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Songwriter Interviews

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  • Andy GrammerThis fast-rising singer/songwriter talks about the tunes from his sophomore effort, including the one where he tells an admirer, "I'm Good."read more
  • Joe Perry of AerosmithThe Aerosmith guitarist talks songwriting and explains why a lesser-known cut is a key component to their live show.read more
  • Right Said FredThe Fairbrass brothers discuss the "I'm Too Sexy" song and video, and explain how they feel about the "one-hit wonder" label.read more
  • Satchel of Steel PantherThe Steel Panther guitarist breaks down songs like "The Burden of Being Wonderful" and "Community Property." As he explains, there is a fine line between goofy and cool.read more
  • Status Quo Frontman Francis RossiWomen are the topic of many of the hits Francis Rossi wrote for Status Quo, including "Pictures of Matchstick Men." He answers the question: Who are these girls?read more
  • Sharon den Adel of Within TemptationWithin Temptation's singer explains how a different songwriting approach led to the band scoring their US commercial breakthrough.read more
  • Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden)The singer that appeared on Iron Maiden's early albums talks about overcoming "Steve's rules" to co-pen some of the band's early classic anthems.read more
  • Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireThe longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.read more
  • Chris Butler of The WaitressesChris was part of the vibrant '70s music scene in Akron, where he started The Waitresses, best known for their hits "I Know What Boys Like" and "Christmas Wrapping."read more
  • Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, SOD, ex-Anthrax)Lilker was the bassist with the heaviest bands of all time, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, SOD and Brutal Truth among them.read more
  • Larry John McNallyA top-tier songwriter, the Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart and Chaka Khan have all recorded the songs of Larry John McNally. As he explains, it's all about translating the human experience.read more
  • Teddy Gentry of AlabamaAlabama founding member Teddy Gentry breaks down the band's philosophy on writing and recording songs, and talks about the most personal one's he's written.read more
  • Jason Bieler of Saigon KickWith their hit "Love is on the Way," Saigon Kick got caught in the purgatory between metal and grunge. Their guitarist and songwriter Jason Bieler tells the story.read more
  • Peter Hook (Joy Division, ex-New Order)The founding bassist of Joy Division and New Order tells the stories behind some of alt-rock's most groundbreaking and enduring tunes.read more
  • Marc Roberge of O.A.R. (2014)The O.A.R. frontman talks about how Jeff Buckley and Pearl Jam influence his life and lyrics. He also explains why sometimes you have to throw out your notes and sing at the wall.read more
  • Scott WeilandScott Weiland was not just the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, but also the lyricist in those bands. We talk songwriting and find out what he's up to now.read more
  • Jim Peterik of SurvivorJim talks "Eye of the Tiger" - why he let Weird Al do a parody, what he thinks of Katy Perry's appropriation, and the reason he skipped the Grammy ceremony when it won an award.read more
  • James Pankow of ChicagoChicago's trombone player has also penned some of the band's biggest hits... just don't get him started about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.read more
  • CJ Snare of FireHouse and Rubicon CrossCJ tells the story behind the FireHouse hit "Love of a Lifetime," which Jon Bon Jovi told him would "ruin your career."read more
  • Jeff Waters of Annihilator Jeff Waters explains how Canada's Annihilator weathered their North American metal drought by expanding their territory.read more
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