Songwriter Interviews

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

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  • Laurie BerknerLaurie Berkner, the Queen of Kindie Rock, on writing meaningful music for kids and landing an unlikely gig: singing the theme song to Weeds.read more
  • Suzi QuatroGlam rock pioneer and Happy Days star Suzi Quatro identifies the location of Devil Gate Drive and explains why she turned down a spin-off show.read more
  • G. LoveOne of the most distinctive and creative songwriters in the game, G. Love helped Jack Johnson get started - now he's on Johnson's label.read more
  • Jesse Colin Young of The YoungbloodsJesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods on "Get Together," his Vietnam-inspired "Darkness, Darkness," and his return to music amid turbulent times.read more
  • James LaBrie of Dream TheaterDream Theater frontman James LaBrie talks tracks from their album Distance Over Time, and explains how his vocal injury ("the darkest moment in my life") has affected his range.read more
  • Brian Vander Ark of The Verve PipeVerve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark talks about "The Freshman" and explains his mindset for performing the song, which deals with abortion and suicide.read more
  • Carmine AppiceCarmine Appice talks about co-writing the Rod Stewart hits "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Young Turks," and explains what really happened when Led Zeppelin opened for his group Vanilla Fudge.read more
  • Vanessa DaouThe electronica artist revisits her landmark 1994 album Zipless, based on the works of feminist poet Erica Jong.read more
  • Todd Rundgren: Bending The Rules Of FormTodd Rundgren on the earmarks of his songwriting, producing Grand Funk, and the song that had the biggest influence on him.read more
  • Richard AshcroftRichard Ashcroft of The Verve talks about using his songs to seek out a better place in a desensitized world, and coming back for his "Bitter Sweet Symphony" money.read more