There is no better way to discover music than watching great musicians cover the songs they love. Songs that influenced them and their work. The Influences has been producing these videos ever since 2008.
From Damien Jurado, The Staves, Josh Ritter and Keaton Henson to Peter Broderick, from Tim Knol, Moss and Bertolf to Bettie Serveert, and from Daniel Romano, Courtney Marie Andrews, Blitzen Trapper, The Low Anthem to Allah-Las or Hiss Golden Messenger; they and hundreds of others were more than willing to pay tribute to the songs that inspire them.
The Influences - also known under its original Dutch title Onder Invloed - has been growing steadily for over a decade, run by me. The first book ‘Onder Invloed’ - featuring profiles on seventeen Dutch musicians - was published in January 2012 by publisher L.J. Veen. I’m currently working on its successor. Stay patient, please.
The Influences also organizes live shows, mostly in Utrecht, The Netherlands and Glasgow, Scotland. I collaborate with some brilliant festivals and every now and then I’ve had the fortune of talented friends helping me out.
The Influences isn't about the most artistic or technically perfect videos. I don't care about that. Of course I try to make them look as beautiful as possible, given the circumstances. All that matters are the songs and the people performing them.
The Influences has always been a non-profit so I can use your support in any way you can provide. If you have a location available, or money to spare, get in touch. So please enjoy, subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter and spread the word.
Matthijs van der Ven
Founder & owner