Country noir superstar Gretchen Peters explains the process she embarks upon when creating the cinematic and socially conscious songs that have become her calling card. In our in-depth conversation, the Nashville stalwart describes the writing of recent albums like Blackbirds and Dancing With The Beast, her classic hits for the likes of Martina McBride, Bonnie Raitt and Trisha Yearwood, and her collaborative partnership with Bryan Adams.
The 26th Meltdown, a festival packed full of exclusive collaborations, world-wide one-offs and unmissable nights, takes place at the Southbank Centre, London between August 3-11, 2019. This year, the festival is curated by legendary songwriter, producer and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, and will feature a live podcast recording with Sodajerker.
From CHIC to Sister Sledge, Madonna to David Bowie, Grammy-winning hitmaker Nile Rodgers has a track record like few others. Together with his fearless manager and business partner, Merck Mercuriadis, CEO of the Hipgnosis Songs Fund, the pair are striving to redefine the value of songs in the contemporary music industries and change the face of music publishing.
For this in-depth conversation, Nile and Merck will be joined on stage by Sodajerker, the team behind the critically acclaimed Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast, who will endeavour to learn more about their mission, and uncover the complex relationship between the art – and business – of songwriting.
Date: 08/08/2019 Time: 19.30-20.30 Location: The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX.
Last month, just a couple of days after interviewing Sting at his London home, we were lucky enough to be among the attendees of the 64th Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London. (Quite a week for us!) The event honours the great and the good of British songwriting and was held at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane on 23rd May. If you’d like to hear more about the experience, check out our mini bonus podcast episode here:
Veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini hosted, and this year’s winners included The 1975, Wiley, Deep Purple, Natasha Khan, Jonny Greenwood, Mariah Carey, Richard Ashcroft, and our former guest Dido (who received the award for ‘Outstanding Song Collection).
In this very special episode, the one and only Sting talks about approaching his classic hits from a fresh perspective on his new record, My Songs. With his guitar to hand, the singular artist sits down at home in London with Simon and Brian to reveal the creative processes behind one of pop’s most extraordinary catalogues.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens joins us to discuss her new record, There Is No Other, made in collaboration with Francesco Turrisi. During the course of this in-depth conversation, Rhiannon describes the spontaneous process fuelling their work together, the historical resonance attached to songs like ‘Mama’s Cryin’ Long’ and ‘At The Purchaser’s Option’, and how telling these stories informs her mission as an artist.
Singer-songwriter Gaz Coombes discusses the writing of songs from his excellent solo albums, World’s Strongest Man and Matador, as well as hits with his former band, Supergrass. During the conversation, Gaz explains how he develops ideas in the studio and how he has expanded his songwriting palette to include the art of ‘soundwriting’.
Simon and Brian fulfil another lifelong dream as they sit down with the legendary songwriter, producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers at Abbey Road Studios. In this detailed conversation, Nile discusses songs from his new album It’s About Time, breaks down his approach to the guitar, and reveals the DHM (deep hidden meaning) behind hits for Chic, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and David Bowie.
Further to their interview with Chief Creative Advisor Nile Rodgers, Simon and Brian return to the legendary Abbey Road Studios to sit down with Mirek Stiles (Head of Audio Products) and Mark Robertson (Head of Brand & Marketing) for a chat about the past, present and future of the historic recording complex and the exciting innovations taking place there.
We are overjoyed to reveal that our guest on the podcast this Friday will be Paul McCartney. We recently sat down with Paul at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) for a conversation about his new album Egypt Station, which is also available from 7th September.
As it does for millions of people around the world, Paul McCartney’s music occupies a very special place in our hearts. We were raised on his songs and, at this point, life is quite unimaginable without them. So, to get the opportunity to spend time with Paul talking about what he does best – songwriting – was the thrill to end all thrills. We can’t thank him enough for doing it.
You can subscribe in Apple Podcasts to get the Paul McCartney special as soon as it is released. If you’re new to the Sodajerker podcast, since its launch in late 2011 we’ve released over 120 episodes featuring in-depth discussions with the likes of Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Johnny Marr, Noel Gallagher, KT Tunstall and Joan Armatrading. The show has been downloaded millions of times by music fans the world over and has charted in more than 50 countries. Check out the back catalogue in iTunes or here on our website.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far. We really hope you enjoy our chat with Paul.
Singer-songwriter Miles Kane joins Sodajerker to discuss songs from his new album Coup De Grace including ‘Cry On My Guitar’, ‘Loaded’ and ‘Shavambacu’. In addition to recalling his early days with The Little Flames and The Rascals, Miles also talks about co-writing with Andy Partridge, Paul Weller, Jamie T, Lana Del Rey and Alex Turner, and discusses his work with the latter for The Last Shadow Puppets.
Tom Ogden, Joe Donovan and Charlie Salt of Stockport’s own Blossoms talk about the writing of their second album Cool Like You, including songs like ‘I Can’t Stand It’, ‘Unfaithful’, ‘There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’, ‘How Long Will This Last’ and ‘Stranger Still’. The band reflect on the role of synthesisers on this record, how the group dynamic imbues the songs with specific qualities, and their relationship with producer and mentor James Skelly.