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
GREGORY ACKERMAN

GREGORY ACKERMAN

Los Angeles-based songwriter Gregory Ackerman covered Jack Johnson and Neil Young for The Influences. 'I'm inspired by anyone who is writing music that people can really connect to - music that matters, music that makes you feel something, music that makes you forget where you are.'
DEMI KNIGHT & RYAN JOSEPH BURNS

DEMI KNIGHT & RYAN JOSEPH BURNS

When Ryan Joseph Burns came to Utrecht from Glasgow earlier this year, I set up a meeting with the Dutch country singer Demi Knight. After a quick rehearsal, they recorded this cover version of Hickory Wind by Grams Parsons and Bob Buchanan.
AWKWARD I

AWKWARD I

Awkward I is one of The Netherlands' finest songwriters around. He recorded this new session, including a mind-blowing cover of Judee Sill: 'What I particularly love about her compositions is that they combine the apparent simplicity of a folksong with the structural complexity and elegance of the music of, say, Bach.'
JUDY BLANK

JUDY BLANK

'When I see The Wood Brothers play, I know: this is it. Seeing them makes it easier for me to not care about things. Fuck that shit, I’m doing what I want. You don’t like it? Well, that’s your problem buddy.' Judy Blank played Randy Newman, The Wood Brothers covers, and 'Mary Jane' in her...
ANNA BURCH

ANNA BURCH

'Writing 'Quit The Curse' was so fun, cathartic, and also the most important thing I’ve done in my life.’ Anna Burch debuted on Polyvinyl Record Company with a catchy yet complex indie pop record. She recorded Carly Simon and Aislers Set covers and her own 'Belle Isle' in session for The Influences.
JERRY LEGER

JERRY LEGER

Jerry Leger’s records stand side by side to John Lennon’s in my living room. It’s only fitting because Lennon’s the first association I got from 'Coat On The Rack', the opener of the Canadian songwriter’s latest LP 'Nonsense And Heartache'. At Down By The River festival he covered Gene Clark and The Everly Brothers.
NICOLE ATKINS

NICOLE ATKINS

Nicole Atkins' voice is a thing of wonders. So much power and soul. Words sung with so much feeling. But it’s too easy to focus on just that. Especially since she’s proven to be a gifted songwriter and such a powerful performer too.
RYAN JOSEPH BURNS

RYAN JOSEPH BURNS

Ryan Joseph Burns couldn't believe his eyes, when we entered the Soesterduinen, a stunning nature reserve just East of Utrecht. It's a surreal sight at first. As you'll know by now, whenever Burns and I are in the same place, chances are we'll be filming something before the day is over.