Onder Invloed (The Influences) is a project by

Dutch music journalist Matthijs van der Ven.


Since 2008, he's been filming his favourite

musicians covering their influences in sessions.











THE MASTERSONS

THE MASTERSONS

About a year ago, I met up with The Mastersons in my hometown Utrecht. They were about to release their strong new album Transient Lullaby and were touring Europe with Anthony D’Amato. We filmed two songs, including one with D’Amato.
MICHAELA ANNE

MICHAELA ANNE

Sometimes a voice simply forces me to keep listening. Luckily, combined with Michaela Anne’s songwriting that’s hardly an ordeal. Anthony D’Amato told me to check out her most recent record Bright Lights And The Fame and I’m sure glad I did.
THE SECRET SISTERS

THE SECRET SISTERS

If you’d asked Laura and Lydia Rogers some time ago, they’d have told you that there might never be a third The Secret Sisters album. They really didn’t know if it would ever happen again. But, luckily for all of us, it did.
TIFT MERRITT

TIFT MERRITT

Stitch Of The World is her sixth album and it’s everything you could ever want. Tift Merritt’s voice is stunning as always, her songwriting more urgent than ever. In short: a real treasure.
FISKUR & RYAN JOSEPH BURNS COVER THE MILK CARTON KIDS

FISKUR & RYAN JOSEPH BURNS COVER THE MILK CARTON KIDS

In late May this year, we organized mini festival Caledonia. Like A New International, fellow Glaswegians Ryan Joseph Burns and Fiskur got on a plane to play. As they already knew; you can’t be around me for a couple of days and not film something.
SIV JAKOBSEN

SIV JAKOBSEN

‘Jolene is such a stunning piece of music – the lyric is incredible and really draws me into the atmosphere of the song. It makes me feel like I’m singing about myself.’ Siv Jakobsen recorded a stunning session in Amsterdam earlier this year.
I BURIED YOU SO DEEP

I BURIED YOU SO DEEP

Back in 2013, Small Houses covered I Buried You So Deep in his first session for this website; a song by his fellow Americans of Frontier Ruckus. That band recorded a session themselves earlier this year, so I asked them if they were up to record one bonus video. Here’s the stunning result.
RON GALLO

RON GALLO

Every now and then I get asked the question: ‘You only record acoustic singer songwriters, don’t you?’ My answer: No, I don’t. There have been full band sessions since the start in 2008. Filming touring musicians solo has proven to be the most pragmatic over the years. But, put a full band in front of...
I WON'T BACK DOWN

I WON’T BACK DOWN

‘I’d always been a fan of Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down, but with a professional bully in the Oval Office, the urgency of those verse lyrics hit me harder than I expected.’ Anthony D’Amato covered this song for the first time during his Onder Invloed session and has now released a charity EP, raising...