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It's all about the song. We talk about influential songs with our guests and explore songwriting stories. If you're interested in how songs are written and how songs help make memories we think you'll like this show. Hosted by Gavin Simpson (@sourfishmusic)

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It's all about the song. We talk about influential songs with our guests and explore songwriting stories. If you're interested in how songs are written and how songs help make memories we think you'll like this show. Hosted by Gavin Simpson (@sourfishmusic)

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Song Stories

Latest release on Jan 19, 2021

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Rank #1: 020 Ben McKelvey - Songs, Boxing, Brighton Beach and Bond vs Rocky

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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.

Links below

Ben on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2yiJ8L2qlSvAzWiV2OFdF0

Ben's Webpage
https://www.bmckmusic.co.uk
Gavin links
Music https://smarturl.it/168wi4
Website www.sourfishmusic.com
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJS3VQ56EslZ2AqcMQHd2A

Jan 19 2021

35mins

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Rank #2: 019 Andrew Cushin - Songwriting, Performing and Noel Gallagher.

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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

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0mUufv9jrIi9BPpN9VHduc?si=J0CAe9g2T4GmlI3KpRSVDA

Gavin links
Music https://smarturl.it/168wi4
Website www.sourfishmusic.com
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJS3VQ56EslZ2AqcMQHd2A

Jan 12 2021

50mins

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Rank #3: 018 Angus Powell - Songwriting, Monsters and getting his songs in TV shows

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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
https://www.musicglue.com/anguspowell

Link to Angus Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2SWjKSdvZK4SKu0m6LcMtl

Gavin links
Music https://smarturl.it/168wi4
Website www.sourfishmusic.com
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJS3VQ56EslZ2AqcMQHd2A

Dec 30 2020

26mins

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Rank #4: 017 Martin Stephenson - Songwriting, Cosmic Forces, Writing a Gay Anthem & Bob Dylan

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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
https://www.facebook.com/mgstephenson

https://www.daintees.co.uk

Gavin
Music https://smarturl.it/168wi4
Website www.sourfishmusic.com
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJS3VQ56EslZ2AqcMQHd2A

Dec 22 2020

47mins

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Rank #5: 016 Natalie Shay: Songwriting, Naked, Performing and Artist Aspirations

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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
https://www.natalieshay.co.uk

Natalie on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6pDapjUwN36LXMdYk0WKuQ

Gavin
Music https://smarturl.it/168wi4
Website www.sourfishmusic.com
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJS3VQ56EslZ2AqcMQHd2A

Dec 08 2020

29mins

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Rank #6: 015 Mark Cawley: Songwriting - No 1 Hits, Creative Rituals, Finding Titles and The Daily Song Journal

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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

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daily-Song-Journal-Takeaways-Songwriting/dp/1544517785/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+daily+song+journal&qid=1606926836&quartzVehicle=55-694&replacementKeywords=the+song+journal&sr=8-1

More About Mark:
https://www.markcawley.com

Gavin
Music https://smarturl.it/168wi4
Website www.sourfishmusic.com

Dec 02 2020

47mins

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Rank #7: 014 Frank Turner - Buddies II, Songwriting and Spreadsheets

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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
https://orcd.co/buddies2

More About Frank
https://frank-turner.com

Gavin
Music https://smarturl.it/168wi4
Website www.sourfishmusic.com

Nov 10 2020

33mins

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Rank #8: 013 Nasrene - Songwriting, Parties in the Park & Road Trips

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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 Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1OnltwuE09tqRxUgAK4UHB?si=GaC_LegvT0WF7MFWqXpFPA

Nasrene's other places
https://www.getsl.ink/nasrene

Gavin
Music https://smarturl.it/168wi4
Website www.sourfishmusic.com

Nov 04 2020

33mins

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Rank #9: 012 Chris Helme (The Seahorses) - Songwriting and Busking to Glastonbury Main Stage in 6 months

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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:

www.chrishelme.co.uk

www.sourfishmusic.com

For written lyric requests
chrishelmewords@gmail.com

For me
Gavin@sourfishmusic.com 

Oct 27 2020

38mins

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Rank #10: 011 The Clockworks: Songwriting, making an album and making it.

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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
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Jg3DFzPWX2VIy01oqLGkz?si=Nc4JKdoWTq2W30fjZHm31Q&fbclid=IwAR01YjKMo8c99VEO64Vxdw-5aX9B4oNB6QnVVQEb0sLI6RRHwwr3VJqcuSY
Sourfish
https://smarturl.it/168wi

Oct 20 2020

41mins

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