Tileyard Studios

How to write a hit song

From using the ABBA formula to recording demos, songwriting expert Paul Whalley shares his top tips on how to craft that perfect tune...

Song Camp: behind the scenes

Watch the first instalment from our visit to a Notting Hill Music song camp, and hear A&R head John Saunderson talk about how the camp works, what happens to the songs afterwards and how he picks his songwriters.

In session: Deafkid Part 1

Anglo-French pair Deafkid sound like they have studied the off-kilter pop music of their native lands to develop a strain of electro-pop that is fresh, exciting and more than a bit odd. The quirky genetics of their songs carry elements of alt-J, Django Django, Panda Bear and El Guincho, although Christopher Lockington and Florian Sauvaire cite their main influences as Three Trapped Tigers, Mew, Cant and Eskmo. Watch them perform new single Vigilante here.