Onder Invloed is a project by Dutch journalist Matthijs van der Ven. The title means ‘under the influence’. Since June 16th 2008, he filmed numerous international musicians covering their favourite songs in sessions and at Onder Invloed live shows. His first book, Onder Invloed, was published in 2012.








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SMALL HOUSES

SMALL HOUSES

It’s a small crime that nowhere near enough people know Small Houses’ latest LP Still Talk; Second City yet. Nowhere near enough people are enjoying this record by Jeremy Quentin – who recently moved to Austin, Texas. He writes lyrics better than most songwriters I know and has got a voice to sing them as...
YORI SWART

YORI SWART

About four or five years ago I was a judge for one of The Netherland’s biggest alternative music competition ‘De Grote Prijs van Nederland’, in the singer songwriter category. One of the musicians that made an immediate impression, I believe on all of the judges, was Yori Swart. She played the guitar better than most,...
LORI LIEBERMAN

LORI LIEBERMAN

Back in 2010 I met Lori Lieberman for the first time, in Amsterdam where we filmed her first session for this site. Five years later I invited her back for another, to celebrate the release of her 17th record Ready For The Storm. She recorded the title-track and a Tom Paxton cover.
A NEW INTERNATIONAL - SAMMY (RAMSES SHAFFY)

A NEW INTERNATIONAL – SAMMY (RAMSES SHAFFY)

It was a rainy night in Glasgow when I hijacked Biff Smith’s computer to play him some Dutch songs. Knowing the A New International singer’s love for French music, I put on Ramses Shaffy, who was one of The Netherlands’ most famous singers. Little did I know I would end up a few years later...
THREE BLIND WOLVES - THE BRIDGE

THREE BLIND WOLVES – THE BRIDGE

Song premieres do not happen often at Onder Invloed (The Influences). But, after hearing the upcoming EP by my Scottish friends Three Blind Wolves, I couldn’t help myself. The EP The Bridge will be released this Friday March 25th and it features four songs.
EERIE WANDA

EERIE WANDA

There used to be a time when certain Dutch people would look down on Dutch bands, and considered any band from abroad to be automatically better and more interesting. Obviously that’s a rather stupid attitude, and especially these days we have nothing to complain about. There are good bands wherever you look. One of them...