As almost every year since the start of Onder Invloed (The Influences) in 2008, last year has often managed to surprise me. After many sessions I found myself listening to the recordings over and over again, amazed by the covers and talent. I can’t help but be a little proud that these musicians put in so much effort to record sessions for this site. Let’s look back one more time, okay?

In 2016 I managed to publish twenty sessions and more are still on the way in the coming months. The musicians this year were from the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland and The Netherlands. Onder Invloed organized some Dutch shows for the Scottish acts A New International, Paul Tasker and Ryan Joseph Burns this year, as well as hosted the first two edtions of a series Onder Invloed concerts in Café de Stad in Utrecht.

Onder Invloed (The Influences) in 2016. (Montage and photos: Matthijs van der Ven / theinfluences.com)

On a more personal note; I am very happy to tell you that over the last year, I underwent some pain treatments on my neck that – finally – sorted some noteworthy effect. For those of you who don’t know already: Twelve years ago on New Year’s Eve 04/’05 I was severely beaten up by a group of strangers, without any reason I might add, which resulted in a serious and chronic neck injury. The injury can’t be fixed or operated on, so I’ve had to put my hope in pain relief and have been seeing an incredible specialist in order to manage the pain. There are no guarantees as to how long the effect of these treatments will last, it could be months or years (or decades – who knows, right?), but for the moment I’ve been able to stop using morphine patches and this week I started a part time traineeship to test if I’m able to work again.

So, who knows what the future holds. What I do know, is that I’m very much looking forward to filming and editing more beautiful sessions this year, hosting live shows and what else there might be. There’ll be a new video up soon and the first session of 2016 is already scheduled to be filmed this Thursday. If you have any suggestions, questions or compliments, please get in touch. Don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel and like/follow Onder Invloed (The Influences) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In this post you’ll find one video of every session and a link to each full session. There’s also a YouTube playlist embedded on the bottom of this post so you can watch/listen all of 2016’s sessions in a row, on repeat or on shuffle.

Before I leave you to watch them all, I’d like to again thank everyone who helped me this last year, from friends and family members to producers and locations where we filmed. THANK YOU.

Matthijs.

 


 

The Young Folk
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Oh Thunder
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Iona Macdonald (Doghouse Roses)
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Ryan O’Reilly
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Eerie Wanda
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A New International
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Lori Lieberman
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Yori Swart
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Small Houses
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Alistair Ogilvy
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Son Little
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Cale Tyson
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Three Blind Wolves
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Kacy & Clayton
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Chatham County Line
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Paul Tasker
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Jenny Berkel
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Robert Ellis
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Emil Landman
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Paul Tasker
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All the videos from 2016 in one YouTube playlist