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.
'There’s so much that I love about Charlie, but one thing that really struck me is how it feels like every time he sings and plays, he’s all in.' The Dead Tongues played a cover of Charlie Parr, the traditional song 'Wagoner's Lad' and his own 'Empire Builder'.
‘I tend to look up artists that are powerful without explanation or for mysterious reasons. And the kind that are able to speak truths that are commonly understood but never spoken.’ One of the more pleasant surprises I’ve had this last year, was discovering Twain’s latest LP Rare Feeling. Mat Davidson is one hell of a songwriter and his melodies and unique way of singing had me intrigued pretty much right away.
There is positively no way Onder Invloed’s sold out 10-year-anniversary yesterday could’ve been any more special. We even heard some brand new Moss and Bettie Serveert songs!
It’s not that often I film sessions with a winner of multiple Grammy Awards, and a writer of songs that were recorded by Elvis Costello, The Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton and many more. Jim Lauderdale has been writing and recording songs since the seventies and is still keeping up his productivity, releasing one album after another.
In juni bestaat Onder Invloed tien jaar. Om dit jubileum te vieren, is er op zondagmiddag 24 juni een speciale editie van Onder Invloed in het Utrechtse Café de Stad, met optredens van Moss-zanger Marien Dorleijn en Peter en Carol van Bettie Serveert. DJ St. Paul komt rond de optredens plaatjes draaien.
After sitting directly in front of him, focussing on filming him the best I know how to, I'm happy to report Roald van Oosten's voice and songs still manage to amaze me as much as they did twenty years ago.
Christopher Paul Stelling has quickly become one of my very favourite folk singers from the last decade. The American already recorded a session for The Influences some years ago and when he and his band were around last year, we got them into a studio and filmed this new one.
Meeting Churchill in Amsterdam, I saw a polite, very determined and self-assured musician, who knows what he wants and how he wants to get there. No shortcuts allowed. I like that, and I like the session he recorded with me in the smoking room of the Bitterzoet in Amsterdam.
‘Listening to Björk and Emilíana Torrini always reminds me of how many sonic possibilities there are out there.’ It’s no wonder Emma Gatrill covered their songs in this session for The Influences. ‘I have been enjoying experimenting and combining new sounds to create different soundscapes with my harp.'