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NORTHERN LIGHTS: London based Ina Wroldsen has co-written hit singles for The Saturdays, Britney Spears, One Direction, Pussycat Dolls and many others. She learned her craft at a young age, hanging round the studios of her native Norway, and aged 14 worked with Espionage and Stargate to hone her English accent.
PLAYING IT FOR LAUGHS: Richard Digance has been writing comedy songs for more than 40 years. He was inspired to turn his hand to it when studying at university in Glasgow in the late 60s. The college folk club used to showcase the best upcoming talent, including Billy Connelly – encouraging Richard to give it a go.
Floodliners are a self-styled teen 'fuzzface powerpunk cyber-diva phatbeat synth-strafin rock' band from South East London, consisting of: Lizzy Dayo - vocals/guitar, Jody Mattan - vocals/guitar, Georgia South - bass, Daniel Carter - keys, Ellis Dupuy - drums.
PLAYING IT FOR LAUGHS: Mitch Benn is the musical lynchpin of BBC Radio 4's The Now Show, and the king of the pastiche pop song, having sent up everyone from Elton John to Coldplay. Here, he talks to M about the ongoing perception of comedy songwriting as a bit naff and how he’s been able to carve a niche in that. He also questions British audiences’ aversion to home-grown comedy songwriting talent...
PLAYING IT FOR LAUGHS: These days comedy songwriter Graham Fellows is best known for his cranky alter ego John Shuttleworth, a Casio keyboard-wielding balladeer from south Yorkshire. But it wasn’t always that way; Graham had a Top 10 hit in the 70s with punk pastiche Jilted John, released an album of ‘serious music’ in the 80s and is a trained actor.