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Songwriter Interviews

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  • Jason MrazJason reveals his songwriting inspirations and talks about the hit that came so quickly, he didn't remember writing it. read more
  • Josh Todd of BuckcherryJosh talks about the band's Icona Pop cover, divulges the meaning of "Lit Up," and shares his thoughts on Chuck Klosterman's Buckcherry analysis.read more
  • Tommy Victor of ProngA Headbangers Ball mainstay, Prong delivered metal anthems like "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." Frontman Tommy Victor talks about the songs and the band's inspirations. read more
  • Steve Morse of Deep PurpleDeep Purple's guitarist since 1994, Steve talks about writing songs with the band and how he puts his own spin on "Smoke On The Water." read more
  • Hawksley WorkmanOne of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh. read more
  • Tom Bailey of Thompson TwinsTom stopped performing Thompson Twins songs in 1987, in part because of their personal nature: "Hold Me Now" came after an argument with his bandmate/girlfriend Alannah Currie. read more
  • Michael Sadler of SagaSaga's US hits - "On The Loose" and "Wind Him Up" - were driven by MTV. Their frontman talks about those songs explains how he pulled off a paternity leave. read more
  • Max Kerman of ArkellsArkells frontman Max Kerman breaks down tracks from their album High Noon and explains the difference between a song about love and an actual love song. read more
  • Gene Simmons of KissThe Kiss rocker covers a lot of ground in this interview, including why there are no Kiss collaborations, and why the Rock Hall has "become a sham."read more
  • David Yow of The Jesus LizardDavid talks about being on a bill with Nirvana and writing songs for his bands Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard.read more
  • John Garcia (ex-Kyuss)The former Kyuss frontman explains how songwriting worked in that band, which included Josh Homme and Brant Bjork. Also, details about his first solo album. read more
  • Kyle Nicolaides of Beware of DarknessThe Beware of Darkness frontman tells the story behind their song "Howl," and explains how journaling plays into his songwriting. read more
  • Kip WingerThe Winger frontman reveals the Led Zeppelin song he cribbed for "Seventeen," and explains how his passion for orchestra music informs his songwriting. read more
  • Greg Puciato of Killer Be Killed and Dillinger Escape PlanBranching out from Dillinger Escape Plan, Puciato had to adopt a new writing style in Killer Be Killed, where he joined Troy Sanders and Max Cavalera. read more
  • Judas PriestRob Halford, Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton talk twin guitar harmonies and explain how they create songs in Judas Priest. read more
  • Kenneth Nixon of Framing HanleyWhen they covered Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" on a lark, Framing Hanley had a sudden hit on their hands - one that delayed their second album for two years. read more
  • Michael W. SmithSmith breaks down some of his worship tracks as well as his mainstream hits, including "I Will Be Here For You" and "A Place In This World." read more
  • Bill Medley of The Righteous BrothersMedley looks back on "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - his huge hits from the '60s that were later revived in movies. read more
  • Steve "Zetro" Souza of Exodus and HatriotZetro talks about the mechanics behind his famous scream and breaks down the Exodus track "Toxic Waltz." read more
  • Ben Watt of Everything But The GirlBen talks about EBTG's American hit "Missing," and explains how the duo divided songwriting duties during its 18-year run. read more
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