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.










DOUGLAS FIRS

DOUGLAS FIRS

Douglas Firs is a Belgian band that has been around creating great music for years now, but it was on their most recent record 'Hinges Of Luck' where they really struck gold. For The Influences, they recorded covers of Jim Croce and Johnny Cash as well as their own 45...
JON ALLEN

JON ALLEN

John Martyn has somehow never before been covered in The Influences sessions. Until now, because Jon Allen recorded an addictive version of 'May You Never' for us, as well as his new single 'Jonah’s Whale' and 'In Your Light' off his debut LP 'Dead Man’s Suit'.
THE INFLUENCES IS COMING BACK TO GLASGOW

THE INFLUENCES IS COMING BACK TO GLASGOW

On Friday December 14th, I'm bringing this project to The Glad Cafe in Glasgow for the third time, with live performances by Fiskur, Michael Cassidy, Emme Woods, Lenzie Moss and Tommy Reilly.
THE DEEP DARK WOODS

THE DEEP DARK WOODS

‘The first time I really listened to Bob Dylan changed my life.' The Canadian folk band The Deep Dark Woods produces some of the loveliest modern folk songs I've heard in some time. Frontman Ryan Boldt recorded two traditional songs and his own Drifting On A Summer's Night'.
KIM JANSSEN

KIM JANSSEN

A couple of weeks ago, Janssen and his band joined us at the Schenk Studio in Amsterdam to record two astounding cover versions of Vampire Weekend’s 'Ya Hey' and Bruce Springsteen’s 'Streets Of Philadelphia'. 'Ya Hey's chorus is so stunning, it made me want to sing it myself.'
HANNAH EPPERSON

HANNAH EPPERSON

There aren’t many feelings better than discovering new music and getting fully emerged in its beauty. When it happens, nothing else matters. Hannah Epperson’s 'Slowdown' did that for me. So, obviously I was ecstatic when she recorded a session. Fair warning: these videos might tear you apart.
GREGORY ACKERMAN

GREGORY ACKERMAN

Los Angeles-based songwriter Gregory Ackerman covered Jack Johnson and Neil Young for The Influences. 'I'm inspired by anyone who is writing music that people can really connect to - music that matters, music that makes you feel something, music that makes you forget where you are.'
DEMI KNIGHT & RYAN JOSEPH BURNS

DEMI KNIGHT & RYAN JOSEPH BURNS

When Ryan Joseph Burns came to Utrecht from Glasgow earlier this year, I set up a meeting with the Dutch country singer Demi Knight. After a quick rehearsal, they recorded this cover version of Hickory Wind by Grams Parsons and Bob Buchanan.
AWKWARD I

AWKWARD I

Awkward I is one of The Netherlands' finest songwriters around. He recorded this new session, including a mind-blowing cover of Judee Sill: 'What I particularly love about her compositions is that they combine the apparent simplicity of a folksong with the structural complexity and elegance of the music of, say, Bach.'