Songwriter Interviews

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

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  • 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
  • Cindy Wilson of The B-52sCindy Wilson of The B-52s talks about the "Love Shack" location, the songwriting dynamics in the band, and her personal favorites.read more
  • Jon Langford of MekonsMekons mainstay Jon Langford explains how the band has adapted since forming as a musically naive antidote to The Clash in 1977.read more
  • Bonnie McKeeHitmaker Bonnie McKee on writing five #1s with Katy Perry, the hidden meaning of "Dynamite," and the time Max Martin taught her a valuable lesson.read more
  • David Hinds of Steel PulseDavid Hinds of the reggae revolutionaries Steel Pulse talks about battling racism in England and makes his unlikely choice for their most definitive song.read more
  • Dex RomweberDex Romweber, a major influence on Jack White, talks about his minor-key mentality and off-kilter influences.read more
  • Ellen Shipley ("Heaven Is A Place On Earth")After releasing three albums in a "gross" music industry, Ellen Shipley started writing for others, delivering "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" and other hits to Belinda Carlisle.read more
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