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 261 - Sleater-Kinney
Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney join Sodajerker to discuss their fantastic new record Little Rope and their songwriting process. The influential duo talk about song structure and arranging, their strange guitar tunings, and collaborating with producers like John Congleton and Annie Clark.
Episode 260 - Bill Ryder-Jones
Singer-songwriter and producer Bill Ryder-Jones joins Sodajerker from his West Kirby studio to discuss his new record Iechyd Da, and his creative process. The Merseyside-based artist also talks about collaborating with the likes of Mick Head, taking lyrical inspiration from TV’s Eurotrash, and writing bad songs in his sleep.
Episode 259 - Feist
Leslie Feist joins Simon and Brian to discuss her songwriting process and recent record Multitudes. The award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter talks about taking part in a 'Song-A-Day' challenge, bypassing judgement when writing, and how she has developed songs through live performance.
Episode 258 - Thomas Walsh
Thomas Walsh of Pugwash and The Duckworth Lewis Method joins Sodajerker to discuss his new album The Rest is History and his songwriting process. In this in-depth conversation, the Irish power pop legend talks about his origins in music, his collaborations with The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, and his reverence for his musical heroes like Michael Penn and Jeff Lynne.
Episode 257 - Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona joins Simon and Brian to discuss his new EP I'll Make My Own Heaven, and his songwriting process. The actor, artist and former footballer talks about his need to express himself, using mistakes to create better moments, and how to rely on instinct.
Episode 256 - Wayne Coyne
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips chats with Simon and Brian about the band's classic album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and his songwriting process. The veteran artist talks about the writing of beloved tracks like 'Do You Realize??', working intuitively, and responding with pure emotion to song ideas.
Awesome tips from songwriters in many different genres
I love the fact that you cover such a wide variety of artists, from the earlier years of rock/pop through more recent emerging songwriters, and from indie eccentrics to “factory” writers. Every episode adds some new writer’s twist that gives your listeners insight and ideas into the songwriting process. Your boundless wit and insightful questions make the program a joy I look forward to on my drive to and from work. Slowly working my way through the older episodes and now up to 74! Like a Time Machine.
I would love to hear from Sufjan Stevens and Nick Cave. The Nick Cave interviews I have seen—as well as the documentary, show him to be a really thoughtful guy. Sufjan Stevens has written in some really different and unconventional music.
Keep up the excellent work! I can’t wait until Monday—I now love going to work because I get to hear more revealing tips on songwriting.
Love the show. Inquisitive, thoughtful and respectful questions. Thanks for not wasting time with idle banter. Would love to hear interviews with Andy Partridge, Nick Lowe, Paddy McAloon.
You guys are the best at this. I really enjoy every one of your eps, even the ones with the artists I’m not into. Your recent chat with Matty and George from the 1975 was testament to that. You just let them chat and take over and didn’t feel the need to talk over them. Keep up the fantastic work. It shows that you’ve been doing it for over a decade.