
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.

Feb 05, 2021
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.

Jan 22, 2021
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.

Jan 08, 2021
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.

Jan 04, 2021
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.

Dec 16, 2020
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.

Dec 04, 2020
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?'

Nov 27, 2020
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'.

Nov 16, 2020
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.

Nov 09, 2020
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.

Nov 02, 2020
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'.

Oct 26, 2020
Episode 174 - Taylor Goldsmith

Taylor Goldsmith talks about his songwriting process across the impressive Dawes catalogue, collaborating with the likes of Elvis Costello on The New Basement Tapes project, and why it's important not to go into the studio with a hundred songs. Taylor also reflects on his work with talented friends like Brandon Flowers, Mike Viola, and his wife Mandy Moore.

Oct 19, 2020
Episode 173 - Billy Ocean

To celebrate National Album Day, the great Billy Ocean discusses his new album One World, and his classic hits including 'Love Really Hurts Without You', 'Caribbean Queen', 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going' and 'Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car'. Billy also explains his approach to melody and vocal performance, and remembers his time collaborating with super-producer Mutt Lange.

Oct 10, 2020
Episode 172 - Paul Epworth

World-renowned producer, songwriter and musician Paul Epworth speaks about his debut solo record, the expansive space concept album Voyager. Paul also talks in depth about his creative process, his studio The Church, and co-writing global hits with Adele such as 'Rolling in the Deep' and 'Skyfall'.

Oct 02, 2020
Episode 171 - Margo Price

Nashville powerhouse Margo Price discusses the many gems on her new album That's How Rumors Get Started. Now on her third long-player, the multi-talented singer-songwriter reflects on the art of writing political songs and the challenges of being a working mother.

Sep 18, 2020
Episode 170 - Erasure

Vince Clarke and Andy Bell of Erasure talk about their excellent new album The Neon and how their songwriting process has evolved. In addition to discussing classic hits from their back catalogue like 'Blue Savannah', 'Sometimes' and 'A Little Respect', the pair explain how Andy prepares to find melodies on a track and how Vince makes best use of the analogue and digital domains.

Sep 04, 2020
Episode 169 - Labrinth

With two recent Emmy nominations under his belt, the multi-talented Labrinth joins us to discuss his work on the critically-acclaimed HBO series Euphoria and his hits from the past decade. During the conversation, Lab talks about his approach to music theory and arranging, co-writing with artists like Sia, and his passion for retro synthesisers.

Aug 28, 2020
Episode 168 - Burt Bacharach and Daniel Tashian

The legendary Burt Bacharach and his brilliant co-writer Daniel Tashian drop in for a conversation about their stunning new EP, Blue Umbrella, and life as songwriters in the middle of a pandemic. The pair explain how they've continued their collaboration remotely between Los Angeles and Nashville, and how they've drawn on Burt's vast experience as an arranger to bring the songs to life.

Aug 24, 2020
Episode 167 - Nile Rodgers and Merck Mercuriadis (Live)

Grammy-winning hitmaker Nile Rodgers and legendary manager Merck Mercuriadis join Simon and Brian onstage at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall during the 2019 Meltdown festival. The pair share insights into the art and business of songwriting through their work together on the Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, and Nile takes up his guitar to demonstrate how he wrote classic hits for artists like Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and David Bowie. Nile was also the guest for episode 123 of this podcast.

Aug 17, 2020
Episode 166 - Dave Stewart

Songwriter and producer Dave Stewart drops in to discuss the new Stewart/Lindsey album Amitié, his many classic hits with Annie Lennox in Eurythmics, and his storied career in music. Dave also reflects on his collaborations with Aretha Franklin, Shakespeares Sister, and the importance of distraction in the writing process.

Aug 06, 2020
Episode 165 - Rufus Wainwright

The great Rufus Wainwright returns to discuss his new album Unfollow The Rules, becoming part of the Laurel Canyon scene, and how his operas have informed his pop songcraft. Rufus was also the guest for episode 54 of this podcast.

Jul 10, 2020
Episode 164 - Laura Marling

Prolific singer-songwriter Laura Marling discusses the writing of her beautiful new album Song For Our Daughter, collaborating with Blake Mills, Ethan Johns and Mike Lindsay, and the influence of Paul McCartney's acoustic guitar ballads.

Jun 26, 2020
Episode 163 - Rina Sawayama

Singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama joins Simon and Brian for the first fully remote episode of the show in which she describes the collaborative songwriting process behind her stunning debut album SAWAYAMA, how she was influenced by the pop of the early 2000s, and the intensely personal process of writing about family.

Jun 12, 2020
Episode 162 - Kate Tempest

Rapper, poet, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest talks about her creative process across a range of projects, detailing her approach to lyrics, prose, melody, structure and narrative. The double Mercury Music Prize nominee also reflects on her time working with legendary producer Rick Rubin, and her deep relationship with the city of London.

May 08, 2020
Bonus: Talking Prince

On the fourth anniversary of his passing, we’ve dug into the Sodajerker vault to find an unreleased bonus episode from a couple of years ago in which we sat down for an hour to talk about one of our all-time favourite artists - Prince! We couldn’t resist bookending it with a Prince-inspired jam we found along with the recording. Enjoy!

Apr 21, 2020
Episode 161 - Huey Lewis

The great Huey Lewis discusses the writing of his new album Weather, which was recorded prior to the singer losing his hearing to Ménière's disease in 2018. In addition to telling the stories behind hits like 'The Heart of Rock and Roll', 'Bad Is Bad', 'Hip To Be Square' and 'Small World', Huey also details his collaborations with mentors like Nick Lowe and Mutt Lange, and his work on the songs 'Power Of Love' and 'Back In Time' from the classic movie Back To The Future.

Apr 09, 2020
Episode 160 - KT Tunstall (Live)

The wonderful KT Tunstall joins us at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for a live conversation as part of the launch of the Songwriting Studies Research Network. During the chat, KT takes to the guitar and the piano to demonstrate her creative process on songs like 'Black Horse and the Cherry Tree', 'Suddenly I See' and recent work from albums like KIN and WAX. Note: KT was also the guest for episode 61 of this podcast.

Mar 27, 2020
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.

Mar 13, 2020
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'.

Feb 21, 2020
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.

Feb 07, 2020
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.

Jan 22, 2020
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 discussing 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.

Jan 06, 2020
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.

Dec 24, 2019
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.

Dec 20, 2019
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.

Dec 13, 2019
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.

Dec 06, 2019
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.

Nov 29, 2019
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'.

Nov 22, 2019
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.

Nov 11, 2019
Episode 147 - Jacob Collier

Musical polymath Jacob Collier meets Simon and Brian in London halfway through the expansive four volume Djesse series to discuss his approach to songwriting and creativity. Jacob explains how he reconciles his vision for the project alongside the contributions of guests and how deadlines help to narrow down the infinite possibilities that musical ideas present to him.

Oct 28, 2019
Episode 146 - Ian Broudie

Lightning Seeds frontman and celebrated songwriter Ian Broudie joins Sodajerker to mark the 25th anniversary of his classic album Jollification. In this in-depth conversation, Ian details his approach to songwriting and production, how Liverpool informs his musical creativity, and his experiences working with local acts like Echo and the Bunnymen, The Coral and The Zutons.

Oct 11, 2019
Episode 145 - Jamie Cullum

Simon and Brian visit singer-songwriter, pianist and broadcaster Jamie Cullum at home to discuss the writing of his dynamic new album Taller. Jamie reveals how focusing on lyrics first helped him to write more personal songs, why boredom can be the songwriter's most useful tool, and the challenges of remaining creative and confident in the modern world.

Sep 23, 2019
Episode 144 - She Drew The Gun

Louisa Roach of She Drew The Gun sits down with Simon and Brian at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool to discuss the writing of songs from her first two albums Memories of Another Future (2016) and Revolution of Mind (2018). Louisa talks about the importance of prose writing and spoken word in her work, her collaborative relationship with The Coral's James Skelly, and how the sci-fi genre has acted as an effective vehicle to mobilise her political views.

Sep 12, 2019
Episode 143 - Serge Pizzorno

Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno joins Sodajerker in London to discuss the writing of his excellent debut solo album The SLP. In addition to talking about the creation of his new alter ego, and his work with the band, Serge explains how he captures ideas on the move, how he uses sounds to write in the studio, and why broken equipment works for him.

Sep 06, 2019
Episode 142 - Mike 'McGear' McCartney

Mike 'McGear' McCartney sits down with Brian and Simon at his Heswall home to discuss songs from the recent reissue of his 1974 solo album McGear via Cherry Red Records. In this wide-ranging conversation, Mike also talks in depth about songs like 'Thank U Very Much' and 'Lily The Pink' with The Scaffold, 'Woman' from his 1972 solo debut, his work on McGough & McGear, The Beatles, and growing up in Liverpool.

Aug 29, 2019
Episode 141 - Gretchen Peters

Country noir superstar Gretchen Peters explains the process she embarks upon when creating the cinematic and socially conscious songs that have become her calling card. In our in-depth conversation, the Nashville stalwart describes the writing of recent albums like Blackbirds and Dancing With The Beast, her classic hits for the likes of Martina McBride, Bonnie Raitt and Trisha Yearwood, and her collaborative partnership with Bryan Adams.

Jul 17, 2019
Bonus: The Ivor Novello Awards 2019

In this mini bonus podcast episode, Simon and Brian chat about the experience of attending the 64th Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London on 23rd May as guests of the Ivors Academy, the independent trade body for songwriters and composers in the UK. This year’s winners included The 1975, Wiley, Deep Purple, Natasha Khan, Jonny Greenwood, Mariah Carey, Richard Ashcroft, and former podcast guest Dido (who received the award for Outstanding Song Collection).

Jun 20, 2019
Episode 140 - Sting

In this very special episode, the one and only Sting talks about approaching his classic hits from a fresh perspective on his new record, My Songs. With his guitar to hand, the singular artist sits down at home in London with Simon and Brian to reveal the creative processes behind one of pop's most extraordinary catalogues.

Jun 14, 2019
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.

Jun 06, 2019
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'.

May 27, 2019
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.

Apr 23, 2019
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.

Apr 17, 2019
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.

Apr 05, 2019
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.

Mar 27, 2019
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'.

Mar 18, 2019
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'.

Mar 04, 2019
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'.

Feb 25, 2019
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.

Feb 04, 2019
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.

Jan 23, 2019
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.

Jan 11, 2019
Episode 127 - Elvis Costello

The great Elvis Costello sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool for an in-depth conversation about the writing of his fantastic new album Look Now including modern classics like 'Under Lime', 'Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter' and 'Stripping Paper'. During the chat, Elvis also reflects on his collaborations with Carole King, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Allen Toussaint, and shares the stories behind songs like 'Oliver's Army', 'Shipbuilding', 'Everyday I Write The Book' and 'God Give Me Strength'.

Dec 24, 2018
Episode 126 - Steve Perry

Vocalist and songwriter Steve Perry joins Sodajerker in London to discuss the writing of his new album Traces as well as some of his classic hits with Journey like 'Open Arms' and 'Don't Stop Believin''. In this candid conversation, Steve talks openly about his complicated relationship with singing, the time he spent away from music, and the impetus that brought him back into the spotlight.

Dec 14, 2018
Episode 125 - David Crosby

Legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby sits down with Simon and Brian in Manchester to discuss the writing of his stunning new album Here If You Listen as well as songs from his previous solo albums and the Crosby, Stills & Nash catalogue. In the conversation, Croz explains what he learned from songwriters like Joni Mitchell and how his collaborations with the Lighthouse and Sky Trails bands have led to one of the most productive periods of his extraordinary career.

Nov 30, 2018
Episode 124 - Paloma Faith

With the release of the 'zeitgeist edition' of her hit album The Architect, Paloma Faith joins us to discuss songs like 'Loyal', 'Your Ex', 'Just Be', 'Crybaby', 'Kings and Queens' and past successes like 'Stone Cold Sober' and '30 Minute Love Affair'. Throughout the course of the conversation, Paloma reflects on the importance of collaboration, her passion for poems and lyrics, and the art of writing from experience.

Nov 16, 2018
Episode 123 - Bonus: Inside Abbey Road Studios

Further to their interview with Chief Creative Advisor Nile Rodgers, Simon and Brian return to the legendary Abbey Road Studios to sit down with Mirek Stiles (Head of Audio Products) and Mark Robertson (Head of Brand & Marketing) for a chat about the past, present and future of the historic recording complex and the exciting innovations taking place there.

Oct 22, 2018
Episode 123 - Nile Rodgers

Simon and Brian fulfil another lifelong dream as they sit down with legendary songwriter, producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers at Abbey Road Studios. In this detailed conversation, Nile discusses songs from his new album It's About Time, breaks down his approach to the guitar, and reveals the DHM (deep hidden meaning) behind hits for Chic, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and David Bowie.

Oct 12, 2018
Episode 122 - Bonus: The Long and Winding Road to Macca

In this bonus chat, Simon and Brian take a moment to reflect on the journey that led them to meeting with Paul McCartney, and the crazy week that preceded the experience.

Sep 10, 2018
Episode 122 - Paul McCartney

In this special episode, legendary songwriter and Beatle Paul McCartney sits down with Simon and Brian at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to discuss songs from his new album Egypt Station. During the conversation, Paul describes the process of collaborating with Greg Kurstin and Ryan Tedder, how he develops and captures his ideas, his natural flair for melody, and his modular approach to putting different sections together.

Sep 07, 2018
Episode 121 - Miles Kane

Singer-songwriter Miles Kane joins Sodajerker to discuss songs from his new album Coup De Grace including 'Cry On My Guitar', 'Loaded' and 'Shavambacu'. In addition to recalling his early days with The Little Flames and The Rascals, Miles also talks about co-writing with Andy Partridge, Paul Weller, Jamie T, Lana Del Rey and Alex Turner, and discusses his work with the latter for The Last Shadow Puppets.

Aug 23, 2018
Episode 120 - The Coral

We sit down with James Skelly and Nick Power of The Coral at Liverpool's Parr Street Studios to discuss the writing of their new album Move Through The Dawn. In addition to reflecting on tuneful new offerings like 'She's A Runaway', 'Eyes Like Pearls' and 'Strangers In The Hollow', the pair remember their mentor Alan Wills and tell the stories behind hits like 'In The Morning', 'Pass It On' and 'Dreaming of You'.

Aug 16, 2018
Episode 119 - Blossoms

Tom Ogden, Joe Donovan and Charlie Salt of Stockport's own Blossoms talk about the writing of their second album Cool Like You, including songs like 'I Can't Stand It', 'Unfaithful', 'There's A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)', 'How Long Will This Last' and 'Stranger Still'. The band reflect on the role of synthesisers on this record, how the group dynamic imbues the songs with specific qualities, and their relationship with producer and mentor James Skelly.

Aug 02, 2018
Episode 118 - Fraser T Smith

In this episode, Simon and Brian visit the London studio of Grammy and Ivor Novello-winning songwriter and producer Fraser T Smith. Fraser talks about the writing of songs like 'Set Fire to the Rain' (Adele), 'Break Your Heart' (Taio Cruz) and 'Broken Strings' (James Morrison) and reflects on his collaborative partnerships with the likes of Stormzy, Craig David and Dave. Fraser also describes his approach to learning by studying online and how he strives to make meaningful work that will resonate over time.

Jul 09, 2018
Episode 117 - Fran Healy

The delightful Fran Healy of Travis discusses the writing of classic songs like 'Driftwood', 'Writing to Reach You', 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me', 'Turn', 'Sing', 'Side' and 'Flowers in the Window'. In the course of the conversation, Fran reflects on the importance of never having a plan, how he make songs relatable, and his new film Almost Fashionable, a documentary about Travis.

Jun 21, 2018
Episode 116 - Stanley Clarke

Bassist and composer Stanley Clarke sits down with Simon and Brian to chat about his work on solo and Return to Forever tracks like 'Lopsy Lu', 'School Days', 'Hello Jeff' and 'The Magician'. Stanley describes his collaborations with the likes of Louis Johnson ('We Supply'), George Duke ('Let's Get Started') and Gregory Hines ('Bassically Taps') and details his approach to film scoring for movies like Passenger 57 and What's Love Got To Do With It.

May 14, 2018
Episode 115 - Rupert Holmes

Singer-songwriter, composer, playwright and author Rupert Holmes discusses songs from his lavish box set Songs That Sound Like Movies from Cherry Red Records. The polymath and raconteur talks Simon and Brian through the writing of classic songs like 'Widescreen', 'Him', 'Timothy', 'Studio Musician', 'Partners in Crime', and 'Escape (The Piña Colada Song)'. Rupert also describes writing for Barbra Streisand, collaborating with Marvin Hamlisch, and the secret of managing his many projects.

Apr 17, 2018
Episode 114 - Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K. sits down in London with Simon and Brian to talk about his new album You're Not Alone. In this wide-ranging conversation, Andrew describes how his philosophy, his knowledge of music and his instrumental skills inform his approach to writing and recording songs like 'Music Is Worth Living For', 'Party Mindset' and 'You're Not Alone'. The Party God also describes the processes behind some classics from his back catalogue including 'Party Hard' and 'Don't Call Me Andy'.

Mar 21, 2018
Episode 113 - Nell Bryden

Singer-songwriter Nell Bryden describes the writing of her recent album Bloom including the songs 'Thought I Was Meant For You', 'Barcelona's Gone' and 'Dared the World and Won'. From the back catalogue, we also go in-depth on 'Sirens', 'Buildings and Treetops' and 'Wayfarer' while Nell reflects on confessional writing styles, using unfamiliar instruments, and the power of prose.

Feb 27, 2018
Episode 112 - Charlie Dore

The brilliant Charlie Dore sits down with Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of her most recent album, Dark Matter. Charlie also talks in detail about her classic hit 'Pilot of the Airwaves', working on TV's Rainbow, co-writing songs like 'Ain't No Doubt' (Jimmy Nail), 'Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)' (Céline Dion), and 'Strut' (Sheena Easton), and her time spent in the company of friends and colleagues like Eric Idle, George Harrison and Harry Nilsson.

Feb 09, 2018
Episode 111 - Rita Wilson

To kick off 2018, Simon and Brian sit down with actress and singer-songwriter Rita Wilson to talk about her journey into songwriting, her recent eponymous album, collaborations with a range of world-class writers both in LA and Nashville, and her live music series: Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and Music with Rita Wilson and Friends.

Jan 08, 2018
Episode 110 - Noel Gallagher

This special episode features a sit down with legendary British songwriter Noel Gallagher who talks about his approach to writing the new High Flying Birds album Who Built The Moon? as well as classic Oasis songs like 'Cigarettes & Alcohol' and 'Don't Look Back in Anger'. In describing his work, Noel likens the discipline of songwriting to fishing, and, in that way only he can, expresses his distaste for artists who rely on songwriting teams.

Dec 20, 2017
Episode 109 - Naughty Boy

In this episode, Simon and Brian visit the Ealing studios of celebrated UK producer and songwriter Naughty Boy (aka Shahid Khan) for a chat about the writing and production behind songs like 'Diamond Rings', 'Clown', 'Wonder', 'La La La' and 'Runnin' (Lose it All)'. Naughty Boy also talks about his long-standing writing partnership with Emeli Sandé, working with other luminaries like Beyoncé, and completing his next album.

Dec 15, 2017
Episode 108 - Emeli Sandé

We sit down with Emeli Sandé in her London studio to talk about her excellent new EP Kingdom Coming and a host of classic songs from throughout her career, including 'Clown', 'Heaven', 'Diamond Rings', 'Read All About It, Pt III', 'Hurts' and the transcendent smash 'Next To Me'. Emeli also talks about her songwriting collaborations with artists like Naughty Boy and Alicia Keys.

Nov 28, 2017
Episode 107 - Jake Bugg

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg joins Simon and Brian in London to talk about the writing of his new record Hearts That Strain and songs from throughout his career to date, including: 'How Soon The Dawn', 'Waiting', 'Southern Rain', 'The Man On Stage', 'Two Fingers', 'Slumville Sunrise' and 'Gimme The Love'. Jake also reflects on the co-writing process and his time working with people like Brendan Benson, Mike Crossey and Rick Rubin.

Nov 16, 2017
Episode 106 - Yusuf / Cat Stevens

In this special episode, Yusuf aka Cat Stevens meets with Simon and Brian in London for a chat about the writing of his new record The Laughing Apple and classic songs from his back catalogue. Songs discussed include: 'Matthew & Son', 'The First Cut Is The Deepest', 'Wild World', 'Father and Son', 'Moonshadow', '(Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard', 'Heaven/Where True Love Goes' and 'Mighty Peace'.

Oct 30, 2017
Episode 105 - Gary Numan

In this episode, Gary Numan joins Sodajerker in Liverpool for a conversation about the writing of his latest album Savage: Songs from a Broken World including 'My Name is Ruin' and 'Ghost Nation'. Gary also explains his precise approach to lyric writing, why he couldn't care less about analogue versus digital, and the stories behind classics like 'Listen to the Sirens', 'Are 'Friends' Electric?' and 'Cars'.

Oct 10, 2017
Episode 104 - Sparks

Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks sit down with Simon and Brian in London to discuss the writing of their terrific new album Hippopotamus. The brothers describe the processes behind the music and lyrics of songs like 'What The Hell Is It This Time?', 'Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)' and 'Missionary Position' alongside classics from their catalogue like 'My Baby's Taking Me Home', 'When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'' and 'This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us'.

Sep 12, 2017
Episode 103 - Colin Hay

Multi-talented singer-songwriter and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay talks with Simon and Brian about the writing of his excellent recent album Fierce Mercy. During the episode, Colin reflects on his writing partnership with Michael Giorgiades and tells the stories behind a cornucopia of stunning songs from his back catalogue like 'Down Under', 'Who Can It Be Now?', 'Overkill', 'Waiting For My Real Life To Begin', 'Oh California', 'Send Somebody' and 'If I Had Been A Better Man'.

Aug 31, 2017
Episode 102 - Imelda May

Singer-songwriter Imelda May sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool for a chat about the writing of her recent album Life Love Flesh Blood including songs like 'Black Tears', 'Should've Been You', 'Leave Me Lonely' and 'The Girl I Used To Be'. Imelda also talks about her collaboration with producer T Bone Burnett, co-writing in Nashville, and songs from previous albums like 'Mayhem' and 'It's Good To Be Alive'.

Aug 14, 2017
Episode 101 - Declan McKenna

Rising star Declan McKenna talks to Sodajerker about the writing of his fantastic debut album, What Do You Think About The Car?, including the songs 'Humongous', 'Isombard', 'Paracetamol' and 'Brazil'. Declan also reflects on the process of being socially and politically aware in his music.

Jul 19, 2017
Episode 100 - Special Bonus Q&A

In this special bonus episode, Simon and Brian answer your questions about the podcast and share some stories and insights from behind the scenes of the show.

Jun 22, 2017
Episode 100 - Jason Isbell

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell joins Simon and Brian in London to mark the milestone of the 100th Sodajerker podcast. Jason talks about the writing of his incredible new record, The Nashville Sound, classic songs from his solo and Drive-By Truckers periods, how TV's Hoarders impacted upon the new album, and the songwriting significance of the humble weed vape.

Jun 16, 2017
Episode 99 - Jack Savoretti

Singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti sits down in Liverpool with Simon and Brian to talk about songs from his career to date and his most recent album, Sleep No More, including 'Catapult', 'Not Worthy', 'When We Were Lovers' and 'Deep Waters'. Jack reflects on the collaborative process, why 'demo' is a dirty word, and how his cultural heritage has influenced his songwriting.

May 15, 2017
Episode 98 - Robbie Robertson

With the publication of his memoir Testimony, Robbie Robertson joins Simon and Brian to talk about his songwriting process from his early work with Ronnie Hawkins to classic songs for The Band like 'The Weight', 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' and 'Ophelia'. Robbie also describes creative collaborations with Martin Scorsese and Eric Clapton ('It's In The Way That You Use It') and details the writing of solo tracks like 'Somewhere Down the Crazy River' and 'This is Where I Get Off'.

Apr 11, 2017
Episode 97 - Tom Odell

Singer-songwriter Tom Odell joins us to discuss the writing of songs like 'Another Love', 'Hold Me', 'Wrong Crowd', 'Silhouette' and 'Somehow'. Tom talks about a range of strategies including writing on planes, co-writing with hitmakers like Rick Nowels and Eg White, and using pop's conventional limitations to your advantage.

Dec 22, 2016
Episode 96 - Robyn Hitchcock

In this episode, Robyn Hitchcock shares insights into his decades-old relationship with songwriting. Reflecting on the creative process behind such titles as 'Do Policemen Sing?', 'I Often Dream of Trains', 'My Wife and My Dead Wife', 'Balloon Man', 'Strawberries Dress' and 'Trouble in Your Blood', Robyn unpicks an array of Hitchcockian classics in his own inimitable style.

Dec 09, 2016
Episode 95 - Kevin Godley

On the occasion of our 5th podcasting anniversary, songwriter, drummer, music video director and artist Kevin Godley joins us to talk about songs from the 10cc and Godley & Creme catalogues. During this in-depth chat, Kevin reflects on the creative process behind classics like 'Iceberg', 'Donna', 'Rubber Bullets', 'The Dean and I', 'Somewhere in Hollywood', 'An Englishman in New York', 'Snack Attack', 'Under Your Thumb', 'Cry' and more.

Nov 09, 2016
Episode 94 - Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones talk about the writing of their excellent album Little Windows as well as tracks from their solo catalogues like 'Love Her for That', 'I Should Get Up', 'In My Arms', 'The One I Can't Have' and 'There Goes My Baby'. The pair also speak about collaborating with their co-writing partner Bill DeMain, and producer (and former Sodajerker guest) Mike Viola.

Oct 03, 2016
Episode 93 - Neil Hannon

Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy sits down in London with Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of his fantastic new album Foreverland and older classics from his catalogue like 'At The Indie Disco', 'Our Mutual Friend', 'A Lady of a Certain Age' and 'National Express'. Neil also reflects on his love for vintage synthesisers and his work on projects such as The Duckworth Lewis Method and TV's Father Ted.

Sep 08, 2016
Episode 92 - Field Music

Peter and David Brewis of Field Music chat with Sodajerker about the creative process behind their critically acclaimed album Commontime and songs from their back catalogue. In addition to describing the writing of 'Disappointed', 'The Noisy Days Are Over', 'Luck Is A Fine Thing' and 'Let's Write a Book', the brothers also discuss the time that the late Prince Rogers Nelson acknowledged their music on Twitter.

Aug 18, 2016
Episode 91 - The Lumineers

Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers discuss the writing of their stunning album Cleopatra, including songs like 'Ophelia', 'In the Light', 'Angela' and 'Gun Song'. The guys also detail their approach to penning the worldwide smash 'Ho Hey' and their work on 'The Hanging Tree' for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, as performed by Jennifer Lawrence.

Jul 18, 2016
Episode 90 - Alicia Keys

Multi Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys sits down in London with Simon and Brian to discuss her new single 'In Common', her forthcoming sixth studio album, and her songwriting on a range of hits including 'Fallin'', 'A Woman's Worth', 'If I Ain't Got You', 'Put It In A Love Song', 'Empire State of Mind' and 'Girl On Fire.' Alicia also describes her relationship with the late, great, Whitney Houston, and the circumstances that led to her co-writing the singer's final hit, 'Million Dollar Bill.'

Jul 05, 2016
Episode 89 - Dan Gillespie Sells

As principal songwriter and frontman for The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells has enjoyed a wide-ranging musical career. In this interview, Dan talks about the writing of The Feeling's recent eponymous album, and revisits his process on a number of classic hits by the band, such as 'Fill My Little World', 'Love It When You Call', 'Never Be Lonely', 'Join With Us', 'Blue Murder' and 'Rosé'. Dan also updates us on his progress with his forthcoming musical, Everybody's Talking About Jamie.

Jun 21, 2016
Episode 88 - Paul Simon

In this special episode, we meet with Paul Simon to talk about his stunning new album Stranger to Stranger and the writing processes behind songs like 'Wristband', 'Street Angel', 'In A Parade', 'The Riverbank' and 'Cool Papa Bell'. In this interview, the legendary singer-songwriter reveals a profound curiosity for musical experimentation that goes some way to explaining both his incredible influence in popular music, and his timeless catalogue.

May 26, 2016
Episode 87 - Beth Nielsen Chapman

Sodajerker are joined by Nashville great Beth Nielsen Chapman to talk about her approach to songwriting and creativity, and what it's like to collaborate with artists like Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond and Elton John. Beth also tells the stories behind her classic country hits 'This Kiss' (Faith Hill), 'Strong Enough to Bend' (Tanya Tucker) and 'Five Minutes' (Lorrie Morgan) and details the writing processes behind beloved solo tracks like 'Life Holds On' and 'Sand and Water'.

May 12, 2016
Episode 86 - Ben Watt

Ben Watt discusses the writing of his new album Fever Dream as well as his work on previous solo albums like Hendra and North Marine Drive. Ben also delves into the songwriting processes behind some classic Everything But The Girl songs, such as 'The Night I Heard Caruso Sing', '25th December' and the smash hit 'Missing'.

Apr 07, 2016
Episode 85 - Justin Currie

Justin Currie talks about the writing of Del Amitri songs like 'Always The Last To Know', 'Roll To Me', 'Driving With The Brakes On' and 'Nothing Ever Happens', as well as a range of songs from his three excellent solo albums. Justin also explains how he captures his ideas, the mental state required for good songwriting, and why you won't find him on a songwriting weekend or co-writing with boy bands.

Mar 14, 2016
Episode 84 - Willy Russell

Celebrated playwright and composer Willy Russell speaks with Sodajerker about his songwriting process for classic musicals such as Blood Brothers, film soundtracks like Dancin' Thru The Dark, and songs for his solo album, Hoovering the Moon. As well as sharing the life stories behind key moments in his work, Willy provides detailed insights into his creative process as a writer, his history as a musician, and his early influences.

Feb 19, 2016
Episode 83 - Scroobius Pip

Rapper, spoken word artist and podcaster Scroobius Pip chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of such songs as 'Thou Shalt Always Kill', 'The Beat That My Heart Skipped', 'Tommy C' and 'Great Britain', as well as tracks from his latest solo album, Distraction Pieces, including 'The Struggle', 'Try Dying' and 'Soldier Boy (Kill 'Em)'. Pip also provides detailed insights into growing up with a stutter, how it enhanced his skills as a wordsmith, and his plans for the future.

Jan 18, 2016
Episode 82 - Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez sit down with Sodajerker to talk about their writing process on the Disney smash hit Frozen, as well as a number of other projects. In addition to the stories behind songs like 'Let it Go', 'Do You Want to Build A Snowman?', 'Love Is An Open Door' and 'Fixer Upper', the couple also provide detailed insights into the thinking behind songs from Bobby's Tony Award-winning musicals Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.

Dec 21, 2015
Episode 81 - Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson chats with Sodajerker about his latest album Fast Forward and the writing of classic songs from his catalogue like 'Is She Really Going Out With Him?', 'It's Different for Girls', 'Steppin' Out', and 'Be My Number Two'. Joe also reflects on his early career, his work on film scores alongside directors like Francis Ford Coppola, and why not every song needs an origin story.

Dec 03, 2015
Episode 80 - Marcus Miller

Bassist, composer and superproducer Marcus Miller sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool to discuss his latest album Afrodeezia and his collaborative partnerships with renowned artists like Miles Davis, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn. Marcus also talks about his early career as a session musician, his melodic approach to the bass, and key tracks from his solo career, such as 'The Only Reason I Live', 'Bruce Lee' and 'Blast!'

Nov 02, 2015
Episode 79 - John Grant

Celebrating the release of his new album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, John Grant chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of songs like 'Snug Slacks', 'Voodoo Doll' and 'Disappointing'. In addition to describing his love for horror film scores, synthesisers, and languages, John also talks about his songwriting process on tracks like 'Pale Green Ghosts', 'Black Belt', 'Marz' and 'Chicken Bones'.

Oct 09, 2015
Episode 78 - Nick Heyward

Singer-songwriter Nick Heyward discusses the writing processes behind songs for Haircut One Hundred and his solo career, including 'Love Plus One', 'Fantastic Day', 'Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)', 'Love's Got Me In Triangles', 'Whistle Down the Wind', 'Blue Hat for a Blue Day' and 'Kite'. Nick also talks about the recording of a brand new album that he has undertaken in Key West, Florida.

Sep 24, 2015
Episode 77 - Lamont Dozier

Motown legend Lamont Dozier meets with Simon and Brian in Liverpool to discuss the writing of songs like 'Where Did Our Love Go', 'Baby Love', 'Stop! In The Name of Love', 'You Can't Hurry Love' (The Supremes); 'Heatwave', 'Nowhere to Run', 'Jimmy Mack' (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas); 'Baby I Need Your Loving', 'I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)', 'It's the Same Old Song', 'Reach Out, I'll Be There', 'Bernadette' (The Four Tops), and the Phil Collins smash 'Two Hearts'.

Sep 03, 2015
Episode 76 - The Bacon Brothers

Actor/musician Kevin Bacon and composer Michael Bacon, aka The Bacon Brothers, sit down with Sodajerker to discuss the songwriting techniques behind songs like 'Hookers and Blow', 'Only A Good Woman', 'July Away', 'Ten Years in Mexico', 'New Year's Day', 'Guess Again', 'Unhappy Birthday', 'She is the Heart' and 'Go My Way (The iPod Song)'. In addition to the stories behind the songs, the brothers describe growing up in Philadelphia, their working relationship, and plans for the future.

Aug 17, 2015
Episode 75 - Glen Ballard

Songwriter and producer Glen Ballard discusses the writing of classic songs like ‘What’s On Your Mind’ (George Benson), ‘Dance Electric’ (The Pointer Sisters), ‘Man in the Mirror’ (Michael Jackson), ‘Hold On’ (Wilson Phillips), ‘I Wonder Why’ (Curtis Stigers) and ‘Pink’ (Aerosmith). Marking the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, Glen also talks in detail about co-writing and producing the landmark Alanis Morissette album, including songs like ‘Ironic’, ‘You Oughta Know’ and ‘Head Over Feet’.

Aug 03, 2015
Episode 74 - Mike Scott

Mike Scott of The Waterboys talks about the writing of his latest album, Modern Blues, detailing the processes behind songs like 'November Tale' and 'The Girl Who Slept for Scotland'. Mike also speaks in detail about classic Waterboys tunes like 'A Girl Called Johnny', 'All the Things She Gave Me', 'The Whole of the Moon', 'We Will Not Be Lovers' and 'Universal Hall'.

Jul 20, 2015
Episode 73 - Meshell Ndegeocello

Singer, songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello shares details about her writing process on such songs as 'If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)', 'I'm Diggin' You - Like an Old Soul Record', 'Shopping for Jazz' and 'Conviction'. Meshell talks at length about her recent album Comet, Come to Me, her approach to the bass guitar, and her contributions to classic songs like Chaka Khan's 'Never Miss the Water'.

Jun 29, 2015
Episode 72 - Gilbert O'Sullivan

Celebrated singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan chats with Simon and Brian about his new album, Latin ala G!, and the songwriting process that has produced such classic songs as 'Nothing Rhymed', 'Clair', 'Alone Again (Naturally)', 'We Will', 'Get Down', 'So What' and 'All They Wanted to Say'. Gilbert talks in detail about his approach to writing melodies and lyrics, and explains how he developed his musical skills in the early days of his career.

Jun 08, 2015
Episode 71 - Stuart Murdoch

Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his songwriting process. Stuart talks about his latest album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, as well as older classics from the Belle and Sebastian catalogue, such as 'The State I Am In', 'Seeing Other People', 'The Fox in the Snow', 'The Boy with the Arab Strap', 'The Model', 'Step into My Office, Baby' and 'I'm a Cuckoo'. Stuart also talks in detail about the process of writing songs for his musical film, God Help the Girl.

May 18, 2015
Episode 70 - Adam Duritz

As the frontman and principal songwriter for Counting Crows, Adam Duritz has been captivating audiences worldwide for almost 25 years with his literate, melodic and introspective songs. In this special 70th episode of the podcast, Adam sits down with Sodajerker to talk about the writing of the recent Counting Crows album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, and the methods behind classics from their catalogue such as 'Mr Jones', 'Round Here', 'A Long December' and 'Mrs Potter's Lullaby'.

May 04, 2015
Episode 69 - Josh Rouse

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of his beautiful new album, The Embers of Time, including songs like 'Some Days I'm Golden All Night', 'Pheasant Feather' and 'New Young'. Josh also talks about working as a songwriter in places as diverse as Nashville and Valencia and the writing processes behind older songs like 'Dressed Up Like Nebraska', '1972', 'Love Vibration', 'Quiet Town', 'Our Love' and 'Julie (Come Out of the Rain)'.

Apr 13, 2015
Episode 68 - Miranda Cooper

Pop mastermind Miranda Cooper of Xenomania talks about her songwriting process and the techniques used to write hits like 'Round Round' (Sugababes), 'Sound of the Underground', 'Love Machine', 'The Promise' (Girls Aloud), 'Left My Heart in Tokyo' (Mini Viva), 'Love etc.' (Pet Shop Boys) and 'The Boy Does Nothing' (Alesha Dixon). In addition to speaking about her writing partnership with Brian Higgins, Miranda also talks in detail about her early career as one half of pop duo T-Shirt, and solo as Moonbaby.

Mar 19, 2015
Episode 67 - Tom Robinson

Singer-songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson talks about his approach to songwriting and the stories behind classics like '2-4-6-8 Motorway', 'Glad to be Gay', 'Bully for You', 'Martin', 'Power in the Darkness' and 'I'm Alright Jack'. Tom also talks in detail about his early life, his experiences co-writing with Elton John and Peter Gabriel, and his plans for a new album.

Feb 16, 2015
Episode 66 - Sondre Lerche

Norwegian pop powerhouse Sondre Lerche joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing process behind songs like 'You Know So Well', 'Sleep on Needles', 'Two Way Monologue', 'Heartbeat Radio' and 'I Cannot Let You Go'. Sondre also speaks in detail about the influence of Prefab Sprout on his work and the writing of his recent album, Please, including the stunning single 'Bad Law'.

Feb 02, 2015
Episode 65 - Dan Wilson

From his days as the frontman of alt-rock band Semisonic to his latter-day career as a solo artist and co-writer of songs for some of the world's biggest artists, Dan Wilson has proven himself an extraordinary songwriter. In this episode, Dan chats with Simon and Brian about the songwriting processes behind 'Secret Smile', 'Closing Time', 'Chemistry', 'One True Love', 'Someone Like You' (Adele), 'Not Ready to Make Nice' (Dixie Chicks) and more.

Jan 07, 2015
Episode 64 - Jeff Daniels

Actor, singer-songwriter and playwright Jeff Daniels is the guest for this special holiday episode. Jeff joins Simon and Brian to talk about his songwriting process on songs like 'Grandfather's Hat', 'Allen Parkway Inn', 'The Dirty Harry Blues', 'The Michigan in Me' and 'Mile 416'. Jeff also talks in detail about his new album, Days Like These, and the ways in which his acting and writing inform his music.

Dec 22, 2014
Episode 63 - Jeff Barry

Songwriter Jeff Barry chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of his many hits, including 'Tell Laura I Love Her', 'Leader of the Pack', 'Chapel of Love', 'Then He Kissed Me', 'Be My Baby', 'Da Doo Ron Ron', 'Doo Wah Diddy Diddy', 'River Deep - Mountain High', 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)', 'Iko Iko' and 'Sugar Sugar'. Jeff also discusses his work with Brill Building collaborators like Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector.

Nov 28, 2014
Episode 62 - Joan Armatrading

In this episode, Joan Armatrading shares details about her songwriting process and the thinking behind songs like 'Love and Affection', 'Drop the Pilot', 'Like Fire', 'Show Some Emotion', 'Me Myself I', 'I'm Lucky', '(I Love It When You) Call Me Names', 'Kind Words (And A Real Good Heart)', and 'Starlight'.

Oct 30, 2014
Episode 61 - KT Tunstall

Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall joins Simon and Brian to chat about the writing of songs like 'Black Horse and the Cherry Tree', 'Suddenly I See', 'Uummannaq Song', 'Fade Like a Shadow', 'Difficulty', and songs from her recent album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. KT also talks extensively about her approach to looping sounds using pedals, techniques for developing new ideas, and her plans for the future.

Sep 30, 2014
Episode 60 - Chromeo

Dave 1 and P-Thugg of Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo chat with Simon and Brian about the writing of recent songs like 'Come Alive', 'Jealous (I Ain't With It)', 'Over Your Shoulder', 'Lost on the Way Home', 'Old 45s', and older songs like 'Fancy Footwork' and 'Hot Mess'. The guys also describe their approach to working with vintage synthesisers and the music that has influenced them.

Sep 01, 2014
Episode 59 - Loudon Wainwright III

Veteran singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III joins Simon and Brian for a chat about the writing of his latest album Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) and songs from throughout his career such as 'School Days', 'Motel Blues', 'Dead Skunk', 'The Swimming Song', 'Rufus is a Tit Man', 'Unhappy Anniversary', 'Hitting You', 'White Winos' and 'The Days That We Die'. Loudon also speaks about his illustrious family and his work as an actor.

Aug 11, 2014
Episode 58 - Adam Schlesinger

Songwriter/producer Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne chats with Sodajerker about the songwriting process behind songs like 'Stacy's Mom', 'Hackensack', 'Strapped for Cash', 'Someone to Love' and 'All Kinds of Time'. Adam also talks about a number of songs he has written for film, TV and theatre, including the title song for 'That Thing You Do!', 'Way Back into Love' (Music & Lyrics) and 'There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In' (A Colbert Christmas).

Jun 27, 2014
Episode 57 - Eg White

Songwriter Eg White, the pop powerhouse behind songs like 'Chasing Pavements' (Adele), 'Leave Right Now' (Will Young), 'Once' (Diana Vickers), 'Nothing's Real But Love' (Rebecca Ferguson), 'You Give Me Something' and 'Wonderful World' (James Morrison), joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his creative process and the life of the professional songwriter. Eg also discusses his solo album Adventure Man, and the critically acclaimed Eg & Alice album 24 Years of Hunger.

May 15, 2014
Episode 56 - Chris Difford

Lyricist and songwriter Chris Difford, known for his work in Squeeze, talks about the writing of such classic songs as 'Cool for Cats', 'Up the Junction', 'Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)', 'Tempted', 'King George Street', 'Hourglass', 'Some Fantastic Place' and more. In addition to describing his 40+ year songwriting partnership with Glenn Tilbrook, Chris also talks about some of the songs from solo albums like Cashmere if You Can, and his collaborations with a number of other artists.

Apr 16, 2014
Episode 55 - Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook, lead singer and guitarist for Squeeze, talks about the writing of such classic songs as 'Cool for Cats', 'Up the Junction', 'Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)', 'Another Nail in my Heart', 'Tempted', 'Hourglass', 'Some Fantastic Place' and more. In addition to describing his 40+ year songwriting partnership with Chris Difford, Glenn also talks about some of the songs from his new album Happy Ending.

Apr 16, 2014
Episode 54 - Rufus Wainwright

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright talks about the writing processes behind such songs as 'Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk', 'The Art Teacher', 'Zebulon', 'Out of the Game', 'Montauk', 'Swings Both Ways', 'Me and Liza' and much more. In addition to describing his collaborations with people like Guy Chambers, Robbie Williams and Mark Ronson, Rufus also provides details about his new album Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright.

Feb 26, 2014
Episode 53 - Paddy McAloon

Singer-songwriter Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his latest release Crimson/Red. Paddy talks about the writing of songs like 'The Best Jewel Thief in the World', 'Billy', Devil Came A Calling' and 'The Songs of Danny Galway' before moving on to classic Prefab Sprout songs like 'Faron Young', When Love Breaks Down', The King of Rock 'N' Roll', 'Hey Manhattan' and more. Paddy also discusses songs that he contributed to the Jimmy Nail television show Crocodile Shoes.

Feb 05, 2014
Episode 52 - Billy Bragg

Singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg shares his thoughts on the songwriting process and details the writing of songs like 'A New England', 'The Milkman of Human Kindness', Greetings to the New Brunette', 'Levi Stubbs' Tears', 'Sexuality', 'Tank Park Salute' and 'Never Buy The Sun'. Billy also talks in detail about his guitar playing and songs from his most recent album, Tooth & Nail.

Jan 15, 2014
Episode 51 - Van Dyke Parks

Songwriter, composer, arranger and producer Van Dyke Parks chats with Simon and Brian about the writing processes behind his recent album Songs Cycled, as well as pieces like 'High Coin', 'Hominy Grove', 'Tokyo Rose', 'Trade War' and 'Orange Crate Art'. Van Dyke also gives insight into his seminal work with The Beach Boys on SMiLE-era compositions like 'Heroes and Villains', 'Surf's Up' and later collaborations such as 'Sail On, Sailor'.

Jan 01, 2014
Episode 50 - Nick Lowe

Songwriter and producer Nick Lowe, whose credits over more than four decades include hit songs like '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding', 'Cruel to be Kind' and 'I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass', joins Simon and Brian for a special 50th episode about the writing of those beloved classics and more. Nick also discusses his Christmas album, Quality Street, which includes original songs like 'Christmas at the Airport' and 'I Was Born in Bethlehem'.

Dec 10, 2013
Episode 49 - Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega illustrates her approach to songwriting by talking about the processes behind songs like 'Marlene On The Wall', 'Tom's Diner', 'Luka', 'Men In A War', 'Book of Dreams' and 'In Liverpool'. Suzanne also discusses her early history as a dancer and musician, attending the Greenwich Village Songwriter's Exchange, the thinking behind the recent Close-Up series of releases, and her plans for a new album of original material.

Nov 27, 2013
Episode 48 - Rickie Lee Jones

Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of songs like 'Chuck E's in Love', 'The Last Chance Texaco', 'Coolsville', 'Weasel and the White Boys Cool', 'Skeletons' and 'The Evening of My Best Day'. Rickie talks in detail about her approach to constructing lyrical flow, her recent covers album The Devil You Know, and her plans for a new album of original material.

Nov 11, 2013
Episode 47 - Linda Thompson

British folk singer Linda Thompson joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of her new solo album Won't Be Long Now. Linda talks about songs like 'Love's for Babies and Fools', 'If I Were a Bluebird' (written with Ron Sexsmith), 'Paddy's Lamentation' and the maritime themes of songs like 'Never Put to Sea Boys' and 'Never the Bride'. Linda describes what it's like working with family members, especially her son Teddy Thompson, and the vocal condition that silenced her live performance career.

Oct 23, 2013
Episode 46 - Ron Sexsmith

Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith discusses his approach to the art and craft of songwriting by detailing the processes behind songs like 'Secret Heart', 'Speaking With The Angel', 'Gold in Them Hills', 'Brandy Alexander', 'Believe it When I See It' and 'Life After A Broken Heart'. Ron talks in depth about his love for artists like Bill Withers, his collaborations with people like Mitchell Froom, Bob Rock and Don Black, and his ongoing pursuit of 'hit' records.

Oct 09, 2013
Episode 45 - Chip Taylor

Singer-songwriter Chip Taylor picks up his guitar to talk Simon and Brian through the writing of songs like 'Wild Thing' (The Troggs/Jimi Hendrix), 'Angel of the Morning' (Merrilee Rush/Dusty Springfield/Chrissie Hynde) and selections from his recent solo albums such as 'F**k All The Perfect People', 'Dance With a Hole in Your Shoe' and 'Phoned in Dead'. Chip also talks in detail about the Brill Building days and his alternate career as a professional gambler.

Sep 16, 2013
Episode 44 - Neil Finn

Neil Finn of Split Enz, Crowded House, Finn Brothers and Pajama Club chats with Simon and Brian about his songwriting process and the writing of songs like 'Fall At Your Feet', 'Don't Dream It's Over', 'Weather With You', 'Four Seasons In One Day', 'Not The Girl You Think You Are' and 'Edible Flowers'. Neil also talks about his work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and details the production of his forthcoming solo record.

Aug 28, 2013
Episode 43 - Rumer

Singer-songwriter Rumer talks with Sodajerker about her approach to writing songs like 'Slow', 'Aretha', 'Come To Me High', 'Blackbird' and others from her debut album Seasons Of My Soul. Rumer also talks in detail about how events in her life have influenced her creative work, paying respect to great songwriters on her second album, Boys Don't Cry, and her plans for the future.

Aug 14, 2013
Episode 42 - Johnny Marr

Songwriter and guitarist Johnny Marr, loved by pop fans worldwide for his work with The Smiths, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about the writing processes behind his fantastic new solo album The Messenger. Johnny also talks in detail about his musical influences, growing up in Manchester, his songwriting partnership with Morrissey, and his collaborations with artists like Kirsty MacColl ('Walking Down Madison') and Billy Bragg ('Sexuality').

Jul 31, 2013
Episode 41 - Allen Toussaint

Influential New Orleans songwriter, producer, arranger and pianist Allen Toussaint sits down with Simon and Brian to discuss his long career including the writing of classic songs like 'Mother in Law' (Ernie K-Doe), 'Whipped Cream' (Herb Alpert), 'Working in the Coal Mine' (Lee Dorsey), 'Here Come the Girls' (Ernie K-Doe), 'Southern Nights' (Glen Campbell), 'Happiness' (The Pointer Sisters) and more. Allen talks in depth about his creative process and also gives advice for young songwriters.

Jul 17, 2013
Episode 40 - They Might Be Giants

John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants take an hour out of their busy tour schedule to talk with Simon and Brian about their new album Nanobots; their approach to songwriting; the Dial-A-Song service; writing music for children; their collaborations with production team Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley on songs like 'Birdhouse in Your Soul', and more.

Jul 03, 2013
Episode 39 - P. F. Sloan

Singer-songwriter P. F. Sloan, known the world over as the author of political anthems such as 'Eve of Destruction' (Barry McGuire) and popular hits like 'Secret Agent Man' (Johnny Rivers), 'A Must to Avoid' (Herman's Hermits) and 'Summer Means Fun' (Jan & Dean), joins Sodajerker to talk about starting in music as a teenager, his songwriting partnership with Steve Barri, the heady successes of the 1960s, and the many struggles that pushed him away from music for more than 30 years.

Jun 19, 2013
Episode 38 - Richard M. Sherman

As one half of The Sherman Brothers, Richard M. Sherman is responsible for co-writing the most memorable Disney songs of all time. In this hour of conversation, Mr Sherman joins Simon and Brian to talk through landmark works like his Academy Award-winning compositions for Mary Poppins, and so much more.

Mar 27, 2013
Episode 37 - Heaven 17: Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory

Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 chat with Simon and Brian about the creative processes behind songs like '(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang', 'Let's All Make a Bomb' (Penthouse and Pavement), and gems from The Luxury Gap. Martyn and Glenn also talk in detail about their early lives in Sheffield, their approach to synthesisers and recording technology, and early songs for The Human League such as 'Almost Medieval' and 'Being Boiled'.

Mar 13, 2013
Episode 36 - Paul Williams

Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams sits down with Sodajerker to talk about his approach to the art and craft. Paul describes the creative process behind hits like 'We've Only Just Begun' and 'Rainy Days and Mondays' for The Carpenters, as well as songs for films such as 'The Rainbow Connection' (The Muppet Movie), 'Evergreen' (A Star is Born), Phantom of the Paradise, Ishtar, and Bugsy Malone.

Feb 27, 2013
Episode 35 - Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer, the actor, writer and musician known for his work on Spinal Tap and The Simpsons, talks with Simon and Brian about writing the songs for his latest album Can't Take A Hint. In addition to describing his process on songs like 'Celebrity Booze Endorser', 'Deaf Boys' and 'Autumn in New Orleans', Harry talks in detail about his work with Michael McKean and Christopher Guest on Spinal Tap classics like 'Big Bottom', and songs from A Mighty Wind, such as 'Old Joe's Place' and 'The Good Book Song'.

Feb 13, 2013
Episode 34 - Don Black

Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black talks with Sodajerker about his many collaborations on songs for films, musicals and pop artists alike. Don's credits include 'Born Free' (Matt Monro), 'Thunderball' (Tom Jones), 'To Sir, With Love' (Lulu), 'Diamonds Are Forever' (Shirley Bassey), 'The Man With the Golden Gun' (Lulu), 'Ben' (Michael Jackson) and 'The World is Not Enough' (Garbage). He also talks in detail about his long and hugely successful relationships with composers John Barry and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Jan 30, 2013
Episode 33 - Carole Bayer Sager

Celebrated songwriter and artist Carole Bayer Sager is the guest for this episode in which Simon and Brian quiz her about some of her best-known songs, such as 'Nobody Does it Better' (Carly Simon), 'It's the Falling in Love' (Michael Jackson), 'Arthur's Theme' (Christopher Cross), 'On My Own' (Patti LaBelle/Michael McDonald), 'That's What Friends Are For' (Dionne Warwick/Elton John/Gladys Knight/Stevie Wonder), 'A Groovy Kind of Love' (Phil Collins) and her solo hit 'You're Moving Out Today'.

Jan 16, 2013
Episode 32 - Mike Stock

Mike Stock of Stock, Aitken and Waterman joins Sodajerker to talk about the writing of songs like 'Say I'm Your Number One' (Princess); 'Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)', 'Respectable' (Mel and Kim); 'Never Gonna Give You Up' (Rick Astley); 'I Should Be So Lucky', 'Better the Devil You Know' (Kylie Minogue); 'This Time I Know It's For Real' (Donna Summer), and other 'Hit Factory' smashes for artists like Cliff Richard, Jason Donovan and Bananarama.

Jan 02, 2013
Episode 31 - Ben Folds Five (audio version)

Ben Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge, known collectively as Ben Folds Five, sit down in person with Simon and Brian for a special edition of Sodajerker on Songwriting. In this audio version of the video podcast, the band talk about the writing of songs like 'Brick', 'Battle of Who Could Care Less', 'Philosophy', 'Steven's Last Night in Town' and songs from their new album The Sound of the Life of the Mind, such as 'Do it Anyway', 'Sky High' and 'Michael Praytor, Five Years Later'.

Dec 21, 2012
Episode 31 - Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge, known collectively as Ben Folds Five, sit down in person with Simon and Brian for a special edition of Sodajerker on Songwriting. In this video podcast, the band talk about the writing of songs like 'Brick', 'Battle of Who Could Care Less', 'Philosophy', 'Steven's Last Night in Town' and songs from their new album The Sound of the Life of the Mind, such as 'Do it Anyway', 'Sky High' and 'Michael Praytor, Five Years Later'.

Dec 19, 2012
Episode 30 - Graham Gouldman

10cc's own Graham Gouldman joins Simon and Brian for episode 30 to talk about the writing of songs like 'For Your Love' (The Yardbirds), 'Bus Stop' (The Hollies), 'No Milk Today' (Herman's Hermits), 'Johnny Don't Do It', 'Wall Street Shuffle', 'I'm Not in Love', 'Iceberg' (10cc) and 'Bridge To Your Heart' (Wax). Graham talks in depth about his work with 10cc, the late Andrew Gold, and his latest solo album Love and Work.

Dec 12, 2012
Episode 29 - Stephen Bishop

Veteran singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop talks about the writing of songs like 'On and On', 'Save it for a Rainy Day', 'Looking for the Right One' (Art Garfunkel), 'Losing Myself in You', 'Red Cab to Manhattan' and his Academy Award-nominated song 'Separate Lives' (Phil Collins). Stephen also speaks about his work on a number of movie soundtracks, such as National Lampoon's Animal House, Tootsie and The Money Pit.

Dec 05, 2012
Episode 28 - Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson, one half of legendary songwriting team Ashford and Simpson, joins Sodajerker to talk about the writing of Motown classics like 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'You're All I Need to Get By' and 'Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing'. Valerie also speaks about 'I'm Every Woman' (Chaka Khan) and Ashford and Simpson's own hits including the seminal 'Solid (As A Rock)'.

Nov 21, 2012
Episode 27 - Brendan Benson

Singer-songwriter and producer Brendan Benson provides Sodajerker with insights into his songwriting process and creative life by discussing songs like 'Spit it Out', 'What I'm Looking For', 'Broken Boy Soldier', 'Bad for Me' and 'Keep Me'. Brendan also speaks about his many collaborations with artists like Ashley Monroe and Jack White of The White Stripes in their band The Raconteurs.

Nov 07, 2012
Episode 26 - Patrice Rushen

Pianist, songwriter, musical director and vocalist Patrice Rushen sits down with Sodajerker to chat about the writing of songs like 'Hang it Up', 'Haven't You Heard', 'The Funk Won't Let You Down', 'This is All I Really Know', 'Remind Me' and her seminal dance floor hit 'Forget Me Nots'. Patrice talks about her early jazz-fusion work, the Elektra albums and her eclectic approach to sustaining a career in music.

Oct 24, 2012
Episode 25 - Neil Sedaka

Veteran singer-songwriter and pianist Neil Sedaka joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of songs like 'Oh! Carol', 'Stupid Cupid', 'Calendar Girl', 'Breaking Up is Hard To Do', 'Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen', 'Where the Boys Are', 'Amarillo', 'Solitaire' and 'Laughter in the Rain'. Neil also talks in detail about songs from his new acoustic solo piano record, The Real Neil.

Oct 10, 2012
Episode 24 - Mark King

Level 42 bassist, vocalist and songwriter Mark King is our guest for this episode of the podcast in which he talk about the writing of songs like 'Lessons in Love', 'Running in the Family', 'Something About You', 'The Chinese Way', 'Mr Pink', 'The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)' and 'Dune Tune'.

Sep 26, 2012
Episode 23 - Nik Kershaw

Singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw talks with Sodajerker about the writing of songs like 'Wouldn't It Be Good', 'I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', 'The Riddle', 'Dancing Girls', 'Don Quixote', 'Human Racing' and 'Wide Boy'. Nik also talks about penning hit songs like 'The One and Only' (Chesney Hawkes), 'The Woman I Love' (The Hollies) and 'Seventeen' (Let Loose) as well as his approach to writing his new solo album, Ei8ht.

Sep 13, 2012
Episode 22 - "Weird Al" Yankovic

Internationally renowned parodist, singer-songwriter, actor and accordionist "Weird Al" Yankovic takes some time out to chat with Simon and Brian about his approach to writing comedy songs and style parodies. Al discusses the processes behind songs like 'Trapped in the Drive-Thru', 'Hardware Store', 'The Night Santa Went Crazy', 'Pancreas' and 'Skipper Dan'.

Aug 31, 2012
Episode 21 - Deaf School: Clive Langer and Steve Allen

Clive Langer and Steve Allen of cult Liverpool band Deaf School join Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of songs like 'What a Way to End it All', 'Taxi', 'Hi Jo Hi', '2nd Honeymoon', 'Knock Knock Knocking', 'Working Girls', 'I Wanna Be Your Boy' and 'Golden Showers'. Clive also talks about his work as a producer and the classic Robert Wyatt song 'Shipbuilding', which he wrote with Elvis Costello.

Aug 24, 2012
Episode 20 - Mike Viola

Prolific singer-songwriter and producer Mike Viola, aka Candy Butchers, sits down with Sodajerker to talk about the writing of songs like 'Girly Worm', 'Falling into Place', 'Good Ideas Grow on Trees', 'Kiss Alive II' and 'Closet Cutter'. Mike also talks about his work with singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore on the Amanda Leigh album and his work on songs for movies like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Get Him to the Greek and Tom Hanks' directorial debut That Thing You Do.

Aug 10, 2012
Episode 19 - Albert Hammond

Veteran writer Albert Hammond joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of his incredible catalogue of hit songs, such as 'The Air that I Breathe' (The Hollies), 'One Moment in Time' (Whitney Houston), 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' (Starship), 'When I Need You' (Leo Sayer), 'I Don't Wanna Lose You' (Tina Turner) and 'Don't Turn Around' (Aswad). Albert also talks in depth about his work with songwriters and artists like Hal David, Diane Warren, Carole Bayer Sager, The Carpenters and Duffy.

Jul 27, 2012
Episode 18 - Thomas Dolby

Musician and producer Thomas Dolby is the guest for episode 18 during which he talks about his illustrious career and the writing of songs like 'She Blinded Me With Science', 'Europa and the Pirate Twins', 'Hyperactive!', 'Nothing New Under the Sun', 'Evil Twin Brother' and 'The Toad Lickers'. Thomas also discusses his work as producer on the classic Prefab Sprout album Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good).

Jul 13, 2012
Episode 17 - Nellie McKay

Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay spends some time with Sodajerker talking about her life, her work, and the writing processes behind songs like 'David', 'Sari', 'Ding Dong', 'I Wanna Get Married', 'Mother of Pearl', 'Columbia is Bleeding', 'Identity Theft' and 'Caribbean Time'.

Jun 20, 2012
Episode 16 - Guy Chambers

Guy Chambers talks to Sodajerker about his work with artists like Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Beverley Knight, Cathy Dennis and Jamie Cullum, and the writing of hits like 'Let Me Entertain You', 'Millennium', 'Rock DJ' and 'Angels'. Guy also discusses his time in World Party and the intimate musical explorations of the Isis Project and Songs for a Boy.

Jun 08, 2012
Episode 15 - Jackie DeShannon

Singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of songs like 'Put a Little Love in Your Heart', 'When You Walk in the Room', 'Splendor in the Grass' and 'Bette Davis Eyes'. Jackie also discusses her work with Bacharach and David on 'What the World Needs Now is Love' and touring America with the Beatles in 1964.

May 25, 2012
Episode 14 - Narada Michael Walden

Songwriter, producer, drummer Narada Michael Walden sits down with Simon and Brian to talk about his work on pop hits like 'How Will I Know' (Whitney Houston); 'We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off' (Jermaine Stewart); 'All American Girls' (Sister Sledge); 'Freeway of Love' and 'Who's Zoomin' Who?' (Aretha Franklin); 'Jump to the Beat' (Stacy Lattisaw); 'I Love Your Smile' (Shanice); 'Sweetness' (Michelle Gayle) and solo work on songs like 'I Shoulda Loved Ya' and 'Divine Emotions'.

May 11, 2012
Episode 13 - Al Jarreau

Seven time Grammy award winning jazz/pop artist Al Jarreau spends an hour with Simon and Brian talking about the writing of songs like 'Boogie Down', 'Breakin' Away', 'Mornin'', 'Roof Garden' and the theme from TV's 'Moonlighting' among others. The trio are also joined by Al's musical director, Joe Turano, who offers further insights into Al's songwriting process.

Apr 27, 2012
Episode 12 - Mike Stoller

Mike Stoller of legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about the writing of timeless songs like 'Hound Dog', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Yakety Yak', 'Love Potion No.9' and 'Stand By Me' among others.

Apr 16, 2012
Episode 11 - Neil Innes

Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Monty Python and The Rutles joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about songwriting, comedy, children's television, and the writing of unforgettable songs like 'Death Cab for Cutie', 'How Sweet to be an Idiot', 'I'm the Urban Spaceman' and 'Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik' among others.

Apr 03, 2012
Episode 10 - Allee Willis

Grammy award-winning songwriter and multimedia artist Allee Willis joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about songwriting and her fascinating career. Allee talks about her work on 'Boogie Wonderland', 'September', 'In The Stone', 'Let Your Feelings Show' (Earth, Wind & Fire); 'I'll Be There for You' (the theme from Friends); 'I Shoulda Loved Ya' (Narada Michael Walden); 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?' (Pet Shop Boys); 'Stir It Up' (Patti LaBelle); 'Neutron Dance' (The Pointer Sisters) and more.

Mar 23, 2012
Episode 9 - Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders

Kenny Loggins and Nashville greats Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr aka Blue Sky Riders join Simon and Brian for a conversation about their exciting new band and distinguished songwriting careers. Kenny also tells the stories behind some of his most celebrated songs including 'I'm Alright', 'Footloose', 'This is It' and 'What a Fool Believes'.

Mar 12, 2012
Episode 8 - Andy Partridge

Andy Partridge of XTC and The Dukes of Stratosphear joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about the writing of some of his greatest songs, including 'Senses Working Overtime', 'Love on a Farmboy's Wages', 'Ballet for a Rainy Day', 'Scarecrow People' and 'Brainiac's Daughter' among many others. With his guitar at hand, Andy talks Sodajerker through his writing process in a way only he can!

Feb 28, 2012
Episode 7 - Shawn Smith

Simon and Brian welcome Seattle based singer-songwriter Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed) to the show to talk about the writing of some of his most enduring songs, including 'Screen', '20th Century', 'Land of Gold' and 'Wrapped in My Memory'. In this interview, Shawn speaks about his solo career, his numerous band projects, and his collaborations with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam.

Feb 15, 2012
Episode 6 - Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Simon and Brian talk to legendary songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil about their incredible career from the Brill Building era to the present day, and the writing of songs like 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'', 'On Broadway', 'Saturday Night at the Movies', 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place', 'Don't Know Much', 'Just Once', 'Here You Come Again' and 'Somewhere Out There'.

Jan 30, 2012
Episode 5 - Mike Batt

Simon and Brian talk to five-time Ivor Novello-winning songwriter, composer, conductor, arranger and producer Mike Batt about his diverse career including projects like The Wombles, The Hunting of the Snark and the writing of hit songs like 'Bright Eyes' (from Watership Down) and 'The Closest Thing to Crazy' (Katie Melua).

Jan 16, 2012
Episode 4 - Jimmy Webb

Simon and Brian talk to legendary American songwriter Jimmy Webb about the writing of classic songs like 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix', 'Wichita Lineman' and 'MacArthur Park'.

Jan 02, 2012
Episode 3 - Sacha Skarbek

In the third episode of Sodajerker On Songwriting, Simon and Brian talk to Grammy nominated and two-time Ivor Novello winning songwriter Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Adele, Duffy, Jason Mraz) about his work as co-writer of a range of recent pop hits including James Blunt's worldwide no. 1 'You're Beautiful'.

Dec 15, 2011
Episode 2 - Todd Rundgren

In the second episode of Sodajerker On Songwriting, Simon and Brian talk with writer/artist/producer Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia, Meat Loaf, XTC) about his approach to the art form and the writing of hit songs like 'Hello it's Me', 'I Saw the Light' and 'It Wouldn't Have Made any Difference'.

Nov 25, 2011
Episode 1 - Billy Steinberg

In the first episode of Sodajerker On Songwriting, co-hosts Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor introduce the podcast and talk to Grammy winning songwriter Billy Steinberg about the many pop classics he has written including 'Like A Virgin' (Madonna), 'True Colors' (Cyndi Lauper), 'Eternal Flame' (The Bangles) and 'I Drove All Night' (Roy Orbison).

Nov 09, 2011