Songwriting

David Gedge of The Wedding Present: 'We Were Destined To Be a John Peel Band'

Jason Holmes | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"People still try and emulate John Peel," says David Gedge, leader of The Wedding Present and one of the last true survivors of the British music scene of the 1980s. "His work as a musicologist put everything into context."

Music as a Healer

Miel De Botton | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Miel De Botton

Music has always been my passion, my healer, and the methods I use to still my anxious mind dovetail well with classic music therapy techniques... Music lets us reach emotions that are difficult to reach verbally, become aware of hidden emotions and achieve a catharsis.

Sara Bareilles: A Songwriter Brave Enough to be Honest

Clara Cullen | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

The past year has been one of great change for songwriter Sara Bareilles. To passers-by everything seemed swell, she had a successful music career, a house in Los Angeles and a close-knit group of family and friends.

Expand Your Mind in 2014 with the Salon Revival

Victoria Sadler | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

We've all got resolutions for 2014, some of them we might even keep beyond January. But if you are looking for something new this coming year, how about attending salons? Building on an illustrious heritage, the modern salons are cultural showcases that cover a range of subjects from the worlds of science, the arts and psychology.

A Guide to Writing a Hit Song

Andy Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andy Brown

I've been writing for a while now and one thing I've learnt is to always finish a song. Even if it turns out to not be one of your best, it's important to get it finished and out of the way so you can move on to the next. Here's some other tips that I hope will help any aspiring songwriters out there.

Songwriting

Tich | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tich

To be such an open book as a songwriter and a person in general I find that I am much more vulnerable and exposed. I am simply putting my weaknesses, loves, dreams and fears all in one place for anyone hear. It worries me sometimes that I expose so much of these inner worries and secrets that one day someone could turn around a use all my own words against me.

Musician Amanda Palmer: Spontaneous Intimacy

Sara Bran | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

This week's Catching the Comet's Tail features musician, artist, and all-round creative maverick Amanda Palmer who is currently touring Europe with her band Grand Theft Orchestra. You may know Amanda from her inspiring TED talk on The Art of Asking and if you want to hear a song about relationships that will bring you to your knees, check out The Bed Song.

Musician KT Tunstall: Desert Boots

Sara Bran | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

Recorded over twenty days in the middle of the Arizona desert, Invisible Empire is musically stripped down, as emotionally raw and vast as the landscape which spawned it.

Foy Vance: The Soul of a Man

Jason Holmes | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Foy Vance stands out back in the yard of the Islington Assembly Halls and rolls a cigarette. It's two hours before showtime and he's in a ruminative mood. 'When I was a kid, singing was second nature to me,' he says, as we clink bottle necks

Try a Dance With 'Delilah': Emerging Icons Star Annaca Collaborates With Stereophonics Producer on New Sexy Track

Kat Jackman | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

When she took to the stage in the Olympic Park this summer, it was near impossible to take your eyes off her. She almost melts into her own music, living and breathing each word and note like a one-woman theatre company. It's really quite incredible what this lady can do.

When I Feel Heavy Metal

Sweet Billy Pilgrim | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Sweet Billy Pilgrim

I don't make heavy metal music. I guess if I had to label what I do in my band, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, it would be with something wince-inducing like 'progressive ambient pop' written in a tasteful calligraphic hand on expensive washi paper and tied with jute cord to a bonsai tree, probably by a vegetarian.

Songwriting - Tom Robinson's Guide to Gigging Solo (and My Thoughts)

Chris T-T | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Chris T-T

Here is an exceptional resource, if you just started gigging and perform solo. Recently Tom Robinson ran this workshop for BBC Introducing and now he'...

Songwriting - Two Contrasting Processes Unpacked

Chris T-T | Posted 30.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Chris T-T

Two contrasting descriptions of songwriting / recording processes are doing the rounds this week (in very different musical circles), so I thought I'd post them both:

An Interesting Week...

Marlon Roudette | Posted 28.05.2012 | Home
Marlon Roudette

We had a couple of unexpected breakthroughs in the UK this week. Despite turning up for a Terry Wogan interview a week early and not getting anywhere near the studio, BBC Radio 2 added my song New Age to their playlist.

Touring With The Kooks and Learning to Speak My Mind

Steve Sparrow | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Steve Sparrow

I urge anybody who reads this to exercise this same tactic in life; don't be afraid to be yourself, not everyone will like you; but a few will and they're really the only ones that will matter in the end.