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.










The Starlets
A NEW INTERNATIONAL

A NEW INTERNATIONAL

Those of you who have visited this website more often, have probably heard of A New International before. If not, then certainly you’ve heard of The Starlets, which was the name of the band led by singer Biff Smith in the past. Even though they missed their bass player and their drummer for their session...
13. MY INFLUENCES, BY... THE STARLETS

13. MY INFLUENCES, BY… THE STARLETS

The Starlets from Glasgow were the first band I’ve ever brought over to The Netherlands for a series of shows. I met them six months before then in The Laurieston bar, where we recorded a session after closing hours. Since then, the band and lead singer and songwriter Biff Smith have been over multiple times....

TOP 5: BIFF SMITH (THE STARLETS)

Onder Invloed is celebrating it’s 2,5 years anniversary. One part of the celebrations is this new section in which musicians will give you their Top 5 of best songs. Including a personal story behind the song. There will be a new Top 5 online every day in January. Read the stories, watch the videos and...

MAKING OF BIFF SMITH’S VIDEO MESSAGE

The Starlets toured The Netherlands in October and with success. Got a lot of people enthousiastic and sold even more cd’s. One of the funniest things we did when lead singer Biff Smith was over ahead of the rest of the band, was record a personal video message in Dutch. To show you a little...

TONIGHT: ONDER INVLOED AT UROCK

Tonight, The Starlets (UK) and Furlong will perform at the last Onder Invloed live show at UROCK Cafe in Utrecht. Together with Starlets singer Biff Smith, we came up with a last minute promo idea. Personal video messages in Dutch. Biff’s been studying our language for the last few weeks as if his life depends...

THE STARLETS LIVE IN AMSTERDAM

In October 2009, The Starlets from Glasgow made their Dutch debut at Onder Invloed. Supporting Anne Soldaat on that night, they entertained from beginning to end and got the same Soldaat to say: “I don’t know about you, but I just fell in love with The Starlets.” You can see the videos here and you...

THE STARLETS

I remember the night in Glasgow as if it happened only yesterday. A pub called The Laurieston Bar locked us in together with The Starlets. Ro Halfhide and I already had a great day, which was soon to become magical. That really is the only appropriate word for this session. Beautiful songs by my favourite...