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Songwriter Interviews

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  • 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
  • Chris Goss of Masters of RealityThe Masters of Reality frontman is also an accomplished producer. He's made music with Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Scott Weiland and The Cult.read more
  • Daryl HallDaryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Only one of these developments excites him. read more
  • John Wetton of Asia (ex-King Crimson)John co-penned some of the biggest mainstream rock hits of the early '80s (Asia's "Heat of the Moment") and some of the rockingest prog ever (King Crimson's "One More Red Nightmare").read more
  • P.F. SloanP.F. was a teenager writing hits and playing on tracks for Jan & Dean when he wrote a #1 hit that got him blackballed. read more
  • Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden)Blaze was Iron Maiden's lead singer from 1994-1999, co-writing "Man on the Edge," "The Aftermath" and "Futureal."read more
  • J-Mann of MushroomheadMushroomhead's vocalist explains their song "Qwerty" and talks about the Danny Elfman influence on the band. read more
  • 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
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