Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers (by Matthijs van der Ven -


Tony Dekker’s voice has found a place in my head and the songs he and Great Lake Swimmers released became a soundtrack to parts of my life. It was really special to film them play The Talking Wind of their latest record The Waves, The Wake and covers of Magnolia Electric Co. and PJ Harvey.

Bart Hoevenaars (by Matthijs van der Ven -


You might know Bart Hoevenaars of MONO, Sir Ian, Roald van Oosten, El Pino And The Volunteers or Amber Arcades. On February 22nd, Hoevenaars will release his first record in Dutch, for which he put the work of the deceased Dutch poet Leo Vroman to music. In a park in Rotterdam, he gives us a wonderful preview.

Buy tickets for Jelle Paulusma & VanWyck at Café de Stad, Utrecht on Sunday March 31.

Liza Anne (Matthijs van der Ven - theinfluences-com)


‘Every time I go into making a record, I’m trying to time capsule what it feels like to be alive. ‘Fine But Dying’ was a whole new thing for me. It felt like for the first time I could be very loud which I liked.’ Watch Liza Anne’s solo session for The Influences, filmed in Utrecht.

Douglas Firs (by Matthijs van der Ven -


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 Days.

Jon Allen (by Matthijs van der Ven -


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’.