Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of sit down in London to discuss their career anthology box set Souvenir and the writing process behind their success. In explaining the chemistry of their creative partnership, Andy and Paul talk about writing sad songs with happy chords, striving to avoid lyrical cliches, and why they remain musical outsiders.
Episode 151 - James Blunt
The excellent joins Sodajerker in London to discuss his very personal new album Once Upon A Mind . During the conversation, James talks about collaborations with the likes of Linda Perry, Ryan Tedder and Ed Sheeran, shares the stories behind hits like 'You're Beautiful', and explains why it's always important to have a reason to write a song.
Episode 150 - Jeff Lynne
For this milestone 150th episode, legendary songwriter and producer (ELO, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, Tom Petty, The Beatles) sits down with Simon and Brian in London to discuss the writing of his new album From Out Of Nowhere . In his inimitable way, Jeff explains how he approaches chords, melody and lyrics to create the distinctive sounds we've loved across decades of classic albums.
Episode 149 - Kim Richey
Singer-songwriter joins the Sodajerker boys in Birmingham to chat about the writing of her most recent album, Edgeland . Kim also talks about how she takes inspiration from southern culture, connecting with former guests like Jason Isbell and Jamie Lawson, and the stories behind songs like 'Angels' Share', 'Leaving 49' and 'Chinese Boxes'.
Episode 148 - Tim Rice-Oxley
Keane's talks about the writing of their new album Cause and Effect . In the course of the conversation, Tim reveals his guitar-centric approach to the keyboard, why he likes to write alone, and how he uses songwriting exercises to challenge himself.