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 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.
Episode 255 - Kevin Rowland
Kevin Rowland joins Simon and Brian to discuss his creative process and the writing of the new Dexys record The Feminine Divine. The acclaimed singer and songwriter talks about where inspiration comes from, the importance of trust when co-writing, and why he likes to write notes on his lyric sheets.
Episode 254 - Stephen Duffy
Simon and Brian are joined by beloved singer-songwriter Stephen Duffy to discuss writing the new Lilac Time record Dance Till All The Stars Come Down and much more besides. Stephen touches on a range of subjects including the influence of W. H. Auden, how therapy changed his writing style, and his collaborations with artists like Steven Page and Robbie Williams.
Episode 253 - Damon Albarn
Damon Albarn welcomes Sodajerker to his London studio to chat about the creative process behind the new Blur record The Ballad of Darren. Among other topics, the singer-songwriter and composer talks about his working routines with Blur and Gorillaz, writing about real life experiences, and his love for the city of Liverpool.
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.