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.











KIM CHURCHILL

KIM CHURCHILL

Meeting Churchill in Amsterdam, I saw a polite, very determined and self-assured musician, who knows what he wants and how he wants to get there. No shortcuts allowed. I like that, and I like the session he recorded with me in the smoking room of the Bitterzoet in Amsterdam.
EMMA GATRILL

EMMA GATRILL

‘Listening to Björk and Emilíana Torrini always reminds me of how many sonic possibilities there are out there.’ It’s no wonder Emma Gatrill covered their songs in this session for The Influences. ‘I have been enjoying experimenting and combining new sounds to create different soundscapes with my harp.'
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

I've been fascinated by Courtney Marie Andrews' talent as a songwriter and a singer since the instant classic 'Honest Life'. Now, with her equally daring and striking new record 'May Your Kindness Remain' coming out later this week, it seems the perfect time for a brand new session.
JASPER SCHALKS

JASPER SCHALKS

‘John Prine is the finest lyricist I know, up there with Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt. Every sentence he writes hits the spot and it’s admirable how much Prine can say with little words.’ It’s not hard to tell how deeply the Dutch singer Jasper Schalks loves Prine’s work. No wonder he chose one...
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.