Rank #1: 020 Ben McKelvey - Songs, Boxing, Brighton Beach and Bond vs Rocky
We catch up with the fantastic Ben McKelvey we cover the stories behind his songs; Johnny and June, Stronger, Life before You, Morning I'm Gone and the aptly timed Resolutions.
Three other great thing we learn about are in the show are:
1. The magic that happens on Brighton beach
2. How Ben creates the desired mood of a song so well in the final production;
3. And the key ingredient behind his 200k + streaming song Life before you.
Ben on Spotify
Jan 19 2021
Rank #2: 019 Andrew Cushin - Songwriting, Performing and Noel Gallagher.
In this episode we speak to Andrew on the stories behind his hit songs Waiting for the Rain, It's Gonna Get Better and Where's My Family Gone.
We also chat about Andrew's journey as an aspiring songwriter and artist from penning songs as a 16 year old for his family to working on his latest single with Noel Gallagher.
Links to Andrew's Spotify
Jan 12 2021
Rank #3: 018 Angus Powell - Songwriting, Monsters and getting his songs in TV shows
On this episode we speak to Angus Powell, on his songwriting graft. Great episode for anyone wanting to make or hear about impactful music.
Three key takeaways from the episode.
1. How Angus, following his voice breaking during a choir song Angus go through stage fright that he had until he was 20;
2. How, as an independent artist, he got his music placed into shows by CBC and movies by Universal; and
3. How he makes a live show that separates him from other singer songwriter guitar players.
Link to Angus Website
Link to Angus Spotify
Dec 30 2020
Rank #4: 017 Martin Stephenson - Songwriting, Cosmic Forces, Writing a Gay Anthem & Bob Dylan
Great chat with Martin Stephenson of The Daintees. Martin shared some great stories of how his songs were written, tips of crafting and how he lets a greater force guide his work.
Where to find Martin
Dec 22 2020
Most Popular Podcasts
Rank #5: 016 Natalie Shay: Songwriting, Naked, Performing and Artist Aspirations
Great catch up with Natalie Shay where she talks about her recent EP Naked, songwriting process and challenge of making it in the pop world today.
More About Natalie
Natalie on Spotify
Dec 08 2020
Rank #6: 015 Mark Cawley: Songwriting - No 1 Hits, Creative Rituals, Finding Titles and The Daily Song Journal
We chat with 16 million record selling writer Mark Cawley about writing songs, daily rituals, collaborating and his new book The Daily Song Journal.
We chat through some of his hit songs including the No.1 Billie Piper hit Day & Night and the Tina Turner classic Dancing in my Dreams.
Link to Mark's latest book
More About Mark:
Dec 02 2020
Rank #7: 014 Frank Turner - Buddies II, Songwriting and Spreadsheets
We discuss the stories of the songs behind Frank's Buddies II album. We also delve into his hit songs; Mitten, The Way I Tend to Be and Sister Rosetta. Frank was a great guest, highly authentic and super insightful. One of the best episodes so far.
Frank's Buddies II album
More About Frank
Nov 10 2020
Rank #8: 013 Nasrene - Songwriting, Parties in the Park & Road Trips
Catch up with the fantastic singer songwriter Nasrene. We hear the stories behind her hit songs; Parties in the Park, Girl With Feeling, Love You Through the Pain and Gold. We also talk songwriting inspiration, working with producers and pop ambitions.
Nasrene's other places
Nov 04 2020
Rank #9: 012 Chris Helme (The Seahorses) - Songwriting and Busking to Glastonbury Main Stage in 6 months
In this Episode we are joined by Chris Helme; former frontman, guitarist and one of the songwriters of chart topping band The Seahorses.
We hear about his early busking days, the stories behind the hits Blinded by the Sun and You Can Talk To Me as well plans of his next album and collaboration with former front men of Dodgy (Nigel Clarke) and The Bluetones (Mark Morris). Links from the show:
For written lyric requests
Oct 27 2020
Rank #10: 011 The Clockworks: Songwriting, making an album and making it.
Show featuring James and Tom from The Clockworks. Great chat on the stories behind their hit songs Bills & Bills and Stranded in Stansted. We talk about the bands plans for an album, getting signed, getting electrocuted on stage and what making it looks like.
The Clockworks on Spotify
Oct 20 2020