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.










Sessions
BART HOEVENAARS

BART HOEVENAARS

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...
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS

Some singers’ voices fleet by like the wind, others land in your mind and take over your world or become a part of you. One’s not necessarily better than the other, but they are very different experiences. Tony Dekker’s voice for me has found a place in my head and the songs he and Great...
LIZA ANNE

LIZA ANNE

'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...
DOUGLAS FIRS

DOUGLAS FIRS

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

JON ALLEN

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'.
THE DEEP DARK WOODS

THE DEEP DARK WOODS

‘The first time I really listened to Bob Dylan changed my life.' The Canadian folk band The Deep Dark Woods produces some of the loveliest modern folk songs I've heard in some time. Frontman Ryan Boldt recorded two traditional songs and his own Drifting On A Summer's Night'.
KIM JANSSEN

KIM JANSSEN

A couple of weeks ago, Janssen and his band joined us at the Schenk Studio in Amsterdam to record two astounding cover versions of Vampire Weekend’s 'Ya Hey' and Bruce Springsteen’s 'Streets Of Philadelphia'. 'Ya Hey's chorus is so stunning, it made me want to sing it myself.'
HANNAH EPPERSON

HANNAH EPPERSON

There aren’t many feelings better than discovering new music and getting fully emerged in its beauty. When it happens, nothing else matters. Hannah Epperson’s 'Slowdown' did that for me. So, obviously I was ecstatic when she recorded a session. Fair warning: these videos might tear you apart.