Songwriter Interviews

Go behind the music with some of the world's best songwriters

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  • David Vanian of The DamnedThe Damned frontman David Vanian breaks down some of their classic cuts and explains how they got a "burst of pure energy and excitement" on their first album.read more
  • Bootstraps (Jordan Beckett)Bootstraps, whose songs have been used on dozens of TV shows and movies, explains how he gets the placements.read more
  • Bruce SudanoSudano talks about making music as a solo artist, with his '70s group Brooklyn Dreams, and with his wife, Donna Summer.read more
  • Rhiannon Bryan of The Joy FormidableJoy Formidable frontwoman Rhiannon Bryan explains how their songs are constructed and breaks down key tracks in their catalog.read more
  • Kate DavisKate Davis explains how she got derailed after going viral in 2014 with "All About That (Upright) Bass," and talks about how some standards perpetuate an archaic image of women.read more
  • Kathy MatteaKathy Mattea talks about her work on the Ken Burns Country Music documentary (including where Garth and Taylor fit in), and how she found her voice as a Nashville hitmaker.read more
  • Kristin Hersh of Throwing MusesKristin Hersh explains how one of the most popular Throwing Muses songs is "a lousy song that'll fool dummies."read more
  • Justin Hawkins of The DarknessThe Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins talks about their latest album, his tendency to fudge history in songs, and the right way to be daft.read more
  • Scooter Ward of ColdCold frontman Scooter Ward on how Nick Cave got him past writer's block and through to the band's first album since 2011.read more
  • Black Francis of PixiesPixies frontman Black Francis with the stories behind songs from their Beneath The Eyrie album, and his thoughts on the Pixies-inspired "Smells Like Teen Spirit."read more
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